About Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque

We are an exciting swing Big Band that performs classic dance-band favorites made famous by such great groups as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, as well as 50s rock ‘n roll. We play for public events, wedding receptions, dinners, church functions, charity benefits and senior facilities. Our 14-piece band includes saxes, trombones, trumpets, and rhythm section, and vocalist, produces an authentic Big Band sound. We can also arrange a smaller group, if needed. We perform for everything from small gatherings to large formal events in the Albuquerque-Rio Rancho area. We have a large repertoire of Swing, Jazz, Latin, Dixieland, Polkas, Blues, Show-tunes and popular favorites, all suitable for dancing and listening. We play fast, slow or both, you choose. If you have a favorite, we probably play it. If you would like us to play for your group or event, please call band leader, Jim Thompson at 505-917-2865.



Come dance and listen to the greatest hits of the Jazz Swing Era at our first public performance of 2021 at Albuquerque’s Old Town Plaza. The band will be bursting forth from the Old Town band stand during the 4th of July celebration from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. We are excited to be playing for the public and our fans once again.

Harry James Revisited

One of our most popular video, refreshed, and re-edited.  Video has four highlights from our performances, including:

* Jazz standard “Birdland,”
* Glenn Miller’s “St. Louis Blues March,”
* Latin flavored “Temptation,”
* and Harry James’ “Two O’Clock Jump.”