The Hal Sherman Big Band

The Hal Sherman Big Band



Hal Sherman, Musical Director is a legend in the field of Jazz Education, which earned him the title of "Dr. Jazz." Mr. Sherman began his career forty years ago teaching in the Highline School District then on to Kent Meridian High School, Kent School District. In his effort to motivate and educate his students he hosted the "Kent Meridian Northwest Jazz Festival" at the Seattle Opera House, which sold out crowds for the duration of his 20. Hal is best recognized for his knowledge of jazz literature. His library is second to none. He’s written articles for Instrumentalist magazine and the International Association of Jazz Educator's Journal. He is also the author of three books related to Jazz Band Techniques and Material. Hal Sherman has the distinction of being the first educator to receive the Charlie Bird Parker Foundation Award for Excellence. He shares that award with such great musicians as Quincy Jones, Stan Kenton, and Count Basie. He is also the recipient of the first National Band Association's Outstanding Jazz Educator Award.

The Hal Sherman Big Band, has evolved from a creative outlet for improvising musicians in the Seattle area into an outstanding and innovative contemporary big band. We explore new sounds and extend our repertoire by featuring arrangements from Hal’s vast jazz library. From Swing to Bebop to Latin to Ballads, our book of charts has arrangements that you just won’t hear from any other band in the area. Our personnel is made up of local pro and semi-pro musicians, music teachers and local business people with a passion for jazz.

Set List

Birth of a Band
G'Day Mates
Count 'Em
Move Me to Mercury
Lullabye on the Leaves

The One In All
Black Magic
Take the A Train
Street Of Dreams
I Loves You Porgy

Please Don't Talk About Me
Joy Spring
Moten Swing
Woody's Whistle

We can play from 1 to 4 sets of music lasting approximately 45 to 50 minutes per set.

We can also perform approximately 100 charts at any moments notice.