Get ready to be transported back to the swing era Saturday with the pleasing sounds of the Okanagan Valley Big Band.
The Vernon Jazz Club venue boasts nostalgic jazz memorabilia on its walls reminiscent of early jazz clubs. The original heritage building dates back to the early 1900s. Put all this period authenticity together, and you don’t need much imagination to “be in the groove.”
A big band is a type of musical ensemble noted for performing popular jazz standards from the 1930s and 1940s swing era.
The 18-member OKVBB revitalizes the classic music of the Big Band era with jazz and swing hits from the likes of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Duke Ellington. They also bring their unique big band sound to a variety of songs and styles, including Latin, funk, blues, and rock. Live music lovers and dancers alike can find something to love in this energetic and elegant music that encompasses foxtrot, quickstep, samba, jive and more.
The Big Band sound became popular during the swing era. The OKVBB band keeps up that tradition, but also incorporates many of the popular songs that have become standards from that time to the present.
The Okanagan Valley Big Band takes the stage at the Vernon Jazz Club (3000-31st St.) Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Cash bar onsite. Tickets are $20 online at www.vernonjazz.com and at Expressions of Time (2901-30 Ave.), with a $5 rebate at the gig for VJS members. VJS members also receive 10 per cent off their food purchase anytime at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill (Prestige Inn). The Society is a volunteer-run organization always seeking new members.