SWR Big Band
Seventeen musicians – one sound. And a very convincing sound, at that. The SWR Big Band has so far been nominated four times for a Grammy. Also it received in 2015 a Jazz Award in Gold from German music industry.
Enjoyed a great honor in 2011, when it was the first German band ever suggested for the “Prêmio da Música Brasileira”, Brazil’s most important music award. In the face of so much fame, it seems almost modest to say that the SWR Big Band is one of the best big bands in the world. Jazz, fusion or world music, the repertoire is large. As is the list of recent guests and collaborators: Quincy Jones, Pat Metheny, George Benson, Ivan Lins, Gary Burton, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Curtis Stigers, Jacob Collier, Patti Austin, Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Sammy Nestico, Paula Morelenbaum, Joo Kraus, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Florence, Rob McConnell, Slide Hampton, Maria Schneider, Frank Foster, Bill Holman and Bob Mintzer. Or how about a shade more pop? No problem – for instance, with Paul Carrack, Mousse T., Andrew Roachford or Incognito.
Like the big bands in the USA, the SWR Big Band has its own sound, created by its founder and conductor, Prof. Erwin Lehn gently refined till today. The starting gun was first heard on April 1, 1951. Back then, the SWR Big Band was still known as a dance orchestra, the Südfunk-Tanzorchester. Lehn saw to it that the band was increasingly referred to as the “Daimler of big bands”. For it has shared the stage with many stars: Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Astrud Gilberto, Chet Baker, Caterina Valente or even Arturo Sandoval. Ever since the early nineties, the SWR Big Band has been appearing with various bandleaders, depending on the project and style of music.
- April 27, 2018 with Curtis Stigers | Stuttgart, Theaterhaus T1
- November 01, 2018 with Max Mutzke | Stuttgart, Liederhalle