Led by renowned saxophonist, singer, and bandleader Dave Babcock, The Jump Orchestra is an energetic group known for their hard-swinging brand of jazz and vintage rhythms. Its seven-piece line-up features some of Edmonton’s finest jazz players, including Bob Tildesley (trumpet), Audrey Ochoa (trombone), Chris Andrew (keyboards), Brett Hansen (guitar), Rubim de Toledo (bass), and Jamie Cooper (drums). 

Although their sound is unmistakably vintage, The Jump Orchestra is no period piece. They breathe new life into classic standards and feature many fine original tunes in their repertoire. Infectious rhythms and brilliant musicianship are the hallmarks of the Jump Orchestra, showcased in performances that will lift an audience out of its seats!

The Jump Orchestra’s horn-driven sound is inspired by the scaled down “jump bands” that became wildly popular in the late 1940s, marking the end of the big band era. The group’s music is a tasty mix of swing, jazz and jump blues, mingled with New Orleans, Afro-Cuban and Caribbean styles. Dave Babcock’s smooth vocal delivery, influenced by singers like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Louis Jordan is the perfect compliment to his robust saxophone tone.

Formed in the early ‘90s, The Jump Orchestra’s debut release “Both Feet” won an ARIA Award for ‘Best Jazz Artists’ and their latest release “Jump To It” was nominated for a WCMA Award for ‘Best Instrumental Album’ in 2011. “Jump To It” climbed to No. 2 on the CKUA Radio charts and music from it has been featured nationally on CBC Radio’s ‘Saturday Night Blues’ hosted by Holger Peterson and ‘Saturday Night Jazz’ hosted by Laila Biali.

Dave Babcock performs in more intimate settings with his Jump Trio, which consists of piano, bass and drums, as well as a deluxe 10-piece version of his Jump Orchestra, adding vocalist Mallory Chipman and saxophonists Jeremiah McDade and Dan Davis. 

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“Thanks for the wild music! Top to bottom, your album is so very fine…great charts, chops and a canary that can chirp. Caravan takes me many places, old and new. Terrif!”

A review of “Jump To It” by Van Dyke Parks (renowned musician, arranger and producer)