Welcome to the home of the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band!
The Swing Machine Big Band plays jazz and blues all around the Portland Oregon area. In addition to performing concerts, the band is in great demand and has a loyal following of swing and ballroom dancers for public and private dances. The band has three critically acclaimed CD's to their credit, including the recently released: "Children Of The Night", which is available online, or in local Portland area music stores.
Be sure to bookmark this site to keep up with Swing Machine Big Band happenings, news, and information. On this site you can also learn more about bookings, buy a CD or two, and get details on how the Swing Machine is active in supporting music education in local schools.
The Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band - An introduction
As a Concert Jazz Orchestra, this band has played at the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz, The Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Hood River's Apple Jam, and just about every major concert series in Oregon. They have opened for jazz luminaries Dave Brubeck, Marlena Shaw, The Four Freshman and others. As a Dance Band, the Swing Machine has a large dance book of charts containing the standards of Glenn Miller, swinging charts of Woody Herman and Count Basie, to the mellow tones of the Dorsey's and Harry James bands. Excellence and the joy of producing a unique and quality musical experience for the audience as well as the musicians makes this band different. It doesn't matter what style of music is your favorite, whether you dig swing music, big band music, blues, jazz, or all of the above - if you like music you will become a fan of Art Abrams Swing Machine. All you have to do is listen. Learn more about the band and Art Abrams on the "About Us" page.