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Sean Nelson's New London
Big Band


Birdland Jazz Club

CD release concert for a sold out audience on June 19, 2022

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Social Hour!

Led by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, the New London Big Band brings an eclectic mix of Count Basie inspired swing, world music influences, and some unorthodox instruments - ever heard electric trombone? Social Hour! is the band’s theme song and an homage to the band’s regular performance spot, The Social Bar + Kitchen in New London, Connecticut. Available now via MAMA Records.


Regular gigs at the Social 2022

July 20

August 31

Sept 28

Oct 19

Nov 16

Dec 14

The band plays one Wednesday a month at our home base, the Social Bar + Kitchen in New London. See our calendar for the next time we play, or sign up for our email list so you don't miss it!

6:30-9:00PM. Tickets required. 

Meet up with friends, have some dinner, enjoy one of the 50 beers on tap, and cut a rug on the dance floor!

208 Bank Street, New London, CT

(860) 442-6900​​

Schedule: The band will perform two hour-long sets (6:30-7:30pm and 8:00-9:00pm).

Tickets: In order to provide you the best service possible, we have two seating times for this show, 5:45pm and 6:15pm. Choose the ticket based on the time you'd like to be seated. We ask that you please arrive at the seating time on your ticket, so that we may give you proper service.​​


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About the band

Sean Nelson's New London Big Band
17 piece jazz orchestra

Led by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, the New London Big Band is a 17-piece jazz orchestra made up of the finest musicians in New England. The band plays a mix of classic jazz standards, upbeat dance tunes, and original music by band members, and regularly features instrumental and vocal soloists. Formed in 2016, they play monthly to sold out crowds at the Social Bar + Kitchen in New London, where they attract professional and amateur dancers from near and far.

The band wants to show the world that big band jazz is a vibrant and joyful sound that is not just for “jazz aficionados.” The Day of New London calls them “a stellar outfit celebrating the greatness in exuberant fashion.” Thanks to their loyal fan base, the band won “Best Jazz Band” for CTNOW’s Best of Hartford.



"There is a joy that reverberates from the band to the audience and the dancers and back. It's one of the reasons they are so much fun to watch."

- The Day