Boston Brass has expanded their trademark entertainment by teaming up with all-star brass players from around the globe to produce an unmatched sound that will light a fire for your holiday season. The ensemble of all brass (trumpets, French horns, trombones, and tubas with jazz rhythm section) features fiery big band arrangements of classics like the Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, Greensleeves, and Motown Jingle Bells in a setting that will delight audiences of all ages. Famed tubist and producer Samuel J. Pilafian conducts not only the magnificent virtuosos of the Boston Brass but players from around the world such as Jens Lindemann, Jeff Nelsen, Chris Cooper (formerly of Canadian Brass), Scott Hartman (formerly of Empire Brass), Scott Thornberg and Mark Frost (from the Brass Band of Battle Creek), Dan Hostetler (formerly of Dallas Brass), and many more. This ensemble will light up your stage with an energy and excitement that will have the audiences firmly ensconced in the Christmas spirit and demanding encore after encore.
Merry Stan Kenton Christmas! This unique collection of holiday cheer performed by the Boston Brass features the great Christmas charts from the Kenton Band plus two new ones by JD Shaw and Sam Pilafian. While these great arrangements are a big part of Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, they are only part of the story. The other part is the collection of players known as the Brass All-Stars Big Band. The brass quintet Boston Brass, one of the busiest and best known quintets working today, is the foundation for this extended group, and they are the ones that came up with the idea of doing a new recording of KentonÝs music. If you look at the names of the players, you will see amongst them many current or former members of Canadian Brass and Empire Brass. While there have been recordings made up of brass sections from major symphony orchestras, this one may be a first for the brass quintet world!
"A selection of holiday favorites, with a special touch from the blues and swing sound of the Boston Brass, set an upbeat mood at one of Albany's most well-known family-friendly holiday events."