Big Band Scene

On Jazz 88 FM on Monday at 7 PM & Sunday at - 10 PM 

BIG BAND SCENE - featuring Big Bands of today from across the world, a bi-weekly radio show on Jazz 88,  hosted by Jerry Swanberg and produced by Ed Jones, has been on the air since April of 1999.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Big Bands from the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia are featured, including Regional Big Bands from virtually every state in the union.

Jerry plays music by Big Bands from the major cities in the US, including LA, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, & Boston. Jazz Ensembles from the Military and Universities are also featured..                                                                                                                  

Programs are also produced to promote local Big Band concerts presented by the JazzMN Orchestra, University of Minnesota, Century College, Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Prairie, &  Jazz at St.Barneys.

Twenty-five Big Bands in Minnesota have recorded CDs. Interviews with local Big Band  personalities are presented occasionally.

Big Band music is very popular in the Twin Cities, as shown in membership surveys by KBEM.

There are 60 Big Bands in Minnesota (46 in the Twin Cities), plus 35 Jazz Ensembles at 21 colleges and  Universities in the state, and approximately 350 High School Jazz Bands. 

Inquiries & copies of the schedule & play lists for Big Band Scene should be directed to Jerry Swanberg  at


Big Band Scene Winter 2015 Program Schedule

12/29 & 1/04     Gordon Goodwin, Doc Stewart. & Chris McDonald Big Bands


1/05 & 1/11       US Air Force Commanders from San Francisco


1/12 & 1/18       Sectional Big Bands (trps, trbs, saxes, flutes, tubas)


1/19 & 1/25       Vocalists Cyrille Aimee, Roberta Gambarini, Paige Martin with Big Bands


1/26 & 2/01       Big Bands of Denmark


2/02 & 2/08       BBC Big Band from England


2/09 & 2/15       2015 Jazz Education Network Conference Big Bands Review


2/16 & 2/22      Jack Gillespie Big Band


2/23 & 3/01      Pete Christlieb with Jazz MN Preview (3/15)


3/02 & 3/08      Top 10 Big Band CDs of 2014


3/09 & 3/15      Second 10 Best Big Band CDs of 2014


3/16 & 3/22      Top 10 College Big Band CDs of 2014


3/23 & 3/29      Buddy Charles & Tom Kubis Big Bands, & Chicago Jazz Orchestra