GO Big Jazz Band | GO Big Jazz Band Goes to the Movies with Spring Concert
Songs from Star Wars, Harry Potter, James Bond and more filled the West Ranch High School Theater on March 19 when the GO Big Jazz Band performed their winning scores to a full house.
The theme of the night was “Go Jazz Big Band GOes to the Movies” and was directed by Brian Leff. After the band’s last concert the group sat down to brainstorm what their next theme was going to be.
“Just off the top of my head I had a list of like 20 songs. Once I had the list I started to narrow it down and then asking for some recommendations from some of the band members,” said Leff.
It took the band months to come up with the arrangements and they began practicing in mid-January.
“Some of the arrangements have already been made for big band, which is what we are. Some of them we wanted to play but there wasn’t an arrangement done yet so I had some of the guys from the band write an arrangement for us. So its an original, brand new version of a movie theme that has never been played by big band before,” said Leff.
About The GO Jazz Big Band
The GO Jazz Big Band brings together 20 outstanding musicians to play the music of the legendary big bands as well as contemporary favorites in a big band setting. The band covers all styles of jazz and popular music including Basie, the Beatles, and beyond. The GO Jazz Big Band maintains a busy concert schedule, performing at West Ranch High School in Stevenson Ranch, Typhoon in Santa Monica, Cafe Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, and local jazz festivals. Founded in 2011 by Bob Babko and now directed by Brian Leff, this band includes some phenomenal players who have played with the likes of Maria Schneider, Russ Ferrante, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous, Louis Bellson, Randy Brecker, the Tonight Show Band, and many others. Players in this band have been part of some of the most outstanding college jazz programs in the nation including Cal Arts, UCLA, USC, Berklee, Cal State University Northridge, UNLV, and the University of Oregon. In addition to the players, vocalist Steve Lively has sung on hundreds of commercials, TV shows, and films. With the GO Jazz Big Band, you have amazing players playing your favorite music.(c) 2016 SCVTV