The Sydney All Star Big Band was formed in 1990
by leading Australian trumpet player Ralph Pyl and is fast becoming
Australia's most recognized big band.
Bringing together sixteen of the finest jazz,
big band and session musicians in the Australian music scene,
the band quickly caught the attention of jazz enthusiasts with
its dynamic star soloists and powerful hard swinging treatments
of contemporary and traditional big band compositions.
The Sydney All Star Big Band have combined numerous
shows for the corporate world with regular public performances
at concerts and jazz festivals in Australia.
Versatility is what makes the All Star Band in
a class of its own. Whether backing a vocalist or instrumentalist,
playing a dance band book on a corporate function, or performing
in a festival or concert situation is how this band has built
their unique reputation.
The Sydney All Star Big Band has been the backing band of choice for many leading Australian and International entertainers including BMG recording artist Vanessa Rubin from New York, U.S. vocalist and pianist Buddy Greco during his two most recent Australian tours, US trumpet player and clinician Bobby Shew, US saxophonist Bob Mintzer, US trumpet player Vincent DiMartino, US trumpet player Rex Richardson and US trumpet player Wayne Bergeron and US drummer John Riley. For the Sydney Festival in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Ralph assembled the big band for world renown US composers and arrangers Maria Schneider, Bob Florence and Rob McConnell. They have also performed and recorded with some of Australia's finest artists - James Morrison, Grace Knight, Don Burrows, Anthony Warlow, Frank Bennett, Caroline O’Connor, Darren Paul, Kerrie Biddell, Rhonda Burchmore, Ignatius Jones, Emma Pask, Monica Trapaga, Carl Riseley and Tom Burlinson to name a few. Since 1998, the band has accompanied leading Australian actor and vocalist Tom Burlinson in his production "Frank-The Sinatra Story in Song" a show that has been widely regarded as one of Australia's best ever touring productions. The band was also featured on the recent movie “The Night We Called it a Day” featuring Hollywood actors Dennis Hopper and Melanie Griffith, a film about Frank Sinatra’s controversial tour to Australia in 1974. Australian Idol have also employed the services of the band for their highest rating episodes of big band themed vocal styles and other recording highlights of the band can be heard on Anthony Warlow’s album “Face the Music”, Frank Bennett’s album “Cash Landing” and Tom Burlinson’s “Sinatra Story”. In June 2006, the band had the privilege of performing and entertaining guests at the reception of the highly publicised wedding of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
The Sydney All Star Big Band is just as the
name suggests...an all star band whose members are the leading
jazz, big band and studio specialists in Australia. These musicians
are in constant demand, touring and recording with their own projects,
while also appearing as "hired guns" accompanying the
biggest names in the entertainment industry.
November 2001 marked the release of the Sydney
All Star Big Band's debut album of original material "Doin'
Our Thing" which also gained worldwide recognition and is
available on the jazz label "La Brava". December 2004
marked the release of the band's second album of original compositions
"Pyl Driver" and is available on the jazz label "Newmarket
Music". In June 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005, the Big Band
won the annual 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Australian Mo Award for
best jazz ensemble of the year.