Big Beat

sounds good, feels good

Big Beat is a 19-piece big band that was formed in 2014 with one purpose - to make music that sounds good and feels good.  Founded by alumni of William Paterson University's vaunted jazz program, the band is steeped in the modern jazz tradition, but we refuse to limit ourselves to any particular genre.  From jazz and gospel to R&B and soul, with innovative arrangements of songs from Mulgrew Miller to Maxwell, we create a fresh big band sound.  We make you feel the groove.  It's in your soul baby.

We are currently recording our first full length album, set to release in 2018.  Check out our successful Kickstarter for more information!

About the leaders

 Co-leaders Caleb Rumley, Charlie Dougherty, Ryan Tomski, and Phil Engsberg with vocalist Allison McKenzie and the great Cecil Bridgewater, who produced our first EP.

Co-leaders Caleb Rumley, Charlie Dougherty, Ryan Tomski, and Phil Engsberg with vocalist Allison McKenzie and the great Cecil Bridgewater, who produced our first EP.

Charlie Dougherty is a co-founder, co-leader, arranger/composer, and bassist of Big Beat.

Phil Engsberg is a co-leader, arranger/composer, and saxophonist of Big Beat.

Caleb Rumley is a co-founder, co-leader, arranger/composer, trombonist, and conductor of Big Beat.

Ryan Tomski is a co-founder, co-leader, arranger/composer, and pianist of Big Beat. He is currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

BIG BEAT

A poem by Co-Leader Phil Engsberg

Big Beat is a big band with attitude

Big Beat throws it in your face

Big Beat don't take no sass

Big Beat ALWAYS tips 20%

Big Beat is here, and Big Beat is coming for you. 

Big Beat filed its taxes early this year

Big Beat takes lemons, and just eats them

If you can't see where Big Beat is...

...it's probably too late for you

Big Beat gives you your daily serving of vegetables

Big Beat follows all catch and release guidelines

The music sounds good

The music feels good

 

 

WHEN WE SAY "SOUNDS GOOD", YOU SAY "FEELS GOOD"

us: "SOUNDS GOOD!"

you: "FEELS GOOD!"

us: "SOUNDS GOOD!"

you: "FEELS GOOD!"

Great.

Other members