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The Brass Junkies Podcast - Pedal Note Media

The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass members Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.
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Now displaying: April, 2020
Apr 28, 2020

TBJ136: Boston Brass joins Andrew & Lance sharing stories both new and old. The five current members of Boston Brass catch us up with how the quintet is dealing with quarantine, swaps stories, and future plans. 

From their website:

For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble’s lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

Through over 100 performances each year, the members of Boston Brass play to audiences at concerts, educational venues, and jazz festivals. In addition to solo performances, Boston Brass regularly performs with orchestras, wind ensemble, brass bands, marching bands, and a variety of other ensembles. They have performed in 49 states and 30 countries and have conducted master classes around the world including sessions and residencies at the Eastman School of Music, The Julliard School, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Peabody Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Royal Academy of Music in London, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory at the National University of Singapore, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and Mahidol University in Bangkok. 

Boston Brass is a Yamaha Performing Group and has been featured educators and performers at the Mid West Band and Orchestra Clinic, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, Japan Band Clinic, Music Educators National Conferences, American Bandmaster Association Conference, The American Band College, Western International Band Clinic and Texas Bandmasters Association Convention.

Boston Brass has been featured on The CBS Early Show, National Public Radio’s Performance TodayThe Great American Brass Band Festival and has recorded many diverse albums. Their latest recording “Concerto Grosso” is a collaboration with Eric Rombach-Kendall and University of New Mexico Wind Ensemble, “Reminiscing” is a tribute to Rolf Smedvig of the Empire Brass, “Rewired” features new arrangements by the members of Boston Brass, Latin Nights, features a collection of some of the greatest classical and jazz works by Latin composers and performers and features the legendary drummer Steve Gadd, the beautiful voice of Talita Real, percussion and guitar. Other albums include Ya Gotta Try, featuring music from Horace Silver, Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillespie, produced by legendary jazz recording genius Rudy van Gelder and Within Earshot, featuring classical works by Shostakovich, Ginastera, Dvorak, Liszt, and others. 

Boston Brass has two holiday recordings, Christmas Bells are Swingin’, and The Stan Kenton Christmas Carols, featuring the Boston Brass All-Stars Big Band playing the truly phenomenal charts made popular by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Boston Brass tours a vibrant holiday show each year featuring many of the charts from these two albums, combined with a variety of solo and combo selections and some fun surprises, which has quickly established the show as a perennial audience favorite. 

2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of Boston Brass and was celebrated with the “25 Fanfares Project,” wherein 25 fanfares were premiered by composers from all over the country.  Boston Brass also premiered a new major commission by noted wind ensemble composer Brian Balmages and new arrangements by the legendary Sam Pilafian. Additionally, Boston Brass was very excited to have the opportunity to collaborate in the 2010/2011 season with the fabulous Imani Winds in a program entitled “Sketches of Spain,” featuring the music of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. In the 2012/2013 season, the quintet began touring their “Notes from the Balcony” program with the Enso String Quartet. The program features music based on “Romeo and Juliet”.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Taps
  • Boston Brass intros
  • How they’re staying busy
  • Planning for the future
  • Videos by Jose, Chris, and Domingo
  • Where they were when it all blew up
  • Chris on a plane
  • Will in Chicago
  • Will leads a double life
  • Jose’s teaching schedule
  • Chris at Walmart in the cereal aisle
  • Domingo taking advantage of the downtime
  • Domingo reconnecting with his roots in Latin America
  • Domingo working with Sam on a solo project just before he passed
  • “Then fire me.”
  • Sam’s impact in Boston Brass
  • William replacing Sam in the group
  • Chris Bill is sitting in Lance’s lap
  • Brass Recording Project
  • The Pickle Test
  • New projects
  • Jeff sigh
  • “Blues for Sam” for the new Boston Brass album
  • Busting Jeff’s chops for fun and profit
  • Bose Wave radio
  • Pray for Jens apron
  • The Facebook
  • Jeff ate a bug in Brazil
  • Wichita leave-behind
  • Random Christopher Bill

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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

Apr 14, 2020

TBJ135: Jeff Nelsen on Fearless Performance, habit formation and how Canadian Brass is responding to the international quarantine. Horn performer, teacher, and magician Jeff Nelsen joins The Brass Junkies for the second time to catch us up on his efforts to make art and help others.

From his bio:

Having grown up on a Canadian pig-farm, Jeff Nelsen's multiple non-porcine professions show him to be living proof that if you want it enough, you can have any dream. Jeff is living his dreams out loud and fearlessly! Jeff's approach to life and life coaching is the same. When he teaches, he mentors. Every choice we make helps create what we ultimately share when we approach a job interview, audition, exam, product launch, or social gathering. It doesn't matter whether those choices are made while building or sharing our performance, choices matter...and we only ever choose fear or love. This website helps Jeff publish and provide his creative replacements to fear-based choices for you.

In this fun and lively discussion, we discuss:

  • Back wax
  • Jeff Conner is Andrew's Dad old
  • New Patreon effort, "Brass Junkies Sundays"
  • James Markey's Mom's comment
  • Andrew's wife's listening habits
  • Will we let Jeff talk?
  • Mood lighting
  • Jeff's student can fly
  • Jeff at American Band College with Lance last summer
  • Magic
  • Playing in lessons
  • Building a vegetable garden
  • Writing curriculum with a grad student
  • Training in Thirds
  • Building in Thirds
  • Briefing in Thirds
  • Shopping at Lowes
  • 1st third Build
  • 2nd third Share
  • 3rd third Be
  • Bringing the ding
  • Connection-full
  • Magic line performances
  • Shrinking the quality gap
  • Collecting opinions
  • Playing for Chalie Deval
  • The Illusion of Maturity
  • The "Enough or Not Enough" line
  • Non-emotional critique
  • Frustration and should
  • Mental scale structures
  • Mini golf
  • Protactor humor
  • The importance of sequence
  • The importance of habit/routine/ritual
  • Time takes time
  • James Clear
  • Push your butt up
  • Nacho Libre
  • Pass the Beer Nuts

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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

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