Straight Ahead – The Big Band is an 18 piece big band directed by saxophonist Paul Millard featuring some of Perth’s finest jazz musicians and the exciting vocals of Victoria Newton and Mark Underwood.
The band repertoire includes arrangements from all major eras of the music including 30-40’s Swing through to contemporary jazz legendary big bands including Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Bob Mintzer and singers Franks Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Michael Buble to name only a few. We also play a variety of blues, latin and funk arrangements and original compositions.
Straight Ahead also performs a variety of jazz themed shows such as “Jazz at The Movies”, “The Buddy Rich Story” & “Playin’ The Jazz Standards”.
The band has performed at many of Perth’s leading venues including the Ellington Jazz Club, Jazz Fremantle, the Perth International Jazz Festival, Perth Convention Centre, Red Door Community Church, WA Golf Club, Upper Reach Winery and The Fly By Night Club. The band is available for jazz concerts and festivals, corporate dinner/dance and award night functions and as a top class backing orchestra for local and international singers, instrumental soloists and for studio recordings.
Straight Ahead band members:
Saxes – Paul Millard (Music Director) Grant Rickman, Brad Swope, Marc Osborne & Lee Buddle
Trumpets – Mark Underwood, Benn Hodgkin, Rob Bresland & Pierson Snowsill
Trombones – Anthony Dodos, Catherine Noblet, Carl Harper & Bill McAllister.
Piano – Mike Nelson
Guitar – Kristian Borring
Bass – Shane Pooley
Drums – Ric Eastman
Lead vocals – Victoria Newton & Mark Underwood