Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October of 2010 by Jonah Francese. Its goal has always been to play original student charts. Already it has gigged all around the Boston area, at the Lily Pad, Kendall Square, and many shows at Berklee. More than just a "rehearsal and occasional gig" band, Thinkin' Big is a family. Some of the best players at Berklee are members, but because this is a family, they know each other's sounds and strengths, playing off each other and sounding as one—not 18.
Thinkin' Big has always had a unique sound. The arrangements have never been standard or "typical" in any way. With a range from funk to swing to Latin, the group pushes the perception of a modern big band. Lately, the band added a timbale and conga player and has been exploring the beauty of salsa styles in the big band setting. With each performance, the band gets tighter and more sophisticated.