Prime Time Big Band – Dave Jones – Director
Prime Time Big Band, led by bandleader David Jones, comprises 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 over
28 years. The band is comprised of Calgary’s top professional musicians and rehearses weekly.
Prime Time Big Band has performed hundreds of engagements and has featured jazz artists such as P.J. Perry, Guido Basso, Alistair Kay, Bobby Shew, Hugh Fraser, Mike Tomaro, Phil Woods, Bob Mintzer, George Robert, Ian McDougall, Paul Wertico, Andrea Tofanelli, Adam Rapa, Chris Jaudes, Walter White, Sean Jones, Allan Vizzutti, Jens Lindemann, Tommy Banks, Doc Severinsen, Matt Catingub and Gary Guthman.
The band has a current library of more than 4000 compositions, including Big Band Swing, BeBop, Latin, Contemporary Jazz Standards, Popular Tunes and Rock. It also has a dance library of over 1000 arrangements of all styles from the 1940s to the present day.
Calgary musicians who are performing with Prime Time Big Band include: Richard Harding, John Roggensack, Pat Belliveau, Keith O’Rourke, Shane Statz on Saxophone and Woodwinds; Jim Murray, Leanne Paisley, Jeff Bryant, and Al Muirhead on Trumpet and Flugelhorn; Brian Walley, Dave Reid, Mark Harding, Paul Toutant, on Trombones; Derek Stoll on Piano, Jeremy Coates on Bass, John De Waal on Drums, Adam Mailman on Percussion, Tina Hartt and Deanne Matley on Vocals.
Over the past 23 years, Prime Time Big Band has enjoyed a “steady “Saturday afternoon two-hour jazz gig at The Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary, Alberta.
Big band jazz from the 1940s to the present day, including hits from the Buddy Rich Big Band, the Bob Florence Big Band, the Stan Kenton Band, the Count Basie Big Band, the John LaBarbera Big Band, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and other big bands are featured.
John de Waal