The West Coast Big Band is a superb jazz ensemble with an adventurous and swinging big band repertoire which consists of a mixture of classics by the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, challenging repertoire of Bill Holman, Thad Jones and Quincy Jones together with the work of young Dutch arrangers.
The West Coast Big Band perform regularly at jazz festivals throughout The Netherlands and beyond often as the orchestral accompaniment of vocal and instrumental soloists. The band has worked with big names in the Dutch jazz scene, such as Benjamin Herman, Piet Noordijk, Ferdinand Povel, Ilja Reijngoud, Jarmo Hoogendijk, Carlo de Wijs, Martijn van Iterson and vocalists Greetje Kauffeld, Edwin Rutten, Soesja Citroen, Denise Jannah and Babette van Veen.
Most recently the West Coast Big Band competed in the International Big Band Competition in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands where they came away with the first prize in the 1st class category!
The West Coast Big Band is led by Nils van Haften.