Saxophones: Clay Lyons & Allison Burik, alto | Paul Melhus & Gustavo D’Amico, tenor | Joe Gardella, baritone
Trumpets: Kai Sandoval, Ron Warburg, Neal Rosenthal, Jonah Francese, Taylor Kelly (and vocals)
Trombones: Yas Fukami, Eric Stilwell, Mike Wang, Rob Krahn
Guitar: Shubh Saran | Piano: Zerlina Devi | Bass: Neil Patton | Drums: Helen De La Rosa
An 18-piece swing band made up of graduates and students of the Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, Thinkin’ Big is bringing new life to big band music. Comprised of an impressive collection of New England’s most promising rising stars, the band performs classics from the American Songbook and vintage big band standards as well as a healthy dose of sophisticated originals.
Formed in 2010, Thinkin’ Big began as a way for Berklee and NEC students to showcase their own compositions and quickly grew into a dynamic ensemble that has become one of the most innovative and fresh groups playing big band music in the region. Thinkin’ Big is intent on not only keeping the spirit of big band music alive, but pushing it into new exciting directions. They have released three records, the most recent being 2015’s Kaleidoscope.
Under the guidance of bandleader/trumpeter/composer Jonah Francese, Thinking Big have headlined some of the finest venues in New England, including Ryles Jazz Club, Johnny D’s and the Atlantic Wharf, as well as small tours in the Northeast and Canada. With styles ranging from swing, to funk, to latin, Thinkin’ Big’s unique sound pushes the limit on traditional expectations of a big band, defying categorization to create a modern-day large ensemble.
Due to the volume level of this concert, please note that the window may be closed for acoustical reasons during the performance.
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