Making their first appearance at ‘Jazz at Jamison’ is the John Smith Little Big Band. A collection of seasoned big band musicians formed a new band in 2021 to fill a residency at the Fraternity Club in Wollongong. Leader John Smith is thrilled at the success of his new little big band, now enjoying great popularity throughout the Illawarra region.
This 8-piece group consists of 5 talented horn players & a full rhythm section playing a combination of big band styles with the addition of vocals from time to time as is the tradition of big bands.
The John Smith Little Big band plays a variety of well-known jazz favourites using arrangements written specifically for their smaller big band format. Expect to hear music from composers and artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Irving Berlin, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rogers, Morgan Lewis and Henry Mancini, to name a few.
If you love that swinging big band sound, you are in for a great afternoon of entertainment with the John Smith Little Big Band.