Bobby Streng's House Big Band

Bobby Streng's House Big Band

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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Bobby Streng's House Big Band is Detroit's all star, high energy jazz ensemble. The debut album features 8 new charts recorded live by the Motor City's finest. Streng combines classic voicing techniques with contemporary grooves. It's the spirit of the big band with a modern twist.

Biography

The 18 member House Big Band is the largest ensemble offering from Ann Arbor saxophonist, composer and band leader Bobby Streng. Like his other groups (Saxomble, Liquid Street, and the Bobby Streng Group), the House Big Band will feature his own energetic fusion of jazz, latin, and funk. This seventeen piece ensemble that Streng has assembled could easily double as the Southeast Michigan All Star Band. Members hail from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Keller Orchestra, Motor City Horns, Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, as well as the jazz faculties of the University of Michigan and University of Toledo.

Streng is no stranger to the big band genre. Since October of 2007, he has enjoyed the privilege of traveling with the Harry James Orchestra led by trumpet virtuoso Fred Radke. This has included multiple cross country tours of the US and Canada, a trip to South America, two years of consecutive performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2009 and 2010), and two double bill tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to his work with HJO, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra featured Streng in the lead alto role of Jimmy Dorsey on a 31 concert tour across the US in 2009. He also plays locally with the Paul Keller Orchestra on their weekly Monday night gig at Zal Gaz Gratto in Ann Arbor.

Streng states: “I’ve been in love with the big band sound since my dad took me to see the Count Basie Orchestra at Gilly’s Jazz Club in Dayton when I was 14. Later, my high school band director got me into the Jaco Pastorius Big Band record called the “Birthday Concert”. This showed me the funky, straight eighth groove potential of the big band. Discovering Maria Schneider’s fluid forms and orchestration cemented my love and curiosity for the large jazz ensemble instrumentation. With the House Big Band, I have combined classic voicing techniques with contemporary grooves. My hope is that audiences enjoy the spirit of the big band with a modern twist.”

THE HOUSE BIG BAND
Saxophones - Mark Kieme, James Hughes, Andrew Bishop, Mark Berger, Michael Hiemstra, Bobby Streng
Trumpets - Bob Jensen, Bill Lucas, Paul Finkbeiner, Jimmy Smith
Trombone - Chris Smith, Steve Hunter, John Rutherford, Matt Martinez
Piano - Bob Mervak
Acoustic Bass - Pat Prouty
Electric Bass - Matt Henninger
Drum Set - Jonathan Ovalle

Discography

The House Big Band released "Getting Housed, Live" in January of 2012. This full length record features 8 of Streng's original compositions and arrangements for big band. Most of the tracks have been played locally and over internet/satellite radio. WEMU Music Director, Linda Yohn, has taken a particular liking to the first track, "Fred's Way" and has been playing it frequently on her 89.1FM show. Musicians featrured on the record include Mark Kieme, James Hughes, Andrew Bishop, Bob Jensen, Chris Smith, John Rutherford, Bill Lucas, Pat Prouty, Jonathan Ovalle, Paul Finkbeiner, Jimmy Smith, Mark Berger, Steve Hunter, Bob Mervak, Matt Henninger,Michael Hiemstra, and Matt Martinez.

Set List

SET LIST TO BE CHOSEN FROM
1. Diggin
2. Chuck
3. Song for my Father
4. Twin Call
5. Sweet Georgia Brown
6. Fred's Way
7. Streng Theory
8. Adam's Funk
9. Jen's Prelude
10. Beauty and the Beast
11. On the Sunny Side of the Street
12. Borderline