An 18-piece group comprising 5 saxophones, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums and vocals. Spectacular singer Denay Willie fronts the band, with Richard Pickett providing the male vocals.
The MC Big Band is the only band of its kind in the country to offer a full range of styles in the big band setting, from the ’40s classics of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman to the contemporary dance music of today, as well as indigenous South African styles. The MC Big Band has worked regularly with the country’s top vocal artists including Gloria Bosman, Judith Sephuma and Melanie Scholtz, among other leading jazz and pop artists. The band also available in smaller formats of 12 and 8 players, with the same extensive and wide-ranging repertoire.
The MC Big Band has performed at high-profile events such as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival and the Oude Libertas Summer Series, and at the country’s top social functions including the Sheraton Spring Ball, the Solstice Foundation Ball, the Fancourt Spring Ball and Artists for AIDS Awareness.