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Trumpeter and vocalist Wendell Brunious boasts a towering musical family tree primarily flowered with trumpets. He is the son of trumpet master John “Picket” (or “Picky”) Brunious Sr. and Nazimova “Chinee” Santiago, the niece of guitarist/banjoist Willie Santiago.

Brunious believes what’s considered the “Brunious sound” all began with his father’s influence. “When my father first started to develop as a trumpet player was in an era before amplification, so you had to play loud enough to hear yourself and to be heard in the band. I kind of think that’s where what some people call the Brunious sound kind of started


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Interview: Wendell Brunious

Interview: Wendell Brunious

If the name Wendell Brunious is not familiar to you, I assure you that the sound of his trumpet will stick with you the moment you hear it. Wendell, 66, has spent much of his life in New Orleans, growing up in a musical family rich in the jny: New Orleans jazz tradition. From 1987 into ...


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Peter Martin, Wendell Brunious to Perform for Benefit on Saturday, November 19 at the Sheldon

Peter Martin, Wendell Brunious to Perform for Benefit on Saturday, November 19 at the Sheldon

Pianist Peter Martin will team with New Orleans trumpeter Wendell Brunious to provide the music for “ArtSounds: French Quarter Fête," an event to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the Sheldon. Martin and Brunious will team with bassist Chris Thomas—who, like Martin, originally is from St. ...


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Take Five With Erik Jekabson

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Meet Erik Jekabson: Erik Jekabson is a freelance trumpet player, composer and educator who has recorded or performed with Illinois Jacquet, the Woody Herman Big Band, John Mayer, Galactic, Mark Turner, Brian Blade, and Nicholas Payton, among others. He has a Bachelor's of Music from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Master's of Music from the ...


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Take Five With Carlos Redman

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Meet Carlos Redman: A Detroit native, Carlos Redman is one of a new breed of modern experimental trumpeters of the current generation. Blending a sultry combination of hip-hop, R&B, rock, and classical in jazz genres, the young horn player continues to defy boundaries as he is often drawn in comparison to the great Donald ...


In The Tradition

Label: Enja Records
Released: 1986


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