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The Joyous & Jazzy Brass of Trumpeter Eddie Allen

Eddie Allen
Jazzy Brass for the Holidays

Sure it’s a little early. But trust me, once Thanksgiving rolls around, all we will hear while out shopping will be the sounds of Xmas, for better or worse. Often the latter. But, like many a jazz musician, trumpeter Eddie Allen wants to deliver the former: good Xmas music. Starting on December 5, 2009, the Brooklyn-based trumpeter will be performing his special arrangements of holiday songs for a brass-heavy ensemble in gigs around the New York metropolitan area. He also has a CD out with much of the same music: Jazzy Brass for the Holidays.

For Allen, the gigs came first before the recording. “This project started out as an event 3-4 years ago and it just grew,” said Allen. “Every time we’d perform around the holidays, people would request songs.” He decided to write some arrangements to fill that demand. But he didn’t want to do it for one of his existing bands. “I thought, well I could do a Quintet, but I have already written stuff for mine. Afro-Cuban band? Have one. Big Band? Check. Brass Quintet? Now I’ve worked with one for years, but I realized that I could do special arrangements of these songs.”

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