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The Big Smoke Big Band

We are a 20 piece big band, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We offer an aggressive mix of contemporary jazz, funk, rhythm & blues, and rock.

Our repertoire consists of selections from many popular bands, including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Blood Sweat & Tears, Cold Blood, Tower of Power, and Ten Wheel Drive. As well, we often feature works by prominent arrangers such as Ron Collier, Bruce Cassidy, Pete Coulman, and our music director Ilmars (Fudds) Sermulis.

The Big Smoke Big Band features the talent of several prominent local vocalists. Sharon Smith, Jan Laurie, Diane Stead, Robin Langdon, and Jaye Baxter perform with the band on various occasions.

Led by trumpeter Chris Kemp, the band is comprised of high calibre musicians from the Toronto area. As well as having significant professional experience with a wide variety prominent bands, many band members are former students from music programs offered at Humber College, and the University of Toronto.

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