“This town hall meeting of a band makes the kind of jazz that nearly everyone could agree to call jazz. There are layers of squirming saxes, bright piano and serious brass blasts — low–end, high–note, and mid–range alike — tied together with a surplus of swing. But it doesn’t sound stuck in a misremembered era — there are jutting edges to the writing, and they’re played with a fashionably loose vibe. (As analogues, think of contemporary big bands led by trumpeters Roy Hargrove, or Nicholas Payton, or Charles Tolliver, or even the Charles Mingus repertory group, which Orrin Evans has served in.) And no soloist is afraid to hold anything back: There’s audacity of spirit here.” – Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music, 3/20/2011.
Founded by saxophonists and composers CRAIG BAILEY (Ray Charles, Tom Harrell, Art Blakey) and TIM ARMACOST (Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Billy Hart) the 16-piece BROOKLYN BIG BAND performs new music written and arranged by its members. Their concerts are a thrilling mix of spontaneous composition, rock-steady rhythm, and tight ensemble work. The band has performed regularly at venues including Sweet Rhythm, Caviar, Miles Cafe, Po’k Knockers and Brooklyn’s Tea Lounge. BBB has also performed famed producer Teo Macero’s music at Birdland, (which became one of the final performances attended by Mr. Macero) and held a 14-month engagement at Cafe Iguana in Times Square. This dynamic ensemble has been profiled on New York’s CW network, WPIX-TV (Channel 11), and featured extensively on Fox News Channel’s FOX & Friends.