Let's see if this is gonna work.
Rules are, pick 12-18 instrumentalists you dig to create the ultimate big band. Living or dead. It doesn't have to be a big-band setup, so any instrumentation is fine (although traditional big band setup would be nice - 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, guitar, piano, bass, drums). You're allowed 3 guest singers with the band. You can't nominate yourself to be in the group as a singer or instrumentalist, but you can be the conductor if you want.