"THE SOUNDSCAPES CREATED BY 45TH STREET BRASS ARE TRULY UNPRECEDENTED"
-CONNOR CREIGHTON, EARSHOT JAZZ
45th St Brass is a horn-centric project that just wants to make you dance. We started out in a four-piece "brasswind" configuration, doing our initial tour as just those four horns. The arrangements and that spirit was captured on our first EP, The Mothership and the Other Ship, recorded live in studio in early 2016. One vision of the band has always been about collaborations and flexibility, appearing in different forms and with different artists, and so recently we have expanded our band "family" to include Ehssan Karimi on drums, Ari Joshua on guitar, Isaac Castillo on bass, Nelson Bell on sousaphone, Jamie Paulson on trombone and Owen Evans on tenor saxophone. We have also had a great time working with a myriad of local, regional and international artists such as The New Mastersounds, Issues, General Mojo's and Jelly Bread.
The style of the band is hard to quantify. Drawing from groups like The Budos Band, EMEFE, Snarky Puppy and the JBs, we also try to stay firmly rooted in our predominantly jazz backgrounds. The vaguest and yet most accurate description seems to be "funk/soul/groove," but that's not really a thing. Some people call it "jazz" while others quickly disagree; whatever words you choose, we'll keep playing it as long as you keep dancing.