With lots of brass, a little sass, and plenty of pizzazz, the award-winning George Lake Big Band would be happy to swing for you sometime soon. Contact us or join our mailing list now. See a slide show (2006) of the band performing at the venerable Chick'n'Deli (now the Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge). See a slide show (2013) of the band performing at the Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge).
Listen to a recent radio interview of Steve Pettafor with Glen Woodcock of Jazz FM in October 2012, featuring discussions and music of the career of Woody Herman. The George Lake Big Band had a Woody Herman tribute night on October 15, 2012 at their monthly concert at Seven44 Restaurant & Lounge (formerly The People's Chicken & formerly the Chick'n'Deli). Note that the audio file is quite large and may take a few minutes to download to your computer.
The George Lake Big Band announces that their premiere CD, "Small Steps" is ready. Read all about it here (including how to order downloads) and also see a slide show of the band during their recording sessions. Make sure to get yours now!
Their finely tuned repertoire draws on the timeless appeal of the greats - Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw - and arrangements by modern swing artists like The Cherry Poppin' Daddies and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. This distinctive blend has given the George Lake Big Band a unique style that continues to win fans from every generation. Simply put, they can really swing!
"The George Lake Big Band is unique---a much 0ver-used word that means there is none other like it. Yet that happens to be the state of the art in this instance: this orchestra, under Steve's expert and inspired direction, is a musical one-off--let us cherish its rare artistry and support its appearances"--Peter C. Newman.
"Hi Steve, Still can't wipe the smile off our faces
after the wonderful concert last night. Loved your screamin, brass.
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“ . . . love your music, love your vocalist, great entertainment. Look forward to attending your next performance.” L.K.
“[The Bar] was packed with people, all waiting expectantly for the George Lake Big Band to start. I felt like I was in the middle of an old black and white movie, especially when the suave leader of the 19-piece band, donned his cool black hat and smoothly wished us all a warm Chick'n'Deli welcome. We sat over beer and wings, and soaked up an amazing show of sheer musical brilliance. I had the time of my life ...” Heather McCabe - The Star.
"Wow!" - Glenn Woodcock - JAZZ.FM
Listen to the George Lake Big Band featured on these radio stations in Ontario and streamed on the Internet everywhere: Jazz FM91 Canada's Premier Jazz Station and AM740 Prime Time Radio. Additional stations and shows are listed on our links page.
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