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Jazz: Big Band Moods: Instrumental Jazz: Modern Big Band

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United States - Minnesota

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Bill Simenson Orchestra

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 31, 2013:

“Seventeen members strong, the Bill Simenson Orchestra is the best local big band you’ve likely never heard. The first Tuesday of each month, it plays a cozy under-the-radar venue with sofas, comfy chairs and great sound — Jazz Central. The band is full of local bar stars (Pete Whitman, Chris Lomheim, et al.), but it’s trumpeter Simenson’s terrific chart-writing that impresses the most. If you enjoy large jazz ensembles, from pioneers Ellington and Basie up to such present-day lights as Maria Schneider and Darcy James Argue, you’ll find much to like. (8-10:30 p.m. Tue., Jazz Central, 407 Central Av. SE., Mpls. $10 suggested donation. Surowicz”

Since June of 2012 the Bill Simenson Orchestra has performed monthly at Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis, playing all original music from the pen of Bill Simenson. The band's debut recording, "Big Alpaca," was recorded in January of 2016 and features some of the Twin Cities' finest musicians.