New Orleans Style Brass Workshop


with Christopher Butcher and John Pitt

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New Orleans Style Brass Workshop
Christopher Butcher and John Pitt
Monday, July 18, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 P.M.
Mennonite New Life Centre (1774 Queen St. East)
Lower Level


brassChris Butcher and John Pitt (both members of Heavyweights Brass) ( will lead a workshop covering horns and their role in New Orleans style jazz. All attendee’s who play a horn at any level are urged to bring it. The workshop will culminate with the attendees learning and performing the traditional blues “Second Line” together as an ensemble. If you don’t play a horn you’re still encouraged to attend to learn about New Orleans jazz from a historical and cultural perspective.

chris-butcher-300x200Christopher Butcher is a musician firmly established as a representative of Toronto’s global music village, transcending genre and cultural predisposition, and pleasing audiences across the world. As a first rate trombone player, an up-and-coming record producer, a busy session musician, a radio host/producer and co-leader of The Heavyweights Brass Band, Christopher Butcher illustrates a promising portrait of an influential career in music.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Christopher moved to Toronto in his late teens and quickly built a solid reputation as one of Canada’s top trombone players in Toronto’s vibrant jazz and world music scenes, playing in the bands of many of the country’s most prestigious artists, including Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Archie Alleyne and Jay Douglas, among many others. On occasion Christopher has recorded or played with some of the finest international artists like The Sugarhill Gang, Gloria Gaynor, David Clayton-Thomas, Ernest Ranglin, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, La India, Paul Shaffer, Nikki Yanofsky and Randy Bachman. In 2013 Christopher was nominated for a Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and formed Street Brass with Uma Nota Culture, a community based ensemble that teaches and performs brass band music of the Americas. Look for him in 2014!


john-pitt-Headshot1-300x200Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s mini series “One to Watch”, Toronto-based trumpeter/composer/educator John Pittman is in high demand as both a soloist and lead player on the jazz, commercial and salsa scenes because of his big sound, high energy and melodicism.

His playing has been described as having a “wide dynamic and emotional range” consisting of ideas that are “very unique” even when performing within more traditional contexts.

Pittman is the winner of several arts grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Manitoba Arts Council as well as the 2006 -2007 Rayburn Wright Scholar and the 2007 Schirmer Prize winner for an outstanding performance major at the prestigious Eastman School of Music.

In Toronto, Pittman is featured on a regular basis as a member of The Heavyweights Brass Band, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Yani Borrell Orchestra, El Quinto, Conjunto Lacalu and The Chris Hunt Tentet.

Pittman has had the pleasure of performing/recording with such artists as Adonis Puentes, Jully Black, Byron Stripling, Wycliffe Gordon, Slide Hampton, Steve Kirby, Alvin Atkinson, Marian McPartland, Bill Dobbins, Peter Erskine, Rich Thompson, and Classic Albums Live. In addition, Pittman has had the opportunity to open for such varied artists as Herbie Hancock and Kool and The Gang.

An active educator and clinician, Pittman has taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of Manitoba and Silver Heights Collegiate. He has also served as a clinician/adjudicator throughout Canada and the United States. He currently teaches Instrumental Music at The Sterling Hall School in Toronto, Ontario.