The Heavyweights Brass Band celebrates the CD, digital, and vinyl release of their new album This City. The evening begins at 7:00pm with Street Brass, a community based project run by Chris Butcher; the Heavyweights then take the stage at 7:45 pm to perform This City in its entirety, with special guests Jackie Richardson and Kevin Breit.
This is bound to be a special night: for its focus on brass, world music, and community, but also because it is a celebration of a milestone in the group’s development. This City was recorded in New Orleans with a parade of special guests: Joe Lastie from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Roger Lewis from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ashlin Parker from the Ellis Marsalis Quartet, and Marla Dixon founder of the Shotgun Jazz Band, along with the great Kevin Breit and Jackie Richardson.
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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. Now with their third release This City, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deeper into the sound of the New Orleans brass band while still keeping the flavor that makes the band unique. This City reveals the band's music is stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature than ever before.