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Jul16

Swing Night

The Wabasha Street Caves, 215 Wabasha St S, St Paul, MN

Doors open at 6:00 pm, lessons at 6:15 BBB plays from 7:00 - 10:00

HEADS UP: 2015 Construction in downtown St. Paul closes both Kellogg Ave and southbound traffic across the Wabasha bridge.

Small cover at the door (no credit or checks) Age limit: All ages

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Since 1991, Beasley's Big Band has been playing big band jazz with power and drive.

For more than 20 years, we've been playing at the Wabasha Street Caves and O'Gara's Bar & Grill. At the historic Wabasha Street Caves, you can swing dance to Beasley's Big Band on the third Thursday of just about every month. If you'd like to listen to Beasley's Big Band in an intimate club setting, stop by O'Gara's. We also play for corporate parties, swing dances, charity balls, wedding dances, and summer concerts in city parks. Think about hiring the band for your next event!

Twin Cities Jazz Festival 

A huge thank you to the crowd at Rice Park!  The rain washed away the humidity and the skies turned blue just in time for our set.  Playing outdoors and without a band shell can be an adventure -- the sound from your horn seems to just disappear into the ether -- but we settled in after a tune or two and had a great time.  We even caught some press!  http://mspmag.com/Blogs/The-Morning-After/June-2015/St-Paul-Twin-Cities-Jazz-Fest-and-More/

(Sorry about your face, Bruce.  You need to stop moving around when I'm taking a panoramic shot!)

The recording process will take even longer... 

Alas, summer in MN is too short for BBB to squeeze in a recording session.  So we've rescheduled for 3 consecutive nights in early February.  A lot fewer people are up at the cabin in February.  But the sectionals and rehearsals are kicking up nevertheless.  It takes a long time to get 19 people to agree on a single piece of music, never mind 30.  We'll cull that list down, but that's for our crack project managers to take care of.

The recording process is a long, long, long process... 

All this year we've been saving our pennies so we can record a new batch of music.  It's looking like we'll be having extra rehearsals this summer and spending a few nights in August recording.  We're working on the logistics and the music right now.  Once the recording is done, it can take months and months longer to put the tracks together... never mind packaging them up for sharing.  No ETA yet, keep watching here for occasional updates.

BBB Featured on Jazz 88's Big Band Scene 

Thanks to our good friends at Jazz 88 (KBEM FM 88.5), Beasley's Big Band is being featured on three upcoming BIG BAND SCENE radio shows airing on Mondays at 7 PM & Sundays at 10 PM (& On Demand at jazz88fm.com). 
   - 3/30 & 4/05 - Big Band Tuesday at Jazz Central, MN Music Café, Crooners Lounge, & O’Gara’s
   - 4/27 & 5/03 - Big Band Dances at Wabasha Street Caves, KC Hall, Eagles Club, Cinema Ballroom, Crooners & others
   - 5/11 & 5/17 – Preview of Big Bands at Jazz on the Prairie & the Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Just Booked: An O'Gara's Dance! 

We'll be blowing a dance in the O'Gara's Shanty on Tuesday night, May 5th - right behind the main bar and restaurant.  This is exciting for us and we're going to show O'Gara's that BBB has the greatest dancers in town!  Book the night!  Tell your date!  Tell your friends!  Tell your friends' dates!
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