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3rd Stream Big Band Atlanta



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Jim Basile - Writer/MC: As the Dean of Atlanta Traffic Reporters, Emmy Award winning, Jim Basile has been a personality Atlantans have known on Radio (V-103 and 96 Rock) and Television (11-Alive and Fox 5) for over 30 years. During that time, Jim has also been a freelance musician who has played with a number of local Atlanta bands. Probably the most memorable of those bands was Christopher Rude’s ground breaking band ‘Pale White Sausage’ that opened for many Atlanta concerts while Jim was a member of Rude’s legendary radio “Wake-Up Crew” on "96 Rock."
A graduate of the North Texas State (now University of North Texas) Lab Band Program, Jim was encouraged by Atlanta Big Band leader, Joe Gransden, to try his hand at ‘writing something’ for Gransden’s band. That led to a number of pieces now in the Gransden book. Jim is now delighted to contribute his adventurous writing style to the 3rd Stream Big Band, with new and exciting material being written often. As Basile has said, ”Just think of us as a Big 17-piece Rock Band...that plays Jazz equally well!.


Greg Sudmeier

 An Atlanta-based conductor, composer, award-winning musician and educator with over 30 years of professional music production expertise in film, albums, television, radio and stage.  

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Jim Wile Manager/Coordinator/1st Trombone

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Piano/Keys - Penelope Williams
(alt. Dr. Geoff Haydon, Scott Ulmer)
Guitar - Stephen Ross
Bass - Brad Cannata
Drums - Greg "Suds" Sudmeier
Hand Percussion - (Various)



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Just a taste of our sold-out blockbuster Ray Charles Tribute Show!

Ray Charles Tribute - 60sec Promo - Red Clay Music Foundry, Duluth, GA 08-26-2023

3rd Stream Big Band performs "Just The Two Of Us"

The 3rd Stream Big Band is the brainchild of Jim Basile, Jim Wile, and Greg "Suds" Sudmeier - Combining the coolest and most highly diverse genre's of music with some of the finest musicians, this is the premiere New Big Band in Atlanta, GA! Writer-bassist, Jim Basile, and writer-drummer, "Suds," do much of the music arranging for the band, and they also curate other wonderful charts by some of the finest writers in the music industry. Jim Wile also provides excellent logistical and coordinating skills and plays Lead Trombone in the band too! In the summer of 2019, Suds and the 2 Jims spearheaded the 3rd Stream Big Band! Taking their cue from the Big Band "3rd Stream" Jazz-Rock movement in the Late 1960’s through the 1980's represented by big horn bands like Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, Cold Blood and many others, the new 3rd Stream Big Band joins Soul, R&B, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Fusion, Rock, and amazing Vocals! The band is always an audience all musical ways! Take a listen...!


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