All Girl Big Band will carouse the cos­mos

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

Amongst a galaxy of stars at the 50th Manawatu Jazz Fes­ti­val one of them is al­ready il­lu­mi­nat­ing the night sky.

It was only formed last year but is al­ready turn­ing heads.

The All Girl Big Band is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and was formed at the be­gin­ning of 2016 to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for tal­ented fe­male jazz mu­si­cians to come to­gether and play.

The 18-mem­ber band will show­case their tal­ent with a trib­ute to the late, great Natalie Cole at the Globe on Fri­day, June 2 at 8pm. They de­buted with their Natalie Cole Trib­ute

Con­cert at the 2016 Christchurch Big Band Fes­ti­val to a stand­ing ova­tion and have had stun­ning suc­cess with gigs at Jazz After Work and the Swing­town Rebels.

Most of the band mem­bers are pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians or mu­sic teach­ers with a wide range of ages, from sec­ondary school stu­dents to the most ma­ture mem­ber Jill Fen­ton (77) who took up the trombone in her late 40s.

‘‘The band has a great vibe and ev­ery­one brings a su­per en­er­getic and pos­i­tive na­ture to our re­hearsals and con­certs,’’ says big band mem­ber, Kate Taylor.

‘‘We love play­ing in bands with the lads how­ever the idea was to cel­e­brate the fe­male mu­si­cians of the city.’’

‘‘We feel priv­i­leged to be able to fill the num­bers of a full 18-piece big band.’’

Taylor, who’s the vo­cal tu­tor at Ara Mu­sic Arts, first de­vel­oped the idea for an All Girl Big Band along­side sax­o­phon­ist and mu­sic di­rec­tor Lana Law.

At first it seemed a ‘‘crazy out of the box idea,’’ Kate said but then they re­alised they knew enough women who could com­prise such a band.

They’ll be mak­ing their North Is­land de­but at the Manawatu Jazz Fes­ti­val by per­form­ing songs from Natalie Cole’s Un­for­get­table al­bum – in doing so they’ll demon­strate their tal­ent and ver­sa­til­ity.

The All Girl Big Band per­forms at The Globe on Fri­day, June 2 at 8pm. Book­ings at The Globe.

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