Santa Barbara Jazz Society

The Santa Barbara Jazz Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and support Jazz through a variety of activities.

Concerts are held on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of each month at:

SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street, Santa Barbara
1 – 4 pm

The Phil Norman Tentet

Listening to the Phil Norman Tentet is like hearing the very essence of the best big band jazz – with all the thrills of that remarkable sound, but a lot less volume. Big bands are often described as the symphony orchestras of jazz. More than that, big band instrumentation has been vital to the soundtrack of American life for nearly a century.

But mid-sized bands such as the Tentet have played an equally vital role as the chamber ensembles of jazz, with a similarly rich potential for creative diversity.

Think of the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool bands, the West Coast jazz bands of the fifties, the Mingus bands, and – more recently – the octets of Dave Holland and David Murray. Each is different from the other, finding new, illuminating ways to use an instrumentation of eight to ten or eleven players in authentic jazz fashion.

The Norman Tentet (actually eleven, since Norman doesn’t include himself in the number count) has been doing precisely that for more than fifteen years now. And doing it in a way that dips into the influential resources of such predecessors as the Birth of the Cool bands, while exploring new ideas via the contributions of gifted arrangers and composers Bob Florence, Dave Pell, Allen Broadbent, Roger Neumann and Kim Richmond, among others.


Tickets Available at the Door

$20, $12 for Jazz Society members, $7 for musicians & students

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SOhO Restaurant and Music Club