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Swing Band to Take the Stage at Santa Monica's Main Library

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By Lookout Staff

July 29, 2013 -- The north courtyard of Santa Monica's main library will fill with the sounds of a bygone era Saturday when swing band The Big Town Seven takes the stage for a free concert.

Big Town, whose members have played with the likes of Count Basie, Ray Charles and Lou Rawls, promise to transport visitors back in time with musical hits from the 1930s to the 1950s.

“This highly professional outfit will provide dancers with solid beats, and music connoisseurs with a high level of musicianship,” according to the band's website.

Santa Monica library's open-air, smoke-free courtyard -- adjacent to its parking lot -- may be a world away from the dimly-lit smoke-filled dives of the Depression and War eras, but the Big Town Seven promises to make it sound like one.

The Big Town Seven “will turn any venue into an authentic time capsule bringing back glorious moments of American music for your utmost enjoyment,” the site says.

The ensemble, which sometimes performs as a five or twelve piece band, “is considered to be one of the classiest and most entertaining combos around,” according to the site.

The band's director is the quarter-century veteran of the Los Angeles music scene Jean-Paul Monsché. Over the span of his 25-year career, Monsché has worked with Brian Setzer, Keb’ Mo’, Belinda Carlisle, and Rufus Wainwright, according to library officials.

His company, Jean-Paul Monsché Music Services, represents four other bands beside The Big Town Seven and promises “flawless service, musical and technical support for every engagement.”

“All our musicians have known each other for a long time and perform with one another regularly,” the company's website reads. “This will guarantee a great sound.”

Since it's a free event, those hoping to attend are encouraged to arrive early for the 12 p.m. concert. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis, officials said.

The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information on Santa Monica Public Library programs, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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