The Big Little Band is led by Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman, and after working together for 40 years, this is one ‘tight’ act. Their music consists of standards from the American songbook, jazz classics, and original material. They have developed a duet presentation for horn and voice that is unique and satisfying; bending and shifting from lead to accompaniment and back again. They use constructed vocalise lines and improvisation equally, with a spontaneity that can only come from the level of comfort they have together musically and personally. There is something about the communication that audiences feel immediately and really love, because here are two people totally committed to their relationship and the music that is born from it.


They have appeared at the Blue Note and Birdland in NYC, appearing with Bob Dorough, Jay Leonhart, Warren Vache, and regularly working with Richard Wyands, Joe Cohn, Brandon McCune, and Cecil Brooks III in their rhythm sections. Internationally they have appeared at the San Remo & Asti Jazz Festivals in Italy, and the Skeppsholm Jazz & Blues Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, the San Miguel de Allende Jazz Festival in Mexico, and have played in various clubs and venues in Amsterdam, Barcelona and the Costa del Sol in Spain.


They have been active on the local music scene wherever they might be living. They lived and worked in the vibrant music scenes of Dallas, TX in the late 70’s early 80’s before moving to the NYC area for 25 years. Pam was chosen to be one of the “Newark Songbirds” and has helped raise money and awareness for the Newark Public Library. She was also the musical director of the NJ Jazz Society Generations of Jazz. While residing in Bethlehem, PA for 5 years, Bob won the Big Band Arrangement Competition for an original jazz piece played by the PA Jazz Collective, and Pam was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. Bob is a Ford Foundation Grant and National Endowment for the Arts grant winner in composition.


Recently they permanently relocated to Pawleys Island, SC to be near their famous photojournalist daughter, Tanya Ackerman

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Dear Pam and Bob-

Your incredible donation of beautiful music created the Smith Gala with the relaxed joyful and memorable evening that all of us experienced.

Thank you so much for your support of Smith Medical and your friendship. 

Kathy Cox

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Live Music your event come to life.

Thank you so much for your wonderful talent on Friday night. I know that everyone loved you and your playing. I hope that we can work together again soon!

Leslie Ayres, Executive Director - Cultural Council of Georgetown County

Georgetown, SC

I am writing this letter to express my profound appreciation for Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman's band. For several years, I have hired them to play soft jazz in our Italian Restaurant. Over time, they cultivated a following and kept our guests entertained. This relationship then led to hiring them for our Mother's Day Buffet and Easter Buffet in our Banquet Center. When receiving feedback from guests at those functions, the professional jazz duo was always mentioned with praise. Recently, I referred Pam and Bob to a couple looking for jazz music during their wedding reception. On this day they went above and beyond their job description to meet the needs of the clients. They did introductions, announced the cake cutting, and allowed guests to utilize their equipment for speeches. The icing on the cake was when Bob and Pam played back up as the Father and Bride sang a duet. There wasn't a dry eye in the place! It has been my pleasure to work with Pam and Bob over the past four years. Marianna's would not be the same without their partnership. 

Kelly Post-Sheedy, Director of Events and Catering - Marianna's Restaurant, Banquet Center, and Catering

Phillipsburg, New Jersey

Purvis and Ackerman emanate harmonic style reminiscent of Lester Young and Billie Holiday. Purvis’s voice follows Ackerman’s full-bodied horn with authoritative harmony and absolute charm.

Rosalind L. Picou, Jazz Now Magazine

We saw you and Bob Ackerman at Pangea in Palm Springs last Saturday. You were wonderful, and Bob Ackerman is one of the best sax players I have heard!! I can't wait to see another of your concerts and my husband is checking your schedule for updates. We will spread the word about the greatest duo to hit our town... "EVER"!!

Susan and James Lowe

Palm Springs, California

Last night was a dream. We are very happy with the evening and your music contributed significantly to the whole mood. We both thank you very much. We have already received wonderful comments from our friends and guests about the music. 

David Rocker, Private Event Customer

Short Hills, New Jersey

Thank you for giving us great music and staying within our humble budget!! 

Judge F. Michael Giles, Private Event Customer

Newark, NJ

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