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Hailey Brinnel

Hailey Brinnel is a trombonist, vocalist, arranger, composer and educator currently residing in Philadelphia. At the age of 12 she began performing throughout New England with her father Dave Brinnel. Now at 21 she has performed at prestigious venues around the world, independently having played with artists such as Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra and Charles Neville. As part of the Temple University Big Band led by Terell Stafford, she has played and recorded alongside many of today's top jazz artists, including Ken Peplowski, Jimmy Heath, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jon Faddis, Luis Bonilla, Wycliffe Gordon and Dick Oatts. In addition, she spent this past fall on stage with Maurice Hines and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra as part of the national tour of the Hines' off-Broadway production "Tappin' Thru Life". ​ Although she is a young artist, Brinnel has already performed at acclaimed venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan (with Sherrie Maricle and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra), the XPoNential Music Festival (Ben Arnold and his 48 Hour Orchestra), The Lake George Jazz Festival (DIVA), The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (DIVA), and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam (The Conservatorium Van Amsterdam’s ‘Keep an Eye’ Summer Jazz Orchestra led by Justin DiCioccio). You can hear her on the Temple University Big Band 2015 album Dear Dizzy and Kat Siciliano's album Stories. ​ Brinnel currently leads her own quintet, which focuses on bringing back old favorites and forgotten gems of early 20th century Jazz in her arrangements, while also incorporating original compositions. In addition she regularly serves as a sideman in a variety of ensembles and genres outside of jazz including but not limited to: Salsa, Funk, Brazilian, Pop, Rock, Classical and Fusion. ​ As an educator, Brinnel has worked in a variety of settings spanning early childhood, elementary general, secondary instrumental and vocal, private lessons, master classes, as well as collegiate-level education courses. She has worked as a guest clinician with the organization Jazz Lives Philadelphia to bring jazz education to classrooms throughout the city of Philadelphia. ​ Brinnel has been awarded research grants by Temple University for three consecutive summers, which she has used to pursue projects in conducting, traditional New Orleans music, and arranging for Big Band and other large ensembles.

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Diva Jazz Orchestra: "30": Live at Dizzy's Club

Read ""30": Live at Dizzy's Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “30" in the title of the superlative all-woman Diva Jazz Orchestra's latest album stands for 30 years, which, believe it or not, is how long the orchestra and its remarkable drummer and leader, Sherrie Maricle, have been up and running and making beautiful music at home and abroad. Among U.S.-based big bands, it would seem that only Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Woody Herman have had longer runs than that. Fast company indeed. So is Diva ready for comparisons? ...

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Grace Fox Big Band: Eleven O'Seven

Read "Eleven O'Seven" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In the long history of jazz, it is rare for a teenage musician to establish a big band, let alone lead one. In fact (historians will have to verify this), it may never have happened. One thing is certain—no teenage woman has ever formed a big band and become its leader. Until now. Meet trumpeter Grace Fox, a nineteen-year-old student at the Manhattan School of Music, founder and leader of the seventeen-member, all-female Grace Fox Big Band, which has recorded ...

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