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The hr-Bigband is the Big Band of Hessischer Rundfunk, the public broadcasting network of the German state of Hesse. Founded 1946 as Tanz- und Unterhaltungsorchester des Hessischen Rundfunks it was renamed to hr Big Band in 1972. Since 2005 it is written hr-Bigband. For international tours and CD releases it is also named Frankfurt Radio Bigband.

In the first decades mainly used to provide popular music for radio and TV shows it changed into a Jazz Big Band in the 1970s. The hr-Bigband plays approximately 50 concerts a year, covering a wide range of jazz styles and also crossing the boundaries to pop, classical, world and electronic music. After three years as artist in residence Jim McNeely became chief conductor in 2011.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Pictures At An Exhibition / Echoes Of Aranjuez hr-Bigband 1
2008 Music For Bigband Volume 1 Jonas Schoen & hr-Bigband 1
2009 hr-Bigband featuring Jack Bruce hr-Bigband feat. Jack Bruce 1
2009 Visions of Miles - The Electric Period of Miles Davis Colin Towns & HR-Bigband 1
2014 Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home Jeff Cascaro & hr-Bigband 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Big De-Phazz & The Radio Bigband Frankfurt 2

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