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June 26, 2018
by Sherri
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See You In September!

Prime Time Big Band is back Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 for Big Band Brunch at the Ironwood Stage & Grill.

We’re keeping busy this summer with special events, including performing at Black Tie & Blue Jeans 2018, a popular fundraiser for Dreams Take Flight Calgary.

Need a Prime Time Big Band CD to get you through the summer? Live at the Ironwood is our latest recording and features original tunes and exciting arrangements of the classics you love… including our most requested encore: Sing, Sing, Sing. Available at Chronograph Records or in person at our shows.

See you in September! Sept. 22, that is!

June 18, 2018
by Sherri
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Season Finale: Prime Time Big Band Brunch Saturday, June 23, 2018

The final concert of the season is upon us! Swing out with us Saturday, June 23. Save your seat: 403-269-5581

Some of the band selections include:

GLADLY composed by Don Sebesky

Movement One of JOYFUL NOISE SUITE Grammy Award Winner … Tribute to Duke Ellington

a beautiful Latin selection called  ZAMBA composed by Steve Allen and recorded by The Tom Kubis Big Band

ISN’T SHE LOVELY composed by Stevie Wonder, arranged and recorded by Bill Holman

SOMEWHERE OUT THERE as recorded by The Airmen of Note and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY  

DECOUPAGE composed by Hank Levy and recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra

a terrific funky selection called GET IN LINE as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin

MAMA USED TO DO THE CHA CHA another super selection composed by Steve Allen and recorded by The Tom Kubis Big Band

HOE DOWN as composed and recorded by Oliver Nelson

Our fantastic Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

YOU’LL HAVE TO SWING IT  (MR. PAGANINI)  

Save your seat today:

Ironwood Stage & Grill 2-4 p.m.

1229 9th Ave SE

403 269 5581

 

June 5, 2018
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch Saturday, June 9!

We have just two remaining concerts before a long summer break with some exceptional selections and arrangements!

Save your seat at the Ironwood Stage & Grill now: 403-269-5581

Some of the band selections include:
BLUES FOR HIRE composed by Saxophonist Mike Tomaro

a brilliant Latin chart called  OVER F as composed and recorded by John La Barbera

LOVER MAN featuring Lead Alto RICHARD HARDING

BLUE CELLOPHANE composed by Duke Ellington and featuring Trombone Soloist DAVE REID

another fantastic Latin selection called  TIGER OF SAN PEDRO composed by John La Barbera and recorded by Bill Watrous

PRIME TIME composed by Vancouver musician Fred Stride for our last CD

MOOD INDIGO composed by Duke Ellington and from Sophisticated Ladies

and two brilliant selections recorded by The Boss Brass: A TRIBUTE TO ART FERN and JUST FRIENDS

Our fantastic Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing  TOO DARN HOT as recorded by ELLA

ALL THE WAY as arranged by AL MUIRHEAD and also featuring DAVE REID on Trombone

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE as recorded by Natalie Cole

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE also recorded by Natalie Cole

and from CHICAGO ALL THAT JAZZ

Only two concerts to go this season, so call now to save your seat: 403-269-5581

Big Band Brunch

Ironwood Stage & Grill

1229 9th AVE SE

Doors open at noon and concert from 2 to 4 p.m.

May 17, 2018
by Sherri
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Special guest Matt Catingub gives Prime Time Big Band Brunch international flavour May 26

 

Matt Catingub joins Prime Time Big Band as special guest May 26, 2018. Tommy Ewasko photo

Prime Time Big Band is excited to announce the multi-talented Matt Catingub is joining Big Band Brunch as a special guest Saturday, May 26 at the historic Ironwood Stage and Grill.

Call 403-269-5581 today to save your seat at the Ironwood Stage & Grill.

Catingub is a saxophonist, woodwind artist, pianist, vocalist, conductor, composer and arranger. Matt is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Macon Pops in Macon, Georgia, and recently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Glendale Pops In Los Angeles, the Hawaii Pops in Honolulu, Hawaii, as well as the Festival Pops Conductor of the New Hampshire Music Festival. He has also held the Principal Pops Conductor positions of the Honolulu Symphony, the Hawaii Symphony, and the New Mexico Symphony.

Prime Time Big Band leader Dave Jones says having Catingub as a special guest is a true highlight, joining the remarkable roster of past guest performers – tenor sax legend Pete Christlieb, trumpeter Guido Basso, bandleader Doc Severinsen, trumpeters Allen Vizzutti and Jens Lindemann, saxophonist PJ Perry, and trombonist Al Kay.

“Of all the special guest performers we’ve had in the past joining us, Matt is perhaps one of the finest guest soloists we’ve ever had,” says Jones. “Matt is just a fabulous musician and showman. He is extremely versatile and a dynamite entertainer. He’ll have folks in the palm of his hand.”

Born to parents of Polynesian island descent, Catingub is the son of the great jazz vocalist Mavis Rivers. His career includes playing with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Sonny Stitt, Ruth Brown, and Kenny Burrel. Catingub joined the Louie Bellson Big Band and later formed the Matt Catingub Big Band, with Rivers as vocalist, and recorded several critically acclaimed jazz albums with his talented mother.

Catingub has guest conducted for some of the most significant symphony orchestras in the US, including the Nashville Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, and the Symphonies of Columbus, Hartford, Omaha and throughout Canada and Japan. Catingub has conducted for artists such as Diana Krall, Yes, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rogers, and numerous others.

The well‐rounded musician wrote music and appeared on screen as band leader for the George Clooney film, Good Night and Good Luck, which was released on the Concord Records label in September 2005. Matt made an on‐screen appearance as the leader of the band, he created all of the arrangements and played tenor sax on the CD. The Soundtrack for Good Night and Good Luck won a Grammy Award in 2006.

  • What: Prime Time Big Band with special guest Matt Catingub
  • When: Saturday, May 26 2-4 p.m. (doors open at noon)
  • Where: Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th Avenue S.E)
  • Tickets: $40 adults, $25 students available by calling (403) 269-5581

Prime Time Big Band is celebrating its 24th year and boasts the city’s most celebrated and respected jazz musicians led by Dave Jones. The band is one of Canada’s only regularly performing big bands and has called the Ironwood Stage and Grill home for the past 18 years, playing alternate Saturdays for the popular Big Band Brunch.

May 9, 2018
by Sherri
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Two Big Band Brunch concerts showcase big flavour: May 12 & May 26, 2018

Matt Catingub joins Prime Time Big Band as special guest May 26, 2018.        Tommy Ewasko photo

With only four concerts remaining before summer break, Prime Time Big Band is packing a punch!

Join us for Big Band Brunch Saturday, May 12, and experience special guest Matt Catingub – composer, arranger, big band leader, saxophone virtuoso, vocalist, piano player,  and award winner – on Saturday, May 26.

Call 403-269-5581 today to save your seat at the Ironwood Stage & Grill.

Some of the band features on May 12 include:

ANOTHER EXCUSE TO PLAY THE BLUES a great blues chart featuring a number of musicians

MAMBO CLIENTE as recorded by Arturo Sandoval and featuring the entire SAX section

IN MEMORY OF BIX as composed by Steve Allen, arranged and recorded by Tom Kubis and featuring AL MUIRHEAD on Trumpet

STOLEN MOMENTS as composed and recorded by Oliver Nelson

FANTASY recorded by Earth, Wind and Fire

GEORGIA ON MY MIND as recorded by The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and featuring PAT BELLIVEAU on Tenor

BLUE BOSSA a beautiful Latin chart featuring a number of musicians

A TIME FOR LOVE as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra and featuring our Trombone Section

ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET as recorded by The Les Hooper Big Band

MAGIC FLEA as composed by Sammy Nestico and featuring John Roggensack on Tenor

Our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

A WONDERFUL DAY LIKE TODAY

MISTY

BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON

AVALON as recorded by Natalie Cole

I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE as recorded by Queen Latifah
Save your seat now by calling The Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th AVE SE) 403 269 5581

Doors at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

April 23, 2018
by Sherri
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Brian Lynch joins Prime Time Big Band Saturday, April 28

Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch joins us this Saturday, April 28 for Big Band Brunch!

The world-class trumpter, composer and bandlander performed with Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, The Horace Silver Quintet, many years with Phil Woods plus artists from Benny Golson to Prince. He has released 20 CDs and has performed on more than 200 other CDs.  He was voted Trumpeter of the Year in 2017 by the Jazz Journalists’ Association. We are so lucky to have a special guest with us at no extra charge! Call to save your seat now: 403-269-5581.

Brian Lynch joins band leader Dave Jones and Prime Time Big Band for Saturday’s Big Band Brunch, featuring jazz tunes from 1940s to present.

Call to save your seat: 403-269-5581.

Some of the band selections include:

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra

I’M GONNA TELL as composed by Steve Allen and recorded by The Tom Kubis Big Band

TRIBUTE TO BLUE as composed by Brian Lynch

TIGER OF SAN PEDRO as composed and recorded by John LaBarbera and featuring Brian Lynch

STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBECUE as composed by Louis Armstrong

GUAJIRA DUBOIS composed by Brian Lynch and featuring Brian

SONG FOR BILBAO as composed by Pat Metheny and featuring Brian Lynch and our own Richard Harding on Alto

PUMPKINETTE as composed and recorded by Bob Florence

Our fantastic vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

CHEEK TO CHEEK as recorded by Ella

SUMMERTIME from Porgy and Bess

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE composed by Johnny Mercer

I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU and as recorded by Bette Midler

MISS OTIS REGRETS

Save your seat now by calling The Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th AVE SE) 403 269 5581

Doors at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

April 16, 2018
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Join Prime Time Big Band for Big Band Brunch at Calgary’s Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9 Ave SE) Saturday, April 28 from 2-4 p.m.

Stay tuned for concert details. Save your seat now by calling 403-269-5581.

April 9, 2018
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch: Saturday, April 14, 2018

Calgary’s famed Prime Time Big Band invites you to its classic Big Band Brunch at the Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th AVE SE)!

Save your seat now by calling The Ironwood Stage and Grill 403-269-5581.

Some of the band charts include:

FAST CARS AND CRAZY WOMEN! as composed by Steve Allen and recorded by Tom Kubis

BAHIA YODEL also composed by Steve Allen and recorded by Tom Kubis

HUNTING WABBITS as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin

I LOVE YOU as composed by Cole Porter and recorded by The Les Hooper Big Band

PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC as recorded by Gordon Goodwin and featuring RICHARD HARDING on Alto Sax

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU as composed by Cole Porter and featuring JON McCASLIN on Drums

A fantastic Latin selection called SPANISH FIRE as recorded by The Jazz Knights of The U.S. Military Academy West Point NY

THE GIT as composed by Bill Holman and recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

Some of the selections that the fabulous DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

TUXEDO JUNCTION

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU

JUST IN TIME

SURRENDER ( TOMORROW NEVER DIES ) theme from James Bond

and a burning arrangement of AFTER YOU’VE GONE

Save your seat now by calling The Ironwood Stage and Grill 403 269 5581

Doors open at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

Copies of Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood available for purchase at the show.

March 26, 2018
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch! Saturday, March 31, 2018


Join us for Big Band Brunch this Saturday, March 31. We’re playing some amazing tunes, including Oddball, a fabulous selection off our latest CD, Live at the Ironwood, composed by Fred Stride.

JACKSON COUNTY JUBILEE as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

BEGIN THE BEGUINE composed by Cole Porter and featuring JIM BRENAN on Tenor Sax

LONELY CAROUSEL as composed by Bob Florence and recorded on our first CD and featuring AL MUIRHEAD on Trumpet

DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE as recorded by the Oliver Nelson Orchestra and featuring JON DAY and AL MUIRHEAD on Trumpet

ODDBALL composed by Fred Stride and recorded on our newest CD, Live at the Ironwood

MARIE’S SHUFFLE as composed by LA musician Tom Kubis

SAMBA DEL GRINGO as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band

MISS MISSOURI as composed by Benny Carter and recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

FUNUPSMANSHIP as composed and recorded by Bob Florence

 

Our superb vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

GET HAPPY as recorded by Helen O’Connell

CHARMED LIFE as recorded by Diana Krall

OUT OF NOWHERE from the movie Dude Ranch

IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON

and an unbelievable arrangement of BLUESETTE

Save your seat for Saturday’s Big Band Brunch today: 403-269-5581.

Doors at the Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th AVE SE) open at noon, and the show is 2-4 p.m.

March 13, 2018
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, March 17

We have another wonderful program coming up this Saturday afternoon featuring great musicians and great music!

Reserve your seat now by calling 403-269-5581.

Doors open at the Ironwood Stage and Grill at noon, and the show is 2-4 p.m.

Some of the band selections include:

YA GOTTA TRY… HARDER as composed by the great Sammy Nestico

AMOROSO as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

BANG THAT WALL , HARVEY! one of the new charts

NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT as recorded by Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico

RIPPIN ’N RUNNIN’ as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE CADILLAC CLUB another “new” chart

MANTECA as written by Dizzy Gillespie

MISS MISSOURI as recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra

PARTY HEARTY as recorded by The Bob Florence Big Band

Some of the selections that our fantastic vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL as composed by Quincy Jones

QUANDO , QUANDO , QUANDO as recorded by many

TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN a classic and much loved by all

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT a brand new arrangement for us by Gordon Goodwin

and as recorded by Ella A TISKET A TASKET

Reserve your seat now by calling 403-269-5581.

Copies of our latest CD, Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood, available for sale at the show!

February 13, 2018
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Valentines Edition! Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

Love is in the air! Bring your Valentine to Big Band Brunch with Prime Time Big Band Saturday, Feb. 17.

Call now to reserve your seat now: 403-269-5581

Some of the band selections include:

BASIE – STRAIGHT AHEAD as recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra

LATINTENSITY a Hank Levy composition as recorded by The US ARMY FIELD BAND JAZZ AMBASSADORS

SADLY as composed by Don Sebesky from the 1999 Grammy Award Best Jazz Composition featuring RICHARD HARDING on ALTO SAX

THE ALBERTA SUITE  ll – North On 93 from our latest CD recording and featuring AL MUIRHEAD on Trumpet and PAT BELLIVEAU on Tenor Sax

SUPERBONE MEETS THE BADMAN as recorded by Maynard Ferguson

READYMIX as recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band and a brand new selection for the band

NO MORE BLUES as composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim

I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU arranged by Quincy Jones, recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra and made famous by Ray Charles

SUGAR as recorded by The Bob Florence Big Band

Some of the selections that DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

THIS CAN’T BE LOVE by Rodgers and Hart

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

L-O-V-E as recorded by Natalie Cole

COME FLY WITH ME

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE by Lennon and McCartney

Join us for a spectacular afternoon of live big band jazz and brunch at The Ironwood Stage and Grill. Call to reserve your seat at 403-269-5581. Doors open at noon and the show is 2-4 p.m.

January 30, 2018
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, Feb. 3

We have an absolutely amazing concert lined up for this coming Saturday afternoon so sure hope to pack the Ironwood once again.

Call now to reserve your seat: 403-269-5811.

Doors at The Ironwood open at noon, and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

Some of the band selections include:

From our latest CD, Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood, which is doing extremely well in both Canada and the US, THE ALBERTA SUITE  IV TURNING HOME as composed by Allan Gilliland.

BIG SWING FACE as recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

HIGHLAND CROSSING as composed and arranged by John La Barbera

OPALS as recorded by The Metropole Orchestra

BUT BEAUTIFUL as recorded by The Bill Holman Band and featuring PAT BELLIVEAU on Tenor

SQUIB CAKES recorded by Tower of Power

FAN IT, JANET as recorded by The Maynard Ferguson Band and featuring BRIAN WALLEY on Trombone and PAT BELLIVEAU on Tenor

SPAIN as composed by Chick Corea and recorded by The Bill Watrous  and The Manhattan Wildlife Refuge Band

I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING as arranged by Patrick Williams and featuring DEREK STOLL on Piano

BLUE FIVE JIVE as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

Our superb vocalist DEANNE MATLEY  will be singing:

720 IN THE BOOKS

AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

COME RAIN OR COME SHINE

GOD BLESS THE CHILD

and a medley of YES SIR, THAT’S MY BABY and BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

Join us Saturday, Feb. 3! Call 403-269-5581 to save your seat!

January 15, 2018
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Prime Time Big Band is BACK for 2018! This is a fantastic way to start the new year with big band jazz!

We can hardly wait to see our wonderful fans and friends Saturday, Jan. 20. Our new CD, Live at the Ironwood, is available at the show!

Some of the band selections include:

STRIKE UP THE BAND, as composed by George and Ira Gershwin and arranged by Sammy Nestico

THOMAS as composed by Sonny Rollins

BASICALLY BLUES as recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

BETTER GIT HIT IN YOUR SOUL as composed by Charles Mingus

SOUL VACCINATION recorded by Tower of Power

THE JOY OF COOKIN’ as recorded and composed by Sammy Nestico

MAMBO composed by Leonard Bernstein from West Side Story

NORWEGIAN WOOD as composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

ROMPIN’ AT THE RENO as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

Some of the selections that our fabulous vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

THOU SWELL

THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU

I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN

MR. ZOOT SUIT

As usual, it is highly recommended you call The Ironwood Stage and Grill soonest for reservations 403 269 5581 Doors open at noon and the concert is 2-4 p.m.

December 13, 2017
by Sherri
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New Year’s Big Band Brunch: Jan. 20, 2018

Kick off the New Year by joining us for Prime Time Big Band Brunch on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

Copies of our new CD, Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood are available for sale at every show!

Reserve your seat at The Ironwood Stage and Grill by calling: 403-269-5581

November 28, 2017
by Sherri
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Christmas Jazz with Prime Time Big Band! Dec. 2, 3 & 9

Our super exciting Christmas concerts are fast approaching and we are all so jazzed about these selections including some fantastic new arrangements for both the band and our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY.

Please call the Ironwood Stage and Grill 403 269 5581 as soon as possible to make reservations for Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3 or Saturday, Dec. 9 concerts. Doors open at noon and show is from 2-4 p.m.

Some of the band selections include:

JOY TO THE WORLD

ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID’S CITY

GOOD SWING WENCESLAS

IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

O COME O LITTLE TOWN

WE THREE KINGS

DECK THE HALLS

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

AWAY IN A MANGER

A JAZZ MUSICIANS CHRISTMAS

SILENT NIGHT

YO TANNENBAUM

Some of the selections that DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

WINTER WONDERLAND

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

CHRISTMAS IS MY FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

JINGLE BELLS

THE CHRISTMAS SONG

I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM

WHITE CHRISTMAS

WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS

LET IT SNOW ! LET IT SNOW ! LET IT SNOW !

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE

SANTA BABY

Please call the Ironwood Stage and Grill 403 269 5581 as soon as possible to make reservations for Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3 or Saturday, Dec. 9 concerts. Doors open at noon and show is from 2-4 p.m.

November 17, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch with Prime Time: Saturday, Nov. 18

Join us for some classic big band jazz this Saturday at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. Call to reserve your seat: 403-269-5581.

You’ll hear:

SWINGING FOR THE FENCES, as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

CARAVAN, composed by Duke Ellington, recorded by the Jim Widner Big Band and featuring RICHARD HARDING on Sax and John de Waal on Drums

THE VERY BEST OF TIMES, as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and featuring ERIC FRIEDENBERG on Sax and SHANE STATZ on Bari.

BUGLE CALL RAG, as composed by Hubie Blake and recorded by Doc Severinsen and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY and the Trumpet Section

IF I WERE A BELLSON, as composed by and recorded by Frank Mantooth and dedicated to the great drummer Louie Bellson  and featuring John de Waal on Drums and Shane Statz on Bari

LIMEHOUSE BLUES featuring KEITH O’ROURKE on Tenor and TRICIA EDWARDS on Piano

YOURS OR MINE OR BLUES as composed by John La Barbera and featuring AL MUIRHEAD on Trumpet

MIRA , MIRA, a fantastic Latin selection featuring ANDRE WICKENHEISER on Trumpet

SEND IN THE CLOWNS as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra and from our latest CD PRIME TIME!

Our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

I WON’T DANCE as recorded by ELLA

FASCINATIN’ RHYTHM also recorded by ELLA

A fantastic arrangement of  THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

’S WONDERFUL a classic as composed by George and Ira Gershwin

and from our new CD  IT DON’T MEAN A THING
This is the last regular concert prior to our fantastic Christmas jazz concerts Dec. 2, 3 and 9.

As usual , please call The Ironwood Stage and Grill 403 269 5581 to reserve your seats. Doors open at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

Our CD, Live at the Ironwood, is available for purchase during our show! 

October 30, 2017
by Sherri
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Saturday, Nov. 4: Big Band Brunch!

You can hear new tunes from Prime Time Big Band’s recently released CD, Live at the Ironwood this Saturday, Nov. 4.

Big Band Brunch features brilliant soloists and some fantastic arrangements, including originals such as Lado a Lado, composed for Prime Time Big Band by Vancouver musician Fred Stride. Seats can be reserved at The Ironwood Stage and Grill by calling 403 269 5581

Saturday’s concert also features a tribute to Remembrance Day with A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square featuring Greg Robertson on bass trombone, and Al Muirhead and Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet.

Other tunes lined up for Saturday’s show are:

Machine, as recorded by the Buddy Rich Big Band featuring Mike Gardner on Tenor

Blue Samuel as composed by Sammy Nestico and recorded by The SWR Big Band and featuring Derek Stoll on Piano , Eric Friedenberg on Alto, Pat Belliveau on Tenor and Brian Walley on Trombone

Nutville, as composed by Horace Silver and recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band on Roar of 74 Album

Hunting Wabbits as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band and featuring Brian Walley on Trombone and Pat Belliveau an Tenor

Tangerine, one of the most beautiful arrangements of this classic by Sammy Nestico

Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Year, as arranged by Patrick Williams and featuring Greg Robertson on Bass Trombone

Our superb Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

A Foggy Day in London Town, another tribute to Remembrance Day and a fantastic arrangement of this beautiful selection

Someone to Watch Over Me as composed by George and Ira Gershwin

What is This Thing Called Love as composed by Cole Porter and recorded by Ella Fitzgerald

Mack the Knife, a fantastic hard swinging arrangement of this classic

Jumpin’ East of Java, as recorded by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Seats can be reserved at The Ironwood Stage and Grill by calling 403 269 5581. Doors open at noon and the concert is from 2 to 4 p.m.

October 12, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood CD is here!

It’s finally here: Prime Time Big Band is excited to share its first-ever live recording – Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood.

Purchase online at Chronograph Records or get your CD in person at any of our live performances at the Ironwood.

Recorded in front of a live audience inside the historic Ironwood Stage and Grill, the big band jazz CD features classic tunes as well as music from two of Canada’s most noteworthy composers. JUNO-nominated producer Kodi Hutchinson – award-winning jazz bassist, CKUA radio host and creative force behind Chronograph Records and JazzYYC, is the album’s producer. Paul Johnston lends his talent as engineer.

Fans can attend the CD launch party featuring a live performance of the tunes Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.

Prime Time Big Band is celebrating its 22nd year and boasts the city’s most celebrated and respected jazz musicians led by Dave Jones. The band is one of Canada’s only regularly performing big bands and has called the Ironwood Stage and Grill home for the past 17 years, playing alternate Saturdays for the wildly popular Big Band Brunch.

Band director Dave Jones says the time is right for a live recording. With its top-tier performers, Prime Time is definitely in its prime.

“There hasn’t been a live record from a big band in forever,” said Jones. “We’re raising our own personal bar with this one.”

“Live at the Ironwood is just that – a special live album that showcases the energy of the band. Live recordings of big bands in the modern day are so rare, and this album certainly stands out as unique.”

Recording a 20-member ensemble, including vocalist Deanne Matley, would be challenging enough in a studio setting. But recording live off the floor in a historic 150-seat club? It’s a daunting task not for the faint of heart.

“It’s definitely a higher rung on the ladder. Bands need musical goals, and recording preserves their performance when they’re at the top of their game,” said Jones.

The CD features all original arrangements which have never before been recorded. The band enlisted two of Western Canada’s most famous composers and arrangers to contribute to Live at the Ironwood.

Commissions from Fred Stride and Allan Gilliland will make this recording truly noteworthy and distinctly Canadian.

Vancouver’s Stride penned Prime Time and Lado a Lado (Side by Side). Stride wrote selections for the Juno Award-winning Tommy Banks at The Montreaux Jazz Festival.

Alberta-based Gilliland’s four-part The Alberta Suite was composed and arranged for the band.

And not forgotten is the band’s signature encore swing tune, Sing, Sing, Sing. Jones says he’s more than pleased to include the fan favourite, only better: the song is arranged by Gilliland.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working on an updated version from Allan. We’ve tried different versions and I even tried changing the encore to give the musicians a change, but people demanded it; they phoned me saying, ‘it leaves us happy and bouncing out of the club.’ How can you argue with that?”

September 25, 2017
by Sherri
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CD RELEASE: PRIME TIME BIG BAND LIVE AT THE IRONWOOD

Join us for the CD release party Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Ironwood!

Call to reserve your seat: 403-269-5581