BRAZZISSIMO Brass Chamber Music Ensemble
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As we presently are unable to perform in a public manner, our past concert selections will be posted here on a periodic basis for your listening pleasure. Stay well!
Sound track today:
Concert - Benicia, Ca
Recorded live - November 2017
Fanfare by William Mathias, arr. Dean Boysen Desafinado by Carlos Antonio Jobim, arr. Enrico Crespo
Londoner in New York by Jim Parker Bittersweet by Willie Maiden, arr. Dean Boysen
Ave Maria by Franz Bieble, arr. Dr. Jonathan Knight Jealousy by Jacob Gade, arr. Richard Bissil
Rings of Fire by Anthony DiLorenzo
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About the ensemble
BRAZZISSIMO is a ten-piece brass chamber music ensemble (sans conductor) which was formed in September of 2001 under the direction of then trumpeter/director Philip Shoptaugh and trombonist friend Jim Jaffe. As a result of a late night reading session at the Humboldt State Brass Chamber Music Workshop, Philip Jones' music was on the menu and the spark of inspiration was ignited. Since then we have been performing specifically arranged or composed music for this ensemble's configuration with emphasis on classical, jazz, Latin and contemporary pieces.
We utilize a combination of four trumpets (including piccolo trumpet, various pitched trumpets and flugelhorn), four trombones (including baritone horn), French horn and tuba. Added percussionists accompany many of our concerts.
Our musicians, year in and year out, are representative of some of the finest the S.F. Bay Area. Our members also perform with various orchestras, symphonic bands, smaller chamber groups, and many also are music educators.
2020 represented BRAZZISSIMO's 19th season, but now as we approach 2021 our unrelenting MISSION remains to showcase exciting and true interpretations of brass chamber literature to you. Our ever-consistent GOAL to you is to present the most enjoyable and memorable concert-going experiences possible.
Flugelhorn and Trumpets
Trumpets and Flugelhorn
Trombone and Euphonium