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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

September 18, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Season Opener: Saturday, Sept. 23

We are back! Join us for big band jazz Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Ironwood by reserving your seat: 403-269-5581.

Our first lineup of fantastic selections include:

YA GOTTA TRY, composed by the amazing Sammy Nestico and features our two superb Tenor players Pat Belliveau and Keith O’Rourke

SANDUNGA, as recorded by Trumpet great Arturo Sandoval on Hot House and features Derek Stoll on Piano, Pat Belliveau on Tenor, Shane Statz on Bari and others

WHISPER NOT, as composed by Benny Golson and is a most beautiful selection as recorded by Maynard Ferguson on Come Blow Your Horn

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT as recorded by Patrick Williams and features John deWaal on Drums

VILLAGE DANCE as composed by Tom Kubis as recorded by Bill Watrous who was featured with the band a few years ago

STOLEN MOMENTS, a classic as composed by Oliver Nelson

I’M GONNA TELL as composed by Steve Allen and arranged by Tom Kubis and for sure will get the toes tappin’

THAT’S HOW WE ROLL, a great shuffle chart that features Shane Statz on Bari Sax

BLUES AND THE ABSCESSED TOOTH that will rock the house down!

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

ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET as arranged by Quincy Jones

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FOOL

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT by George and Ira Gershwin

FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE as arranged by Benny Carter, and the thrilling

DAY IN, DAY OUT

Join us for big band jazz Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Ironwood by reserving your seat: 403-269-5581.

June 12, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch: SEASON FINALE SATURDAY, JUNE 17

Prime Time Big Band’s last concert of this performing season is packed with hits!

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

Some of the band selections for Saturday, July 17 include:

LOVE FOR SALE, composed by Cole Porter and recorded by Prime Time Big Band

TIERRASANTA, a fantastic Latin piece that will be a first for the band

A TIME FOR LOVE, composed by Johnny Mandel and recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra and featuring our Trombone Section

LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE, composed by Chuck Mangione and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY

THERE’S THE RUB, a funky piece composed by Gordon Goodwin

BODY AND SOUL, as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra and featuring DEREK STOLL on Piano

SONG FOR BILBAO as composed by Pat Metheny and featuring ANDRE WICKENHEISER on Trumpet and RICHARD HARDING on Sax

HOE DOWN as composed and recorded by Oliver Nelson

JUST FRIENDS a thrilling arrangement dedicated to all our wonderful fans!

Our superb vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

YOU MAKE ME FELL SO YOUNG

THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME by George and Ira Gershwin

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN

EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE

YOU’LL HAVE TO SWING IT (MR PAGANINI )

Call to reserve your seat: 403-269-5581
The Ironwood Stage And Grill
1229 9th AVE SE
Doors open at noon and concert is from 2-4 p.m.

May 29, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch June 3!

With only two shows remaining this season, plan on joining us Saturday, June 3. Call to reserve your seat 403-269-5581
Some of the truly thrilling selections the band will be performing include:

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

OVER F, a brilliant Latin selection as recorded and composed  by John LaBarbera

ISN’T SHE LOVELY as composed by Stevie Wonder and recorded by The Bill Holman Band

IN THE MOOD as recorded by Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band

STRUTTIN’ WITH SOME BARBECUE as composed by Louis Armstrong

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

A SOUNDSKETCH  a composition and recorded by Bob Florence and featuring PAT BELLIVEAU on Tenor

WILLIS as composed and recorded by Bob Florence

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

THE LADY IS A TRAMP

ALL THE WAY also featuring DAVE REID on Trombone

WHAT IS HIP? as recorded by Tower Of Power

EVERYDAY I HAVE THE BLUES

I’VE GOT MY LOVE TO KEEP ME WARM

Reserve your seat by calling 403-269-5581

THE IRONWOOD STAGE AND GRILL
1229 9th AVE SE Calgary, Alberta
Doors open at noon and the concert is from 2 to 4 p.m.

May 15, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band Brunch: Saturday, May 20

It’s the third last last concert before Prime Time Big Band takes a summer break!

Call 403 269 5581 to reserve your seat.

Some of the band selections include:

BLUES FOR HIRE as composed by Mike Tomaro and featuring DEREK STOLL on piano and KEITH O’ROURKE on tenor

LATINTENSITY,  a brilliant Latin selection composed by Hank LEVY and featuring PAT BELLIVEAU on tenor and ANDRE WICKENHEISER on trumpet

WIDE OPEN SPACES, a terrific swing selection composed and recorded by Bob Florence and featuring BRIAN WALLEY on trombone

FANTASY as recorded by Earth, Wind and Fire and a brand new selection for the band

I REMEMBER YOU, as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra

AUTUMN a beautiful ballad featuring KEITH O’ROURKE on tenor

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

a fantastic salute to Big Band Leader WOODY HERMAN called TRIBUTE TO WOODY … Four Brothers …. Early Autumn … Woodchopper’s Ball

Our vocalist  DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

AVALON as recorded by Natalie Cole

BEWITCHED as composed by Rodgers and Hart

TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT  a wonderful jazz classic

ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA  a duet with Pat Belliveau and as recorded by Bette Midler

NIGHT AND DAY composed by Cole Porter and recorded by Ella

and HOW HIGH THE MOON

As usual , please call The Ironwood to make your reservations:

Ironwood Stage and Grill
403 269 5581
1229 9th AVE S.E.
Doors at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

May 1, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, May 6, 2017!

With only four concerts left until a very long summer break, we hope to pack the house and present some thrilling musical selections for your enjoyment!

Reserve seats for our Saturday, May 6 show by calling the Ironwood now at 403-269-5581.

Some of the selections for this coming Saturday include:

LIMEHOUSE BLUES, a brilliant arrangement  of a jazz classic

BEGIN THE BEGUINE another fantastic arrangement of a classic featuring Lead Tenor PAT BELLIVEAU

QUINTESSENCE as arranged by Sammy Nestico and Quincy Jones featuring Lead Alto RICHARD HARDING

EMILY composed by Johnny Mercer and Johnny Mandel and featuring Calgary jazz legend AL MUIRHEAD

BASS FOLK SONG composed by Stanley Clarke and featuring on Bass JEREMY COATES

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

IN A MELLOW TONE as arranged for the Count Basie Orchestra and featuring all the Saxes plus TRICIA EDWARDS on piano

BETWEEN RACES as composed by Chuck Mangione and recorded by The John LaBarbera Big Band

PUMKINETTE as recorded by The Bob Florence Big Band

 

Our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

A WONDERFUL DAY LIKE TODAY as composed by Anthony Newley

the hauntingly beautiful  ballad MISTY

BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON (MEANS THAT YOU’RE GRAND )

BYE BYE BLACKBIRD always a fan favourite

and a cookin’ arrangement of  I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE

Please call the to reserve your seat:

Ironwood Stage and Grill

1229 9th AVE SE

403 269 5581 

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

April 17, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch Saturday, April 22!

Prime Time Big Band presents another wonderful and musical performance Saturday, April 22 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill.

Reserve your seat for Big Band Brunch by calling 403-269-5811.

Some of the band selections include:

ANOTHER EXCUSE TO PLAY THE BLUES, a terrific opener that features a number of the musicians

MAMBO CALIENTE recorded by Arturo Sandoval and will feature all the Saxes

I LOVE YOU composed by the great Cole Porter and recorded by The Les Hooper Big Band featuring on Piano Derek Stoll

LONELY CAROUSEL as composed by Bob Florence and recorded by Prime Time Big Band and featuring local jazz legend Al Muirhead

GET IN LINE, a funky selection composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU, another Cole Porter selection that features Drummer John De Waal

MOOD INDIGO from Sophisticated Ladies and composed by Duke Ellington

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY composed by Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra and featuring on Bari Sax Shane Statz

MAGIC FLEA as composed by the great Sammy Nestico

Our wonderful Vocalist Deanne Matley will be singing

CHEEK TO CHEEK as recorded by Ella

SUMMERTIME as composed by George and Ira Gershwin (from Porgy and Bess)

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE as composed by Johnny Mercer

I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU a super arrangement by John Clayton

MISS OTIS REGRETS as recorded by Bette Midler
The Ironwood Stage and Grill is located at 1229 9th AVE SE Calgary, Alberta.

Call 403-269-5811 for reservations. Doors open at noon and the show is from 2-4 p.m.

April 4, 2017
by Sherri
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Saturday, April 8: Big Band Brunch!

Spring has sprung and we’ve got a sizzling show planned for Saturday’s Big Band Brunch.

Call now to reserve your seat at the Ironwood Stage and Grill: 403-269-5581

Some of the band selections include:

GLADLY as composed by Don Sebesky ­­– a Grammy Award Best Instrumental Jazz Composition and a tribute to Duke Ellington

TIGER OF SAN PEDRO as composed and arranged by John La Barbera and recorded by Bill Watrous who was featured with the band a few years ago

BASICALLY BLUES as composed by Phil Wilson and recorded by Buddy Rich

THE SONG IS YOU as arranged by Patrick Williams and recorded on Sinatraland CD and will feature Lead Alto RICHARD HARDING

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band ….. a real super funky selection

OL’ MAN RIVER a fantastic arrangement of this show tune composed by Jerome Kern and recorded by The Ted Heath Orchestra

CHELSEA BRIDGE as composed by Billy Strayhorn for Duke Ellington

MANTECA a Latin selection composed by Dizzy Gillespie

THE ROTTEN KID as composed by Buddy Greco and recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

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

LET’S FALL IN LOVE composed by Harold Arlen

SURRENDER (TOMORROW NEVER DIES) a James Bond theme song

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU as recorded by Ella

TOO DARN HOT a Cole Porter selection also recorded by Ella

AFTER YOU’VE GONE, a fantastic arrangement

As usual , we strongly suggest you call soonest for reservations:

The Ironwood Stage and Grill
403 269 5581
1229 9th Ave SE

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

March 22, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch concert Saturday, March 25

This coming Saturday afternoon we have one of the most dynamic, musical and demanding shows we have ever put together!

Some of the band selections include:

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

BLUE BOSSA – a classic Latin chart

BOO-DAH  as composed by Billy Strayhorn and recorded by The Duke Ellington Orchestra and a brand new selection for the band

I’LL BE SEEING YOU as recorded by Harry James and his Orchestra and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY

SUPERBONE MEETS THE BADMAN as recorded by The Maynard Ferguson Big Band and featuring DAVE REID on Trombone and SHANE STATZ on Bari Sax

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE  composed by Elmer Bernstein and recorded by The John La Barbera Big Band and featuring RICHARD HARDING on Sax

SANDUNGA –  a fantastic Latin selection as recorded by Arturo Sandoval

THE WIGGLE WALK composed by Benny Carter and recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

and also recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra and a fantastic closer THE GIT featuring JOHN DE WAAL on Drums
Our superb vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be sing a blockbuster line up of selections including

A TISKET A TASKET as recorded by Ella Fitzgerald

COME FLY WITH ME as recorded by Frank Sinatra

LULLABY OF BROADWAY also recorded by Ella

ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE as recorded by Natalie Cole

GET HAPPY as performed by Helen O’Connell

Call The Ironwood Stage and Grill for reservations: 403 269 5581

1229 9th AVE SE

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

March 6, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, March 11

A huge thank you to all the fantastic fans who attended our last concert! So great to see so many great and new fans!

We have a most brilliant concert coming up this Saturday, March 11 afternoon and looking forward to another packed house!

Some of the band selections include:
JACKSON COUNTY JUBILEE as recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra
SAMBA DEL GRINGO as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band
HUNTING WABBITS 2, another brilliant composition by Gordon Goodwin
( IT’S JUST ) TALK as composed by Pat Metheny and recorded by Bob Curnow’s L.A. Big Band
BIRDLAND as recorded by Maynard Ferguson and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY
TRY HARDER, a brand new composition for the band and a smokin’ hot swing tune
ZAMBA as composed by Steve Allen and recorded by the Tom Kubis Big Band and featuring ERIC FRIEDENBERG on Flute
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE as composed and recorded by Oliver Nelson
FUNUPMANSHIP as composed and arranged and recorded by Bob Florence

Some of the selections that DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:
TEA FOR TWO as arranged by Quincy Jones
QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO as recorded by many
ORANGE COLORED SKY as recorded by Natalie Cole
TAKE THE ‘A’ TRAIN arranged by J.J. Johnson
PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ as recorded by Ella Fitzgerald

As always, it is highly recommended that you call the Ironwood Stage and Grill as soon as possible to reserve your seat: 403 269 5581. Doors open at noon and the concert is from 2-4 p.m.

February 21, 2017
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch: Saturday, Feb. 25

Join us for another exciting afternoon edition of Prime Time Big Band Brunch at the Ironwood Stage and Grill Saturday, Feb. 25.

Some of the band selections you’ll hear include:

BASIE – STRAIGHT AHEAD as composed and arranged by the great Sammy Nestico

a wonderful Latin selection, PEGASUS,  as composed and arranged by Hank Levy and recorded by the great Stan Kenton Orchestra

MOANIN’ as composed and recorded by The Charlie Mingus Big Band and featuring Bari Sax man SHANE STATZ 

BLUE CELLOPHONE, a composition by Duke Ellington and featuring Trombonist DAVE REID

PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC as arranged by and recorded  by Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band and featuring Lead Alto Sax man RICHARD HARDING 

ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM as composed and recorded by Stan Kenton

GRACE as composed and arranged and recorded by Quincy Jones and Sammy Nestico and featuring Lead Tenor Sax man PAT BELLIVEAU

BLUE FIVE JIVE as composed by Benny Carter and recorded by the great Count Basie Orchestra

BAHIA YODEL a beautiful Latin chart composed by Steve Allen and recorded by The Tom Kubis Big Band

Our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing

IT’S  ONLY A PAPER MOON as recorded by Natalie Cole

the most beautiful SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME composed by George and Ira Gershwin

VOLARE recorded by many

STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT as recorded by Natalie Cole

and a superb arrangement of  A FOGGY DAY IN LONDON TOWN

Phone to reserve your seat today: 403-269-5581
Ironwood Stage and Grill
1299 9th Ave. S.E.

Doors open at noon, show is from 2-4 p.m.

February 7, 2017
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band: Valentine’s Edition Saturday, Feb. 11

Romance is in the air! Bring your sweetie to Big Band Brunch this Saturday.

Some of the band selections include:

YA GOTTA TRY… HARDER as composed and recorded by Sammy Nestico

HIGHLAND CROSSING as composed and recorded by John La Barbera and his Big Band

I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING – a classic selection arranged by and recorded by Patrick Williams  and featuring on Piano DEREK STOLL

HOSPITAL BLUES as arranged by Tom Kubis and featuring jazz trumpet legend AL MUIRHEAD

RIPPIN ‘N RUNNIN’ as composed by and recorded by Gordon Goodwin and his Big Band

THE BEAT GOES ON as composed by Sonny Bono

ST. THOMAS as composed by Sonny Rollins

MAKIN’ WHOOPEE as arranged by Thad Jones and featuring Lead Trombone BRIAN WALLEY

ROMPIN’ AT THE RENO as composed by Benny Carter and recorded by Count Basie

SUGAR as composed and recorded by Bob Florence

Our wonderful vocalist  DEANNE MATLEY  will be singing some terrific selections including

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

the ever popular MY FUNNY VALENTINE

CAN’T BUY ME LOVE by Lennon and McCartney

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU as arranged by the great Nelson Riddle

JUST IN TIME

Call now to reserve your seat:

The Ironwood Stage and Grill
403-269-5581
1229 9th AVE SE

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

January 23, 2017
by Sherri
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Saturday, Jan. 28 Big Band Brunch Concert!

Our second concert of the year features some absolutely brilliant big band arrangements including:

BIG SWING FACE as recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

SPAIN composed by Chick Corea and recorded by Bill Watrous (who played with us a couple of years ago) and The Manhattan Wildlife Refuge

A TRIBUTE TO ART FERN as recorded by Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass

STARDUST as recorded by Doc Severinsen and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY

SQUIB CAKES originally recorded by Tower Of Power

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

HARLEM NOCTURNE featuring Lead Alto Sax RICHARD HARDING

BETTER GIT HIT IN YOUR SOUL composed by Charles Mingus

I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra

Our wonderful vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

720 IN THE BOOKS

THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA

THIS CAN’T BE LOVE

TUXEDO JUNCTION

I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN
Please remember to call The Ironwood Stage and Grill soonest for reservations (403 269 5581)

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

 

January 9, 2017
by Sherri
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Upcoming concert Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

We are back at The Ironwood Stage and Grill Saturday, Jan. 14 presenting big band jazz at its finest!

As usual, it’s wise to book as soon as possible for our first concert by calling 403-269-5581.

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

Some of the band selections include:

FLIGHT TO NASSAU as recorded by the great Count Basie Orchestra

MIRA, MIRA as recorded by Maynard Ferguson on Body and Soul

OPALS  as recorded by The Metropole Orchestra on I Wished On The Moon

LOVER MAN as arranged by Sammy Nestico

SOUL VACCINATION recorded by Tower of Power

THE VERY BEST OF TIMES and COUNT BUBBA’S REVENGE as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

MAMBO from West Side Story and composed by Leonard Bernstein

So very exciting to be back folks with such a fantastic line up of wonderful big band arrangements

Our fabulous vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU composed by Cole Porter and recorded by many including Frank Sinatra

GOD BLESS THE CHILD as recorded by Billie Holiday

BYE BYE BABY a medley of Bye Bye Blackbird and Yes Sir, Thats My Baby

THOU SWELL as recorded by Natalie Cole

ZOOT SUIT

Avoid disappointment and call The Ironwood in advance to book your seats: 403-269-5581

November 17, 2016
by Sherri
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Christmas Big Band Shows!

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Christmas jazz and big band go together like cookies and sprinkles!

Join Prime Time Big Band for three sensational annual holiday concerts: Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 10.

 Call the Ironwood at 403-269-5581 for reservations.

October 7, 2016
by Sherri
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Join our live audience for Live at the Ironwood recordings!

Prime Time Big Band is excited to announce three concert dates to record a live CD at its home for the past 15 years, the historic Ironwood Stage and Grill.

Listen to CBC Eyeopener story here.

Fans can witness history being made by joining the live audience for recording concerts:

  • Thursday, Nov. 3 8-11 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 4 8-11 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov 5 1-4 p.m.

Book your seat now by calling the Ironwood at (403) 269-5581.

Two of Canada’s most famous composers and arrangers are contributing to Live at the Ironwood.
Commissions from Fred Stride and Allan Gilliland will make this recording truly noteworthy.

Calgary jazz musician Kodi Hutchison is producing the project.

You can also join us Saturday, Oct. 8 to learn more and to hear some sweet sounds!

Call for seats: (403) 269-5581.

September 28, 2016
by Sherri
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Special Sunday Matinee Performance Oct. 2!

 

We’re in the homestretch for our live album recording sessions Nov. 3, 4 and 5!

You can be a part of this amazing recording project, starting Sunday with our special matinee show as we ramp up and perfect our special song arrangements and compositions written for Prime Time Big Band: Live at the Ironwood.

Come on out to hear us performing:

YA GOTTA TRY by Sammy Nestico

LADO A LADO .. SIDE BY SIDE written for the band by Fred Stride who also wrote selections for the Juno winning CD Tommy Banks at The Montreaux Jazz Festival

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT, a jazz classic by Allan Gilliland who composed Dreaming of The Masters for Jens Lindemann , a composition that has received world-wide acclaim

HUSH for our very own Tenor Sax man KEITH O’ROURKE, a beautiful ballad

another Fred Stride composition that will certainly be considered right up there with Groovin’ Hard by Don Menza ( recorded on our last CD) PRIME TIME

the fourth movement to the ALBERTA SUITE composed by Allan Gilliland  TURNING HOME

And a special surprise for our signature tune SING, SING, SING!

Some of the selections DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include

YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME composed by Cole Porter

SUMMERTIME by George Gershwin

MAMBO ITALIANO as recorded by Bette Midler

PICK YOURSELF UP as recorded by Ella

TAKING A CHANCE ON LOVE
Folks, this will be a fantastic concert and one that I truly hope all can attend. Your support is so appreciated!

Call the Ironwood for reservations: 403 269 5581. Doors at noon and concert from 2-4 p.m.