Big Soul Ensemble
The Big Soul Ensemble is a lot of band with a lot of soul. Comprised of over a dozen of the Capital Regions finest musicians, the ensemble is a traditional jazz big band with a twist. Instead of looking to the past for their repertoire, the Big Soul Ensemble pays homage to the past while playing material specifically written or arranged for the band by it's own members.
"The goal of the Big Soul Ensemble is to present a swingin' big band with the freedom of a jazz quartet" says saxophonist Keith Pray, a native of upstate New York who recently returned to the area after a lengthy tenure in New York City. "I want to showcase the writing and arranging skills of many of the area's players in a traditional big band setting while giving all of the guys a chance to improvise as well."
The Big Soul Ensemble performs at The Van Dyck in Schenectady on the first Tuesday of every month. There is no cover charge.