0 Seeking Male Vocalist to Perform with The Joey Thomas Big Band

The Joey Thomas Big Band is seeking a Male Vocalist for selected performances.

Here’s an opportunity for a versatile male vocalist to stretch his abilities and refine a diverse range of repertoire in front of the premier modern big band of New York’s Capital Region (Albany-Troy- Schenectady-Saratoga-Amsterdam-Hudson) . If you …

  • are a well-read musician who can perform all styles … from swing to pop
  • can read music and have excellent sight reading skills
  • are flexible with availability for performance schedule
  • are able to attend regular rehearsals
  • can work well with ensemble

Please call Joey Thomas for more info/audition: (518) 843-5732

0 On this day in Jazz History

On August 27th:

  • Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon records GO! with drummer Billy Higgins, 1962.
  • Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz records Big Band Bossa Nova arranged by Gary McFarland, 1962.
  • Tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Lester Young born 1909 in Woodville, MS.

0 Count Basie Left The Heat On for Big Bands

William James Basie was born on August 21st 1904. Count Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer who was taught to play the piano by his mother.

Although jazz enthusiasts most commonly associate Count Basie with Kansas City, where he formed his first band and first made a name for himself, he was in fact a New Jersey native, born in his parent’s house on Mechanic Street. He started performing in his teens, dropped out of school, and subsequently learned to operate lights for vaudeville and to improvise accompaniment for silent films at a local movie theater in his home town of Red Bank.

Through his compositions, live performances, and recordings, Count Basie left an influential body of work and has introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound.

“I think the band can really swing when it swings easy, when it can just play along like you are cutting butter.”  — Count Basie

Here’s a little something to jump start your day ……

0 Thank You Powers Park Neighborhood!

Thank you all who came out for a glorious summer evening at Powers Park to hear The Joey Thomas Big Band. What a wonderful audience and some terrific dancers!

We also want to thank the 10th Anniversary Powers Park concert series sponsors —The City of Troy, Wellcare, The Record, and WVCR 88.3 FM— and all the folks that make the Powers Park Concerts happen. What a great park!

More photos have been posted on The Joey Thomas Big Band Fan Page on Facebook (Thank you Jennifer!). Be sure to check them out!

photo © 2013 Jennifer Seaver Photography

0 JTBB Brings “Music of Our Lives” to Powers Park

This Saturday August 17th at 6:00 PM, The Joey Thomas Big Band is bringing its Music of Our Lives show for everyone to enjoy an evening of music throughout the years to Troy’s Power Park Concerts SeriesCome out, bring a blanket or chair, and relax with feel-good tunes!

The Powers Park Concert Series is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this summer! The Powers Powers Park in Troy was once the venue of weekend activities around the turn of the 20th Century. Since 2004, the crowds at the historic city park have returned every Saturday evening to see the best in local entertainment on the Neil Kelleher Stage at Powers Park. With a full array of festival foods and great music, the series has become a mainstay of the community and one of the most anticipated showcase events Troy has to offer.

This concert is sponsored by The City of Troy, Wellcare, The Record, and WVCR 88.3 FM.

0 Happy Birthday Satchmo!

While Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong truly believed he was born on July 4th, 1900, the New Orleans native was born today, August 4th in 1901. So we wish one of our dear founding fathers of jazz — a uniquely American art from, a Happy Birthday today as his music can always keep you smiling.

If you are in New York City today, you can hear a birthday celebration by the York College Summer Big Band in Louis’s garden at 2pm. It’s part of the Summer with Satchmo program for high school students at the Louis Armstrong House Museum.

4 Wonderful Weather and Great Crowd at Freedom Park Concert

Thank you ALL for coming out to The Joey Thomas Big Band’s Diggin On’ Horns show at Freedom Park on Wednesday night!  And, thank you members of The Joey Thomas Big Band!

You can view more photos by clicking here.

JTBB at Freedom Park 73113