The 20-piece Lady Day Big Band features a powerful line up of Cape Town’s finest musicians. The band incorporates contemporary styles with traditional big band sounds, to give audiences an explosive experience of exciting big band music, and features the powerful vocal styling of Lana Crowster.
“I have always dreamed of starting a big band that would provide a platform for professional women musicians to showcase their talents in a safe space” says Crowster. “This project is also about inspiring young girls who may have a passion for music. I want young girls to see us doing what we love, doing it well, and see what is possible for them.”
Amanda Tiffin, who is no stranger to Cape Town audiences, takes up the baton as conductor for this project, enthuses “Watching these musicians come together in such a short space of time and really own the music and their space has been a truly powerful experience.”
The Lady Day Big Band gave their debut performance at the recent South African Jazz Educators’ Conference to a packed house and a thunderous standing ovation. Gwen Ansell commented in her recent article that “…Already, LDBB is a tight-knit outfit with impressive soloists.”
The band features in writing by several of its members, as well as some fresh arrangements from local composers and arrangers. Their repertoire includes an exciting mix of South African jazz, alongside popular standards and a few surprises.