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Some of Our Best Friends are Singers V2

Join the Wednesday Night Big Band at Ironwood for a fun night of big band jazz, featuring vocalists Wendy Lomnes, Erin Elies, Kevin Waites, and the ‘Here Comes Treble’ vocal ensemble.

We’ll be performing selections from Joni Mitchell, Patsy Cline, Harry Connick Jr., Diane Schuur, Shirley Bassey, and more!

The Ironwood Stage And Grill
All Ages
Cover Charge: $20
Make a reservation for your table by calling 403-269-5581 (ticket price added to your bill)

Band members
Vocals: Wendy Lomnes, Erin Elies, Kevin Waites, and the 'Here Comes Treble' ensemble
Saxes: Larry Blenkin, Erin Elies, Paul Evans, Karen Heaton, Mireille Robinson
Trombones: Jacqueline Abbott, John Abraham, Shelley Langdon, John Towell
Trumpets: Michael Hynes, Jon Mossing, Dave Prentice, Keven Waites
Rhythm: John McRory (guitar), Alex Netelenbos (bass), Bryan Niblock (drums), Rod Schmidt (piano)

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Christmas and More with the WNBB at Dickens

The WNBB Big Band plays Dickens Pub on December 12th. Come out for great big band jazz including some of your favourite Christmas songs.

Jazz Walk at Ironwood June 18

The WNBB big band has been invited to play Calgary’s Summer Jazz Festival. We are playing as part of Jazz Walk generously sponsored by TD Canada Trust and the Inglewood BIA. Popular, family-friendly, free events throughout the beautiful Inglewood/9th Avenue Strip.

Come see us at Ironwood Stage and Grill at 2PM, after the wonderful young JazzYYC lab band.

Pat Belliveau will be joining us to reprise his seminal role as our baritone sax player. Wendy Lomnes and MJ de Waal will be appearing on vocals.


From Jazz With Love Feb 15 at Dickens

Calgary’s WNBB Big Band invites you to "From Jazz With Love" at Dickens Pub February 15th 8:00PM $15. Our wonderful vocalists Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will be interpreting your Valentines Day feelings. 8:00 PM start, but come early for cheap beer, good food, and to say hi to the band!

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WNBB at Dickens Dec 21 with MJ de Waal and Wendy Lomnes

The Wednesday Night Big Band will return to Dickens Pub on Dec 21 2016. We will have both of our amazing vocalists, Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes. With both vocalists on the bill, and a few Christmas and holiday songs in the mix, this will be a show not to miss.

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Big Band sounds with Wendy Lomnes and MJ de Waal on vocals.
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Dickens Wed Nov 4 Dueling Trumpets Fast Blues Rainbows and Fat Cat

Your Wednesday Night Big Band returns triumphantly to Dickens Pub on Wednesday. All instrumental big band music. We have some great things planned for the night:

  • Jon Mossing and Dave Prentice duelling on trumpets
  • Fast "Blues 1, Band 0" try to keep up
  • The incomparable Pat Belliveau joining us on tenor sax, and one of his original compositions
  • John Towell taking us "over the rainbow" on trombone
  • A "Funky R&B Groove-Shuffle"
  • The aforementioned Mr Mossing pining for Nicole in a Sammy Nestico ballad
  • A band and crowd favourite classic from Chuck Mangione
  • Comfortable "Fat Cat" blues to keep your toes moving
  • Other songs by great big band composers/arrangers Louis Bellson, Ian McDougall, Chuck Mangione, Frank Mantooth

The music starts at 8PM. $15. Dickens is at 1000 9th Ave SW. Great food and beer at Dickens so come early and say hi before the music starts.

The mysterious and incomparable Jon Mossing

New outdoor Music & Market Series opens June 25 with WNBB


Next week on the evening of Thursday June 25 we are proud to open the brand new Music and Market Square. This is a unique summer event series for Calgary:
All Ages
Pay What You Can cover charge
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30
Together with local vendors

Stay tuned for the official announcement in the next few days. There are eight Thursday Night events planned for this summer, we get to be first!

We have a great music lineup for this event. Wendy and Mari Jo will be on vocals. Bring your sweetie, your folks, your children, some dancing shoes. No barrier, no tickets, no prices, consider this your opportunity to directly support community local music.

The venue is ContainR, right near the Sunnyside LRT Station. It’s an Art Park.

Does anyone remember 20 years ago when the WNBB played the band shell in Riley Park? This will be like that, only 1) A Weeknight, 2) Kickstarted by a community donor, but sustained by your Pay What You Can cover charge, and 3) A few blocks further east.

Come support the band and show your love for the musicians and for live outdoor friendly urban music events!

UPDATE: Here is the Facebook event page and the weather forecast looks great! We will have Pedal Powered Sound from Open Streets Calgary.

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Spring shows and new photos

Hello jazz fans. We want to keep you abreast of a number of upcoming events.

Coming up fairly soon on April 2nd the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble (Calgary’s newest big band) is hosting a theatre event "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" at Theatre Junction. The CCAE exists to explore and expand the great Canadian big band songbook. If you are interested in contemporary big band music in a theatre setting, you’ll want to attend.

Always be sure to check JazzYYC for Calgary jazz events. On the big band scene, upcoming on the calendar is WNBB alumnus Deanne Matley with the Prime Time Big Band at Ironwood March 28 and April 11. On March 28, trumpet player Jens Lindemann will be joining this band.

April 30th is International Jazz Day and the date of the WNBB’s next performance. Look for us at Festival Hall in Inglewood. Details to be announced.

May 1st we are joining our friends the Jazz-niks for their fundraising big band dance. This is "members and invited guests" only, as per liquor board regulations, so talk to a band member and sign up if you want to come. Last year it was great fun. There will be a focus on danceable music.

May 13th we will return to Dickens. We are currently choosing which new songs to feature at Dickens.

In June, you might find us down in Lethbridge. Details to be announced.

Finally, we have new band photos from Gerry David, from Dickens in February. They are gradually appearing on our website and on our Facebook page.

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WNBB Big Band at Dickens February 25

The Wednesday Night Big Band will be returning to Dickens Pub on February 25th, 2015. Hope to see you!

Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be joining us on vocals. We have a number of new songs for your listening pleasure including a couple by New Zealand’s Alan Broadbent. Great food and good times at Dickens. $15 Cover, 8PM downbeat (come early for food, drinks and socializing.)

Next show Nov 26 at Dickens

The next public performance by the Wednesday Night Big Band will be November 26 at Dicken’s Pub. We’ve been working on some new (and previously neglected) songs from our library. Wendy Lomnes and Mari Jo de Waal will be on vocals. Please save the date and invite your friends. Here is the Facebook Event, please do the Facebook "Join" and "Invite" routine. Thank you, and we'll see you there.

June 4 Dickens Pub

We are playing June 4th at Dickens Pub. Mari Jo de Waal and Wendy Lomnes will be joining us on vocals. Show will be at 8:00 PM. This will be our last show before our summer break, so we hope you all come out.

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