the Junius Courtney Big Band w/ Denise Perrier
19 piece swing jazz band
$18.50 advance / $19.50 at door
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February 27 8:00 pm
You can bet that the dance floor will be open for business when the Junius Courtney Big Band with Denise Perrier hits our stage for their first appearance at the New Freight!
This stellar big band, founded in 1966 by New Orleans trumpeter, Junius Courtney, never fails to bring down the house with its powerhouse repertoire of merciless swing, blues, and gutsy improvisation. As jazz journalist Andy Gilbert states: "With a treasure trove of vivid, well-crafted arrangements and a veteran cast of players who know how to tell a rousing story in eight bars, the Junius Courtney Big Band is an invaluable Bay Area institution...[T]he band swings with power and concision, delivering its zesty charts with a confident swagger. And when the band features the supremely stylish Denise Perrier, a savvy singer equally at home crooning ballads or belting the blues...Look out!"
Led by drummer Nat Courtney, son of the late bandleader and trumpet player Junius Courtney, and under the musical direction of George "Jazzbeaux" Spencer, the Junius Courtney Big Band thrives via a combination of exciting jazz charts and impressive jazz chops. The band redefines the classics and presents originals as new as tomorrow morning. And as audiences have found, the Junius Courtney Big Band lifts off in live performance to delirious realms of swing.
So come on over and shake a tailfeather, or sit back in our comfy concert seating and enjoy as this powerhouse entourage serves up the swing!
Listen to a track from the Junius Courtney Big Band: