‘This City won’t wash away. This City won’t ever drown.’ The words of outlaw poet Steve Earle echo through the Heavyweights Brass Band’s newest release, This City. In their highly anticipated third full-length album, the Heavyweights have taken a pilgrimage to the city that has inspired them since their inception. Recorded in New Orleans, the cradle of jazz ,with a second-line of special guests from groups such as Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trumpet Mafa and many more, the Heavyweights bring a fresh, energetic take on a deeply grounded tradition.
Not forgetting their roots in Toronto, where they cut their teeth in the most diverse and multicultural music scene on the planet, the album also furthers their hometown collaborations with the 10-time Grammy contributor Kevin Breit on guitar and Canada’s reigning queen of jazz, blues and gospel Jackie Richardson on vocals. This City paints a beautiful duality between two cities that have informed their music and is without a doubt the strongest release from Canada’s reigning champions of feel-good horn music.
This City will be officially released worldwide on Friday, March 9th, 2018 and will be celebrated with a performance in Toronto at Lula Lounge on Thursday, March 29th, 2018. This City is available from Slammin Media and distributed World Wide by Believe Distribution.
John Pittman – Trumpet
Chris Butcher – Trombone
Paul Metcalfe – Tenor Saxophone
Tim Richards – Tuba
Lowell Whitty – Drums
Jackie Richardson – Vocals
Kevin Breit – Guitar and Mandolin
Roger Lewis – Baritone Saxophone
Ashlin Parker – Trumpet
Joe Lastie – Bass Drum
Eugene Grant – Vocals, Congas, Trumpet
Marla Dixon – Vocals
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. Now with their sophomore release Brasstronomical, the Heavyweights are offering a unique sound with emphasis on their original compositions. They delve deeper and more eclectically into each musical direction implied on their first album. Brasstronomical reveals the band’s music is stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature than ever before.