Western Standard Time
Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra is Duke Ellington meets Jamaica:
the big band jazz arrangements of the 1940s colliding with the sound of
early Jamaica! It is jazz! It is Jamaican jazz! And people are flocking to
it, by the thousands!
These extraordinary musicians have taken Jamaican music, added big band
jazz arrangements, and created a sound unique unto itself. Western
Standard Time Ska Orchestra is the only one of its kind in the whole U.S.
and one of only a few in the entire world.
Western Standard Time is the world’s premier Jamaican Jazz Orchestra. At a
“standard” performance, there are more than 20 world-class jazz musicians.
The featured performers in Western Standard Time have been awarded and/or
nominated for Grammy Awards, performed on Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy
television broadcasts, and played with international stars and major
motion picture soundtracks: Andy Martin, Ron Stout, Wayne Bergeron, Bob
Sheppard, Joey Altruda, Sean Billings, Willie Murillo, Danny Janklow,
Allen Mezquida, Mike Stever, Nathan Breedlove, Brian Swartz, Adam
Schroeder, and others. The band consists of west coast jazz greats who
currently perform with the Clayton Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Gordon
Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Bob Mintzer’s Big Band,
and The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Western Standard Time’s music has been embraced by both hardcore jazz and
Jamaican music lovers the world over and has been broadcasted on KJZZ
88.1FM, KPFK 90.7 FM, KCRW 89.9FM, as well as radio stations all over the
world including major Jamaican radio station NewsTalk 93FM. DJ’s from all
over the world have aired their music as well as interviewed the producers
of this band. At every show they attract crowds of thousands. By infusing
elements of jazz, particularly big band jazz, into the contemporary
musical mix, this group of Jamaican jazz gunslingers is rebranding the
music of yesteryear and propelling it into the future. Give your audience
something new, give them something influenced by the classics, give them
Western Standard Time!