Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra
The Brian Pastor Big Band, founded in 1994, is a 17 piece jazz ensemble comprised of some of Philadelphia's finest musicians. It was created as an outlet for area musicians to perform the music they love, and to provide a showcase for outstanding jazz soloists, composers and arrangers. Members of the Brian Pastor Big Band include music educators and past and present performers with well known music organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra and Peter Nero and the Philly Pops. Several band members are freelance studio and theater performers. Pastor is currently principal trombonist with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops, and has been a music educator in Philadelphia for many years.
The Band is noted for its tight ensemble, solos of the highest quality, exhilarating diverse arrangements and original compositions a swingin' band that will make you smile. From straight ahead jazz to funk, the band?s repertoire targets a following of all ages.
The Brian Pastor Big Band has had extended engagements at Philadelphia area clubs including 23rd Street Café, the Blue Moon Jazz Café, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Hilton, the Casino Deli, and is noted for appearances at private engagements, music festivals, educational workshops and annual appearances at the Penn's Landing Summer Concert Series. The band performs in educational workshops and concerts throughout the Region and can be booked for upcoming engagements through the web site. The Brian Pastor Big Band?s first CD Common Men was released in June 2006 as a sponsored project of The New York Foundation for the Arts, emphasizing original compositions and arrangements by members of the band. The CD is featured on jazz stations, programs and webcasts across the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia.