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Led by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, The New London Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra made up of the finest musicians in New England many of whom are in the US Coast Guard Band. Formed in 2016, the band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes, and original music by band members, and regularly features instrumental and vocal soloists.
The concert will feature the live premiere of their latest and first studio album “Social Hour!”, an homage to the band’s regular performance spot, The Social Bar + Kitchen in New London, Connecticut. The concert features all original music composed by the band members.
The band’s classic big band jazz instrumentation, features vocalist Megan Weikleenget, a soprano soloist with the Coast Guard Band, augmented by unusual instruments, including the tárogató (Romanian folk instrument), electric trombone, alto flute, harp, and a large trombone choir, performed in antiphonal-style surround sound.
Selections will be a mix of classic jazz and swing blended with some adventurous and cutting edge sounds, including titles such as “Freaks in Mayberry,” “Brisket and Beans,” and “Every Possible History of the Universe.”
“…an incendiary blend of talent.”
“Best Jazz Band”
CTNOW’s Best of Hartford