In a largely male dominated musical genre, 18 Christchurch women are changing the face of the 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. 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 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.
As well as traditional swing music, The All Girl Big Band also perform themed concerts including their 'Tribute to Natalie Cole' (debuted in the 2016 Big Band Festival) and 'The Ages', "An unequivocally chilled-out and enthusiastic masterclass in Big Band virtuosity", which honours the women who have changed music in the last 100 years. This year they have been invited to play in the Manawatu Jazz Festival and will perform ‘The Ages’ in Palmerston North in June.
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 - and they have spent much of the last 12 months touring, performing and recording their first CD.
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Let's call it the opening party!
Join us for a late night set at Fat Eddie's to kick off the Christchurch Big Band Festival 2019 over Labour Weekend.
FREE, but get in early!
Excited to share the programme with special guest, jazz flautist Holly Hofmann and jazz pianist Mike Wofford.
Tickets $10 + bf from chchbigbandfest.com
There’s nothing like finishing the Big Band Weekend with a relaxed Big Band Picnic! Pack a picnic and head down to the Victoria Square next to the Town Hall and the Margaret Mahy Playground. If you don't bring a picnic, no worries, as there are food trucks right on site for those who don’t want to miss a big band beat!!!
And if you're hungry for music, Chch Big Band Fest 2019 will be dishing up a multi-course meal of big bands, one after the other.
If wet, the party will relocate to Little Andromeda on the Terrace.
10.30am Nelson Jazz Club Big Band
11.30am Chisnallwood Big Band
12pm Brass meets swing with Sideline Swing and Rangiora Brass
1pm Garden City Big Band
2pm All Girl Big Band
3pm The Mike Bickers Boptet