Jazz Harbour win Best Vocalist at Bristol’s Battle of the Big Bands

Charlotte Jones

Photography: Rohin Shah


Last week was the annual Battle of the Big Bands competition in which university bands from the South West compete for the honour of the jazziest sound around. The competition was split into categories with Exeter winning overall for a second time in a row thanks to their tight timing and popular tunes.


Despite being the smallest university band at the competition (and in Cornwall!) Falmouth’s Jazz Harbour got the crowd going with classics such as the Star Wars Cantina and the Monsters Inc theme tune.

Jazz Harbour’s version of Michael Buble’s Feeling Good, sung by Alex Saliveros and Olive Westley, led to the band winning Best Vocalist thanks to Westley’s immense power and vocal range.

Kyle McGill’s arrangement of Youngblood Brass Band’s ‘Brooklyn’ was also a hit, getting the crowd up on their feet and singing along to the catchy riffs.
“The band sounded great. It was obvious that they were having fun and enjoying the music. The singers were terrific, adding to the overall performance. A very talented bunch of young people”- a delighted member of the audience!
All proceeds of the competition went to funding soup kitchens for the homeless in Bristol.