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Brazz @ Sweetwater Tuesday

February 24, 2012

The all-brass (and all acoustic) quintet Brazz plays Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Jazz Night Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7-9 p.m. (No Cover)

Marshall Smith has led the band for “five or six years,” ( and 40 years leading various versions of the band) but professes to get band members “better than me,” usually from the One O’Clock Lab Band, “so they really elevate my playing.” Brazz encompasses the pop, classical and jazz genres, but will ramp up an exclusive jazz playlist for the Sweetwater show.

The latest line-up of Brazz is Marshall Smith, trumpet; Jordan Gheen on trumpet; Catherine Gilstrap, French horn; trombonist Kevin Hicks; and A.G. Robeson on Bass trombone and tuba.

For Tuesday’s performance, Brazz will open with When the Saints Go Marching In, continuing the pace and style the SG&T Fat Tuesday Celebration closing piece, travelling a musical journey from Dixieland to straight ahead jazz ala Charlie Parker.

Smith enriches listeners by introducing each song with a bit of history or an interesting anecdote about the piece. “Actually, since endurance is a real factor in playing brass instruments, the introductions gives us a chance to rest before starting the next song,” Smith said.

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