The hr Big Band is one of the best ensembles of its kind today – not only in Germany, but also internationally. It has set new standards with its imaginative and versatile programming, an active concert schedule and high-carat soloists – open-minded, on the go and always up to date. The 17 musicians of the ensemble cover the entire spectrum of jazz and break down the boundaries with classical music, pop, electronic and new music. Tradition and innovation, entertainment and art, projects with young talents and international stars, its concert presence, radio broadcasts and CDs as well as a broad range of programming for children and teenagers: that is the hr Big Band today. The hr Big Band is a popular guest at many jazz festivals, inviting international jazz greats such as Branford Marsalis, Rebekka Bakken, Vijay Iyer, Django Bates and John Scofield, and it acts as a motor for the development big band music by commissioning compositions and arrangements. All its concert projects are recorded live and broadcast later on the station hr2.