That’s Swingin’!

Posted on 11 May 2009


Brian Pastor is one of the premier trombonists in the universe.  He is the Principal Trombonist with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.  In 1994, as a vehicle for professional musicians to play big band jazz music and provide a showcase for great jazz soloists, arrangers and composers, he founded The Brian Pastor Big Band (BPBB), comprised of outstanding musicians from the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.  Included among his roster of musicians are saxophonists Kaj Hansen, Bob Apgar, Andrew Neu, Ed Etkins, Alan Kirschner, and Dan Muller; Jay Shanman, Paul Morris, and Mike Purday along with the Band’s founder and leader on trombone; and Rick Gazda, Chuck Gottesman, Kevin Rogers, and Peter Neu on trumpet.  Piano, bass, drums, and guitar are handled by Dave Kenney, Rob Cochran, Tony Vigilante, and Nick Bucci respectively.


The highlights of a BPBB concert include diverse arrangements and original compositions, a fantastic ensemble sound, unbelievable soloists, stratospheric trumpet notes and, of course, the supreme trombone master, Brian Pastor.


BPBB’s first CD Common Men was released in June 2006.  Some of the outstanding tunes on the CD are It’s Alright With Me, Fanfare for The Common Man, Little Henry, Midnight Buffet and Make Someone Happy (featuring a Brian Pastor vocal).


If you enjoy listening to a roaring and swinging big band, then get the Common Men CD and come to a BPBB concert where Brian will personally autograph the CD.  Currently, the band is performing at The Casino Deli in Northeast Philadelphia.  If you are interested, you can check the BPBB website.

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