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Whatever happened to the Cool Jazz sound begun by Miles Davis with his album The Birth of the Cool? It has been reincarnated in the Park Hill Brass. Using the same layers of sound inherent in the instrumentation from The Birth of the Cool, the Park Hill Brass has gone beyond Cool Jazz with their new album, From Hot to Cool. Featuring Cool Jazz standards, Latin rhythms, sexy vocals and exciting improvisations the Park Hill Brass crosses boundaries with fresh arrangements of familiar charts.

The Park Hill Brass is group of 10 world class musicians based in Denver, Colorado. They not only perform the Miles Davis Album, The Birth of the Cool, but take that unique sound and infuse it and color it with numerous other musical elements and styles such as reggae music, Latin rhythms and many others.

Adept at the classics as well as all eras of American Jazz, the Park Hill Brass performs in formations ranging from a solo instrument to the full ensemble of 10 ten artists.    While a single concert often features works performed by different combinations of the members, the Park Hill Brass is happy to offer entire programs with a smaller mix of performers as requested by a presenter.  Their flexibility and ability to do so is one of the unique characteristics that make them so attractive to presenters.

Acclaimed for getting audiences to like Jazz, typical concerts include the original music from The Birth of the Cool, the music from their album Hot to Cool, the music of Duke Ellington and the Swing Era, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Jazz from the Movies, or perhaps A Trip through 100 Years of Jazz.  The mission of the Park Hill Brass is to bring an appreciation of American jazz to audiences of all ages. Five years ago they were asked to begin an American jazz festival in the French Alps. While they have played with and known each other for years, this was the opportunity to  do something extraordinary-- to be ambassadors of American jazz.

The Park Hill Brass has performed with an incredible list of great artist and organizations such as John Abercrombie, Steve  Allen, George Benson, Ann Hampton Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole, Richie Cole, Billy Crystal, Eddie Daniels, John D’Earth, Dave Douglas, Teddy Edwards, Kurt Elling, Bill Evans, Clare Fischer, Kenny Garret, Dizzy Gillespie, Marvin Hamlisch, Eddie Harris, Bob Hope, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Renee Marie, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, Maureen McGovern, Rita Moreno, Frank Morgan, David Fathead Newman, Luciano Pavarotti, Nelson Rangell, Red Rodney, Linda Ronstadt, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Tom Scott, Doc Severinsen, Marlena Shaw, Dakota Staton, Byron Stripling, Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, McCoy Tyner, Bill Watrous, Phil Wi, Count Basie Orchestra, Dallas Brass, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Latin Jazz Conspiracy, National Symphony Orchestra, The New York Voices, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, St. Louis Brass Quintet, Woody Herman Orchestra, and the U.S. Marine Band.

Artists’ Bios

Brad Goode (trumpet) is a unique and instantly recognizable virtuoso. Whether working as a soloist, bandleader, lead trumpet man or sideman, for 25 years he has consistently been one of the busiest performers in the United States.  Brad's jazz pedigree was established through his apprenticeship with many legends of the music. As a youngster, he toured and recorded with Von Freeman, Red Rodney, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris, Ira Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Don Lanphere, Curtis Fuller, Jack DeJohnette, Ernie Krivda, Richie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Barrett Deems and many others.   Brad led his own combo in Chicago from 1986 until 1998, appearing at major festivals and night clubs around the world, including a twelve year stint as leader of the house band at the famous Green Mill Jazz Club. As a Cultural Ambassador for the Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he led jazz groups on tours of Asia and the Middle East.  He was named one of the most influential Chicagoans of the 1980s by the Chicago Tribune, who credited him as a “major catalyst in the revitalization of the Chicago jazz scene.”  In recent years, Brad has increasingly appeared as a lead trumpeter with many big bands and symphony orchestras. His 15 solo recordings can be heard on the Delmark, Sunlight, SteepleChase, and Origin labels.  Mr. Goode has served on the faculties of the American Conservatory of Music, New Trier H.S., Cuyahoga Community College, The University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and The University of Colorado, where he is currently Associate Professor of Jazz Studies. He makes frequent appearances as a soloist and clinician at colleges and high schools throughout the U.S.  Brad also performs as a jazz bassist and drummer.

 

David Rajewski (Trumpet) moved to Denver from his hometown of Detroit in 2004. Since moving to Denver David's fine trumpet playing and musicianship has allowed him to become part of several of the areas top Jazz, Classical, Latin, and Pop settings. He can be heard regularly with such groups as Sabor De La Calle, La Candella, Onda, Los Lunaticos, Ninth and Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, Fred Hess Big Band, and Moment's Notice Entertainment. Although a Michigan native David’s fine trumpet playing has made him well traveled, as he has performed not only throughout the U.S. and Canada, but also Mexico, and much of Europe as well. With over 15 years of professional experience he has performed and recorded with artists and groups as diverse as The Temptations, The Vervepipe, David Liebman, Tom Harrell, John Fedchock, Rob McConnell, Charlie Persip, Steve Lippia, Ed Polarmo, Van Lester, Fred Hess, and Leslie Gore. In addition, David’s various studio recordings have been featured on numerous commercials and programs for several national television and radio stations.  In 2009 David founded the Legacy Jazz Orchestra, a project dedicated to performing and preserving the music and legacy of the late great Thad Jones.

Jacqueline Victor (Horn) began her professional career when, as a foreign exchange student, she was a guest soloist with the Finnish Army Band then becoming principal horn for the Joensuu Symphony. Often a soloist in Denver area churches, Jacqueline also performs horn duo concerts with French artist, Silvain Koelsch. In 2009 she toured in France with horn quartet, "Ballade vers Cor". Although trained as a classical musician, Jackie is one of the few French horn players to also play improvisational jazz. Jackie is a founding member of the Park Hill Brass.

Nat Wickham (Trombone) has been a soloist in the United States, Canada, and Europe. A founding member of the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, he was lead trombonist and jazz soloist with the Bob Curnow Big Band. He has performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, and has collaborated in performances with countless internationally known jazz artists. Wickham is professor of trombone and euphonium at the University of Northern Colorado.

Michael Dunn (Tuba) was a member of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. former member of the Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band, he has performed in the Colorado Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony and the St. Louis Brass Quintet and Dallas Brass. With degrees in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University (B.S.) and Music Performance from Arizona State University (M.M.), Mike is an Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

John Gunther (Saxophone, Flute) has performed or recorded with John Abercrombie, Buddy DeFranco, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Joe Williams, The Woody Herman Orchestra, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Maria Schneider Orchestra. He teaches jazz improvisation, jazz arranging, conducts large and small jazz ensembles, and teaches saxophone at the University of Colorado. Gunther holds a BM in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and a MM in Jazz studies from the University of Miami. He was composer in residence for The Toronto Fringe Dance Festival in 2003 and has composed the music for several independent feature films and animations. Before moving to Colorado, Gunther taught at New York University. As part of New York City's "downtown" music scene for many years, he produced five recordings for Creative Improvised Music Projects (CIMP) as a leader d is co-founder of the new music group, "Spooky Actions". In addition, John is a member of the Denver based jazz group, "Convergence." He has received grants from "Meet the Composer" and the National Endowment for the Arts. He frequently performs internationally.

Ron Bland (Bass) is at home on both the electric and double basses, he performs regularly with Pan Jumbies Steel Drum Band, Moment’s Notice and the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. Ron has performed with many jazz greats including Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Eddie Daniels, Billy Taylor, Tom Scott, Bobby McFerrin, Red Rodney, Phil Wi son, Byron Stripling, Clare Fischer, Diane Schuur, Doc Severinsen and Bill Watrous. He has also worked with Bob Hope, Rita Moreno, Marvin Hamlisch, Linda Ronstadt, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Crystal, Steve Allen and Luciano Pavarotti. In October 2003, as part of the Denver Jazz Quartet, Ron was a featured headliner at the 25th Annual Queenstown International Jazz Festival in Queenstown, New Zealand. Ron graduated with a BA Degree in bass performance from Metropolitan State College of Denver where he is a part-time faculty member.

Todd Reid (Drums) has worked with such jazz artists as Gerry Mulligan, Dr. Billy Taylor, McNeely, "Big Nick" Nicholas, Marlene VerPlank, Jon Hendricks, Mose Allison, Bob Dorough, Eddie Daniels, David "Fathead" Newman, Richie Cole, Freddie Cole, Lew Tabackin, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Nick Brignola, Rickey Woodard, Teddy Edwards, Red Holloway, Bobby Shew, Carl Saunders, Javon Jackson, Dave Pietro, Scott Wendholt and a host of others. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Commercial Music and a Masters of Music in Percussion the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Jeff Jenkins (Piano) has appeared with many jazz greats including Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Dakota Staton, Frank Morgan, Marlena Shaw, David Fathead Newman, Teddy Edwards, the Count Basie Orchestra, The New York Voices, Bobby Hutcherson, Nelson Rangell, Renee Marie, John Abercrombie, and Richie Cole. Jeff Jenkins has released four CD's in the last 15 years. The most recent featuring his own compositions entitled "The Healing". A graduate of University of North Texas, Jeff teaches at the University of Colorado. Jeff performs regularly all over the United States.

Terri Jo Jenkins (Vocalist) was nominated for local folk artist of the year, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2004 by KZUM public radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Terri Jo works as jazz, blues, and folk soloist.  She currently performs in Denver where she also teaches private lessons.

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Brad Goode (Trumpet), David Rajewski (Trumpet)

Jacqueline Victor (French Horn), Nat Wickham (Trombone)

Michael Dunn (Tuba), John Gunther (Saxophone/Flute)

Ron Bland (Bass), Todd Reid (Drums), Jeff Jenkins (Piano)

Terri Jo Jenkins (Vocalist)