0 Sinatra Centennial Salute at The Van Dyck (Fri. May 13th • 8:00 PM • Schenectady, NY)

Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra (Dec 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer, actor, and producer who was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. In recognition of the anniversary of Frank Sinatra’s passing, we invite you to join The Joey Thomas Big Band for a Sinatra Centennial Salute! on Friday, May 13th at the Capital Region’s most intimate listening room at The Van Dyck.

Over the last century, Frank Sinatra’s music has been integrated into the scores of many lives, weaving generations together through his passion and artistic originality. Featuring vocalist Bob Father, The Joey Thomas Big Band’s Sinatra Centennial Salute embraces the man and the music that has transcended several eras and changed us all.

Sinatra’s body of work is evidence of his passion to preserve America’s greatest songs for later generations. Entering its 24th year, it is with the same passion and pure joy of playing that The Joey Thomas Big Band dedicates itself to the perpetuation of big band music, swing dancing, and the Great American Songbook.

Call ahead to reserve your table for the evening: (518) 348-7999


0 Celebrate Your Valentine’s Day at The State Room (Feb 13th & 14th • Albany, NY)

The Joey Thomas Big Band is returning to The State Room!

Over the last century, Frank Sinatra has been the icon of the Great American Songbook with songs of love and master of flirtation, and who else should showcase the sultry side of Sinatra on Valentine’s Day than The Joey Thomas Big Band. On this Valentine’s Day weekend you’ll have two chances to treat your special Valentine to a sumptuous four-course dinner, show, and dancing.

Here’s a sneak peak at the menu:

  • First Course: Mozzarella Tomato Napoleon – Balsamic Reduction
  • Second Course: Pear and Arugula Salad – Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Entrée (Guest Choice of One):
    State Room Surf and Turf (shrimp & filet mignon) | Crab Stuffed Sole | Grilled Polenta and Vegetable Lasagna
  • Dessert: Trio of Crème Brule, Chocolate Mousse, & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries (shared), Coffee or Tea

And you know The Joey Thomas Big Band is the best dance band in the area, so come enjoy your Valentine’s Day Dinner with your honey and slide your jib and shim, sham, shimmy!

Treat your sweetie pie to a delightful dinner and show that you won’t find any where else! Reservations are required, so call The State Room at (518) 432-7773.

The State Room in Albany, NY

0 The Joey Thomas Big Band Plays the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival (Sat, Sept 12th 2015 • Albany, NY)

For over a decade, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival has featured a wealth of jazz greats, critically acclaimed up-and-coming artists, and local favorites. This year, The Joey Thomas Big Band has been invited to share our passion for the big band with a tribute to three icons who brought the big band beyond the swing era.

On July 2, 1976, the bands of Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Maynard Ferguson performed at the Saratoga Jazz Festival. Inspired by the convergence of these three jazz legends, bandleader Joey Thomas gives his nod to these jazz masters as we make our Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival debut. Highlighting the swing of Kenton with an all-time favorite like “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” to the jumpin’ and jivin’ of Woody Herman’s take on Ellington’s “Things Ain’t What They Used To Be” to the high voltage of a Ferguson chart, The Joey Thomas Big Band will have any jazz lover falling in love with the big band all over again.

The JTBB will be on 2:30 – 3:30 p.m, but you’ll want to plan to attend this all-day concert. The Jazz Festival is an event for all ages, and admission is still free! Food & beverages will be available for purchase. Presented by Capital Bank, an evening fireworks show over the Hudson River will bring the festival to a close. Click here for more information for more information on the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival or call (518) 434-2032.

We hope to see you there!


0 Thank you … We Hope You Had Fun … The JTBB Did!

We send a BIG THANK YOU to all the folks who came out to celebrate the joy of the holidays with The Joey Thomas Big Band at The Van Dyck. It is not often that we get to perform in the Capital Region, and you all were appreciative and having a good time.  Thank you!

As the New Year looms, we hope to play for you all again sometime sooner than later!

0 Saratoga SAVOY Diamond Dance (Fri, March 20th, 2015 • Saratoga, NY)


Saratoga SAVOY’s Diamond Dances take place at the historic and very large Saratoga Music Hall located on Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY.

At the Diamond Dance you can enjoy hours of live music performed by some of the best local and nationally known musicians, dance demonstrations, DJ’d music between sets, art exhibits, discounts on dance lessons in the elegance of the historic Saratoga Music Hall.

If you arrive a bit early, you take advantage of the free beginner dance lesson at 7:30pm!

All of this for only $15* (with Flurry or Cash discount, $16 otherwise).

0 The JTBB Joins Steven Maglio for his “Sounds of Sinatra” Show (Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 • Callicoon, NY)

One can usually find vocalist Steven Maglio at The Carnegie Club in New York City on a Saturday night, but this November 1st he’ll be bringing his “Sounds of Sinatra” show to the Catskill Mountains at the Villa Roma Resort. And, he’s asked The Joey Thomas Big Band to join him.

We hope you’ll join us for a relaxing fall evening of Sinatra in the Catskills!

0 Bravo Italiano Festival features The JTBB with Sinatra Show (Saturday, Sept 13th, 2014 • Watertown, NY)

The Joey Thomas Big Band helps Watertown and the Italian American Civic Associaion celebrate Italian heritage at the BRAVO ITALIANO FESTIVAL in Watertown. Vocalist Bob Father joins The JTBB in the big band’s signature Sinatra Show. The ultimate tribute to the Italian American heritage in us all and the Great American Songbook.

Arrive by 6:00 PM to have dinner as well as a show!





0 The JTBB performing “The Birth of the Blues”

We recently had the pleasure of performing for the wedding reception of Anthony and Rebecca at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY. Quite a fun celebration! Courtesy of vocalist April Marie, we are able to share some video. So, here’s The Birth of the Blues featuring vocalist Bob Father with The Joey Thomas Big Band.

What a song! The Birth of the Blues music was written by Ray Henderson with the lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. Published in 1926, it was recorded in 1927 by “Whispering” Jack Smith, the Hamilton Sisters and Fordyce (Three X Sisters), and by Cab Calloway, in 1943 or 1944.

And, of course, the great song man himself, Mr. Frank Sinatra, had it as a hit later on. It was frequently performed by popular singers such as Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., Shirley Bassey, Keely Smith, Jack Teagarden, Pearl Bailey, and Al Hirt.

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 The JTBB Brings Diggin’ on Horns to Freedom Park!

Always a wonderful evening, The Joey Thomas Big Band is pleased to be returning to the Dennis Madden Diggin_horns_1Stage at Freedom Park in Scotia! The concert starts at 7:00 PM.

This year’s special show Diggin’ on Horns is one to get you off the lawn or out of your chair and dancing till the end of the night. Come prepared with your dancing shoes!

Don’t forget, you can get refreshments at Jumpin’ Jacks!

Click here for directions to Freedom Park in Scotia.

This evening’s performance is sponsored by Berkshire Bank.