Swing Machine Jazz Orchestra brings together some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians under the leadership of saxophonist Edward Leaker.
The original concept for the band was to form a professional big band that would display the talents of the many excellent jazz musicians in the South West of England whilst performing classic and modern big band music to the highest level. So far the audience response has been staggering with a string of sell out concerts since we formed in 2010, receiving rave reviews from audiences and musicians alike.
The band’s repertoire consists of many big band favourites as played by the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich and Sammy Nestico as well modern pop arrangements and latin jazz that will get you dancing in the aisles!
The musicians’ collective experience is truly exceptional. Between them they have performed for some of the top musical groups in the country including: Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Strictly Come Dancing Live Band, National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), Rat Pack National Touring Shows, BBC Big Band, RPO, LSO, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and literally hundreds of smaller bands. In July 2015 SMJO will also be appearing with one of the UK’s most celebrated jazz singers and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster, Clare Teal.
SMJO Big Band are really looking forward to their second appearance at the Dartmouth Festival following and exciting set and wonderful crowd last year.
15th, 16th & 17th May 2015