Welcome to the Prohibition Big Band website
Our 18 piece plus vocals big band has performed at jazz festivals, dances and functions around Auckland and other New Zealand cities, towns and venues since 1988.
Smaller jazz groups ranging from trios to nonets, including big band rhythm section members with front line specialists and vocalists, also perform regularly.
Check out our live recordings and video clips for the big band and our small jazz bands on the repertoire and jazz bands pages, and keep up with our upcoming gigs on the gigs page.
Trevor Thwaites – Leader, Prohibition Big Band
The PROHIBITION Stable of Bands
Here’s a summary of what our bands have to offer:
A full 18 piece jazz big band developed as an Auckland community band of (mainly) Secondary School music teachers that now comprises a mix of professional and amateur musicians, playing many hundreds of big band vocal and instrumental charts.
A 12 piece (plus) jazz band comprising section leaders of Prohibition Big Band and other invited professional musicians, playing big band instrumental charts that are more challenging than most, and that showcase the various soloists’ talents. It also operates as a backing band for professional vocalists.
A 7 to 10 piece jazz band comprising members of Prohibition Big Band and Prohibition Jazz Experience, playing a wide range of vocal and instrumental charts in many musical genres for dances and functions.
Smaller Jazz Bands connected to PROHIBITION
Trios, quartets and quintets including members of other bands in the Prohibition stable, playing all types of music for all types of concert, festival, function or occasion.
A collaboration across the worlds of visual art and jazz. “Harold Anderson is an American Kiwi, an outstanding composer and jazz bassist who was taught by John Coltrane’s bass and is an Otago University Mozart Fellow. In 2015 he saw Ewan McDougall’s … Read More
A Saxophone Celebration series of concerts: Whittakers Music, Waiheke 3 pm Sunday 20th May, Waiheke Island Thames Music 2 pm Sunday 3rd June at St Georges, Thames St Andrews Music, Sunday 10th June at St Andrews, Waiuku Auckland Saxophone Quartet 2018 Jim … Read More
Paul Ross is an international crooner who brought a suaveness to this martini-tinged tribute to big band music backed by the tight Prohibition Little Big Band who, together, had the audience singing along and dancing.. Read More