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 enjoy crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass-band tradition, the group keeps one foot firmly-rooted in the rich legacy of jazz while the other 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 band has shared the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and built up a loyal following. Their sophomore release, Brasstronomical, further emphasised their original compositions, revealing a stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature music that continues to grow.
Catch Heavyweights on JUNE 24 @ Nathan Phillips Square as part of Toronto Jazz Fest (6pm), and/or at Junction City Music Hall (10pm); Friday Aug 12 @ Yonge-Dundas Square