AUG 23rd: Final Summer Serenade of 2017

AUG 23rd, 2017: Join the Bruce James Orchestra for a night of the BEST OF BIG BAND, and … for our FINAL SUMMER SERENADE PERFORMANCE of 2017.

Sizzling Swing Classics from Bruce the Band

Classic Crooner Hits, courtesy of John Cronin

Dazzling Diva Delights from Shannon Messam

In addition to great music, there will be a triva contest with prizes, plus the opportunity to DANCE!


Thanks to everyone who has supported the band all summer season. We look foward to seeing you, and hopefully our biggest crowd of the summer!

See you at Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square, 7-9PM on Wednesday, August 23rd!

Please note: in case of inclement or questionable weather, we will post event cancellations on the website and Facebook by 6PM day of.

August 16, 2017: A Night of Spies, Super Heroes and Stellar “Good Guys”

So… what do James, Peter, Robert and Austin all have in common?

They are spectacular … and spectacular enough people have written songs about them!

Want to know more? Come on down to Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows this Wednesday from 7-9PM and be whisked in to a musical world of spies, super heroes and stellar good guys…

We will be waiting …

Summer is coming … and so is SUMMER SERENADE 2017!

Bruce James Orchestra is excited to be back at Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square this summer to bring you FREE LIVE BIG BAND MUSIC Wednesday nights (7-9PM) in July and August (weather permitting). Bring a lawn chair, blanket, some snacks and all your family and friends to enjoy music from the hottest band in the Tri-Cities! Don’t forget your dancin’ shoes!

We look forward to seeing all our friends and fans this hot summer for some cool jazz! This is Big Band at it’s Best!

Please note: in case of inclement or questionable weather, we will post event cancellations on the website and Facebook by 6PM day of.



Spring Shows Added!

Hello fans of the Bruce James Orchestra!

2016 was a fantastic year for BJO! We played a huge number of shows and had the privilege of connecting on a greater level with our community, and our fans 🙂

We have started 2017 bookings and have a couple of fantastic shows coming up! See our Gigs page for more information.

We greatly appreciate all of you who follow and support us and hope to see you out to some of our upcoming performances!

Looking to hire the band for a wedding, anniversary, celebration of life, dance, community event etc? Contact Bruce: or by phone: 604-460-8329 for a services quote. We’ve also added a small 7-pc jazz combo to add to our services. Feel free to inquire 🙂

Thanks again – to all of you – for supporting our ensemble to be one of he hottest semi-professional Big Bands in the Greater Vancouver region.

Here’s to great community, and great BIG BAND MUSIC (!) in 2017!

All the best to everyone!

The Bruce James Orchestra

Wednesday, August 24: Final Summer Serenade 2016

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Join the Bruce James Orchestra in our final Big Band performance of the 2016 Summer Serenade concert series. We’ll be playing some of the series favourites, including requests from our audience. We hope to make this the biggest turnout of the season! Remember…this is a free show and a family and DANCER friendly event. Hope to see you there! Show runs 7:00 – 8:30PM.

Hot Summer. Hot Jazz. BJO Plays Pat’s Pub August 19 – 8PM

 How best to deal with the HOT SUMMER? Add a COLD BEER and HOT JAZZ at

Join the Bruce James Orchestra as we perform for the Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse              
Summer Big Band Series in downtown Vancouver!

More information:

Experience a great atmosphere with great food & live jazz in Vancouver

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tickets Now Available! Hot Jazz and Hawaiian BBQ at Rocky Pt. Taphouse – August 13



Saturday, August 13, 2016 – 1-4PM

BJO Aug 13 at RPT HBBQ

$20 ticket gets you:

a Hawaiian Burger (choice of Beef, Chicken or Veggie) and one of:

Pint of select On Tap Beer

Glass of House Wine (red or white)

Single High-Ball




Best Hawaiian T-Shirt contest, drink specials, and more!

Tickets NOW AVAILABLE from a band member, or at Rocky Point Taphouse / at the door.

19+ event.

THIS WEDNESDAY – July 27 – Special Appearance by BENNY & THE GOOD MEN!


Special guests of the Bruce James Orchestra

Benny & the Good Men – LIVE at Pitt Meadows’ Spirit Square –

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 7:00PM

Traditional jazz served red hot!


Keeping the musical traditions of the roaring twenties-and earlier-alive, Benny & the Good Men serves as a tribute to the early traditional jazz of Chicago and New Orleans that flourished prior to the Swing Era of the 1930’s. Under the direction of veteran Dixieland reedsman Benjamin MacRae, the band strives to produce an authentic sound that hearkens to the great bands of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Edmund Hall, and Sidney Bechet that the influential clarinetist Benny Goodman would have grown up listening too during the jazz era, and the tail end of the age of vaudeville.

The band consists of Robert Crews on guitar/banjo, Jonathan Baylis on double-bass, Strauss Whiteside on piano, Michael Radnai on trumpet/cornet, and Benjamin MacRae on reeds/washboard, with all of the Good Men being able crooners. If you’re looking for a roaring rhythm section, hot jazz, and good time, Benny & the Good Men delivers a show that will leave you tapping your feet and humming excerpts from the performance.

Benny & the Good Men is available for hire for a variety of events including; private events (house-parties, birthdays, backyard events, etc.), corporate functions, weddings and other life milestones, public events (parties, business openings, promotions etc.), jazz/music festivals, dances and restaurants. Contact Benjamin MacRae via cellphone (1) 604.997.1643, or email for bookings, quotations and general enquiries.