The Bruce/Ilett Big Band

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The band is available for bookings, please contact us


Denny Ilett & Jonny Bruce discovered a shared love of classic swing era big band music, in particular that of the worlds greatest trumpeter Harry James. An idea to feature Jonny’s powerhouse trumpet in recreations of Harry James’s finest moments was born. Along the way, some of their other (and Harry’s) favourite bandleaders entered the fray such as Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Ziggy Elman and Bunny Berigan. The band play faithful and authentic versions of these artists biggest hits for dancers and listeners alike.

The aim is simple: to play some of the finest swing era music ever written to a room full of people dressed up and dancing together!


Next performance (New Years Eve @ Colston Hall Bristol)




For more videos, search Bruce/Ilett Big Band on YouTube

Listen to an audio sampler of our debut gig (Southbank Club, Bristol 06/09/13):

Jonny Bruce – trumpet/co-leader
Ben Cummings – trumpet
Andy Hague – trumpet
Gary Alesbrook – trumpet
Ian Bateman – trombone
Terry Kelly – trombone
Liam Treasure – trombone
Justin Pavey – trombone
Ben Waghorn – alto saxophone/clarinet
James Gardiner-Bateman – alto saxophone/flute
Andy Sheppard – tenor saxophone
Andy Williamson – tenor saxophone
Kevin Figes – baritone saxophone/flute
Dan Moore – piano
Denny Ilett – guitar/co-leader
David Guy – bass
Daisy Palmer – drums


The band is available for bookings, please contact us