Calgary's Prime Time Big Band to record album live off floor at Ironwood
‘It’s history in the making,’ says director of 20-piece ensemble
A group of 20 musicians are attempting to record an entire album live off the floor of a Calgary music club this week.
And they only have three shots to get it right.
"We're praying that the phone doesn't ring too often and nobody drops a glass, 'cause they'll be noise and that will be on the recording," said Prime Time Big Band bandleader, David Jones.
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Jones knows of no other big band "in the last 40 years" who has taken on this kind of challenge.
"It's history in the making," he said.
"It's way, way tougher than sitting in a studio, because (in studio) you can take, many, many takes for the same piece."
The ensemble features four trombones, five trumpets, five saxophones, one vocalist and a four-piece rhythm section.
The youngest member is 23. The oldest is 81.
Jones said the band's upcoming live album is being funded by donations from its "great, loyal fan base," who also footed the $168,000 bill to cover their last studio recording at the Banff Centre
Calgarians have three opportunities to watch and hear the Prime Time Big Band record their new CD at the Ironwood Stage & Grill this week:
- Thursday, Nov. 3 from 8 to 11 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 to 11 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Reservations are highly recommended and loud, boisterous clapping is encouraged.
With files from the CBC's Falice Chin and the Calgary Eyeopener