Something magical happens when you put a world-class soloist together with the power of a big band. If you don’t believe us, just head over to Williams College’s Chapin Hall in Williamstown, Mass. on Saturday night and marvel to the sound of sax master Don Braden and the Williams Jazz Ensemble.
In the contemporary jazz world, it might seem as though the big band has gone the way of the dinosaur, but right here in Nippertown, we’re fortunate enough to be blessed with several solidly swinging big bands, including Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble and the Empire Jazz Orchestra.
Williams College, too, is a lingering stronghold in the big band world, thanks to director Andy Jaffe. It’s a place where the music not only survives, but thrives.
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