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8 Legged Monster

The 8 Legged Monster was born to improve upon and keep the tradition of the small-big-band moving forward for a new generation. Since its inception, the 8 Legged Monster has been turning heads in the Bay Area's Jazz community. Founder Mike Irwin's arrangements offer the classic sound of early Bebop, yet with an entirely new attitude and approach to harmony. The Monster has such a distinct sound because they encompass all the musical styles that the jazz lineage has passed through, from Swing to free-jazz, yet bring to it an original, fresh sound. Already a fast favorite amongst the SF jazz community of musicians, they're one of the most entertaining and fun new bands to see.

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”This is an excellent group led by a talented young arranger whose garden-fresh blueprints deserve to be more widely heard and appreciated.” - Jack Bowers,




Count Basie Count Basie
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges
sax, alto
Sun Ra Sun Ra
Jimmy Giuffre Jimmy Giuffre
Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
sax, baritone
Gil Evans Gil Evans
Tadd Dameron Tadd Dameron
City Rhythm Orchestra City Rhythm Orchestra
Hal McKusick Hal McKusick
Brian VanArsdale Brian VanArsdale
sax, tenor

All About Vince Guaraldi!

An exclusive opportunity for All About Jazz readers to participate in the celebration of a jazz legend.