Thimblemill Library 2016 photos courtesy of Liying and Jonathan Law.

©2017 by Out Of The Blue Big Band

OUT OF THE BLUE BIG BAND

We are Out Of The Blue, an 18-piece Jazz Big Band with a great female 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!

NEWS BEATS

Previous Gigs

 

June 09, 2019

Great acoustics as we played two sets on the bandstand at Lightwoods Park with the Bearwood Festival in full swing. Shame it started to rain during the first set but brightened up later. Typical British weather as it rained when we were playing ‘Blue Skies’ and ‘Summertime’! Perhaps we should have been playing ‘Stormy Weather’?

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May 26, 2019

It was great to be back at Himley Hall & Park (our favourite outdoor venue). As the dark clouds lifted (coinciding with us playing 'Blue Skies') and the sun appeared the audience were treated to the sounds of OOTB and our great vocalist, Jan Harris. 

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March 16, 2019

What an unbelievable gig back at Thimblemill Library (our favourite indoor venue). A huge and lively audience were treated to two fantastic sets by the band and our amazing vocalist, Jan Harris. 

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BAND LINE-UP

Musical Director
Jo James

Saxophones

1st Alto Sax - Martin Leeson
2nd Alto Sax - Noel Warr
1st Tenor Sax - Dave Badger
2nd Tenor Sax - Julie Evans
Baritone Sax - Phil Murray

Trombones

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

 

Trumpets

1st Trumpet - Nick Frost
2nd Trumpet - Brian Maiden
3rd Trumpet - Geoff Smith
4th Trumpet - Gill Kelly

Rhythm Section

Keyboards - Cliff Martin
Bass - Bob (Fred) Walker
Drums - Alex Robertson
Guitar - Pete Sayce

Vocalist

Jan Harris

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MUSIC

 
 

VIDEOS

 
 
FUTURE GIGS

Saturday 7th December 7pm

Solihull Methodist Church

Blossomfield Road 

Solihull B91 1LG

(situated next to Solihull railway station)

Tickets also available on the door £10

CONTACT

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