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Straight Ahead – The Big Band
Playing The Standards To Contemporary

Event Start Date & TIme: July 23, 2024 18:00

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23 July 2024 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Ellington Jazz Club

Doors 6pm
Show 7pm

Straight Ahead – The Big Band is a Perth based 18 piece big band directed by saxophonist Paul Millard featuring Perth’s finest jazz musicians and the exciting vocals of Victoria Newton and Mark Underwood. 

The Straight Ahead big band repertoire includes arrangements from all major eras including the 1930’s-40’s Swing Era big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman to the legendary Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich through to the more contemporary big band stylings of Bob Mintzer and Gordon Goodwin. We also play a variety of contemporary jazz, blues, latin and funk arrangements and original compositions. Our band vocalists Victoria and Mark perform the major hits of Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Diane Schuur, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble to name a few. 

Straight Ahead also performs a variety of jazz themed shows such as “Jazz @ The Movies”, “The Buddy Rich Story”,  “Playin’ The Jazz Standards” , “Through The Eras” and “The Singers, The Songs”.

The band has performed at many of Perth’s leading jazz venues, the Perth International Jazz Festival, corporate functions, golf clubs and wineries. The band is available for jazz concerts and festivals, corporate dinner/dance nights, award night functions and as a top class backing orchestra for local and international singers, instrumental soloists and for studio recordings.

Straight Ahead – The Big 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, Carl Harper, Andrew Raymond, Bill McAllister

Piano – Mike Nelson

Guitar – Kristian Borring

Bass – Shane Pooley

Drums – Ric Eastman

Lead vocals – Victoria Newton, Mark Underwood  

Straight Ahead Big Band