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Drummer Richie Paradise and sax player Richard Thomas combined a shared love of classic swing big band music to put together a new big band based at the Cube Cinema using the soya yoghurt dregs (as opposed to the cream) of the Bristol Jazz scene. The first rehearsal took place in May 2010 and included a disproportionate multiplicity of Richards, hence "Big R Big Band". Set lists include renditions of classics by the likes of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, plus a motley collection of others..

Current Members

Geoff WoodwardTrumpet
Richard MatthewsTrumpet
Matt BirdTrumpet
Ben HaslamTrumpet
Sav PaciniTrombone
Louis KoonjeanTrombone
Pete Campion-SpallTrombone
Joe BradfordTrombone
Will HolleyBass Trombone
Gustave SavyAlto Sax, Baritone Sax
Lisa TolfreeAlto Sax
Dom SelfAlto Sax
Richard ThomasTenor Sax
Rich TolfreeTenor Sax
Dave PerryBaritone Sax, Clarinet
Matt DaleyPiano
Caitlin CallahanString Bass
Richie ParadiseDrums

Former Members & Featured Musicians

Yi Vei KokTrumpet
Richard BarkerAlto Sax
Rachel KerryPiano
Chris HalesPiano
Joe AllenString Bass
Mike WallaceGuitar
Simon GreeningAlto Sax
Evan DawsonAlto / Tenor Sax
Chris JonesTrumpet
Bob ChapmanBass Trombone
Dave SmallwoodTrombone
Petra McKayTenor Sax / Flute
Mike RoseTrumpet
Tom FenechTrumpet
Patrick LansleyTrumpet
Elly NashatAlto Sax
Dave AtkinsonString Bass
Hannah BoxallTrumpet

Previous Gigs

04/10/19 1940's Dance, Dursley
28/09/19 Swingdicate, Chepstow
17/08/19 Tetbury Goods Shed
21/07/19 Harbourside Festival, The Louisiana 5pm
06/07/19 Jazz in the Paddock 5 Winscombe
23/06/19 Oxford Lindy Exchange
08/06/19 Leicester Leaps In, Leicester
25/05/19 Jumpin' at The Woodside 2, Glos
21/04/19 Bristol Circus & Swing Festival
01/04/19 Bristol Swing Festival
13/02/19 The Canteen, Bristol
29/12/18 New Year Swing Celebration
16/12/18 Swindown Swingout
15/09/18 Bristol Swing Exchange
07/07/18 Jazz in the Paddock 4, Winscombe
17/06/18 The Gaiety Bar, Southsea
02/06/18 Vintage Nostalgia Festival, Wiltshire
20/05/18 Southbank Club, Bristol
07/04/18 Oxford, the Roaring 20's
27/01/18 Exeter
17/12/17 MECA, Swindon
05/10/17 The Canteen
09/09/17 Bristol Swing Exchange 'Battle of the Big Bands'
23/07/17 Bristol Harbourside Festival
08/07/17 Jazz in the Paddock 3, Winscombe
04/06/17 Vintage Nostalgia Festival
16/04/17 Bristol Swing Festival
19/02/17 Sunday Swingout Social Dance
05/02/17 The Big R Big Band & Silk Stockings
28/01/17 The Big Winter Swing Time Ball
21/01/17 The Big R Big Band (FREE) - at Slapstick Festival
23/09/16 Bristol Swing Exchange 2016 at The Folk House
17/07/16 Bristol Harbourside Festival, The Lousiana (outside)
02/07/16 Jazz in the Paddock 2, Winscombe
17/06/16 Big R Big Band Somerset Tor at Glastonbury Bocabar
17/04/16 Sunday Swingout Social, Swindon
26/03/16 Bristol Swing Festival, Trinity Centre
02/01/16 Swing Dance Bristol new year swing and blues festival
05/12/15 Big R Big Band Easton Invasion at All Hallows' Hall, BS5 0HH
20/09/15 Clevedon Tides Festival
19/07/15 Harbourside Swing Swing
17/05/15 Sunday Southbank Swinging Sun
26/02/15 Big R Big Band + WHIPLASH at The Cube
31/01/15 Private event
23/01/15 Big R Big Band at Slapstick Festival
20/07/14 Bristol Harbourside Festival, at 5pm outside The Louisiana
28/06/14 Winscombe Festival - "Jazz in the Paddock" at Winscombe Church, BS25 1DE
17/11/13 The Big R Big Band return to Front Room, Totterdown
12/09/13 Swing Dance Bristol presents the Big R Big Band at Southbank Club, Southville
03/07/13 "The Jazz Age and on.." + The Great Gatsby at the Cube Microplex
02/03/13 Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival - Colston Hall
29/11/12 The Big R Big Band return to the Cube
08/09/12 Paul & Zoe's Wedding, Mell, Wiltshire
18/03/12 Big R Big Band Homage to "The Artist" at the Cube Microplex
19/12/11 East Bristol Jazz Club Xmas Jam @ The Greenbank, Easton, Bristol
27/11/11 North Bristol Arts Trail @ St Barts Church, St Andrews, Bristol
19/11/11 John Hegley & Friends @ The Thunderbolt, Totterdown, Bristol
10/07/11 Park Arts 11 Festival @ St Andrews Park, Bristol
24/03/11 Return of the BRBB + Take Away Orchestra @ Cube Microplex, Bristol
28/11/10 North Bristol Arts Trail @ St Barts Church, St Andrews, Bristol
14/10/10 Debut @ Cube Microplex, Bristol