Big band sounds at Menlo Park Library on Thursday, Dec. 18

by Contributed Content on December 17, 2014

The public is invited to get into a swinging holiday mood, during a free performance by the Montclair Women’s Big Band to be presented by the Menlo Park Library on Thursday, December 18.

The Montclair Women’s Big Band was founded in 1998 by veteran trumpeter and bandleader Ellen Seeling, with producer Barbara Price. With a vivid cast of some of the best jazz women in the San Francisco Bay Area, the band combines an audacious sense of swing, tight ensemble work, and inspired solos. All About Jazz claims “the Montclair Women’s Big Band is one of the most formidable jazz ensembles on the West Coast….this is premium-grade big band jazz, rigorously blended for high mileage and maximum pleasure.”

The band’s high-profile performances have included gigs for the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, and the San Jose Jazz Festival, as well as performances for Hillary Clinton and NPR’s Piano Jazz.

The free performance is funded by the Friends of the Menlo Park Library and will take place Thursday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma Street at Ravenswood. For event details, visit, or e-mail John Weaver, Menlo Park Library Outreach Coordinator, at

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