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.