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.

“Armed Forces Salute” Video Released

Once again – we celebrated Independence Day at the Piano Source in Albuquerque. Westside Sound Big Band has just re-released a video of our performance of “Armed Forces Salute.” This salute honors our armed forces and veterans, and includes hymns for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. We hope you enjoy it – as much as we enjoyed making it.

Harry James Revisited

Over the past year, our viewers on youtube have watched our Harry James “Two O’clock Jump” video the most times of any of our videos.  So we thought it should be refreshed, and re-edited.  The new 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.”