WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 10:00 and 11:00 AM
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 10:30 PM
The Studio Club (Esplanade Studio Theatre)
$20 plus Esplanade S/C
Tickets available at the Esplanade and Tixx Central
One of the most popular groups from JazzFest 2015, the Heavyweights Brass Band has just finished a new recording and is on a Canadian promotional tour with the new material.
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. Touring across Canada and sharing the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has helped build the group a loyal following.
The Heavyweights Brass Band is trombonist Christopher Butcher, Tom Richards on tuba, Paul Metcalfe on saxophones, Lowell Whitty on drums and John Pittman on trumpet.