Sweet Thunder is a 13 piece jazz orchestra based on the Gold Coast – the home of Blues on Broadbeach.
The band plays a mix of big band jazz arranged specifically for the lineup of three trumpets, three trombones, four saxes plus piano, bass and drums. They are dedicated to recreating authentic music from the classic big band era, which we often refer to as the pre-swing era, and is equally adept at producing sounds from the modern era. The focus is on exciting sounds and high energy big band music which may have typically come from the Cotton Club and other high profile clubs of the era.
While the band draws heavily on the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn legacy they also play works by Benny Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, John Clayton and others.
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