A jazz band will perform live monthly at the State Room starting September 14 – Muddy River News


The Big River Swing | Photo submitted

QUINCY — The Big River Swing Machine, a big band jazz orchestra from Quincy, will return to the stage on September 14 after a five-year absence from the public.

The 18-piece jazz band, under the direction of Les Fonza, has been signed by the State Room, 434 S. Eighth, for performances the second Wednesday of each month from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The State Room bar will be open for beverage service. There will be no cover charge.

The Big River Swing Machine plays a wide variety of swing band standards and modern jazz melodies. This
was organized in the late 1990s and has played at different locations around the city over the years. The
the band stopped performing in 2017 when their last venue closed, and they have remained inactive
during the COVID pandemic.

The State Room, with its classic cinema facade, functions as an event space. Manager Brian Stitt, who also operates the adjoining Calftown Café, says he plans to open the space to the public more often in the future as a live music venue.

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