This Queen's Birthday weekend, the All Girl Big Band are invited back a second time to take part in the Manawatu Jazz Club's International Jazz and Blues Festival 2019, playing at The Globe Theatre in Palmerston North.
All Girl Big Band brings you 'The Ages', a concert programme inspired by female arrangers, composers and performers and their pieces from the 1930’s through to the latest hits of today, who all have left a legacy through song. Featuring songs from Billie Holiday to Adele, and Blondie to Beyonce, there's something for everyone!
"An unequivocally chilled-out and enthusiastic masterclass in Big Band virtuosity."
In a largely male dominated musical genre, 18 Christchurch women are changing the face of big band. The All Girl Big Band is a completely female, full big band who create a "powerhouse of sound" that will blow you away!
Formed in January 2016, AGBB emerged from a conversation between musical director Lana Law and vocalist Kate Taylor "It had us wondering if we could actually get a big band together here in Christchurch consisting of only female musicians".
What was considered a crazy, out of the box idea finally became reality in 2016. Since then they have had stunning success with sell out shows in Nelson and Christchurch, and record-breaking crowd numbers at outdoor events such as Lazy Sundays and at Founders Park. Their regular gigs around Christchurch include Jazz After Work, the Christchurch Folk Club, performing for the Swingtown Rebels and playing at Fat Eddies.
The band consists of an array of talented musicians whose "infectious joy of music making" is evident at all their live shows. The majority of the band are professional musicians or music teachers in Christchurch who have spent much of the last 12 months touring, performing and recording their first CD.