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Johnny Ferreira tenor, Greg Piccolo tenor, Rich Lataille alto, Doug James baritone...



Both off this album, a tribute to the roots of rock n' roll. So successful, this album was followed by two more!




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Johnny Ferreira tenor, Greg Picolo tenor, Rich Lataille alto, Doug James baritone...



Both off this album, a tribute to the roots of rock n' roll. So successful, this album was followed by two more!




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wow, this takes me back! that was such a great time ...back around 93, 94. we got to tour with that band for quite a few gigs over a 2/3 year period I think. Loved playing with Piccolo. He left the band in the middle of it and in came Gordon Beadle who was awesome as well.
 

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Colin James and The Little Big Band CD, how did it come about?

Well, we had been playing a lot of rock and blues type music for several years in Colin's band... Colin was a big fan and good friend of Stevie Ray Vaughn so at that time the influence was obviously there. Shortly after spending some time with Stevie, we spent a little time on the road with Keith Richards who was out touring to support his CD "Talk is Cheap". That little stint got Colin's band rockin real good, Keith was a good influence on all of us.

Then the idea of recording swing, jump blues, big band type stuff was being talked about, getting back to our roots so to speak which wasn't unusual for us cause that's the stuff we were playing when we started out playing together around...

Who were the people involved in The Little Big Band?
At first we were going to do it with a big band, like one from the 40's, you know, 15 or 16 piece, Then while talking to the Canadian big band leader Tommy Banks he said Oh, you guys want the little big band... that's a term used back then cause when the big bands started to struggle financially, they stripped it right down to 7 or 8 pieces. It was still the basic instrumentation but only 1 sax, 1 trombone, and 1 trumpet instead of 5 of each of these... they still wanted the sound of a big band but were forced to go on the road with the little big band.

Colin was a big fan of the Roomful of Blues from Rhode Island so their horn section agreed to come and record with us, Colin and a couple of us from Vancouver, myself and bassist Norm Fisher. John Rossi the Roomful drummer was along as well cause our original choice had to bail because of other commitments... this was Charlie Watts who all of a sudden had to go rehearse for the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge tour. oh well, can't win em all.

The album has a very natural. organic sound, and you get credited as a co-arranger... how did that all come together?
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