Presented by OLG

The Grey Jazz Big Band

Sun, Jun 16, 2024

FREE EVENT (No Tix Required)

Musical director: Brian Boggs
Vocalists: Betty Ann Bryanton and Malcom Wade
Saxophones: Paul Caron, Fred Otterman, Gord Price, Gavin McLintock, Dale Tapp
Trumpets: Sid Arnold, Gord Tapp, Glenn Morrison, Ken Iles
Trombones: Malcolm Wade, Rod Digney, Doug Jacques, Murray Cuthbert
Rhythm: David Miller, Ed Stevens, Mark Leighton, Robert Bangs

The Grey Jazz Big Band is a 20-piece Ottawa ensemble composed of retired professional and semi-professional musicians and top-calibre amateurs, who have all had considerable experience in a variety of musical genres. As a result, not only do they play the great swing tunes of the 1930s and 40s big band era, but they also perform a wide variety of other music spanning popular and contemporary hits.

The band was formed in 1987 as a recreational activity for senior musicians at the Good Companions Centre, where they continue to be based. As the quality of the band improved, it grew in popularity and attracted retired professional musicians and other players who wanted to continue making music in a top-level ensemble.

Throughout its existence, the Grey Jazz Big Band has been active in Ottawa’s charitable community, providing first-class music for events such as the CHEO Telethon, the annual Mayor’s Breakfast for Seniors and for organizations including the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Kiwanis Club, the Parkinson Society and the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre; not to mention a royal visit, the opening of the Canadian War Museum and previous shows at the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

These days, the band rehearses weekly for annual concerts at the Shenkman and Centrepointe theatres and the popular Sunday afternoon swing dances at one of Ottawa’s newest jazz venues, Buster’s Bar and Grill, where the folks are friendly, the food and liquid refreshments are plentiful, the dance floor is smooth and the price is right.