The Big Band era in American history and its impact on our culture is undeniable. We are thrilled to provide an opportunity where we can once again celebrate Big Band music live. Our artists rarely have a chance to do this anymore and they love it as much as the crowd. Among the hundreds of popular bands during the Big Band era there was quite a range of styles. From Count Basie, Bob Crosby, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Chick Webb and many many more that you can hear again for the first time live at Sun Valley.
Over the years our Big Band Jazz sets have become some of the most popular. Because of this, we now feature Big Band music on three nights. One evening we have an all star collection, led by Joe Midiri with handpicked artists from our featured bands.
On Saturday night we always have a packed house for the Kings of Swing doing their tribute to Glenn Miller and his orchestra. The dancers come out in droves for this!
The last show of the week, at our very elegant Afterglow Dinner, will feature an All Star selected group for the final Big Band Dance set and that’s how we close out the festival for another year and again begin to count the days…
As I have heard many remark after attending just one of these “this one Big Band set was worth the entire price of admission” and we wholeheartedly agree. Whether or not Big Band jazz music is your cup of tea you won’t want to miss any of the incredible performances.