The Mississauga Arts Council Announces the 11 Winners
of their 2022 MAC MicroGrant Program:
...or read it right here:
"Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble is the recipient of a Matchmaker MicroGrant to help them recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and fund their conductor as rehearsals resume."
This article in "The Wholenote" covers our latest album:
"Big bands don’t rule the jazz roost nowadays but they’re often worth a listen, as is the case with Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble – On The Periphery , which offers 14 tunes and 73 minutes of classy, sprightly entertainment recorded live at Arnold’s Sports Bar in Oakville. The opening Steamsville is brisk and bright with gritty alto by Gary Martin, who also shines on Aluminum Baby. Section work is mostly splendid though soloists vary widely in ability (10 players get solo opportunities). The ensemble sounds best on relaxed material, especially well-worn standards, but it can swing hard and clearly enjoys challenging choices, including pieces from Burt Bacharach, the Average White Band and Charlie Mingus. Vocalist Catherine McGregor holds her own on four songs." - Geoff Chapman, The Wholenote
The Mississauga News' reporter John Stewart (not that Jon Stewart!) produced this article about our collaboration with local singing star Glenn Chipkar:
"Big Band Jazz Meets Crooner" - May 2013