The Danish Radio Big Band (DR Big Band), often referred to as the Radioens Big Band is a jazz big band founded in Copenhagen in 1964, when the Copenhagen jazz scene was particularly active, and the city was regularly visited by prominent jazz artists from the USA. Originally called The New Radio Dance Orchestra, in the early years the band was led by Ib Glindemann. But over the next few decades many new faces joined – a succession of striking bandleaders, musicians and guest soloists such as Chris Potter - all of whom helped to develop the band into the experienced ensemble whose record releases and concerts have a devoted following all over the world. Leaders like Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer and Jim McNeely, and guest soloists like Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson – along with numerous Danish jazz musicians – were able to make the DR Big Band the institution that Ernie Wilkins said was “probably the best band in Europe.”
Storyville Records proudly presents a 6 CD-box with the Danish Radio Big Band to congratulate them on their 50th anniversary.
The band stands as a unique musical phenomenon that has thrived through many permutations and shifting leaderships. Ib Glindeman, Stan Kenton, Thad Jones have all led the band swinging with a pulsating beat. Thoughout the years the band has played with guest stars conducting such as Ben Webster, Palle Mikkelborg and Django Bates all of who have put their distinct mark on the music.
The band not only broadcasted and recorded their music, but has toured with great success both in Denmark and all over the world.
In this box you can find both broadcasts, studio recordings and live performances from all of the 50 years. Hear Stan Kenton lead the band in the 60s, Ben Webster's hilarious instructions of the band in the 70s, a UK tour from the 80s, Bob Brookmeier conducting the band in the 90s with Art Farmer on flugelhorn, hear Jim McNeely lead the band through a romping rendition of a Lil Armstrong tune in the 00s and a brand new recording from this year.