The L'll Big band is a Peterborough based Big Band and performs regularly in the Kawarthas. We were featured performers at the 2016 Lakefield Jazz Festival.The group was formed in 2004 by Age Smies and Murray Carew. This ensemble was assembled with the intention of promoting the authentic “Big Band” sound.
The L'll Big Band has sixteen members and our instrumentation is built upon a model popular in the “Big Band Era”. We specialise in performing for dances and provide hits of the famous Big Bands, often using the original arrangements made famous by bands like Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich. We have a large repertoire and can perform a wide variety of music ranging from old chestnuts like “In The Mood”, to more modern arrangements of music by artists such as Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys!
Although our primary performance choice is for dancing, we are also available for shows geared specifically for a listening audience. Toe tapping is not only allowed, but also highly recommended!
Our current instrumentation is:
Four saxes, four trombones, four trumpets, a bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard and percussion.
Saxophones: Sim Wierdsma, Vicki Wilson*, Kieth Allen, William Hamilton**
Trumpets: Andrew Jourard, Pat Remy, Rob Newby*, Peter Chappell
Trombones: Mary Blinkhorn, Len Minty, Ken Abraham, Blair Bailey
Keyboard: Bruce Cole
Guitar: Ken Blinkhorn
Bass Guitar: Jeff Weismiller
Drums: Leigh Prentice