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The Heavyweights Brass Band

Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band pack a one-two punch of crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass band tradition, the Heavyweights' original stance keeps one foot firmly rooted in the rich legacy of jazz, while one foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The uppercut ascent of the Heavyweights' arc has been the result of relentless dedication

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Listeners' Recent Faves

Read "Listeners' Recent Faves" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Listeners' favorites this week from shows 381 to 390! Lots of 'pop' covers tickled your fancy this time around, along with a trip to jny: New Orleans and the usual dose of grits & gravy. Enjoy the show. And, no, we haven't abandoned Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes (yet:); they will be featured next week. Thanks ...

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This City

Label: Lulaworld Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Hands Down Lo'; Tell Me Something Good; Two Foot Ticket; I've Got Time For You; Roger's Intro; Dance Out On The Corner; Rosco's Big Hit; This City.

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John Pittman

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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

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Two Foot Ticket

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Label: Lulaworld Records
Released: 2018
Duration: 03:49

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Brasstronomical

Label: LulaWorld Records
Released: 2014

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Brasstronomical: Extended Play

Label: LulaWorld Records
Released: 2014

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Don't Bring Me Down

Label: Independent
Released: 2011


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