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 In Memory of Rob Williams

Jim John & Rob WilliamsThe great trombonist Rob Williams, a Swing Shift family member for almost 25 years, has passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Anyone that knew Rob knows that not only was he a respected and influential trombone player, but one of the most wonderful human beings one could meet. A devoted family man, he was funny, intelligent, personable and the biggest energy in any room he entered. Jim and Rob Williams crop600This photo of Rob Williams and Swing Shift Big Band leader Jim John was taken just a few months ago in Rob's backyard. To say he will be missed is a vast understatement.To pay tribute to Rob, Glen Woodcock will be playing his music throughout the entire Big Band Show this Sunday, Jan. 23 on Jazz.FM - 91.1 from 5 to 10 pm.

Rob's family has asked that you make a donation to the charity of their choice in Rob's name, or please donate to the band's fundraising effort
for our next recording which was spearheaded by Rob and now will be made in his honour. We know you'll hear his positive spirit in the recording.
Here is the link:
Please follow this link to contribute to our CD - and mention in your text that yours is a donation in Rob's memory!


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The New Swing Shift CD - Celebrations!

Read The WholeNote Review Here!

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Jim John’s SWING SHIFT BIG BAND with Strings

Featuring Larisa Renée and Dave Statham with special guest,

multi-award winner Jackie Richardson

Release Date: May 1st, 2021

"As we enter Swing Shift's 25th year, we Celebrate the musical contributions of band mates. We chose [a variety of tunes for this album], from the lush ballad 'Here's to Life', to the breezy 'Summer Samba', to the barn burner 'Let the Good Times Roll'. It's been an honour and a privilege to be part of this musical enterprise." – Rob Williams, lead trombone, Swing Shift Big Band

This 6-track EP-CD relies heavily on the arranging skills of Brent Turner, whose charts are tailored to the band’s strengths: clean section work and impressive vocals by Larisa and Dave.  Musical Director saxophonist Jeff Pighin ensures that the band’s tonal palette is tuned up to its optimum level.  And Celebrations! also introduces a new and sensuous dimension to the Swing Shift sound – strings an exciting first for the band!

Not to be missed is the wonderful Artie Butler anthem, 'Here's to Life' recorded by the incredible Jackie Richardson - a video of her deeply moving performance is available as a special bonus on our Celebrations! page.  “One of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, who has performed across the country and internationally, Jackie Richardson is also an award-winning actor who received a Gemini Award for her performance in The Gospel According to the Blues.” – CBC Media Centre

Celebrations! was expertly engineered by Humber's Andy Pryde and produced by Palais Records.


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