Scanning the history of jazz

photo by Brooks Peterson

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Formed in 1973, the band started out performing transcriptions of the music of the “hot” orchestras, popular between the World Wars. House gigs in the early years included such Jazz Age nightspots as Scottie’s On Seventh, the Commodore, and Castle Royale.

They opened for Sarah Vaughan and Manhattan Transfer, and performed on the initial broadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion. Their first four albums received the coveted four star review in Downbeat magazine. They even played Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Ball.

Now in their 40th year, led by drummer Jendeen Forberg, the Wolverines Big Band continues to perform their matchless repertoire. Covering a wide range of styles, this includes the best of the bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson and more.

The Wolverines Big Band is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For booking inquiries, email Maud Hixson.


NEXT APPEARANCE: Friday, July 4th, 2014 at 6:00pm at Commons Park in Excelsior, Minnesota.