Big band, big dreams

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Tyler Mire Big Band came together in 2012 and releases its first album in June. Mire, pictured in the center with his core ensemble. The band plays Sweetwater Grill & Tavern on Sunday night.

Swing, rock or hip-hop — jazz band does it all

The Tyler Mire Big Band gets its turn on the patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern on Sunday night.

Mire, a University of North Texas College of Music graduate, honed his performing, composing and arranging chops in the One O’clock Lab Band and under the tutelage of faculty jazz composer and arranger Richard DeRosa. Mire studied trumpet under Jay Saunders.

Mire is the band leader of his namesake ensemble, which got together last year. The group’s repertoire is classic big band music and original tunes — with improvisation and solos.

The group recorded a nine-track album due out next month, thanks to a crowdsourcing fundraiser.

Mire and musicians put together a record that takes on rock, hip-hop, funk, swing, sambas and ballads. Finely tuned jazz ears will pick up on Mire’s influences — Thad Jones, Count Basie and Maria Schneider, to name a few.

The Tyler Mire Big Band plays from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday on the patio at Sweetwater, 155 S. Elm St., and there’s no cover charge.


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