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New CD Release on Seafair-Bolo Records. “The jimmy Hanna Big Band” by The jimmy Hanna Band Seafair-Bolo Records announces the release of The jimmy Hanna Big Band CD compilation.


The jimmy Hanna Band was formed in 1965 after Jimmy Hanna left as vocalist of The Dynamics. The band performed a mix of R&B, jazz and rock styles, in a unique big band configuration. They performed solo and backed several of the touring groups of the 60's, and their singles have been listed as having been played in the clubs of "Northern Soul" England.


As Jimmy Hanna relates, “Although it appeared to have roots in James Brown's Band and Bobby Blue Bland's Band, it was way different in that it was a group of young players with no guidelines for playing in a Big Band. Most of our players could read music, but we found that the National Acts coming through didn't bring their charts because rule of thumb was that there were no bands or players out on the road that could play their music. They hadn't met us.” He went on to say, “The sound was unmistakable. On any given night it sounded like a freight train in the middle of a jungle. We preempted the Bigger Bands to appear on the National Scene some 10 years later.


The Jimmy Hanna Big Band” is distributed by City Hall Records.