The New Groove Jazz Ensemble is celebrating 25 years of big band at Sandgate Town Hall this month. The afternoon event will showcase new music in the style of Big Band jazz and will have you boogying the day away.
The ensemble consists of 20 instrumentalists and vocalists ranging in age from early 20s to mid 90s, and has a regular fortnightly concert at the Sandgate Town Hall – a popular Sunday activity for many local fans.
New Groove Jazz Ensemble pianist Sacha Hughes said she had been in the band for five years and was excited for the 25 year celebration.
“It’s a really enjoyable afternoon,” Sacha said. “It’s live music. It’s wonderful to support local musicians in the area, and it’s just a really fun afternoon.
“We largely centre around jazz, swing, and lots of classic Big Band tunes. Lots of Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie – all of those kinds of classics.
“We do some modern things as well and are inspired by all of the Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr-type charts also.”
Sacha said that although COVID had created many challenges for the band last year, it had been very rewarding performing again and having the community support all of the group’s latest concerts.
“We have been playing in the local community for a long time and are trying to keep that live music and that Big Band swing-era live for the local community to enjoy,” Sacha said.
“Every concert has got new music; we don’t play the same chart in a year, so we’ve got a really high turnover of music with some great songs for people to come and listen to.
“We also have lots of people who like to come and dance at the concert, which we love, so we really encourage people who like to dance to come along.”
Tickets for the celebration are $10 per person and must be purchased online due to COVID restrictions. There will be no walk-ins allowed on the day, and contact tracing details will be recorded.You can purchase your tickets or discover more information by visiting www.newgroove.com.auNew Groove Jazz Ensemble25th AnniversarySunday, 13 June, 2:00pm - 4:00pmSandgate Town Hall