This is the home of Canada’s Premier Big Band - Jim John's Swing Shift Big Band. From the band’s beginning in 1996 it quickly became apparent that this was a band intent on preserving the sounds and quality of the big band era - a band that has since been recognized as one of the top big bands in the country. With 17 talented musicians, male and female vocalists and optional dancers and female vocal trio, this band can entertain audiences of all ages. From dances, corporate galas, and jazz festivals to weddings, theatre shows and everything in-between, Swing Shift has the variety to suit any occasion. We can also provide smaller groups, ranging from solo piano, trio, quartet and right up to our very popular 11 piece group - a versatile band that specializes in music for all ages. Leader Jim John has twenty years of leadership experience - he knows how to make your event a big success!!
Big Band Dance at Estonian House, Toronto
Friday October 27
Dance Café presents a Big Band Dance with Swing Shift Big Band at the Estonian House. We have been playing these events for several years, and they are always excellent - a wonderful venue, great people from Dance Café, delicious desserts all 'round (free!) and a first class bar...lots of fun for everyone...Dancing, Dancing, Dancing!
West End Jazz Series - Gala Dinner & Show
Friday November 17
This gala evening will feature the lead singers and solo instrumentalists from all four of the 2017 West End Jazz Series shows. It will also include several well known special guest performers. Just like all previous events in the Series, it will be held at the beautiful Bronte Harbour Banquet Centre, but this time in a larger ballroom setting. The cast will include several Juno nominees and Order of Canada recipients. This star-studded event will be complemented by a gourmet, three course dinner. Guests will be able to select Show-Only or Dinner-Included seating. The show will be followed by dancing featuring Jim John's Swing Shift Big Band.
The New CD - One More, Twice
You heard the new tracks at the CD launch party at the Rex, now here it is...
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