Joel Brotman has been a member of the Prime Time Big Band for 18 years, leading the sax section for most of that time. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra for about the same time, seven as its president, and occasionally appearing as a guest soloist. Getting ready to move with his wife, Vivienne and their «rescue» dog, Rosie, to be with their family in the Boise, Idaho area, Joel's last gig with Prime Time will feature him as leader and featured artist, as his very fond farewell to the CLE. Expect to experience a lot of good sax!
The Prime Time Big Band has been playing in the Cleveland area since 1976. In the band's early days it was known as the Richmond Heights Community Big Band, and was partially supported by the City of Richmond Heights. Several members of today's Prime Time have been playing with us since the Richmond Heights Community Big Band. Soon enough, the band began to play more on its own, and the sponsorship of the city faded into history. Prime Time continues to play for community events and also plays frequently for weddings, corporate parties, country club events, or anywhere that calls for dinner and dancing and an exciting big band.
The Prime Time Big Band comprises 18 musicians in the instrumentation of the classic big bands. The instrumentation includes five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets doubling on cornet and flugelhorn, piano, guitar, bass, and drums. The band also features male and female vocalists.
Prime Time's big band sound can be heard throughout the Cleveland area. The band plays frequent summer outdoor and indoor concerts, ballroom dancing events, weddings, dinner parties, and corporate events. The band's repertoire of hundreds of tunes includes those made famous by Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, and many others. Music from Motown, the Beatles, and Elvis can also be heard at a Prime Time event. Sponsors of events are always welcome to select their own favorites from the Prime Time book.