BIG COLORS
 

With a debut album on 33 Records (33JAZZ213) the Big Colors Big Band is a dynamic & exciting modern 16-piece Band comprising current & ex NYJO players & seasoned professionals.  The aim of Big Colors Big Band is simple-to-entertain audiences with the most exciting big band material around & with some of the finest soloists & ensemble players in the south-east, they are building a reputation for hard-driving, spectacular but accessible performaces. Big Colors is thoroughly eclectric in its taste and whether playing music by Pat Metheny, Chic Corea, Bob Mintzer, Steely Dan or even Frank Zappa - they are committed to the traditions of the great bands in playing thrilling, swinging charts! Although the emphasis is on contemporary big band sounds, they don't forget the roots of the music and alongside contemporary pieces, love to play charts by Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and more.
  
Though all the players in the band are steeped in the tradition of big band playing, Big Colors Big Band want to reach beyond the traditional jazz audiences without sacrificing their commitment to musical quality, they are in the business of bringing new audiences to big band music communicating enjoyment whether at an open-air music festival or a jazz club. Audiences love the mix of swing, latin, funk and rock that they bring to each gig & feedback from gigs has been remarkable.
 
Formed in 2009 by ex NYJO trumpet player David Shiers and drummer Mark Doffman, Big Colors Big Band features some stunning musicians and between them, have played with everyone from Benny Golson, Art Themen, Jacqui Dankworth, Joe Lovano, John Etheridge, Chris Garrick, Steve Waterman and Orphy Robinson to Sir Willard White.