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The Pearly Shells

The Pearly Shells have emerged from Melbourne’s musical soup with a modern twist on a classic sound. This Ten Piece Little Big Band (comprising of 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, piano, double bass, guitar and drums) has a style and look reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ellington, Basie and Goodman from the wall of horns sound right down to the Hollywood style, luminescent clam-shell stands.Playing their own arrangements of the Big Band classics and Pearly Shell originals, the band is famous with dancers for its ability to leave the written music behind when things are really swinging!

  • Entertainment:
    Live Music, Jazz Bands, Big Band, Latin Jazz, Lounge Jazz, Swing Jazz
  • City:
    Melbourne
  • Size:
    10 piece

Audio Samples

  • Choo Choo
  • Oh Daddy
  • Sunny Side
  • Newsit

Video Samples

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    The Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra recorded for a jazz doco at BMW edge

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Song List Print Full Song List

Billie Holiday

  • Lover Come Back To Me
  • Them There Eyes
  • Now, Baby, Or Never
  • Billies Blues
  • Mean To Me

Count Basie

  • Jumpin At The Woodside
  • Moten Swing
  • I May Be Wrong
  • Russian Lullaby
  • Flying Home
  • I Cried For You

Duke Ellington

  • C Jam
  • It Don’t Mean A Thing
  • A Train
  • In A Mellow Tone
  • Things Ain’t What They Used To Be

Peggy Lee

  • Alright O.K.
  • I Only Have Eyes For You

Benny Goodman

  • Sing, Sing, Sing
  • Opus 1
  • All The Cats
  • Blue Skies

Louie Jordan

  • Choo Choo Cha-Boogie
  • Buzz Me
  • Hit That Jive Jack

As well as songs from

  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Sarah Vaughn
  • Louie Armstrong
  • Cab Calloway
  • Slim Gailard
  • Lionel Hampton
  • Fats Waller

POP/FUNK/LATIN

  • Oye Como Ve
  • Never Can Say Goodbye
  • Groove Me
  • Ride Your Pony
  • I Feel Good
  • Higher And Higher
  • Security
  • I Cant Stand The Rain
  • Knock On Wood
  • Everybody Needs Somebody
  • Soulman
  • Take Me To The River
  • Son Of A Preacher Man
  • Sway
  • My Girl
  • Mustang Sally
  • Can’t Turn You Loose
  • Hard To Handle
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • Hold On, I’m Coming
  • Tell Mama
  • Tide Is High
  • Message To You , Rudi

Biography

The Pearly Shells have emerged from Melbourne’s musical soup with a modern twist on a classic sound.

This Ten Piece “Little Big Band” (comprising of 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, piano, double bass, guitar and drums) has a style and look reminiscent of the Golden Age of Ellington, Basie and Goodman from the “wall of horns” sound right down to the Hollywood style, luminescent clam-shell stands.

Playing their own arrangements of the Big Band classics and Pearly Shell originals, the band is famous with dancers for its ability to leave the written music behind “Riffout” when things are really swinging!

The Pearly Shells can also be found playing around town in a variety of small band combos gleaned from the Big Band including the PS Trio, Hot Five and Hot Seven.

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Testimonials

Hi Bella –

We were absolutely thrilled with the Pearly Shells. I would love for you to please extend our thanks to them for their efforts and energy on the night.

A complete delight to deal with and all of our guests enjoyed their performance. I was very happy to see that the Pearly Shells got everyone up and dancing and enjoying themselves.

Could not have picked a more fitting group for the venue and guests.

Thank you very much for all of you help and assistance.

Best regards,

Erin Harwood

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