Top 12 Questions about the Deep Blue Big Band

  1. Why haven't I heard of you before now?

    The Deep Blue Big Band is a relatively new ensemble, having been formed in July of 2007. The players who make up this band, however, are seasoned veterans of the Chicago-land jazz music scene. All of our members are in high demand around town and the suburbs as both soloists and as sidemen. These guys can really play!

  2. What kind of music do you play?

    As our name suggests, the Deep Blue's musical style is rooted in the traditions of big band jazz and swing. We do perform a variety of styles, however, and our music library is peppered with popular tunes from the 60's through today. We provide happy, energetic music for celebratory occasions!

  3. Can we meet with you before we hire the band?

    Absolutely. It's our desire to make you feel as comfortable as we can with your choice in the music for your event. We will be candid about our ability to help make your event a success. It doesn't benefit you or us if we can't suitably provide you with the music you seek. Quick, courteous communication is one of our biggest assets!

  4. How can I get a demo CD or literature about the Deep Blue Big Band?

    You can request a demo CD and promotional packet by dropping us an e-mail at:, or by calling (847) 298-8569. In the meantime, please listen to the sound files or watch the videos on our website.

  5. Do you do requests?

    Whenever possible. It is highly advisable to request specific songs well in advance of your event. It typically takes two weeks to produce a new arrangement for this group. We'll do what we can to accomodate you!

  6. Do you have any vocalists?

    Yes! Our featured vocalists, Julie Casselli and Joel Matter, are both very energetic and strong vocalists. We have several new arrangements that showcase their vocal skills.

  7. Are you very loud?

    Any ensemble that is our size is going to generate a fair amount of sound. Deep Blue, however, uses a minimum amount of amplification, primarily just for our vocalist and any announcements or guest speakers. When we play for the dinner hour, the selections performed will naturally be quiet. When you're ready to dance, the band will crank up the volume and give you the musical energy you desire.

  8. How do your prices compare with other groups?

    Deep Blue offers a very competitive rate. We are able to keep our costs in line because we are smaller (12 musicians vs. 18) than a traditional full big band and because we require and use fewer set-up crew members. If the cost for the full band is still too much for your budget, please consider hiring one of our small groups.

  9. What are our options with smaller groups?

    You may also hire us as a trio (bass, piano or guitar, sax or trumpet) up to or our specialty, a septet (trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone and rhythm section), which performs full arrangements of jazz standards and big band era hits. These small groups are especially well suited to accompany your cocktail hour or if your event is a festive, but quieter, affair.

  10. Do you play the original arrangements of the big band standards?

    For a couple of reasons, we do not. First, Deep Blue is smaller than the traditional full big band for which the original charts were created. Performing songs with improper instrumentation often produces "empty" sounds and, sometimes, even entire parts missing. Some of our arrangements are closely modeled after these originals, but our goal is to provide you with fresh, updated renditions of these songs. Secondly, one of our main goals (along with entertaining you!) is to keep big band music not only alive, but thriving. This is achieved by bringing new, vibrant ideas to traditional ones. We're not abandoning the past, but helping it move forward. In this fashion we hope to reach the hearts and spirits of people both young and old.

  11. How long will you play?

    A typical concert will last from 60 - 90 minutes, while a party or wedding reception is usually two to three hours in length. Regardless of the duration, we'll have plenty of good music to play for you - without having to repeat any songs!

  12. Will you play outside?

    Yes, as long as there is guarantee of the entire ensemble and its equipment being covered and protected from winds and rain. This can be in the form of a large tent or permanent structure. Of course, if it's sunny, then this shelter isn't necessary. Having an outdoor party or concert can be a great way to celebrate!

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