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In short time, the members of The Vendetta Big Band have become well known in their hometown of Austin, Texas. Although, Austin is known for its' love of rock and blues, it also features a strong jazz scene with bands playing everything from modern to classic and standards. The band was born from musicians coming from other jazz outfits in Austin to form a project that doesn't single out one performer over another. "We really felt like we wanted to see a band that truly was the sum of its' parts," said lead singer Drew Bennett. "We love working together and when you work together, that's when good things happen. We've got solos in the music...not in the band." The Vendetta Big Band is built on the heritage of The Great American Song Book but their angle of youth and experience is the first thing one might notice about this band of twenty to thirty something year old jazz lovers. The line-up is as follows: Michael Rey - Music Director/Trumpet; Drew Bennett - Lead Vocals; Owen Summers, James Martinez, Robert Perkins – Sax; Javier Stuppard, Jon Merz, Martin McCain– Trombone; Derrick Becker; Victoria Sanchez – Vocals; Mike St. Clair, Derek Tarnow, Zach Knox, Jed Leach - Rhythm Section.
In late January 2010, the band entered the studio to record with Austin producer and guitarist, Bradley Kopp. They turned out an EP with plans on adding more tracks to their first album by the end of 2011. In the meantime, early interest from the local jazz community and private event coordinators has kept the band busy. "We're young, we're fun and we love to play that music. You want a night of great jazz standards and martinis; you call us,” says Bennett. And they do.