island entertainment presents
Matthew Ives and his Big Band
The Big Band was formed as a result of Matthew needing a practical outlet to contextualise his PhD project. Matthew's project is looking at the way Buddy Rich interacted with the arranged parts of a big band arrangement. As a result, the band debuted at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music's recital hall on July 9, 2010.
Recently, the big band has performed at the Glenorchy City Council's "˜Jazz in the Park' at Tolosa Park, the "˜Clarence Jazz Festival' on the Bellerive Boardwalk, the Leisure Inn Hobart Macquarie, and the Fern Tree Tavern.
The repertoire of the big band is primarily chosen from the Buddy Rich Big Band chart list and consists of arrangements with titles such as Love For Sale, Wave, Big Swing Face, Groovin' Hard, and Keep the Customer Satisfied. The band is now able to reprise big band vocals standards such as I've Got You Under My Skin (ala Frank Sinatra) and Cheek to Cheek (ala Ella Fitzgerald).