Big Lucky

Why book Big Lucky?

BIG LUCKY has performed in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Paris, Budapest & many other exotic locations! This band can perform with as few as 3 musicians to as many as 20 for our big band/orchestra sound. We perform our own arrangements of music from 1920's to the 1970's, and also have original songs with a Jazz influence. The band consists of the finest touring and studio musicians in Los Angeles with impressive resumes. Check out our CD "The Venture Capital Follies of 1929" on itunes and CDBaby. It%u2019s release led to gigs for BIG LUCKY at venues such as the landmark Biltmore hotel in downtown LA, as well as appearances on hit HBO shows Entourage and Curb you Enthusiasm.


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Booking Info

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  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

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Big Lucky

Torch diva Val Peterson was performing at a club in Hollywood when saxophonist Paul Frederick introduced himself and ended up sitting in with her band. Both vintage music lovers, soon BIG LUCKY was born and hasn't stopped since. Blending influences such as Cole Porter, Artie Shaw, Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald, and so many more from the jazz age, the two conceptualized a band that could bring a... modern sensibility to the sophisticated popular American music of the past.

BIG LUCKY began as a five piece jazz combo, playing locally in their home Los Angeles and across the country in New York, Las Vegas, San Fransisco, Orlando, El Paso, and up and down the west coast. After adding a horn section, a patron and aficionado of rare Gatsby era orchestral jazz commissioned BIG LUCKY to record their album The Venture Capital Follies of 1929. Calling upon his skills as a film composer and arranger, Paul created transcriptions for an 18 piece orchestra, and Val studied the execution common to singing in the 20’s. Critiques of the album praised it’s attention to detail, superlative sound quality and excellent musicianship. It’s release led to gigs for BIG LUCKY at venues such as the landmark Biltmore hotel in downtown LA, as well as guest appearances on hit HBO shows Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

BIG LUCKY is currently recording a new album, Around the World with Big Lucky. In addition to their love of jazz, Val sings in five languages and the duo share a love of movie themes from the 50’s and 60’s. Around the World with Big Lucky blends European, folk, and gypsy elements with Mancini-esque orchestrations to transport us on a musical journey straight into a world of martini chic. The album is an evolution of their project Euro Trio, unapologetically romantic and adding the formidable talents of accordion virtuoso Nick Ariondo to their musical recipe.

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Influences & Inspiration

Nancy Wilson, Sam Butera, Louie Prima, Ella Fritzgerald, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Artie Shaw, Pink Martini, Ben Harper..

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Big Lucky to find out what their setup requirements are.

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