Compaq Big Band

A Christmas Carol’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet are timeless New England seasonal classics at Palace Theatre, but this year a spectacular new holiday event will take place in Manchester when the exciting 19-piece Compaq Big Band is featured in concert at Rex Theatre. It will be an amazing evening filled with seasonal favorites like you’ve never heard them before – powerful, inspirational, and just plain fun. Even the biggest Grinch can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit!

 

The show runs 7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $29 in advance, $39 at the door. All seating is General Admission only. Doors open at 7pm. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged. With a great sound system and terrific sightlines, there’s not a bad seat in the house – but early arrival is suggested for best selection.

 

The band features the power of 14 horns, a cookin’ rhythm section, and an amazing jazz vocalist out front. The styles you’ll hear on December 2nd run the gamut from traditional swing to very UNtraditional jazz rock, ballad, samba and jazz waltz tunes – all high-energy arrangements from legendary big band names such as Gordon Goodwin, Count Basie, Tom Kubis, Sammy Nestico, Dave Metzger, and John Clayton. And there will be plenty of vocal arrangements, too, as performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Linda Eder, Mariah Carey, and much more.

 

To get a tiny sample of what you’re in for, take a listen to the Tom Kubis Big Band performing the instrumental “Joy To The World” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0Tx6lZEzNo. And, for a vocal preview, check out Diana Krall and the Hamilton-Clayton Orchestra on “Jingle Bells” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SABWU6im1do.

 

The Compaq Big Band is one of the longest continuously large-format jazz ensembles in New England. Formed in 1975, the group has performed for hundreds of clients across the region and beyond, impressing crowds at swing dances, gala celebrations, nonprofit fundraisers, music festivals, summer concerts, and legendary Boston area jazz venues. Among the band’s many accomplishments are a 10-day/7-gig tour of the United Kingdom, producing and warming up for sold out shows of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band at the Palace Theatre, and several concerts featuring international high jazz trumpet virtuoso Wayne Bergeron as their guest artist. Their two commercial CDs – “Bandwidth” and “Hard Drive” – are played on New England Jazz National Public Radio, on BBC2 in the United Kingdom, and on Swedish public radio jazz programs. Check them out at www.compaqbigband.com or on Facebook.

 

 

Tickets: $29 – $39

September 25, 2021 2:00 pm
2:00 pm (2h 30′)

Rex Theatre

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