After 50 years of live performances and various recordings, Jimmy Stahl has taken his legendary project to another level, with two new releases. He first turned to Chris Curry to produce a live audience studio recording at Session's on the River in April 2019. The successful concert helped Jimmy select the top songs as he prepared for an intense weekend at the world-class Jukasa Media Group in June. Over the course of two days, the band recorded 27 tracks with the help of JUNO-award winning sound engineers, Darren "Jeter" Magierowski, and Jill Zimmermann.
The band launched the two albums in May, 2020.
The Jimmy Stahl Big Band is headlined by several dynamic vocalists who encompass the essence of the big band era's velvet vocals and true spirit of showmanship. They consistently deliver high energy interpretations in synergy with the band and the audience.
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Jazz aficionados can expect to be impressed by Grammy-Award winning charts, scorching horns and fresh interpretations of jazz, blues and swing music spanning multiple decades. Artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darrin, Ella Fitzgerald, Diane Schuur, Dean Martin, Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, Shirley Bassey, and Harry Connick Jr. are just some of the selections that are showcased from the American Songbook.
The Jimmy Stahl Big Band can be booked with two vocalists, or as two distinct showcases with one vocalist, or simply swingin' big band instrumentals depending on your event and venue. We work with you to ensure your entertainment is world-class and the highlight of your special event.
“Sounds of Sinatra” with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band featuring Michael Vanhevel
This showcase is a tribute to Frank Sinatra and The Great American Songbook featuring some of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits using original arrangements from Nelson Riddle, Ralph Carmichael, Quincey Jones, Don Costa, Ralph Sharon, and other world renowned arrangers from the big band era. Michael Vanhevel is one of the finest up and coming young crooners in Canada today. Audiences are mesmerized by his smooth velvety style and the "swingin’ Basie style” of the Jimmy Stahl Big Band. If you close your eyes and listen you will swear your listening to Ole’ Blues Eyes and the Count Basie Orchestra. Be prepared to be transported back in time to when big bands ruled the hearts, airwaves and dance floors!
“Tribute to the Ladies of Jazz” with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band featuring Geneviève-Renée Bisson or Robyn Pauhl
Every song in this show features various hits from leading ladies such as Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole and Shirley Bassey. We mix up the styles including ballads, swing and blues using the original arrangements from Bob Foster, Nelson Riddle, Ralph Carmichael and more. These female leads sing beautifully on this show bringing their own style and sound giving each song a fresh new approach while maintaining the integrity of each original song backed up by incredible “Basie Style” sound of the Jimmy Stahl Big Band. You will fall in love with them and this show! Be prepared to be musically seduced!
"The Great American Songbook" with The Jimmy Stahl Big Band featuring Michael Vanhevel and Geneviève-Renée Bisson or Robyn Pauhl
A powerful and diverse musical experience highlighting the best of both showcases.
Enjoy the samples below, live in HD!