Pecos River Brass

Pecos River Brass

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Pecos River Brass, started in 2000, and consists of 20 adults who love to play big band jazz. We do some commerical work as well, but our emphasis is mainstream jazz. We write most of our own arrangments to assure that we have our own identity. We have a great ensemble, and great soloists.

Biography

Pecos River Brass is a semi-pro "community" band, made up of men and women of all walks of life, some pro musicians, and some with other day jobs from teachers to engineers. We are influenced by the Big Band "Revival" era of the 1960s, and still believe in melody, harmony and rhythm. We are a mainstream group. We have some of the best soloists in the Dallas area, and 12 of the members have been with the band for over 3 years, 4 since the beginning in 2000. We write most of our own arrangments of Gershwin, Porter, Ellington, Mercer and many others, so that are material is fresh, not 50 year old stocks, and so that we have our own identity from any of the other many big bands like ours around the world. We rehearse every week, even if we don't have any gigs on the horizon, because we just love to play our music.
john@pecosriverbrass.com; (214) 769-7534 Website http://www.pecosriverbrass.com/band/

Discography

5 Studio recorded CDs include, Pecos River Blues, Where the Eagle Meets the Chief, On Track & Swinging, Winter Wonderland, and What a Wonderful World. These were recorded between 2002-2005. We recorded one live CD, Continental Divide in 2006. We recorded one live DVD in 2003. A few radio stations around the world have played our music from Minneapolis, Dallas, BBC Nottingham and Australia.

Set List

Our performances are geared to whatever venue we are asked to play for. We have done 3 and 4 set dances, where we play with 15 minute breaks on the hour. We have done 1 hour concerts and jazz festivals, and 2 hour concerts with a break. If we were to do a 1 hour jazz festival, a typical program would look like this:

Over The Rainbow - Swing
Speak Low - Samba
A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes - Ballad
Beautiful Friendship - feature
Just the Way You Look Tonight - Swing
Continental Divide - tone poem jazz composition
Summertime - vocal
The Very Thought of You - ballad
Monk Theme - light swing
No Moon At All - Med Up Swing
WorkSong for My Father - Rock - feature
Setzer Seltzer Blues - Up Shuffle
San Antonio Rose - Encore - UP Swing

Our library consists of over 1500 arrangments and over 140 are arrangements of our own, so we can plan our program to fit the needs of the host, including over a dozen Christmas arrangements, from our Christmas CD. We try and appeal