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The Albany Jazz Band Big Band consists of 5-6 saxes (2 altos, 2 tenors, 1 bari, with some flute and clarinet doubling), 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, rhythm (drums, percussion, piano, guitar), and male and female vocalists. The Albany Jazz Band Small Band consists of 3 saxes (alto, tenor, bari), 1 trombone, 2 trumpets, rhythm (drums, piano, guitar), and male and female vocalists. The Big Band and Small Band have one 90-120 minute rehearsal each week at an East Bay location and perform every 2-3 months. The bands typically don't rehearse during the summer.

The Albany Jazz Bands will be starting up again in mid-August, 2022.

We anticipate having openings in the trombone and percussion sections (we are particularly interested in someone who can play both Latin percussion and jazz drums). Rehearsals will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings and we are already set up for an active performance schedule. Please contact us using the "Get in Touch" button below if you are interested in joining the band or being a substitute player when we start up again in August. 

If you are an intermediate to advanced level musician and are interested in joining the Albany Jazz Band or substituting for absent members, please click the button below to send us an e-mail. You should include the following information:

  1. Name and contact information (phone and e-mail)

  2. Instrument(s) played or vocalist

  3. Past and recent musical experience

  4. Comfort with sight reading and improvising

  5. Interest in joining, subbing (or both).

  6. Optional: Attach or provide a link to a recording of your playing or singing

We will contact you when band chairs or opportunities to sub become available.