Meet the Band
Swing, Charity & Community
The Brentwood Jazz All-Stars is a community oriented ensemble of professional and semi-professional players based at Brentwood Presbyterian Church (1600 Delta Avenue) in Burnaby B.C. that rehearse weekly on Monday nights at 8pm. The BJAS are dedicated to exploring the sacred significance of swing and giving back to the community as a secular Christian organization, in addition to performing various swing dances, concerts and other engagements. The band plays original compositions/arrangements and traditional transcriptions, as we are devoted to showcasing Vancouver's rising big band talents in addition to playing the roots music of the big band era.
Not only can the BJAS can swing like the orchestras of Ellington, Basie and Goodman, but is an ensemble that is committed to make the Greater Vancouver Regional District a better place. Check out our list of shows for a chance to come and support us and/or your community. Please drop us a line to obtain a quote for your event, or to request us for your charitable/communal opportunity.
The BJAS is directed by Benjamin MacRae, local free-lance musician (https://www.macraemusicalservices.com/) and resident associate music director at Brentwood Presbyterian Church.
Reeds: Kayla Ferguson, Connor Lum, Adam Kyle, Bryan Chung, Niko Tsiras
Trombones: Aaron Lee, Greg Dent, Sean Lavigne, Casey Thomas-Burns
Trumpets: Robin Brinkerink-Johnson, Chris Berner, Amber Tsang, R.J Abella
Rhythm: Alvin Agatep, Strauss Whiteside, Tyler Murray, Jen Kim
Under the spiritual direction and mentorship of the
Rev. Dr. Brian Fraser and the management of Sarisha Prasad
We acknowledge with respect and gratitude
that we are meeting on the unceded traditional territories
of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations
Rehearsals for Sunday April 19th service: Monday's Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 9, Mar 23, March 30th (CANCELLED) & April 13th for the Apr 19 Fred Rogers debut concert by Jill Townsend w/Jennifer Scott and Rene Worst as the opening act
Rehearsals for Sunday June 21st service: Apr 27, May 11, May 25, and June 8 for June 21st featuring the Prodigal Son Suite by Dan Reynolds
Rehearsals for Sunday August 30th service: July 6, July 20, August 3rd, August 17th for August 30th featuring the Fred Rogers suite + band originals.
Rehearsals for Sunday December 13th service: Sept 14 Sept 28, Oct 12, Oct 26, Nov 9, Nov 23, Dec 7th for December 13th featuring the Nutcracker Suite by Duke Ellington