Here’s some great history of both Company B Jazz Band and Josh Roberts Orchestra:
Commissioned by the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, the Company B Big Band is a 12-piece group in the style of dance bands from the 1930s and ’40s. Vancouver’s Company B Jazz Band, normally a 6-piece group featuring a female vocal trio, jumped at the opportunity to double their numbers and perform the arrangements of such big bands as the Duke Ellington Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
The Josh Roberts Orchestra was founded as an eight-piece in 2014 for Vancouver’s local Frankie 100 celebrations and expanded into a ten-piece, hard-swinging big band in 2016 for Lindy Bout X. The band features the music of Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Chick Webb, and many other greats of the thirties and forties.
When the two groups discovered their shared love of big band music and essentially identical instrumentation, it was undeniable that they should join forces! With the polished skills of an all-star cast of band members, the end result is a repertoire stacked with irresistible high energy music that sends you right back to the Swing era dance halls.
This was one of the most fun evenings we have produced. – Ray Nyuli, Entertainment Management, Kamloops, BC
…the hit of the Pender Harbour Jazz Festival. Total Fun! – Pender Harbour Music Society
The line-up includes:
Vocals: Juhli Conlin, Shannon Scott, Bonnie Northgraves
Saxes: Jens Christiansen, Joshua Capri, Dan Pigott
Brass: Kent Wallace, Bonnie Northgraves, Trevor Whitridge, Luis Melgar
Piano: Shannon Thue
Guitars: Josh Roberts, Dave Taylor
Bass: Jennifer Hodge
Drums: Nick James
There’s special pricing for this one-time event:
Intro to Swing (Swing 1-2) – free
All other RCP students (with student card) – $5
If you’re not a Rhythm City Productions student, the price is the same as other band nights:
$18 at the door
Bookings are closed for this event.