Rex Hotel Matinee

The Rex Hotel
Saturday Sept 16

Details - click here!

Back at the Rex - Matinee September 16th

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We'll be playing at the Rex, 194 Queen Street W., Toronto from 1:30 pm to 4 pm on Saturday September 16th.  Come down to watch the band with Dave Statham & Larisa Renée singing and enjoy the great food and atmosphere!


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CD Launch - Head For A Cure


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What a memorable afternoon at the Rex, we launched our 9th CD with a sold out show and
raised $1535 for Princess Margaret Hospital cancer research in Rob William's name. It doesn't get much better than that!

Thanks to everyone that helped make this afternoon a success, your loyalty to the band
and live big band jazz makes all the work worthwhile!

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Our New CD - Full House

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 Full House is now available for delivery or download (click here)...


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Previous Swing Shift CD - Celebrations!

Read The WholeNote Review Here!

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Jim John’s SWING SHIFT BIG BAND with Strings

Featuring Larisa Renée and Dave Statham with special guest,

multi-award winner Jackie Richardson

Release Date: May 1st, 2021

"As we enter Swing Shift's 25th year, we Celebrate the musical contributions of band mates. We chose [a variety of tunes for this album], from the lush ballad 'Here's to Life', to the breezy 'Summer Samba', to the barn burner 'Let the Good Times Roll'. It's been an honour and a privilege to be part of this musical enterprise." – Rob Williams, lead trombone, Swing Shift Big Band

This 6-track EP-CD relies heavily on the arranging skills of Brent Turner, whose charts are tailored to the band’s strengths: clean section work and impressive vocals by Larisa and Dave.  Musical Director saxophonist Jeff Pighin ensures that the band’s tonal palette is tuned up to its optimum level.  And Celebrations! also introduces a new and sensuous dimension to the Swing Shift sound – strings an exciting first for the band!

Not to be missed is the wonderful Artie Butler anthem, 'Here's to Life' recorded by the incredible Jackie Richardson - a video of her deeply moving performance is available as a special bonus on our Celebrations! page.  “One of Canada’s foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, who has performed across the country and internationally, Jackie Richardson is also an award-winning actor who received a Gemini Award for her performance in The Gospel According to the Blues.” – CBC Media Centre

Celebrations! was expertly engineered by Humber's Andy Pryde and produced by Palais Records.


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