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Journey Through Music

The Al Fenton Big Band is a swingin' 19 piece band, performing popular jazz standards from the 30s and 40s, as well as hits through the decades!



Al Fenton Big Band: The Story


Al Fenton Big Band, a well-renowned Jazz Band, is made up of a talented team of creative musicians. Based in West Hartford, they have a storied history of live performances, musical arrangements, and just finished a professional recording session. They pride themselves on their technical abilities and musical versatility, breaking boundaries with their unique sound. Honoring and Advancing the Big-Band Jazz Tradition Founded in 2001 by its namesake, the mission of the Al Fenton Big Band, from the very start, was to perform music from the “Golden Era of Swing” alongside more modern big-band arrangements of contemporary tunes. That mixed repertoire has always made the music of the Al Fenton Big Band appeal to young, old, and in-between alike. Al has retired from the band, but his original mission and vision continue to thrive today under the capable direction of bandleader Kathy Neri. Under Kathy’s leadership, the group of 19 accomplished and dedicated jazz musicians continues to perform throughout Connecticut to wide acclaim. Whether it’s a party, dance, wedding, town-fair, formal performance, or other gathering, the Al Fenton Big Band promises to make your event both joyful and memorable Explore the site and learn more about the musicians behind the music.


Contact Kathy Neri, Band Leader

Want to learn more about Al Fenton Big Band, their music, and their tour dates? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Aug 21
    Roseland Cottage
    Bring a blanket and picnic supper and join us as we continue the tradition begun by Mr. Bowen himself: open-air concerts on the grounds of Roseland Cottage.
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Dance
    Fri, Feb 14
    Georgina's Restaurant & Banquets
    Dance the Night Away to the sounds that only an 18 piece big band can bring!
  • Veterans Day Dance
    Fri, Nov 22
    West Hartford Town Hall
    Join us on Friday, November 22nd and help us honor our HEROES through song and dance!
  • Garlic Festival, Bethlehem, CT
    Sun, Oct 13
    Bethlehem Fairgrounds
    Listen to some live Jazz from the Al Fenton Big Band as you enjoy everything the Garlic Festival has to offer.
  • Beacon Falls - New Raindate!
    Fri, Aug 16
    25 Maple Ave
    Bring your picnic basket, dancing shoes and be ready to listen to some great music that only a big band can bring!
  • Twilight Concert Series - Roseland Cottage
    Fri, Aug 09
    Roseland Cottage
    Al Fenton Big Band will be bringing their big band sounds to Woodstock!
  • Beacon Falls Summer Concert
    Wed, Aug 07
    25 Maple Ave
    Bring your picnic basket, dancing shoes and be ready to listen to some great music that only a big band can bring!
  • Stafford Fine Arts Commission Summer Concert Series 2019
    Fri, Jul 12
    21 Hyde Park Rd
    Please join us for an evening of great big band music!
  • First Friday
    Fri, Jul 05
    New Britain Museum of American Art
    Come and enjoy the music from the American Songbook on July 5th featuring Vocalist Kat Volikas!
  • Summer Swing
    Thu, Jun 27
    Come swing with an 18 piece big band on Thursday, June 27th!
  • The Travelers Chorale 94th Annual Spring Concert with the Al Fenton Big Band!
    Thu, May 09
    The Bushnell Performing Arts Center
    The Al Fenton Big Band and the Travelers Chorale will be performing together at the Travelers Chorale's 94th Annual Spring Concert.
  • Annual Connecticut M.S. Society Gala
    Thu, Apr 18
    Farmington Club
    Al Fenton Big Band is proud to present their 3rd Annual Connecticut M.S. Society Gala! The Gala will be held at Farmington Club in Farmington, CT. All proceeds will go to support the Connecticut Chapter of M.S.
  • Coffee House
    Thu, Apr 04
    Sunset Ridge Middle School
    The Al Fenton Big Band will be joining the music department of Sunset Ridge Middle School for a night of musical sharing, raffles and "coffee" and dessert!
  • Riverview Cinema's Holiday Show!
    Thu, Dec 13
    Riverview Cinemas 8 & Playhouse
    Join the Al Fenton Big Band and the Dancing Duo for an evening filled with your holiday favorites and swing tunes!
  • Veterans Day Dance!
    Sat, Nov 10
    New England Carousel Museum
    Calling all Veterans and Dancers! The NECM is hosting a Veterans Day Dance. All active and retired military are free with military id. Tickets are $15.00. Come join us at 7:30 for a free swing lesson with The Dancing Duo! This is a b.y.o.b/cups and snacks event. Dress in your fav 1940s and dance!
  • Swingin' at the Elks Lodge!
    Thu, Sep 20
    Elks Lodge
    Al Fenton Big Band will be bringing their sounds to the Elks Lodge in New Britain!
  • Wapping Fair
    Sat, Sep 08
    Wapping Fair
    Al Fenton Big Band will be bringing the sounds of Big Band to the Wapping Fair on Saturday, September 8th at 7:00 pm! Vocalist Corinne Thurston will be bringing her masterful renditions of the American Song book to the Fair.
  • Swingin' at Freddy's with Vocalist Diane Pollard!
    Fri, Aug 24
    T Salon Cafe
    Calling all Dancers! Come swing dance to a live big band on Friday, August 24th! Dance lesson with the amazing Dancing Duo of Prudence Sloane and Joel Silvestro starts at 7:00 with the band swingin' at 7:30 p.m. There will also be line dancing during the band's break.
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