The Hills Big Band is a dedicated group of musicians who have been performing Swing, Jazz and Modern classics around Perth for over a decade.
Their shows not only include jazz classics from Ellington, Basie and Sinatra but also numbers from modern artists like Michael Buble and Natalie Cole. But the Hills Big Band don't stop there. They continually strive to present something new to their audiences, dusting off numbers from artists like Earth Wind and Fire, Maynard Ferguson and Tower of Power.
With powerhouse soloists, a driving rhythm section and outstanding vocals you can be assured that every performance is truly memorable.
I didn’t think I liked jazz music, but that was unreal! When is your next show?
What a night. The Hills Big Band had a near capacity audience for our gig at the Ellington Jazz Club Wed 5th April. New vocalist Cathy Mueller was thrown in at the deep end leading off the show with a rendition of Michael Buble's Fever. The trumpet section managed to survive the introduction of Doc Severinsens version of Sing Sing Sing, while drummer Julian Osbourne also had the saucepans rattling. Guitarist Bob Emery had his fingers flying in a nice guitar break on Rockabily number Jump Jive and Wail. Sam Jones yet again pulled out a nice solo on Mondays child but this time on a flugel horn (Courtesy of the Mundaring Community Bank). The first set was rounded out with the old latin number Mambo No5 (it sounds easy but it is a challenge). A highlight of the second set was a new number Sandunga, an Arturo Sandoval latin piece, featured on extended solos were John Perry piano, Heni Kaspi alto sax and Ed Mickuki bass trombone. This really was a latin night with a mambo version of Ellingtons Perdido following on. Vocalists Lenny Twigg and Cathy Mueller provided some fine vocal stylings on standards Orange Coloured Sky, Fly me to the moon, Night and Day, Mr Zoot Suit and Over the Rainbow. Lenny rounding out the evening with New York, New York (after being rescued from the bar). Maestro Kieran Hurley was in top form again on the segways (I'm sure a stand up career beckons), made even more amazing due to the fact he had dropped a guitar amp on his big toe that very morning and was in some pain (Oh! that,s why he was waving his arms around on stage).