Valentine's Big Band Dinner & Dance - Palais Royale - February 11th
CD Launch - The Rex - March 4th
Swing Shift Big Band is over the moon with the announcement that we are returning to The Rex Hotel in Toronto for our 9th CD release,
featuring the full 19 piece band. We will be the first big band at the Rex in 3 years, the date is Saturday March 4, from 2-4:30 pm.
The Rex is very different since our last appearance there, all seating is facing the stage theatre style and they do not allow standing
room, so we have a limit of about 100 seats by the time we move the front row out of the way. Last fall we had a fundraising campaign
to help finance this new CD, and anyone that contributed has first dibs on the seats, and if there is room, we will open it up to the public. Stay
tuned for more info, and if you wish, use this form send me an email letting me know you would like to attend if there is room. The Rex is not selling tickets, they are only available thru the band.
Our new CD will be $15, admission will be $15, but the entire admission charge will be donated to Princess Margaret for cancer research
as will $5 from every CD sale.
Latest Swing Shift CD - Celebrations!
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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