Music is a big part of modern life... But back in the day, it was the biggest thing going - the raison d'etre of an entire generation.  And we're not talking about the 60's!  We're talking "Jazz Age", when monster aggregations like "The Basie Band", "Ellington" and "The Thundering Herd" stalked the clubs and dancehalls of North America and the turntables of the world.  Here in the 21st century, the style lives on, handed down from generation to generation of jazz musicians with an ear for subtle harmony, a love of soaring melody and a feel for powerful rhythm.  Arena Arts loves big band jazz and hosts some great web sites of Canadian bands in the swingin' style. Please take note of the look and feel of these Arena Arts sites - not too trendy, not junky, but with attention to detail, honesty and accuracy...  

Swing Shift Big Band

Ontario's Premier Jazz Orchestra has been a client for more than ten years - a great relationship built on trust. Bandleader Jim John has been at the forefront of the Canadian Big Band movement for a decade and Arena Arts stands right behind him, delivering platform security and a range of tools that ensures that he can get his message out to a broad audience.
 The site features videos, photos, sound clips, eCommerce links, a gig calendar, newsletter and lots more.

Click their stylish home page for "that swingin' feel":

 The SwingShift Big Band site... SS3

 

Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble

Located just to the west of Toronto, the city of Mississauga is home to a vibrant arts community that includes some top-class musical talent.  The MBBJE is a perfect illustration: a 15-piece ensemble, organized by pianist Rob Boniface and conducted by Canadian hall-of-famer Bruce Cassidy, featuring the cream of Mississauga's very strong jazz players.
The site features videos, photos, sound clips, eCommerce links, a gig calendar, newsletter and lots more - Arena Arts ensures that the MBBJE has the tools and expertise it needs at the right price.  Click on the MBBJE site to see for yourself:

 

Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble site...MBBJE2 400