The Boulder Big Band is a 22 piece Jazz Orchestra that plays the great Swing Era music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and other jazz royalty.
Nothing creates excitement like a real, live band, blowing live breath through live horns. Just imagine, 21 instrumentalists and a singer, who play for the love of the music, with passion and energy. We make a big sound, indoors or out, with minimal amplification. Our wedding sets include soft, slow romantic ballads, building up to exciting Foxtrot and Jitterbug tempos that will have everyone dancing.
Outstanding band and great to dance to. Plays everything from Basie to Diane Schuur. Debra Stafford, the singer, is out of this world and the sax section swings along with the drummer and all musicians. My favorite swing/jazz band in all of Colorado.
What to Expect
Expect the highest levels of professionalism, musicianship and stagecraft.
Expect what you might see at the Savoy or the Cotton Club in 1942. A big, exciting sound and everyone dressed to the nines.
Expect a group that is flexible, accommodating and easy to work with. FJO is composed of the areas finest working musicians and music educators.
Expect to pay more. This band is BIG! 5 Saxes, 4 Trombones, 4 Trumpets, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, plus one of the finest jazz singers in the country. We make a big sound, indoors or out, with minimal amplification. It takes 20 people to do our show. No matter what they say, you really can't do Big Band with a 7-piece combo.
Nothing creates excitement like a REAL Big Band, blowing live breath through live horns. Just imagine, 18 instrumentalists and a singer, who play with passion, energy, and love of the music. We have our own PA and sound engineer. Our shows range from romantic ballads to exciting Foxtrot and Jitterbug tempos that will have everyone dancing.
This is one of the most elegant bands in Colorado. Rather than rockers in raged jeans, the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra dresses dinner-formal.
Exciting, elegant and fun, the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra - featuring Deborah Stafford, recreates the romance and excitement of the Swing-Era, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Buddy Rich, and jazz royalty from the The Birth of Swing to Modern Times.
We play in regular rotation all all of the big dance venues in the Front Range, including:
Buffalo Rose Event Center
Dickens Opera House
And festivals including:
1940's White Christmas Ball
Longmont Jazz Festival
Estes Park Big Band Bash
Capital Hill People’s Fair
Boulder Jazz and Art Festival,
plus weddings, fundraisers and corporate events.
Imagine, a night out at The Cotton Club, dressed in tux, tails and furs. It’s New York, 1939, the era of the big bands. The stage is loaded with a grand piano, 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, an upright bass, guitar, drums and a lovely lady singer. You take your escort by the hand, and step out into the crowded dance floor, you spirits lifted by the music, practically floating.
Perfect for a “Great Gatsby,” “Casino Royal,” or “USO Show” theme party. Any time you want very classy and exciting entertainment.
We cover it all, from a quiet cocktail hour quartet to an elegant evening of ballroom dancing: Charleston, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Jump, even Cha Cha Cha. Perfect for weddings, receptions, parties, festivals and corporate events.
We can dress jazz-festival casual to tux-&-tails formal. We happily accommodate special requests, and can plan a show that they’ll be talking about for years. Call us to explore alternate configurations, from cool quartet to a full-size Jazz Orchestra.
Our fees include travel, booking fees, and even our own PA system and engineer, saving you hundreds of dollars.
Additional Booking Notes
All we need are chairs. A raised stage is optimal, but not required. If you have an acoustic piano available, we will use it. We bring our own backline, sound engineer,and PA system, including a wireless mic you can use for announcements, toasts or speeches, saving you HUNDREDS of dollars in equipment rental fees.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 11, 2021 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|July 18, 2021 • 9:00am - 1:00pm||Automezzi Exotic Italian Car Show|
|August 15, 2021 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|August 29, 2021 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Big Band Swing Dance Night|
|September 11, 2021 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||1940's Swing Party|
|September 12, 2021 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|October 10, 2021 • 5:00am - 7:30am||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|October 30, 2021 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Swingin' Spooks Night|
|November 14, 2021 • 5:00am - 7:30am||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|December 05, 2021 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Swing Dance Supper Club|
Past Booked Events
|June 06, 2021 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Swing Dance Supper Club|
|October 18, 2018 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Cibouowski wedding|
|June 16, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Big Band Swing Dance Night at the Avalon Ballroom|
|June 09, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Boddington Party|
|June 07, 2018 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Roots Denver TV|
|April 06, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Big Band Swing Dance at the Dickens Opera House|
|March 17, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Big Band Swing Dance Night at the Avalon Ballroom|
|June 10, 2017 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 31, 2016–January 01, 2017 • 9:00pm - 12:30pm||"Casino Royal" at Dickens Opera House|
|November 05, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Fundraiser for Boulder Phil|
|October 15, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Swing Dance night at the Avalon Ballroom|
|September 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Broadmore Hotel, Colorado Springs|
With more than 300 titles in our Library, we can create a customized show to fit any theme or occasion. A Sampling of Our Most Popular Songs:
In The Mood
April in Paris
Georgia On My Mind
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby
When I Fall In Love
Take the A Train
All or Nothing at All
Sweet Georgia Brown
Stompin’ at the Savoy
A String of Pearls
Lullaby of Birdland
Bye Bye Blackbird
A Night in Tunisia
A Tisket A Tasket
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Orange Colored Sky
Too Darn Hot
The Queen Bee
In a Mellow Tone
Switch in Time
In the Mood
I Love Being Here with You
Sing Sing Sing
|Stephen Angus||Alto 1|
|Doug Rasmussen||Tenor 1|
|Patty Shaw||Alto 2|
|Dave Gribble||Tenor 2|
|Evan King||Trumpet 1|
|Jared Crump-Bertram||Trumpet 2|
|Gerry Sutton||Trumpet 3|
|Cayley Buie||Trumpet 4|
|Tommy van den Bert||Trombone 1|
|Jim Griffis||Trombone 2|
|Tom Soto||Trombone 3|
|Brian Powell||Trombone 4|
|Kevin McGraw||Sound Engineer|
Influences & Inspiration
We cover the great bands of the Swing Era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Krupa, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, and more.
We are a dance band. We strive to authentically re-create the original sound from the original arrangements.
12x16 risers (optional)