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Individual Bios
Follow the links below to learn more about the individual musicians:

Jon Nelson,

Tim Leopold,

Daniel Grabois,

Benjamin Herrington,

Raymond Stewart,

John Ferrari,

"Brass Wizards"
- CD Review

"Exciting... crystal-clear sound"
- The Key Note

"Go see them... they're excellent"
- Frank Zappa

The Basic Facts:
  • five brass players and one percussionist based in New York City
  • performances in 49 states
  • performances in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Romania
  • performances in Japan and Taiwan
  • performances in Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic
  • nine critically acclaimed compact discs on the Channel Classics label
  • changed the face of brass chamber music through innovative repertoire and high-octane performances
Whose music do we play (in no particular order)?
  • Frank Zappa, J.S. Bach, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tania Leon, King Crimson, Captain Beefheart, and Jimi Hendrix
  • Mark Applebaum, Milton Babbitt, Alvin Etler, Elliott Carter, Tom Pierson, Stephen Barber, David Sanford, Elliott Sharp
  • members of the MAE (who also do their own arranging)
  • Renaissance and Baroque music, Afro-Cuban dance styles, South American folk music
Career highlights:
  • First Prize Winner, 1990 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition
  • multiple winner of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Adventurous Programming Award
  • performance at New York's Alice Tully Hall for the 25th Anniversary of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • club appearances including New York alternative spaces CBGB's, The Knitting Factory, the Cooler, and the Kitchen; the Black Cat in Washington, DC; the House of Blues in Los Angeles
  • television broadcasts on German, Dutch, Austrian, Cuban, Mexican, and Japanese state television
  • television broadcast on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center
  • radio broadcasts on NPR's Weekend Edition (twice), St. Paul Sunday Morning, WDR Jazz Radio (Germany), Dutch National Radio, ORF (Austria), Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe
  • "more exciting all the time" - Billboard Magazine
  • "Brass Wizards" - CD Review
  • "Made up of only virtuosos" - Trouw of Amsterdam
  • "Extraordinary command" - The Washington Post
  • "Near symphonic richness" - Los Angeles Times
  • "... go and see 'em" - Frank Zappa
  • "Superb virtuosos" - Fanfare
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