Ken Leighton 6 p.m., Oct. 18
Big Time Operator
Doug Meeuwsen: Trumpet | Steve Ebner: Trumpet | Jim Weiss: Clarinet, Saxophone | Steve Steinberg: Clarinet, Saxophone | Chuck Phillips: Saxophone | Gunnar Biggs: Bass guitar | Warren Lovell: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Mike Holguin: Drums | Lynn Willard: Keyboards | Scott Kyle: Trombone
Sound description: Big time swing.
RIYL: Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman
Influences: Count Basie, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman
Big Time Operator is the city’s premier big band. Led by singer Warren Lovell, this ten-piece band won San Diego Music Awards for "Best Big Band" every year from 1997 to 2001. They also won the 1998 "Jim Croce’s Excellence in Entertainment" award. Big Time Operator excels at playing classic big band, Latin, and original arrangements.