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Brian Pastor

The Brian Pastor Big Band, founded in 1994, is a 17 piece jazz ensemble comprised of some of Philadelphia's finest musicians. It was created as an outlet for area musicians to perform the music they love, and to provide a showcase for outstanding jazz soloists, composers and arrangers. Members of the Brian Pastor Big Band include music educators and past and present performers with well known music organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. Several band members are freelance studio and theater performers. Pastor is currently principal trombonist with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, and has been a music educator in Philadelphia for many years. The Band is noted for its tight ensemble, solos of the highest quality, exhilarating diverse arrangements and original compositions "a swingin' band that will make you smile." From straight ahead jazz to funk, the band?s repertoire targets a following of all ages. The Brian Pastor Big Band has had extended engagements at Philadelphia area clubs including 23rd Street Café, the Blue Moon Jazz Café, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Hilton, the Casino Deli, and is noted for appearances at private engagements, music festivals, educational workshops and annual appearances at the Penn's Landing Summer Concert Series

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Article: Big Band Report

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers


As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

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Article: Big Band Report

The "Desert Island" Revisited

Read "The "Desert Island" Revisited" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Back in the last millennium, shortly after this column first saw the light of day, I posted a list of twenty “desert island" albums, those that would be snugly ensconced in a crash-proof, water-tight carrying case should yours truly ever be marooned on a miniature atoll with nothing to relieve the boredom save palm trees, coconuts, ...

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Article: Live Review

Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Philadelphia, December 31, 2010

Read "Peter Nero and the Philly Pops: Philadelphia, December 31, 2010" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Peter Nero and The Philly Pops“Swinging in the New Year"The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA December 31, 2010 Peter Nero is that rare musician who can negotiate between classical forms, the jazz idiom, popular music and light-hearted humor, generating great energy in his co-musicians and audiences. So ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Strike Up the (Unsung) Bands

Read "Strike Up  the (Unsung) Bands" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The big band era is known for producing a number of enormously successful ensembles whose leaders were household names: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Fletcher Henderson, then on through Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the brothers Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Barone Big Band: Flight of the Bumblebee

Read "Flight of the Bumblebee" reviewed by Robert J. Robbins


For a quarter-century, Mike Barone provided arrangements for Doc Severinsen's NBC-TV <em>Tonight Show</em> Band, but these were seldom heard by anyone except the studio audiences for the actual telecasts (although excerpts were audible to viewers as intros and exits from commercial breaks). Since the band's dissolution more than fifteen years ago, however, Barone has been recording ...

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Article: Interview

Peter Nero: Fabled Pianist and Philly Pops Maestro

Read "Peter Nero: Fabled Pianist and Philly Pops Maestro" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Living legend Peter Nero is that rare musician equally at home with classical music, jazz, the American Songbook, the Broadway musical, movie themes and popular songs. Moreover, he is a masterful pianist, seasoned conductor, composer and arranger in all these genres. Just as exceptionally, he has become a cultural emblem, known to statesmen, entertainers, students, housewives ...

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Article: Live Review

Diane Schuur with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at Kimmel Center

Read "Diane Schuur with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops at Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


"88 Keys, a Big Band, and a Voice"Celebrating 30 years of Peter Nero with the Philly PopsThe Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA April 24, 2009 On this night, one of five performances of the same concert event, conductor-pianist Peter Nero welcomed Diane Schuur to the stage as ...

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Common Men

Label: BPO Music
Released: 2007
Track listing: It's All Right With Me; T.S.C. Blues Or A Night At The Rat; Fanfare For The Common Man; You Don't Know What Love Is; Little Henry; L.A. Expression; Ballad For Ben; Midnight Buffet; Son Of Feelings; A Foggy Day (In London Town); Isle Of The Pale Eye; My Hard Luck Story; Seven Mile Bridge; Make Someone Happy.

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The Brian Pastor Big Band: Common Men

Read "Common Men" reviewed by Edward Blanco


One sampling of trombonist Brian Pastor's Common Men will be enough to convince you that there's nothing common about the music you've just heard or the musicians that played it. It's an especially pleasurable big band outing and debut for The Brian Pastor Big Band, a nineteen-piece Philadelphia-based ensemble delivering one swinging performance. The album includes ...


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