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).
On behalf of the Hills Big Band, President Peter Tate and band member Karina Lamont accepted a cheque from the Mundaring Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) for $1000. Mundaring Community Bank representatives Nicola Smith (Community Engagement Committee), Tara Herbert (Branch Director) and Ben Fillery (Branch Director)were on hand to present the cheque. Unfortunately long time friend of the Hills Big Band and promoter of this donation Karen Beale (Executive Officer Mundaring Community Financial Service) could not be present. The Hills Big Band are using the grant to purchase two flugel horns to enhance their performances around the Hills area.
A great afternnoon of swing and Jazz. The Hills Big Band as promised offered up some new numbers to their audience. Notably a couple of latin instrumentals Sandunga and Mambo No5. Another new number, a beautiful instrumental called Mondays Child featured a great solo by trumpet player Sam Jones. The band did a valiant job of coping with the heat from the panoramic window. Commiserations to those of the band on the back row who needed towel downs after the gig.
On Sunday 6 November, the Hills Big Band performed at the annual Darlington Arts Festival. A diverse set list included some favourite vocal numbers including "Fever" and "New York New York", as well recent additions "Tall Cotton" and "Monday's Child".
(Photo courtesy of Ewa Ginał-Cumblidge)
(photo courtesy of Klaus Backheuer)
The Hills Big Band were engaged to perform at the Shire of Mundaring's free Senior Week "Sing-Along" on Saturday November 19. This is the second year the band has provided music for a sing-along. The Hub of the Hills is the perfect venue for these events.
The repertoire was a selection of movie songs and television themes. So, it was an afternoon of music from The Wizard of Oz, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, Titanic, Singin' in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Rocky, and the James Bond films.
The audience were in fine voice and joined in enthusiastically with the two vocalists onstage. There were even some ballroom dance enthusiasts cruising across the floor at the front - how romantic!
In the intermission, a splendid afternoon tea was provided by the Shire. Everyone there needed to keep up the energy levels for the playin', singin' and dancin'!
(photo courtesy of Shire of Mundaring)
You're invited to sing with the Hills Big Band in concert, in this colourful concert in Mundaring.
On Monday March 21, the Hills Big Band took part in the Mundaring Bicentennial Scholarship Trust Schools Concert 2016.
The concert was held at the Guildford Grammar School's David Lawe Davies Centre.
The concert showcased guitar ensembles and soloists from the Eastern Hills State High School and Helena College, as well as performances from ensembles within the Guildford Grammar School music program.
The Hills Big Band presented three pieces: "Fever", "Got To Get You Into My Life", and "New York, New York".
Photos courtesy of Mel Whisson.
Hills Big Band played at the Darlington Arts Festival on Sunday 1 November - here are some photos.
The Hills Big Band performed for "Walk The Zig Zag" on Sunday 18 October.
The weather was ideal for a stroll down the historic Zig Zag on Gooseberry Hill; mostly cool with a few breezes, a few sunny spots, and the only rainclouds in sight staying on the distant horizon to the east.
Hundreds of walkers made the most of the lovely outlook, the live entertainment, delicious food and great coffee!
The Hills Big Band ripped through some favourites, including "Front Burner" and "Peter Gunn".
Solos all around!
Our vocalists Mel and Lennie brought a selection of wonderful songs to stage.
The beautiful ballad "Over The Rainbow" was a big hit with our audience. And "Just Friends" got everyone tapping their feet to the Latin rhythms.
Photos courtesy of Klaus Backheuer
Get set for the Hills Big Band performance at the annual Walk The Zig Zag!
Place: Gooseberry Hill
Date: Sunday 18 October
Time: from 9am to 1pm
Walk The Zig Zag is a FREE event on the Zig Zag Scenic Drive, site of the historic Kalamunda Zig Zag railway line operating from 1891 to 1949.
The 3 km route down the hillside, through beautiful spring wildflowers and overlooking Perth city and surrounding suburbs, will be complemented by live entertainment, food stalls and family-friendly activities along the way.
A free park-and-ride service is available from Stirk Park and Maida Vale Reserve.
For more information, go to the Shire of Kalamunda website or phone 9257 9953.
The Hills Big Band were pleased to have another opportunity to jump on stage at The Ellington Jazz Club, on 8 July 2015.