Thinkin' Big is an 18-piece big band formed in October 2010. The group began for student composers to write charts, and for student musicians to get additional performance opportunities. It has stayed true to its roots and now showcases the vast compositional talents of bandleader and trumpeter Jonah Francese. What makes this group special is that it is a tight-knit musical family, getting together weekly to rehearse with members who are students and alumni of Berklee College of Music. With styles ranging from funk to swing to Latin, Thinkin' Big's unique sound pushes the limit of modern expectations for a big band.
The band has performed throughout the Boston area at venues like Ryles jazz club, the Lilypad, Kendall Square, Atlantic Wharf, and numerous appearances at venues on the Berklee College of Music campus.
Trumpeter Ryan Jessel leads Deceptive Revolution, a jazz sextet, in a performance featuring Jessel’s original compositions. The performance will cover an array of styles such as 11/8 Latin, drum and bass, and 16th-heavy disco.