New London Big Band The Lost Music of Harry James, featuring Wayne Bergeron

The Garde Arts Center is proud to share that The New London Big Band will perform at the Garde Theater at 325 State Street in New London on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets range from $38-$49 and are available at

The New London Big Band performs recently discovered, unrecorded music of Harry James and his Orchestra, written for him by Thad Jones For this special performance, The New London Big Band will be joined by Wayne Bergeron and John Riley.

L.A. based trumpeter Wayne Bergeron rose to fame as a member of Maynard Ferguson’s band, and has since recorded on over 400 movie soundtracks. He’s known for his screaming trumpet playing, such as his performance on the 2004 Incredibles movie.

New York based drummer John Riley is known for his 33 year tenure as drummer for the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, as well as his performances with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gilespie, and the Woody Herman Orchestra.
Led by trombonist and composer Sean Nelson, the Connecticut based New London Big Band is a “full bodied and polished brassy big band” (Jazz Weekly) made up of 17 of the finest musicians in New England and includes many enlisted members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band.