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The All Girls Big Band: a very tight, disciplined group; a powerhouse of sound.
The All Girl Big Band is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Formed at the beginning of 2016, the group brings together talented female jazz musicians from around Christchurch.
Most of the band members are professional musicians or music teachers with a wide range of ages, from high-school-student age to the most mature member, Jill Fenton, who is 77 and took up the trombone in her late 40s.
“The band has a great vibe and everyone brings a super energetic and positive nature to our rehearsals and concerts. We love playing in bands with the lads; however, the idea was to celebrate the female musicians of the city, and we feel privileged to be able to fill the numbers of a full big band.” – Kate Taylor
Taylor, who is the vocal tutor at Ara Music Arts, first developed the idea for an All Girl Big Band alongside saxophonist and music director Lana Law.
At first it seemed “a crazy, out of the box idea”, but then they realised they knew enough women who could make up a big band.
The All Girl Big Band debuted at In the Loop at the Court Theatre as part of their Hidden Artists segment. Since then they have had stunning success with gigs for Jazz After Work, and the Swingtown Rebels.