A very special holiday performance, featuring the 19-piece Compaq Big Band, coming back to the “heart of their start” in their Sanctuary debut. Formed at Digital Equipment Corporation’s Mill complex just down the street in Maynard, the DECbigband eventually evolved into the Compaq Big Band. In the last two decades, they’ve risen to prominence throughout New England as one of the most accomplished full-size big bands in the area, featuring a cookin’ rhythm section and 14 horns that achieve an ultra-tight sound, with terrific instrumental soloists. While they’re faithful to traditional Swing Era classics, they also dig their chops into challenging swing and jazz arrangements.
Expect a truly entertaining evening filled with seasonal favorites like you’ve never heard them before — exciting, inspirational, and just plain fun. Even the biggest Grinch can’t help but get in the Christmas spirit!
Their materials runs the gamut from traditional swing to very UNtraditional jazz rock, ballad, samba, and jazz waltz tunes — all high-energy arrangements from legendary big band arrangers and bandleaders such as Gordon Goodwin, Count Basie, Tom Kubis, Sammy Nestico, Dave Metzger, John Clayton, and others.
Featuring the ultra-talented Marina Evans out front — channelin’ Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Linda Eder, Mariah Carey, and more — and special guest vocalist Ed Scheer of Boston’s “The Love Dogs,” a Sanctuary favorite!
Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 8pm
Full Bar • Order dinner at one of Maynard’s many fine restaurants and bring it with you.
Tickets: $20/Advance • $25/Door