The Ladd McIntosh Big Band plays many styles including Swing, Two-Beat, Latin, Funk, Rock, and Ballads. The library consists of numerous standards and original compositions all written by Ladd which gives the band a unique voice. The band enjoys a reputation for rhythmic excitement, musicianship, and memorable performances. This great band is available for jazz festivals, concerts, dances, private parties, shows, and conventions.
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Members of Ladd’s band have played with the big bands of Brian Setzer, Bob Florence, Clayton/Hamilton, Gerald Wilson, Don Ellis, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Bill Holman, Toshiko Akioki, Nelson Riddle, Tex Beneke and Les Brown. Many have worked as back-up musicians on tours, recordings and in concerts with: Frank Sinatra, BB King, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Frank Zappa, Doc Severinsen, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Paula Abdul, Bette Midler, Poncho Sanchez, Stevie Wonder, Sheila E., Oingo Boingo, Dizzy Gillespie, The Beach Boys, James Brown, The Supremes, Scott Henderson, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Dwight Yoakam, Diane Schurr, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Tom Petty, Paul Anka, The Temptations, Patti LaBelle, The Rippingtons, James Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald and many others. Some have played on hundreds of motion picture sound tracks, on the Academy Awards show and the Golden Globes.
On the internet, Big Bands Database Plus has this to say about Ladd and the band: "Not only is this truly one of the best of the 'West Coast Jazz' genre bands, but also a band known - and loved - worldwide. The band, based in the Los Angeles, CA area but touring widely, has been thrilling it’s fans since 1980, and surely that speaks volumes about it’s musical quality and popularity. It should be noted that Ladd has not been simply playing the great music, but has been in the forefront of new music development. He is a musician's musician, and well respected as such by his peers. But it should be noted that it is not just his experiments and new compositions that have brought him such acclaim. His basic musical understanding; his expertise gained from long experience, and his keen grasp of what is needed, all combine to make him one of the best around."