" . . I’d always wanted to have a big band – and a swinging big band." Vancouver's Lifestyle Magazine - October 2008

 ". . .I must say I was impressed by the uniqueness and originality of this band, and proud to say that here in Vancouver, we do have this world-class jazz band directed by Jill Townsend..."

.Ed Farolan (Vancouver Review) 

The fabulously hip and swinging Jill Townsend Jazz Orchestra delights audiences as they perform regularly to sold out houses.

Their premiere CD, Tales from the Sea generated international attention, and the Canadian National Jazz Awards nominated JTBB for “Big Band of the Year” both in 2008 and 2006. The band was invited to the prestigious IAJE Conference in New York in 2007 where they performed and premiered a new work by Socan Composer Award recipient Ian McDougall.(more)

The band was established in 2000 with the purpose of presenting great playing of original Canadian music. Featured soloists include Brad Turner, Bill Coon, Dennis Esson, Dave Robbins and many more. The unique and dynamic sound of the band is also created by the repertoire, featuring compositions and arrangements by Townsend, Bill Coon, Ross Taggart, plus the music of Kenny Wheeler and Rick Wilkins.

The Band

Jill Townsend

Chris Startup

Bill Runge

Steve Kaldestad

Cory Weeds

Dennis Esson

Rod Murray

Jeremy Berkman

Neil Nicholson

Derry Byrne

Kent Wallace

Brad Turner

Tom Shorthouse

Bill Coon

Ken Lister

Dave Robbins