Dear music lover, welcome to the Swing Shift Big Band !
First, a bit of history: Swingshift Big Band was born out of Victor’s Big Band which broke up in 1994 after playing for more than 25 years in the Kraainem/Stockel area. Since then, Swingshift has been based in Hoeilaart, rehearsing there most Thursdays in café Sportecho, near the church of Hoeilaart.
A characteristic of the band is the combination of friendship and jazz. We like to drink a beer or two during and after rehearsals which creates a strong team spirit. Swing Shift Big Band has musicians from Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia, and also England, Germany, Austria, Colombia, Netherlands, USA, and even Russia!
We play an extended range of jazz styles, from Swing to Latin, and also Blues, Rock and Funk. We are inspired not only by the famous Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, but also by more contemporary musicians.
Our international character allows us to play abroad and we have fond memories of our concerts in Copenhaguen (Tivoli Parc), Dresden (where we met a local band, and discovered German cooking & beer), Languedoc (where we played under the Plane trees in south of France at the annual BBQ of a local Pétanque club).
We play around 10 concerts a year in Belgium. We regularly play at the September Druivenfeest (Grape Festival) in Overijse, and the June Maatjesfeest (Herring Festival) in Place Saint-Catherine, in the centre of Brussels. The revenue from our concerts goes towards the operating costs of the band.
Swing Shift plays under the artistical direction of Ivo Hendrickx, professionnal trumpetist.
Please contact us for more information concerning our Big Band, or to book a concert.
Have fun listening to the Swing Shift Big Band !