We deserve this swinging celebration: Big Band Holiday at NoHo’s El Portal Dec. 18 & 19

A swinging Christmas celebration is coming! The Big Band Alumni are incredible musicians who played with the greatest Big Bands of all time, like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Les Brown, etc., and they are still performing and keeping the beloved music alive. Their latest gig is the BIG BAND HOLIDAY at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on Saturday, December 18 at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 19 at 2 pm.

Putting music lovers ‘in the mood,’ the incredible Big Band Alumni will be stompin’ at the El Portal for the first time. They will perform the original Big Band arrangements of holiday music classics, with 17 fabulous instrumentalists, featuring full sections of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and a wailing rhythm section – live on the Debbie Reynolds MainStage. The band is lead by crooner Bill A. Jones (Glee), and features the lovely and elegant Nancy Osborne.  
Not only have the artists played with the greatest Big Bands of the swing era, they have also worked with such legends as FRANK SINATRA, RAY CHARLES, ROD STEWART, ELVIS, and LADY GAGA – to name just a few. They are the best of the best. In past years the band played the Academy Award Governor’s Ball, The Reagan Library, and opened for TONY BENNETT at the Beverly Hilton. Vocalist Bill A. Jones was named one of LA’s Top Concert Artists in BroadwayWorld, and singer Nancy Osborne has Grammy nominated CDs to her credit.

Bill A. Jones

Young and young at heart will have a blast with that Big Band beat and enjoy a swinging holiday party. The music program will include: White Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Santa Clause is Coming to Town, The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Silver Bells, Home for the Holidays, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Santa Baby, Baby It’s Cold Outside, Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Let It Snow, March of The Toys, and We Need A Little Christmas.

As an added bonus, the El Portal’s Monroe Forum Theatre will be decked out for DANCING with the live band’s music and performance simultaneously piped-in. So you can enjoy the band’s music on the Debbie Reynolds MainStage, and also dance in the adjacent Monroe. 
Champagne and other beverages will be available in the Marilyn Monroe lobby bar to lift your spirits!

Please remember you must be vaccinated to attend this event. Wearing masks are also required inside the venue.

The show will go on as the El Portal Theatre once again brings joy and laughter to audiences.

Visit elportaltheatre.com for tickets & information. The El Portal Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Great deals for group rates & for future shows in 2022.

Big Band Alumni


Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.