The Jazz Alliance Big Band

The Jazz Alliance Band

About The Jazz Alliance Big Band

The Jazz Alliance Big Band is a 19-member big band jazz ensemble based out of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Founded in 2008, the ensemble includes businessmen, teachers, doctors, and other professionals, as well as professional musicians from Nashville, Mt. Juliet, and surrounding communities who enjoy performing big band jazz music.

Under the direction of Joe Thordsen and Lisa Northcutt, The Jazz Alliance Big Band performs at events, dances, concerts, and festivals in Middle Tennessee. These include the Watertown Jazz Festival, Wilson County Fair, Centennial Park Big Band Dances, opening for Shakespeare in the Park, and the Commemorative Air Force Music City Wing Hangar Dance.

Our repertoire includes big band swing, contemporary jazz, standards, Latin styles (including bossa nova, mambo, rumba, and others), as well as some rock 'n roll, fusion, funk, and blues spanning from the 1930's to the 1980's and beyond.

To book The Jazz Alliance Big Band please contact:

Joe Thordsen  615-479-4352 



Metro Parks Music and Creative Parks Nashville, with the support of Centennial Park Conservancy, is excited to return to the Centennial Park Event Shelter this summer for the 2024 Big Band Dance Series! The community is invited to dance and listen to over a dozen local swing and jazz Big Bands from June 1st to August 31st.

Free dance lessons will be provided by Dynamic Ballroom and Performing Arts at 7:00pm. Dance styles covered include Rhumba, Cha-Cha, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Two-Step. The band show times start at 7:30pm. Please be sure to check the Metro Parks Music Facebook page for important updates regarding possible weather delays and cancellations.

There will be water and food trucks available along with Fratello’s Italian Ice and the Lemonade Lady!

Summer Shakespeare in the Park (The Jazz Alliance Big Band)

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The Yard at ONEC1TY , 8 City Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209

Thursdays-Sundays, August 29-September 22 and Labor Day Monday, September 2 The Yard at ONEC1TY (8 City Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209)

Nightly Schedule: 5:15 pm - Gates Open 5:30 pm - Insight Lecture Series 6:00 pm - Pre-Show Concert Series 7:00 pm - Performance of As You Like It

Cost: Pay-What-You-Will ($10 suggested donation) If all the world’s a stage, join the band in As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most joyful romantic comedies. Experience a group of musicians, poets, and other colorful characters as they compose the world they want to live in, discover hidden truths, build an unlikely community, and create a brand new sound along the way.