Apparently we are the only Canadian group to have been invited to play this event twice! Our jam with John Scofield in 2012 was one of the highlights of our early career! This time we'll be sharing the stage with Gary Burton, Earl Klugh, Lisa Fisher, friend from Havana Harold Lopez-Nussa, some of our fans in the Jazz.FM91 Youth Big Band, Lou Pomanti and a surprise special guest. His name can't be released due to contractual reasons, but he's emerging as one of the most important artists of this generation!
The Heavyweights Brass Band and their music industry friends are doing a school give away in support of the release of their new record Brasstronomical on March 6 at Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas West).
Here's how it works. The band wants you to encourage your students to get out and hear great live music at a great venue in Toronto so we will be taking attendance at the show and the school that has the most students out wins the whole prize package.
So far the package includes:
- One performance & clinic courtesy of The Heavyweights Brass Band
- One YTR 3335S Intermediate Trumpet courtesy of Yamaha Canada
- One SB7X Silent Brass system for trumpet courtesy of Yamaha Canada
- $250 in Brass Repairs courtesy of St. John's Music
- $250 in Woodwind Repairs courtesy of St. John's Music
- $100 Gift Card Long & McQuade Music
- $100 Gift Card Cosmo Music
- A stick bundle courtesy of Headhunters Drumsticks
- Two jazz charts courtesy of Clovertone Music
- 10% off any clinic or workshop courtesy of Music Mentors International
Tickets should be purchased in advance by clicking on "Buy Album and Tickets" above, but only students that check in at the show will count towards to prize package. (Check in is by school name only; no personal info is required or solicited)
In addition to the Heavyweights Brass Band, students will have the opportunity to hear award-winning artists Jane Bunnett on saxophone, Jay Douglas on vocals and Luis Orbegoso on percussion. Street Brass, a community-based brass band that is welcome to high school musicians, amateurs and professionals alike playing the Music of The Americas, will be opening the evening.
Tell your kids and we'll see you at Lula on March 6!!
This country’s greatest purveyors of feel-good horn music burst onto the Canadian jazz scene with their energetic brass band covers of contemporary pop hits. Now with Brasstronomical, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deeper and more eclectically into each musical direction implied on their first album. Brasstronomical reveals the band’s music is stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature than ever before.
$10 at the door or $20 with a CD.
As an incentive to purchasing your tickets online we are giving away three tracks recorded at the Brasstronomical sessions that aren't included on the CD. They will be emailed directly to you.
As a second incentive every package other then "General Admission" includes a direct download of the entire album as well. Meaning you don't need to wait until the March 6th to get it, you get Brasstronomical emailed to you now. The physical copy of the CD will be picked up at the door.
For our friends who live out of town or who can't make the concert, don't fret you can purchase a digital download or a physical copy of the CD mailed to you here.
If you want a taste, the album is streaming in it's entirety for a very limited time from our SoundCloud.
Brasstronomical also features world famous percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo (Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie) and one of the bonus tracks features Canadian jazz legend Robi Botos on rhodes.
We had the fortunate opportunity to be featured in concert at Toronto's prestigious Koerner Hall back in April and hook up with percussion legend Giovanni Hidalgo. Since then Giovanni has recorded percussion as a special guest on our upcoming album. The record is due out in spring of 2014, other guests include Jay Douglas, Jane Bunnett and Robi Botos.
Check out Paul Metcalfe's tune Float Like a Butterfly live from Koerner Hall here on YouTube.
It has been a busy summer playing in and around Toronto at many festivals and events. One thing that has been very special is playing Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. Here are some great shots, check'em out!
We've also been hard at work on our second album, packed full of original material with a few fun covers! Check back here for more updates soon!