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The Real Deal Big Band The Real Deal Big Band

This live recording was made at Kaleidoscope Sound on June 28 & 29, 2011. I started writing the music in 2003 when I was asked to put together an 18 piece band for a steady weekend gig at a New Jersey supper club. The idea was to create instrumental music that was challenging to play but that would also be accessible to a wide audience. As I listen to the tracks I realize this is really a “nightclub band”--a big band performing at a steady gig and (dare I say it?) “entertaining” listeners, some of whom might not ordinarily be exposed to this kind of music. Although the steady gig ended in June of 2006 the band continues to perform at local jazz venues and private parties and I’ve continued to add to the book which has over 130 charts. The musicians are among the best in the NY Metropolitan Area and have played with many well known ensembles and artists, including Buddy Rich, Tito Puente, Machito, Horace Silver, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Daniel Poncé, Cissy and Whitney Houston, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, TheVanguard Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, and many others. When I booked 2 nights for the recording I never thought we would actually come out with 18 finished tracks but the level of musicianship and the years we spent playing several nights a week made it possible. BTW the tracks are in the exact order that we recorded them--Willy Dalton


Real Deal Big Band by Zan Stewart/The Star-Ledger Tuesday September 16, 2008:”One of Jersey's ace ensembles should be much better known: The Real Deal Big Band, led by guitarist, composer and arranger Willy Dalton. An outgrowth of the smaller Dalton Gang, the band digs into a melding of jazz, blues and Latin styles with aplomb.” By Roberto Carlos Lujan, The Solar Latin Club, August 8, 2012: ”el guitarrista y arreglaste Willie Dalton dirige The Real Deal Big Band una formación amplia con una sonoridad voluminosa e imponente, la cual presenta en este disco su presentación en directo en Kaleidoscope Sound, Union City en New Jersey, junio 28-29 de 2011

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