Junius Courtney Big Band
Black History Month Series - Dance Concert!Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)19 piece swing jazz band- CD release party $18.50 advance / $20.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
February 26 8:00 pm

With a brand new CD to release—Us—and a big dance floor to fill, there's plenty to celebrate, and the Junius Courtney Big Band wants you in the house for a Saturday night party!

The Junius Courtney Big Band, made up of veteran players who "know how to tell a rousing story in eight bars," is a Bay Area institution that embodies Swing, according to music critic Andy Gilbert. This stellar big band, founded in 1966 by New Orleans trumpeter, Junius Courtney, never fails to bring down the house with its powerhouse repertoire of merciless swing, blues, and gutsy improvisation. Currently led by drummer Nat Courtney, son of the late bandleader, and under the musical direction of George "Jazzbeaux" Spencer, the Junius Courtney Big Band thrives via a combination of exciting jazz charts and impressive jazz chops. Denise Perrier, the band's supremely stylish vocalist for almost ten years, adds a layer both salty and sweet.

We're rolling up the carpet and clearing out the front rows of seats to create a dance hall worthy of Harlem's Savoy, while the band raises the roof with renditions from their new recording, including their smart arrangements of "(Stompin' at the) Savoy" and "Sunnyside" plus a stack of tunes you'll only hear live. There will be plenty of comfy seating for dedicated listeners, and for dancers taking a break.

The Junius Courtney Big Band rounds out February's African American History Month with sounds and soul that are at the heart of the music. Create some history together with the band at the release of their swingin' CD, and become part of Us.

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