CD Reviews of "This City"
"This City is a celebration of New Orleans horn styles of the past, and present and brings the songs into tomorrow. The HWBB crafts tunes that resonate in your bones, booty, and soul!"
- Murf Reeves, WWOZ 90.1 New Orleans
"The music on This City is a molten mix of elegance and brute force..."
- Raul da Gama, Toronto Music Report (2018)
"A hot, quick, and wonderfully raunchy album that hits all the right pleasure zones."
- Dan Bilawsky, www.AllAboutJazz.com (2018)
"The Heavyweights Brass Band is worth its weight in gumbo and jambalaya."
- Georges Tonla Briquet, www.jazzhalo.be (2018)
"This is a delightfully loud, boisterous, fun album, and I’m chuffed that the rest of you get to hear it now too. The Heavyweights Brass Band is definitely on our bucket list for live experiences now."
- The Great Dark Wonder (2018)
CD Reviews of "Brasstronomical"
"Not since the Shuffle Demons bopped into the limelight has a young Toronto jazz band had as much impact on the local scene as the Heavyweights Brass Band."
"The album closes out with two tunes recorded live at Toronto's Koerner Hall, and they confirm this band especially shines in a live setting."
Exclaim (28 February 2014)
"If anything the singular voices of trumpeter Jon Challoner, trumpeter John Pittman, trombonist Chris Butcher, sousaphone player Rob Teehan and drummer Lowell Whitty are uniquely Canadian...with musical intellects that are ingenious and sometimes even brilliant."
"Brasstronomical is a sophisticated album, featuring the kind of intellectualism emerging from the former hi-jinks of a young band that has found its voice for good"
Latin Jazz Network (17 July 2014)
CD Reviews of "Don't Bring Me Down"
"This debut disc deserves the extensive air time it’s garnered this summer. After all, who can resist a contemporary group showcasing a sousaphone, courtesy of Rob Teehan, especially if it’s not just occupying rhythmic roles? ...Trombonist Chris Butcher, trumpeter Jon Challenor and saxman Paul Metcalfe wail to great effect over tough, battering drums from Lowell Whitty."
Geoff Chapman, WholeNote (September 2011)
"...These guys sound like they just came of Chartes or Royal Street in NOLA.... If you are a fan of Rebirth you will love this. If you want to get off your butt and do some "second line"-ing around the room, this album will surely get you on to the dance floor. Just four more words to this review: I LOVE THIS ALBUM! " (5 stars out of 5)
Steve Ramm, "Anything Phonographic" (30 July 2011)
"Heavyweights band puts the fun in funky to connect with fans"
Jazz gets kick in brass
Errol Nazareth, The Toronto Sun (1 September 2011) *feature article*
"The band’s (ironically) light approach to entertaining a crowd is winning them fans of all ages (“the reaction from young children has been explosive!”) and in the tradition of old-school swing bands, their infectious rhythms inspire even the stiffest audience members to dance"Heavyweights hit David Pecaut Square
Ori Dagan, The Whole Note (June 2011) *feature article*
"The Heavyweights made quite an impression at last year’s “Jazz Lives” show. I’m guessing that was a factor in their inclusion on this bill. Their take-no-prisoners bravado and energy grabs an audience & turns it into a seething waving sing-along crew in minutes."
[The Heavyweights Brass Band had] "people standing, clapping and screaming for an encore after the first set"
Jazzer's Journal (15 April 2013)
"...it was the five-piece’s tight and pulsating grooves (courtesy of Teehan and Whitty) and precise brass leads and rhythms that kept the audience riveted."
Online / Blog Articles
"These guys killed at their two Toronto Jazz Festival appearances...If you want to have a good time this weekend, they will not disappoint"
Tracey Nolan - Torontoist.com (15 July 2011)
"A stellar group of musicians... you will be knocked out by their infectious rhythms."
Moreen Murray, Jazz FM 91.1 (31 August 2010)
Testimonials and shout-outs
"@HeavyweightsBB Dope performance tonight fellas!!!"- James Poyser The Roots, D'Angelo, Erykah Badu
"The idea for this group is exactly what the creative music scene needs right now - an original, modern concept utilizing a classic instrumental line-up. The band performs a mash-up of originals, classic NOLA brass band repertoire and contemporary pop hits that share a consistent thread of quality, humour, virtuosity and fantastic collective improvisation. This is one of the coolest ideas for a band that I have heard in a long time." -Scott Morin, Manager - Nikki Yanosky, Molly Johnson, David Clayton Thomas; Former head of Verve Music Group / Universal Jazz Canada
"Blown away by this thoroughly fresh piece of cultural collaboration. Never heard anything like this before!" (re: "Nueva Orleans feat. Oggeure"). -Gilles Peterson, DJ, Record Collector/Producer, BBC Radio 1 Personality
"The Heavyweights Brass Band" is a breath of fresh air on the Toronto music scene and are destined for big things any minute now!" - Jaymz Bee, JAZZ.FM91
“Very exciting and inspiring. Not at all predictable, and great musicianship happening here!” ~ Alex Cuba
“The writing is top notch... this is take no prisoners funky groove music at its best with plenty to keep the ears happy while the butt shakes!” ~ Richard Underhill