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Big Band’s Back In The Groove

Sandgate Guide | Aug 30, 2017
Big band’s back in the groove
SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENS when you cram 20 musos with a love for big-band grooves onto a stage, and when you add in the fact the members range from teens to retirees, it’s easy to see why the New Groove Jazz Ensemble has been captivating audiences since 1996.

Despite its 20-year existence, the band is about to release its second album, Back in the Groove, and keyboard player Sacha Hughes says the launch gig at Sandgate Town Hall on September 10 is going to be something special.

“We had a huge audience there last year with the ABC broadcasting from Sandgate Town Hall, and (former ABC presenter) Spencer Howson came along and played our music on the radio,” she says.

“We’re looking to attract a huge crowd of jazz and big band music lovers again for our album launch, and we’re really hoping to expand on the audience we have already.

“Anyone who loves huge sounds and seeing big bands in action should definitely come along and watch.”

Sacha says New Groove Jazz Ensemble’s second album is a cracker, but will definitely come to life in a live setting when the big band does what it does best - deliver huge jazz hits and some old-school standards in a beautiful setting like Sandgate Town Hall. And, she says, she expects to see the dance floor in the hall packed to the brim.

“There’s 20 of us in the community band, and we’re really well organised now,” she says,

“ There’s never any jostling for space as we have our roles and parts down pat, and our members range in age from teenagers to 80-somethings, so we have a really dynamic, diverse stage presence.

“There’s a huge range of experience so you should definitely come along — there’s even free afternoon tea. And there is a dance floor so you can definitely get up and groove along.”

New Groove Jazz Ensemble launches its second album Back in the Groove at Sandgate Town Hall from 2pm on Sunday, September 10. Entry is $15 at the door.

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