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We are Out Of The Blue, an 18-piece Jazz Big Band with a great vocalist and are based in Birmingham, UK. Under the musical directorship of Jo James, our repertoire is drawn from the classic swing and Big Band arrangements of the Basie and Ellington era as well as latin, blues, soul, pop and even rock n’roll. We play a mix of music that crosses all genres and ages - there is something for everybody to enjoy!

Future Gigs

Friday 7th June 2024


Sunday 25th August 2024

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February 17, 2024

Back at our favourite venue, Thimblemill Library, and a fabulous evening with the band playing playing really well to a highly appreciative audience. There was a great 'Thimblemill welcome' to our vocalist, Lee Hamblett and see our reviews here.  

Download our Set List here.

December 09, 2023

Back at Solihull Methodist Church for our annual Xmas gig. There was a large, friendly and incredibly generous audience. We played two great sets featuring the amazing vocals of Lee Hamblett.

Download our Set List here.

November 18, 2023

Back at Feckenham Village Hall after a one-year absence and we received the same amazing reception as last year. A first for us was having two vocalists, Jan Harris and Lee Hamblett and both went down a storm. It was a fantastic evening and thanks for the great hospitality we were given.

Download our Set List here.

September 10, 2023

Great weather, amazing homemade pizzas and burgers, Glasshouse beers on tap, what more could you want at Moor Green Allotments? Two fantastic sets from OOTB and their amazing new vocalist Lee Hamblett, with an enthusiastic audience (including comedy celeb Joe Lycett!) dancing and singing along to our numbers.

Download our Set List here.

August 04, 2023

Another great gig back at Moor Green Allotments. With Jan Harris unavailable, up stepped our new vocalist Lee Hamblett and he wowed the packed audience (Bublé you had better watch out). There were excellent beers and BBQ food available, and a brilliant audience singing along and dancing to our numbers. 

Download our Set List here.


OOTB at Solihull Methodist Church

OOTB at Himley Hall and Park

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Halesowen Cricket Club

OOTB at Solihull Methodist Church

OOTB at Feckenham Hall

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at Halesowen Cricket Club

OOTB at LAYCA Centre

OOTB at Thimblemill Library

OOTB at LAYCA Centre


Musical Director
Jo James


1st Alto Sax - Martin Leeson
2nd Alto Sax - Linda Cullen
1st Tenor Sax - Dave Badger
2nd Tenor Sax - Noel Warr

2nd Tenor Sax - Catherine Gulati
Baritone Sax - Phil Murray


1st Trombone - Lewis Robertson
2nd Trombone - Matthew Powell
3rd Trombone - Michael Lacoult

3rd Trombone - Rheinallt Vaughan
Bass Trombone - Colin Howard



1st Trumpet - Nick Frost
2nd Trumpet - John Sheard
3rd Trumpet - TBA
4th Trumpet - Gill Kelly

Rhythm Section

Keyboards - Wolfie
Bass - Bob (Fred) Walker
Drums - Alex Robertson
Guitar - Neil Bevan


Lee Hamblett 

(and special guest appearances from vocalist Jan Harris)

Band Line-up



Want to learn more about Out Of The Blue Big Band, their music, gigs and how to book them? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Jo James, Musical Director

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