Big Band Atlanta

Event Calendar

May 11 7 - 10 PM
Feather's Edge Vineyards

10061 Ball Ground Hwy, Ball Ground


May 30 8 PM
Cafe 290

290 Hilderbrand Dr Atl

$10 door

Jun 29 7 - 10 PM
Feather's Edge Vineyards

10061 Ball Ground Hwy, Ball Ground

Aug 29 8 PM
Cafe 290

290 Hilderbrand Dr

$10 door

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About Big Band Atlanta


  We Are In Love feat. Ryan Davis Harry Connick Jr.

  Sweetie Pie Dave Rickard

  Naima John Coltrane arranged by Fred Thompson

  Merry Christmas Baby (blues guitar feature) Johnny Moore

  ‘Grief’ Mobile Lad McIntosh

  Never on Sunday arranged by Quincy Jones

  Corner Pocket Frank Foster

  Stolen Moments Oliver Nelson

  Love Me feat. Ryan Davis Joe Darnell

New Big Band fan? Old Big Band fan? Big Band Atlanta plays it all – the Standards from The Great American Song Book and the raucous, original, new and funky Big Band music you won’t hear anywhere else. We are among the best and most reputable Big Bands in Atlanta and look forward to making your special engagement something exciting to remember.

Led by Music Director Dave Rickard, Big Band Atlanta features many of his new and original compositions.  We are a powerful 18-piece horn band that plays big and soft, old and new – and all combinations in between! Frank Sinatra and the Star Wars theme!  Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Grief Mobile.  Louis Armstrong, Count Basie and…Mingus, McIntosh, Mintzer, Florence and Metheny.

So, whether you are looking for a nostalgic walk down memory lane, a wild ride to parts unknown or something in between – we’ve got you covered! Check out our Partial Song List below – but keep in mind it’s just a small sample!  Let us know what you want to hear, and we will play it!

A typical event includes live music over a 4-hour period, with breaks arranged around your event schedule.  During breaks, we are happy to play the background music of your choice over our PA.  And you can use our PA to make your own announcements or request that we provide Emcee duties for you.

And, as important as the music is, we also pride ourselves on the very personal attention we give you and your event.  We have fun making it all about you and being easy to work with.  We want to know your vision, your priorities – and how we can make it all happen.

RAO Jazz is one of the most reputable band organizations in Atlanta and your one-stop shop for live music!

Next Steps

Our simple process includes an easy-to-read Contract (no double-speak), an Event Details Form and a super friendly Cancellation and Refund Policy – because we know life gets complicated.

1   Request a Quote.
2   Let’s Talk!
3   Submit your Contract.
4   Sit back and relax!

To guarantee your date, we encourage you to book the band(s) early, and submit your Contract along with your Deposit. We want to get to know you and your event. Because our job is to make your event lots of fun — and we take your fun pretty seriously.