“Scanning the history of jazz”

photo by Brooks Peterson

Listen to

“Basie”, from the CD “Voracious”. PURCHASE

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 44th 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.

See a video of the band performing “I Can’t Stop Loving You” live at the Metropolitan Ballroom in Minneapolis for a wedding in 2012.

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