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.
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The Heavyweights Brass Band have come up with an incredible new album that is
both classic and contemporary sounding. A big departure from their first release. One
of the most exciting music projects on the Canadian music scene today.
Alex Cuba, Juno and Grammy award winner. (March 2014)
Not since the Shuffle Demons bopped into the limelight has a young Toronto jazz
band had as much impact on the local scene as the Heavyweights Brass Band.
The album closes out with two tunes recorded live at Toronto's Koerner Hall, and they
confirm this band especially shines in a live setting.
Exclaim (28 February 2014)
If anything the singular voices of trumpeter Jon Challoner, trumpeter John Pittman,
trombonist Chris Butcher, sousaphone player Rob Teehan and drummer Lowell Whitty
are uniquely Canadian...with musical intellects that are ingenious and sometimes even
Brasstronomical is a sophisticated album, featuring the kind of intellectualism
emerging from the former hi-jinks of a young band that has found its voice for good
Latin Jazz Network (17 July 2014)