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.

“Kansas City” Video Rocks

SINGING “KANSAS CITY” AT A HAWAIIAN PARTY??  – and WHY NOT!!
Try this video by the Westside Sound Big Band from our August performance at the “Piano Source.”  The band is “jamming” on this one.

Do you get YouTube on your TV? Then access this video and our other videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

New Video Celebrates Hawaiian Music

There were no beach towels, but we did have hula dancers in grass skirts, and Hawaiian food at our August party.  Check out this video.  Sorry guys – the hula dancers were off camera.

Do you get YouTube on your TV? Then access this video and our other videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.” Just type in “westside sound” in their query line, and they will get you there.

 

“Drums Must Never Stop” Video Released

Why must the drumming never stop on a certain tropical island?  Learn why — in Westside Sound’s latest video about a “fabled” visit to a tropical paradise.

Have the ability to watch YouTube on your TV? Access this video and our other videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

Independence Day / Armed Forces Salute Video Released

Just in time for the 4th of July, Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque has released a video from our Independence Day party.  Honoring our armed forces and veterans, this video includes hymns for the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

Have the ability to watch YouTube on your TV? Access this video and our other videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

“Spanish Eyes” Video Released

Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque just released another highlight video from our April Fool’s Day party at Piano Source‘s performance and dance space. This video includes an instrumental version of “Spanish Eyes” made famous by Engelbert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton, and Al Martino in the 1960s.

Have the ability to view YouTube on your TV? Access these videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

Polka Madness Video Released

Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque just released a fast-paced video of two polkas played at our May 6th party at Piano Source‘s performance and dance space. Party highlights include includes the “Pennsylvania Polka,” and the “Beer Barrel Polka.”

Have the ability to view YouTube on your TV? Access all of our videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

“Almost Like Being In Love” & “Woodchopper’s Ball” Highlights Video Released

Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque just released another swinging highlights video from our April Fool’s Day party at Piano Source‘s performance and dance space. Highlights include Frank Sinatra’s “Almost Like Being In Love” and the classic Woody Herman “Woodchopper’s Ball.”

Have the ability to view YouTube on your TV? Access these videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

Artie Shaw’s “Begin the Beguine” & other Highlight Video Released

Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque just released a swinging highlights video from our “full-house” April Fool’s Day party at Piano Source‘s performance and dance space. Highlights include band master Artie Shaw’s “Begin the Beguine” and the lively “720 in the Books.”

Have the ability to view YouTube on your TV? Access these videos directly from our YouTube channel “Westside Sound Big Band of Albuquerque.”

 

Big Band Era Photo Collection Swings

The Westside Sound website has collected 800 photographs from the great 1930s to 1950s Big Band Era, including:

  • Band leaders, bands, and bandsmen,
  • Jazz singers,
  • Swing dancers,
  • Big-band era posters,
  • Early jazz music greats, as well as,
  • 50s and 60s jazz stars.

Example swing era photos include:

Picture of Count BasiePicture of Billie HolidayPicture of Peggy Lee

Picture of Benny Goodman and Gene KrupaPicture of Swing DancersDave Brubeck at Piano

Glenn Miller PosterPicture of Cotton Club NYPicture of Bix Beiderbecke

Take a trip with us through yesteryear, and enjoy these photos as much as we do.  

To check out summary displays of the collection on our website, click on this link:

BIG BAND ERA PHOTO COLLECTION 

The collection itself is located on the Pinterest photo sharing website. To see the photos, click on this link:

Westside Sound Big Band

Discover some of the greatest photos made during the Big Band Era.