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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.

September 19, 2016
by Sherri
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Saturday, Sept. 24: Welcome back!

Yes folks, we are back at the Ironwood starting our 17th season!

This is a very special season and we are so excited to invite everybody to our live recording on Nov. 3, 4 and 5 for our upcoming CD: Live at the Ironwood. You can join us and be part of history!

Here’s what you’ll be hearing this Saturday at Big Band Brunch:

LADO A LADO ( Side By Side ) as composed by Fred Stride

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE , as arranged by Greg Bush and featuring Lead Trumpet Player Jim Murray and Tenor Sax man Keith O’Rourke

A HEFTI DOSE OF BASIE, a beautiful ballad composed by Patrick Williams

LA ALMEJA PEQUENA: a fantastic Latin selection composed by Gordon Goodwin

CAUGHT SPEEDING composed by Sammy Nestico and recorded by Count Basie

Magical stuff folks!

Some of the vocals 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

FALLING IN LOVE WITH LOVE, as arranged by Benny Carter

DAY IN, DAY OUT

All fantastic arrangements sung by this brilliant vocalist! Should be a most outstanding start to this fall season, folks.

TICKETS: After recent conversations with the Club owner, there will be a very small increase to the cover charge due to increased food, beverage and minimum wage. So from the past five or six years’ rate of $21 for adults, this will now be $24 plus GST and for students it will increase from $15 to $17 plus GST. Thanks for your understanding and support!

As usual, it is always best to call The Ironwood Stage And Grill for reservations  403 269 5581

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

June 14, 2016
by Sherri
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Final show of the season: Saturday, June 18 with Campbell Ryga!

We’re saluting summer with the final concert of our 16th season at the Ironwood Stage and Grill!

Juno Award winner Campbell Ryga is joining us as guest soloist. Campbell is an award-winning alto sax talent, who appeared on Michael Buble’s Grammy Award winning recording, Crazy Love, in 2010. He tours internationally performing live, and is in demand for recording projects.

Call for reservations today: 403 269 5581  Tickets $30  for adults.

We have wanted to feature this wonderful musician for a long time and now with the assistance of Jazz YYC, we are excited to bring you this outstanding jazz performer.

Some of the selections our special guest Campbell will be performing include:

  • NUFSICISUM as composed and recorded by Phil Nimmons
  • CONFIRMATION as composed by Rob McConnell and recorded by The Boss Brass
  • THE QUINTESSENCE as arranged by Quincy Jones
  • SISTER  SADIE as arranged by Michael Abene
  • SADLY as composed by Don Sebesky: a Grammy Award composition
  • ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE as recorded by The Boss Brass
  • FOUR KISSES as composed and arranged by Ron Collier

On Saturday, you will also hear these tunes:

  • LOVE FOR SALE as composed by Cole Porter and recorded by Prime Time Big Band
  • SONG FOR BILBAO as composed by Pat Metheny …. an unbelievable Latin chart …..
  • HOE DOWN ” as composed by Oliver Nelson

DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

  • THE LADY IS A TRAMP
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
  • TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
  • MAMBO ITALIANO

 

May 30, 2016
by Sherri
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Only two shows left: June 4 and June 18

It is hard to believe but we have only two shows left this season! Our Saturday, June 4 show is the second last Saturday afternoon concert of our 16th season at The Ironwood. Time travels so fast when you are having so much fun!

And on Saturday, June 18, don’t miss our special guest at our final season concert: the brilliant alto sax player CAMPBELL RYGA from Vancouver is joining us as a special guest soloist. Call 403-269-5581 for tickets.

Saturday June 4: We have another terrific line up of selections which include:

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

LA ALMEJA PEQUENA, a wonderful Latin selection as composed by Gordon Goodwin and recorded by his Big Band

CELEBRATION SUITE Slow Dance as composed by Bob Brookmeyer and featuring bari sax man GARETH BANE

A TIME FOR LOVE as composed by Johnny Mandel and recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra

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

STOLEN MOMENTS as composed by Oliver Nelson

RIDE THE NIGHT BEAST an unbelievable Latin Rock selection featuring our Rhythm Section

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

Talk about another fantastic list of band charts, folks!

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

‘S WONDERFUL as composed by George and Ira Gershwin

SUMMERTIME another Gershwin composition

WHAT IS HIP? originally recorded by Tower of Power

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE as composed by Johnny Mercer and the fantastic

I’M GONNA LIVE TILL I DIE as recorded by Queen Latifah
Tickets available by calling 403-269-5581

The Ironwood Stage and Grill 1229 9th Ave. S.E.
Doors open at noon and concert from 2 to 4 p.m.

May 17, 2016
by Sherri
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Saturday, May 21 big band brunch!

It is hard to believe but we have only three concerts left before a long summer break.

Then we’re back in September to start our buildup for recording our “Live At The Ironwood” CD. Super exciting stuff, folks!

This Saturday, May 21 we have put together an unbelievable and amazing concert! Some of the band selections include:

GROOVIN’ HARD  as composed by Don Menza and recorded by Prime Time Big Band

OVER F, a fantastic Latin selection that was recorded by The John LaBarbera Big Band

TIME FOR A CHANGE  a Hank Levy composition recorded by The Airmen of Note

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

THERE’S THE RUB  a Gordon Goodwin composition and recorded by his Big Band

MR LUCKY a past hit TV show theme recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

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

 ARTISTRY IN RHYTHM composed and recorded by Stan Kenton

JUST FRIENDS  as recorded by The Boss Brass

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

YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG

THEY CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME

ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA

I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU

AVALON as recorded by Natalie Cole

Another amazing concert folks and one not to miss!
As usual folks, please call 403 269 5581 as soon as possible to reserve seats for this Saturday’s concert.

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

The Ironwood Stage and Grill
1229 9th AVE S.E.

May 2, 2016
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band welcomes Alastair Kay May 7!

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On Saturday, May 7, we have the spectacular Alastair Kay on Trombone as our special guest. We are so very thrilled to have this world-class soloist performing with us once again! Call for tickets today: Ironwood Stage And Grill 403 269 5581 

Al Kay has performed with ELLA FITZGERALD, BUDDY RICH , FRANK SINATRA, HARRY CONNICK JR., DIZZY GILLESPIE, TONY BENNETT, PHIL WOODS, MEL TORME, RENEE ROSNES, DIANA KRALL, LIONEL HAMPTON, BILL WATROUS and played Lead Trombone with ROB MCCONELL’S BOSS BRASS for 15 years. Al Kay is the first call player for all studio, theatre, and jazz gigs in Toronto. He has played on more than a thousand radio, TV jingles and sound tracks. Al has also performed on numerous Broadway shows and with smphony orchestras. 

Some of Al Kay’s selections include:  

  • “HUM” a terrific swingin’ composition by jazz legend Bob Brookmeyer
  • “THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC” a classic that was arranged by Al
  • “ALL THE WAY” a fabulous arrangement by our own AL MUIRHEAD featuring AL KAY and Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY
  • “FOR SONNY” a fantastic Afro-Cuban chart arranged by Canadian musician Dean McNeill
  • “BLUE DANIEL” as recorded by Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass
  • “TRINACRIA” another superb Afro-Cuban chart arranged by Al 
  • “I’LL NEVER SMILE AGAIN” a classic arranged by Al
  • “JUST FRIENDS” as recorded by The Boss Brass

    You’ll hear Prime Time Big Band perform:

  • “STRIKE UP THE BAND” as recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra
  • “SANDUNGA” a terrific Latin selection recorded by Arturo Sandoval
  • “ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET” as recorded by The Les Hooper Big Band.  

Some of DEANNE MATLEY’S other selections include

  • “EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES” as recorded by Diane Schuur
  • “TOO DARN HOT” as recorded by ELLA

“COMES LOVE ” a duet with AL KAY!

Folks , this will be such a fantastic concert. We can hardly wait. We are selling tickets for this concert so please call 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.

Needless to say, this will be one not to miss !!

 

April 18, 2016
by Sherri
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Big Band Brunch at the Ironwood Saturday April 23!

We have another fabulous live jazz concert this Saturday – hope to see you for Big Band Brunch!

Ironwood Stage and Grill …… 1229 9th Ave SE ….. 403 269 5581 ….. doors at noon and concert is from 2-4 p.m.

Some of the band selections for this absolutely amazing concert include:

GLADLY (Movement  1 of Joyful Noise Suite 1999 tribute to Duke Ellington), composed by Don Sebesky

TIGER OF SAN PEDRO, as composed by John LaBarbera and recorded by The Bill Watrous Band

WHISPER NOT, composed by Benny Golson and recorded by Maynard Ferguson

IT’S NOT POLITE TO POINT, as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and featuring our Trombone Section

DOWN TO THE NIGHTCLUB made famous by Tower of Power

THE KID FROM RED BANK composed by Neal Hefti and featuring Derek Stoll on Piano

BEGIN THE BEGUINE composed by Cole Porter and featuring Pat Belliveau on Tenor Sax

THAT’S HOW WE ROLL, a terrific shuffle chart featuring Gareth Bane on Bari Sax.

All fantastic selections folks! Some of the selections DEANNE MATLEY will be singing include:

A WONDERFUL DAY LIKE TODAY

MISTY composed by Erroll Garner

BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

HOW HIGH THE MOON

AFTER YOU’VE GONE

  • Another reminder that you can purchase your tickets at The Ironwood for the AL KAY concert on May 7 from the Ironwood servers. This will be an amazing concert folks featuring one of the finest Trombone Soloists in North America so please don’t wait to buy your tickets folks

See you Saturday!

Dave Jones

April 5, 2016
by Sherri
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Trumpeter Jens Lindemann joining us Saturday, April 9

We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant and world-class trumpet virtuoso JENS LINDEMANN is joining us at this Saturday’s concert!

Call now for reservations at The Ironwood Stage And Grill (403 269 5581 ….. 1229 9th Ave SE …. ….. doors at 12 noon and concert from 2-4 p.m.

Jens Lindemann is in Calgary performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Friday and Saturday (and was here for the Juno Awards) and we are over the moon to have him sit in with us!

Jens will be performing the beautiful OBLIVION. Here are some other tunes you’ll be hearing:

SUMMERTIME as composed by George and Ira Gershwin and recorded on the Bill Potts The Jazz Soul of Porgy and Bess

LATINTENSITY as composed by Hank Levy and recorded by The United States Army Jazz Ambassadors

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT as arranged by Patrick Williams and featuring Drummer JOHN DEWAAL

HIT THE GROUND RUNNING; a funky chart as composed by Gordon Goodwin and recorded by his Big Phat Band

IN A MELLOW  TONE as composed by Duke Ellington and recorded by The Buddy Rich Big Band

MAMBO CALIENTE, a fantastic Latin selection featuring the Sax section

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

PUMPKINETTE as composed by Bob Florence and recorded by his Big Band

Our fabulous Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing:

SURRENDER (TOMORROW NEVER DIES ) arranged by local musician Dave Prentice and is of course a James Bond theme

LET’S FALL IN LOVE

THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU as recorded by Ella Fitzgerald

JUST IN TIME

GET HAPPY as performed by Helen O’Connell

March 22, 2016
by Sherri
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Saturday, March 26 Big Band Brunch!

We have another spectacular concert coming up this weekend and sure hope you can all make it.
Some of the band selections include:
JACKSON COUNTY JUBILEE as composed by Benny Carter and recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra
BLUE BOSSA, a classic Latin selection
MINUANO (SIX EIGHT) composed by Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, recorded by Bob Curnow’s L.A. Big Band and folks … a real masterpiece for big band
SOMEWHERE OUT THERE as recorded by The Airmen of Note and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY
SUPERBONE MEETS THE BADMAN as recorded by Maynard Ferguson and featuring Lead Trombone BRIAN WALLEY and BARI SAX man GARETH BANE
THE SONG IS YOU featuring Lead Alto KEITH O’ROURKE
another terrific Latin chart called MANTECA
DECOUPAGE as recorded by The Stan Kenton Orchestra

Our fantastic

Vocalist DEANNE MATLEY will be singing some of the following classics:
A TISKET A TASKET as recorded by Ella Fitzgerald
COME FLY WITH ME as recorded by Frank Sinatra
LULLABY OF BROADWAY
PICK YOURSELF UP also as recorded by Ella.
For sure a fantastic concert from top to bottom folks!
Just as a quick reminder: call The Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th Ave. S.E.) as soon as possible for reservations (403 269 5581)
Doors open at noon. Concert from 2 to 4 p.m.

If for any reason you must change your reservation, please call the Ironwood soonest so that the staff have a chance to call folks on the wait list. So much appreciated by all the musicians and staff!

Cheers for now
Dave Jones
Director

March 7, 2016
by Sherri
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Make plans for Big Band Brunch Saturday March 12!

We love our sold-out Saturdays at the Ironwood Stage and Grill! We have another great big band brunch show this Saturday, March 12.

Call now for reservations and join us 403 269 5581.

Some of the band selections you’ll hear include:

  • BASIE STRAIGHT AHEAD as composed by the super talented composer and band leader Sammy Nestico
  • SAMBA DEL GRINGO as composed and recorded by Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band
  • WIDE OPEN SPACES as composed by Bob Florence and his Big Band and featuring lead Trombone BRIAN WALLEY
  • MOANIN’ as composed by and recorded by Charlie Mingus and his Big Band and featuring Bari Sax man GARETH BANE
  • BIRDLAND as recorded by Maynard Ferguson and featuring Lead Trumpet JIM MURRAY
  • IT’S ALL RIGHT WITH ME by Cole Porter as recorded by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and featuring Lead Alto RICHARD HARDING
  • ZAMBA as composed by Steve Allen and featuring ERIC FRIEDENBERG on flute
  • FUNUPSMANSHIP as composed and recorded by Bob Florence and his big band.

Singer DEANNE MATLEY will be performing:

  • TEA FOR TWO
  • QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO
  • ORANGE COLORED SKY
  • TAKE THE A TRAIN
  • A FOGGY DAY IN LONDON TOWN

NEWS: Stay tuned to learn more about our special May 7 concert featuring trombonist Al Kay! 

February 22, 2016
by Sherri
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Saturday, Feb. 27 show!

This coming Saturday we have another wonderful concert showcasing our fantastic Prime Time Big Band musicians.

Some of the band selections include :

  • BIG SWING FACE as recorded by the Buddy Rich Big Band
  • a terrific Latin selection called PEGASUS as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra
  • a terrific standard arranged by Patrick Williams called I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING featuring Derek Stoll on Piano
  • as composed by Quincy Jones and arranged by Sammy Nestico GRACE a beautiful ballad featuring Pat Belliveau on Tenor Sax. ,
  •  as recorded by The Big Phat Band  PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC featuring Richard Harding on Alto Sax
  • as composed by Sonny Bono THE BEAT GOES ON
  • as composed by Sonny Rollins  ST. THOMAS
  • and as composed by Bill Holman and recorded by The Count Basie Orchestra THE GIT

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

  • IT’S ONLY A PAPER MOON
  • SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
  • VOLARE
  • STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT
  • BIG TIME

    As usual, please call the Ironwood Stage and Grill soonest for reservations 403 269 5581

Doors at noon and the concert is from 2 to 4 pm.

If you need to adjust your reservation , please call the club ASAP so that folks on the wait list will have a chance to attend.

Many thanks from all the musicians and staff!

 

 

 

February 9, 2016
by Sherri
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Big Band Beats for your Sweetie!

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Romance is in the air! We don’t need Valentine’s Day to remind us, but it helps!

Saturday, Feb. 13 is a most special concert for us with lots of love to all.

Some of the band selections include:

YA GOTTA TRY … HARDER

HIGHLAND CROSSING

GENTLE PIECE

I’LL BE SEEING YOU

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

INTERMISSION RIFF

Some of the selections Deanne Matley will be singing include:

L-O-V-E

MY FUNNY VALENTINE

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

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU

JUST IN TIME

We’re expecting a packed house, so don’t delay! Call The Ironwood Stage And Grill ….. 1229 9th Ave SE …. 403 269 5581 …… doors at noon and the concert runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Many thanks from the musicians and staff!

November 30, 2015
by Sherri
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Christmas Jazz with Prime Time Big Band!

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

Join Prime Time Big Band for our annual holiday concerts: Saturday, Dec. 4, Sunday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 12 (call the Ironwood at 403-269-5581 for reservations).

Deanne Matley will get you in the mood with these gems:Prime Time Big Band singer Deanne Matley

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Jingle Bell Rock

Santa Baby

White Christmas

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Christmas Time is Here

The Christmas Song

And Prime Time Big Band will celebrate with jazzy versions of:

Joy To The World

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Oh Holy Night

Away in a Manger

Deck the Halls

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

We Three Kings

God Rest Ye Merry Trombones

Join us!

 

 

November 23, 2015
by Sherri
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Tommy Banks arranging Prime Time Big Band signature tune for live CD recording

 

Tommy Banks and Prime Time Big Band leader Dave Jones

Tommy Banks and Prime Time Big Band leader Dave Jones

 

The great Tommy Banks played to a sold-out Ironwood Stage and Grill crowd during our Prime Time Big Band brunch fundraiser.

Thanks to our generous supporters, we are now nearly at the halfway mark of funding for our live CD recording the New Year.

But we’re not finished with Tommy Banks yet: one repeated song request from generous fans who have added to the CD project funding pot is the band’s signature encore swing tune, Sing, Sing, Sing. Prime Time Big Band leader Dave Jones says he’s more than pleased to include the toe-tapper on the recording, only better: the song will be arranged by Tommy Banks himself.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working on an updated version from Tommy,” says Jones. “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?”

Having the support from Banks at the fundraising concert was a big boost, said Jones.

“He’s an exceptional musician. He’s a jazz master. All of his performances without exception are thrilling. He does the right thing at the right time always, it’s amazing and that’s just his piano playing. He’s a hero to a lot of people. He’s certainly highly respected and revered all over the world.”

Thank you, Tommy Banks! And thank you to our generous fans, who are helping make our live CD recording a reality.

Stay tuned for more news about how you can be part of Prime Time Big Band history!

To donate, please contact Dave Jones.

November 10, 2015
by Sherri
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Prime Time Big Band joined by Tommy Banks at fundraising concert for CD recording: Live at the Ironwood

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Nov. 6, 2015 Calgary, AB — Prime Time Big Band is excited to announce a fundraising concert to record a live CD at its home for the past 15 years, the historic Ironwood Stage and Grill.

Band leader Dave Jones says the time is right for a live recording. With its notable members, Prime Time is in its prime, thanks to solid performances and a remarkable roster of 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.

Legendary jazz musician Tommy Banks is also on that list, and is returning to join Prime Time on grand piano for its fundraising concert Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. Proceeds from the event go towards funding a live recording, slated for the new year. Included at the fundraiser is a silent auction for private home concerts with members of Prime Time Big Band, and more.

“We’ve raised our own personal bar. We’re backing some of the greats in the music world, our heroes. The time is right,” said Jones. “Bands need musical goals, and recording preserves their performance when they’re at the top of their game.”

Prime Time Big Band’s 2006 debut CD, For Our Friends, successfully sold more than 5,000 copies. Now nearly a decade later, the jazz band’s loyal followers are helping fund a new live recording, proving that fans are just as committed to preserving the big band genre as Prime Time is. Nearly 25 per cent of the project’s costs have been raised for the live recording session,

Since its last recording, the band’s personnel has seen some changes, including the addition of singing sensation Deanne Matley, Prime Time’s permanent vocalist.

“One-third of our band is new since our last recording, including Deanne who was not on our CD. We’re getting specific requests for Deanne from fans,” said Jones.

One repeated song request from generous fans who have added to the CD project pot is the band’s signature encore swing tune, Sing, Sing, Sing. Jones says he’s more than pleased to include the toe-tapper, only better: the song will be arranged by Tommy Banks himself.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working on an updated version from Tommy. 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?”

Having the support from Banks at the fundraising concert is a big boost, said Jones.

“He’s an exceptional musician. He’s a jazz master. All of his performances without exception are thrilling. He does the right thing at the right time always, it’s amazing and that’s just his piano playing. He’s a hero to a lot of people. He’s certainly highly respected and revered all over the world.”

For interviews, contact Dave Jones: 403-253-3042

  • What: Prime Time Big Band with special guest Tommy Banks
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 21 2-4 p.m.
  • Where: Ironwood Stage and Grill (1229 9th Avenue S.E)
  • Tickets: $30 available by calling (403) 269-5581
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