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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 (bass, 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 (bass, 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 regularly. The bands typically don't rehearse during the summer.



The Albany Jazz Bands are starting rehearsals for the current term on January 17, 2024.

Rehearsals are held weekly on Wednesday evenings (through June 12, 2024) at one of several sites in Albany, California. We anticipate that all seats in both bands will be filled by returning band members (who are given first priority). If any empty seats open up for the current term, we will announce them here. Also, we will have openings for substitute players. Finally, we are interested in adding a percussion player to the Big Band for the current term. So please contact us using the "Get in Touch" button below if you are interested in joining the band when we have openings or being a substitute player . 


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.

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