Prime Time Big Band – Dave Jones – Director
Prime Time Big Band, led by bandleader David Jones, is composed of Calgary’s most prominent musicians.
Captain Dave Jones formed Prime Time Big Band in 1994 after serving in the Canadian Forces Music Branch as a trumpeter and conductor for more than 27 years. The band is comprised of Calgary’s top professional musicians and rehearses weekly. Since the beginning, Prime Time has performed hundreds of engagements featuring jazz artists such as P.J. Perry, Guido Basso, Alastair Kay, Bobby Shew, Phil Nimmons, Hugh Fraser, Mike Tomaro, Peter Appleyard, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, George Robert, Ian McDougall, Paul Wertico, Mike Herriott, Andrea Tofanelli, Adam Rapa, Ingrid Jensen, Chris Jaudes, Walter White, Sean Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Allen Vizzutti, Tommy Banks, Pete Christlieb, Doc Severinsen and Matt Catingub.
The band has a current library of more than 3000 compositions including Big Band Swing, BeBop, Latin, Contemporary Jazz Standards, Popular Tunes and Rock. It also has a dance library of over 600 arrangements of all styles from the 1940s to the present day.
Calgary Musicians who are performing regularly with Prime Time Big Band include : Richard Harding , John Roggensack , Pat Belliveau , Mike Gardner , Jim Brenan , Keith O’Rourke , Sean Craig , Shane Statz and Nate Waters on Saxophone and Woodwinds ; Jim Murray , Leanne Paisley , Chuck Mallett , Craig McGown , Jon Day and Al Muirhead on Trumpet and Flugelhorn ; Brian Walley , Dave Reid , Mark Harding , Dylan Martin , Michael Callander and Tyler Cairns on Trombones ; Derek Stoll and Egor Ukoloff on Piano , Rob Hutchinson on Bass , John DeWaal on Drums, Adam Mailman , Dylan Weist and Mike Schuett on Percussion and Deanne Matley on Vocals.