"The New London Big Band played a fantastic concert at Mystic Seaport Museum on July 27, 2019 as part of the museum’s Arts on the Quad summer series. This band is super pro, from their big jazz sound to all the small details along the way. From the moment I made contact with bandleader Sean Nelson, communications were nothing but smooth and consistent. We are thrilled that the band was able to accommodate us in their busy schedule.

They grew a great crowd and we saw many new faces in the audience, which is exactly what we want! Playing both jazz standards and original music, the band members are incredibly talented. Sean did a great job providing narrative between songs, and drawing connections to the era of the music and the exhibition around which the evening was built (“Streamlined,” which focuses on the industrial design movement of the 1930s and 1940s.) Our audience was entertained and highly engaged. We truly appreciate the New London Big Band bringing our community together that evening. It was a fabulous night!"
- Arlene Marcionette, Public Programs Project Manager, Mystic Seaport Museum

"What an absolute joy!!! These folks were out of this world good. We hosted them for our Annual Fireworks Celebration for an incredibly diverse crowd of about 20,000 people and they kept everyone boppin' and movin'. Super easy to work with - very professional and friendly. Can't wait to hear them play again!"

- Julie E. Smith, Director of Arts, Culture & Special Projects, Town of Hamden, CT

Sean and his band are the best! They were flexible, professional, and extremely talented. Sean set up a quintet (trombone, guitar, saxophone, upright bass, and percussion) for our 40 person reception at the Chanler terrace and had no problem with the no amplification rule! Our families continue to rave about how amazing the music was! See their Instagram (@newlondonbigband) for a clip of a beautiful jazz piece called ‘Take Five’ they played at our reception that shows just how talented they are! We hope to have another party in the future just so we can have them play again!

- Rachele S., wedding client, Newport, RI

"No wonder this band is voted Best Jazz Band by the Connecticut Readers' Poll!! And as marvelous as their sounds and playlists are, the musicians themselves are stunning. No dull wallflowers amongst them! To an audience of 100, whose listeners were contemporary and traditional, the New London Jazz Band got everyone up on their feet dancing ~ and leaning into one another for lively conversations and a memorable party, Thank you!"

- Terry K., Essex Yacht Club

I was thrilled to work with Sean Nelson and the New London Big Band to create just the right size and combination of musicians for our Annual Holiday Party here at Stonington Country Club this past Saturday. Sean was very accommodating and easy to work with and the band was fantastic! We couldn't have asked for a better sound to set the holiday mood. Great jazz and swing for both background dinner and dancing. The vocalist had an amazing voice and I heard many compliments of her and the entire band.

I would definitely love to have them back at our club for future events!
Suzanne Crowther
Membership, Hospitality & Marketing Manager
Stonington Country Club

"Thank you for wow-ing our guests at our cocktail hour. You helped to get the party started and helped to keep our celebration a truly classy yet fun event. We wish we could have thanked you in person, it really sounded wonderful (music teacher approved haha)"

- The Carrols, wedding clients

"I hired the New London Big Band for my weekly live Jazz event in Hartford, CT. Not only were they very professional, they played an excellent show. It was so great that one of my recurring customers told me it was the best time they have ever had at the event, and they have been a recurring customer of mine for more than 6 years. I would highly recommend the New London Big Band to anyone that is looking for a great live Jazz act for any occasion."

- Haneef N., manager for Monday Night Jazz, Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford

"When other Big Band players in the state tell you this is the best Big Band in Connecticut, you listen. I would be hard-pressed to find a more professional group of musicians. Their level of talent is astounding and their performance shows it. Do yourself a favor and book these guys any chance you get!"

- Sean M., music manager for the Social Bar + Kitchen, New London

"These guys were excellent, thanks again!"

- Harry H., wedding client, Waterford, CT


Clients and venues

  • Mystic Seaport Museum

  • Mohegan Sun

  • Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

  • Connecticut Convention Center

  • Katherine Hepburn Theater

  • Inn at Mystic

  • Meals on Wheels Gala

  • ECPAA Eastern CT Jazz Festival

  • Sailfest New London

  • Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell

  • New Haven Museum Pardee-Morris House

  • Essex Yacht Club

  • Stonington Yacht Club

  • Ocean Cliff Resort, Newport, RI

  • The Chanler, Newport, RI

  • Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT

  • Goodspeed Opera House Music on the River series

  • Hamden Annual Fireworks Celebration

  • Westerly Library


Past Events

An Evening in Casablanca - Fundraiser
Westerly Library

Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, New London, CT

"Saturday night at the Garde Arts Center featured a blending of the bands that brought a packed house of nearly 1,000 to its feet as the New London Big Band made its debut on stage with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra."

-The Day

UConn Swing Dance

Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT

Ocean Beach Park, New London, CT

Music on the River @ Goodspeed Opera House Lawn, East Haddam, CT

Hamden Annual Fireworks Celebration, Hamden, CT

"What an absolute joy!!! These folks were out of this world good."

- Julie E. Smith, Director of Arts, Culture & Special Projects, Town of Hamden, CT

"Spring Fling" Dance Night, Katherine Hepburn Theater, Old Saybrook

TVCCA Meals on Wheels Carnavale @ Mohegan Sun

ECPAA Eastern CT Jazz Festival, Griswold, CT

Sailfest, New London, CT

Cocktail Party for NYC Elite Gymnastics, Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI

Concert at Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell, Manchester, CT

New Haven Museum's Pardee-Morris House Twilight Concert Series, New Haven, CT

Valentine's Day Dinner at the Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT

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

-The Day

Wedding, Great Neck Country Club, Waterford, CT

Wedding, Ocean Cliff Resort, Newport, RI

Wedding, The Chanler Cliff Walk, Newport, RI

Commodore's Cocktail Party, Essex Yacht Club

"No wonder this band is voted Best Jazz Band by the Connecticut Readers' Poll!!"

-Terry K., manager, Essex Yacht Club

Wedding, Inn at Mystic, Mystic CT


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