In a largely male dominated musical genre, to see a full jazz big band on stage with a woman in each section is one thing. To find a full big band of women is stunning. Full sections of trombone, trumpet, sax and rhythm, played with class and style. Add two powerhouse vocalists and you'll be blown away!
The All Girl Big Band, formed in January 2016, was brought about after a conversation between Lana Law and Kate Taylor at the ‘Doug and Doug’ Tribute Concert.
It had us wondering if we could actually get a big band together here in Christchurch consisting of only female musicians. It didn’t take long between us to realise that in fact we could name virtually a full 17 piece big band of Christchurch female musicians. What was considered a crazy, out of the box idea finally became reality.
In January we contacted those who we thought would be interested. Out of the creative influence and the Musical Direction of Lana Law, and stunning vocals of ARA vocal tutor Kate Taylor, the All Girl Big Band emerged. The All Girl Big Band debuted at In the Loop at the Court Theatre as part of their ‘Hidden Artists’ segment. Since then they have had stunning success with gigs for Jazz After Work, the Swingtown Rebels and our upcoming Tribute to Natalie Cole in the 2016 Big Band Festival.
The band consists of an array of talented musicians – the majority are professional musicians or music teachers in Christchurch. We are lucky enough to have a wide range of ages too, from high school student age to our most mature member at 77, who took up the trombone in her late 40's!
We see ourselves as a unique band here in Christchurch and are very excited to play for you all – Watch This Space!