Swing Unlimited Big Band was founded in 2001 with the primary aim of providing opportunities for local musicians to play the widest possible range of "Big Band" music. Naturally following on from this was the desire to perform this music, bringing pleasure to local audiences. As a non-profit, community organisation, SUBB has also always endeavoured to use its "art" to help support local charities and good causes in the local community, and in this sense we have long represented the concept of the "Big Society" -
- Local musicians getting together voluntarily for their own enjoyment and musical fulfilment.
- Performing for and entertaining local audiences.
- Supporting and fund-raising for local good causes and charities.
- Giving local musicians the opportunity to play great music together.
- Producing a fantastic live sound using the talents and characters within the group.
- Creating exciting live shows, performing music sources from the world of jazz.
- Paying tribute to the great jazz music of the past, as well as the modern era.
The SUBB Group consists of an ever increasing number of bands, each having a slightly different flavour and character. The group brings together the best musicians from across the south coast to perform in a variety of styles with the aims of:
Over the past years, the Swing Unlimited Big Band Group has expanded to include:
Swing Unlimited Community Band - providing opportunities for amateur musicians of all ages from the local community to get together to learn, practise and publicly perform the same kind of music as SUBB under expert guidance and tutelage from members of the "main" band..
SUBB Zero - a 9-piece jazz/Caribbean band inspired by Gary Crosby's "Jazz Jamaica", fusing jazz with the rhythms of reggae, ska and calypso..
Swing Unlimited Dance Band - "Dedicated to Dance", a 15-17 piece band playing music ideal for swing, jive, ballroom, latin and social dance events..
Swing Unlimited Modern Jazz Ensemble - playing the great jazz music of the 50's-70's, including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk to name but a few..
Swing Unlimited Jazz Club - our own jazz club formed in 2010 at Centre Stage, Bournemouth, enabling us to give bands from the SUBB Group - as well as some of the best guest jazz performers from the South, and beyond, the opportunities to have regular gigs. The SUJC has also filled the gap in local dedicated jazz venues which have been closing over the years, giving jazz aficionados the chance to enjoy all genres and styles of live jazz, from classic "trad" to cool, modern jazz, or big band swing..
The Swing Unlimited Big Band Group can provide bands of all sizes, and all genres of jazz for any occasion or function - please contact us if you have any booking enquiries, would like to join the group as a musician, want to support us by becoming a SUBB Patron, or just want to know more about us!