I’m Melissa Carroll, the Music Director of NoPo Big Band.
NoPo has been providing a high quality big band sound since 2010 with a mission to enrich the lives of the Portland community.
We strive to play a variety of songs for a wide range of audiences from old standards to modern jazz. We would like to hear from you if you have comments or requests.
Check out our calendar and come see us. Thank you!
Swing Big Band
It’s taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.
Men have died for this music. You can’t get more serious than that.
Many critics always saw and heard that my style comes from Roy Eldridge, which is true. But for many things, not only how to play the trumpet but the way to choose the notes, how to play them and how to phrase all of them, I took that from Sweets [Edison]. He really brought something new to the trumpet.
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