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

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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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Paterson, NJ

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