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.
Price Range: $500 - $2500
Gig Length: 90 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
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.
Nothing creates excitement like a real, live band, blowing live breath through live horns. Just imagine, 18 instrumentalists and a singer, who play for the love of the music, with passion and energy. Our wedding sets include soft, slow romantic ballads, building up to exciting Foxtrot and Jitterbug tempos that will have everyone dancing.
This is one of the most elegant wedding bands in Colorado. Rather than rockers in raged jeans, the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra dresses dinner-formal.
Exciting, elegant and fun, the Flatirons Jazz Orchestra recreates the romance and excitement of Swing-Era 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.
Swinging Dance Band
Recent show credits include:
Dickens Opera House
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, 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 PA system, including a wireless mic you can use for announcements, toasts or speeches, saving you HUNDREDS of dollars in equipment rental fees.
Past Booked Events
|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|
We are delighted to accommodate all of your special requests, so long as we have enough notice to purchase the charts and rehearse the music.
A Sampling of Our Most Popular Songs:
In The Mood
Georgia On My Mind
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby
When I Fall In Love
Take the A Train
Quincy and the Count
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|
|Ryan Cavis||Trumpet 1|
|Randy Miotke||Trumpet 2|
|Brad Thompson||Trumpet 4|
|James Griffs||Trombone 3|
|Zach Garcia||Bass Trombone 4|
|Adisa Nickerson||Trumpet 3|
|Tom Soto||Trombone 3|
Influences & Inspiration
The Boulder Big Band plays the great Swing Era music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Buddy Rich, and other jazz royalty.
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