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John Pittman

Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's mini series "One to Watch", Toronto-based trumpeter/composer/educator John Pittman is in high demand as both a soloist and lead player on the jazz, commercial and salsa scenes because of his big sound, high energy and melodicism.. His playing has been described as having a “wide dynamic and emotional range" consisting of ideas that are “very unique” even when performing within more traditional contexts. Pittman is the winner of several arts grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council as well as the 2006 -2007 Rayburn Wright Scholar and the 2007 Schirmer Prize winner for an outstanding performance major at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. In Toronto, Pittman is featured on a regular basis as a member of The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Lula All-Stars, Conjunto Lacalu, The Yani Borrell Orchestra, and The Chris Hunt Tentet

The Heavyweights Brass Band: This City

Read "This City" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brass band music and culture will forever be linked to NOLA. It's written in that storied locale's history and it rests in its musical groundwater and roots. But This City reminds us that those roots now anchor branches that hang above the past and extend north across the continent.

While hardly bound by ...