AHBB is a vital part of the York Region music scene
Our New Online Recording
The After Hours Big Band is developing ways to present virtual performances while we wait for the day when we can again perform live for our audiences (we can't wait!).
We have recorded an online ensemble video of a swingin' song called Who Walks In When I Walk Out. It features vocalists George Marian and Jess Owen. Originally recorded by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, the song has words and music by Ralph Freed, Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart. This version is arranged by Rick Stitzel.
Our video was produced by Michael Kearns and Greg Cox.
Our First Online Recording
Hello out there! The After Hours Big Band lost several engagements during the summer of 2020 to COVID 19. We miss performing and we miss our audiences. But we're still here! An experimental small group within the band has created a video performance of Freddie Hubbard's "Red Clay," a cool-jazz classic.
The video was produced by Michael Kearns and Greg Cox. Have a listen -- it's just a start. The band is enthusiastic about doing more, and we will bring you updates before long.
Our Nouveau Orleans Show at the Aurora Cultural Centre
Started in 2006 by members of the Newmarket Citizens Band, the After Hours Big Band has become a vital member of the York Region music scene. “After Hours” reflected both the commitment of the original members who wanted to play big band repertoire after their regular community band rehearsals, and the late evenings in which they would enjoy each other’s company.
While celebrating swing music of the 1930s and the 1940s, the band showcases repertoire from a variety of contemporary jazz and popular artists. With the leadership of noted educator and trombonist Dr. Michael Kearns and with the stirring and soulful vocals of George Marian and Jessica Owen, this band has turned heads in the GTA. Add one of the finest trumpet sections in York Region, a beautifully blended trombone quartet, five unique voices on saxophone, and a rhythm section that cannot be missed, you have a band appropriate for any occasion. The AHBB continues to thrill audiences at concerts and festivals in Ontario, suchas, the Newmarket Music Festival, Aurora Jazz+ Music Festival, the Unionville Big Band Festival, and numerous private events and fund-raisers in the York Region.