Manhattan 
Brass

While still in shock and heartbroken over the sudden loss of our brother, musical inspiration, and partner in mischief; Lew Soloff - we have taken time, honored the man & spirit with an amazing memorial (not to be outdone for YEARS to come!), honored his spirit of music-making as guiding force, and are continuing on. Lew would never want us to stop performing, in any way, on his account. Please join us in welcoming the newest member of Manhattan Brass; Anthony (Tony) Kadleck, an artist truly worthy of the chair! The Manhattan Brass is honored to welcome Tony, and looks forward to all the freshness, creativity and direction he brings - all well-aligned with MB’s passion for freedom of interpretation and improvisation based on tradition, experimentation, and raw spontaneity!


See more in our NEWS, and BIOS and sections of the site, and stay tuned for new performances in the Fall of 2016, and an upcoming celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Manhattan Brass!


For the record, Lew’s memorial was a musical tribute like no other, Lew’s colleagues and a litany of special guests performed on Monday, June 8th, 2015 in Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music., to celebrate the life of Lew. With music, words, and media footage we blew the doors off the place in honor of our fallen hero!


Musical guests scheduled to perform included: Ray Anderson, Dave Bargeron, Jeff Berlin, Randy Brecker, Cecil Bridgewater, John Clark, Anne Drummond, Mark Egan, Miles Evans, Jon Faddis, Sammy Figueroa, Alex Foster, Carlos Franzetti, Gil Goldstein, Beth Gottlieb, Danny Gottlieb, Grace Kelly, Will Lee, Pete Levin, Jesse Levy, Fred Lipsius, Tom Malone, Manhattan Brass (Wayne Du Maine, R.J. Kelley, Michael Seltzer, David Taylor), Lou Marini, Wynton Marsalis, Lisa Maxwell, Emily Mitchell, Francois Moutin, Adam Nussbaum, Shunzo Ohno, Jimmy Owens, Chris Potter, Jhair Sala, Paul Shaffer, Brandon Soloff, Bob Stewart, Steve Tyrell, Adam Mandela Walden Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Bernie Williams.

MB

WELCOME!


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Here is a sampling of what people are saying about Manhattan Brass...



“Speaking of dazzling, Manhattan Brass is off the chart...this group sounds as though they can do ANYTHING.”


“truly exceptional musicians who are also enjoying themselves, the listening experience is profound.”


“virtuosity, precision, and a stylistic mastery that could be matched by few, surpassed by none.”


"they play with impressive rhythmic energy, excellent balance, and a style that should be seen as an ideal to achieve.”


“Manhattan Brass has opened a whole new world of brass quintet performance. They are carving their own special niche - they are stellar.”


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Now Available!


Manhattan Holiday is the latest recording

from Manhattan Brass – a compilation of both classic and curious holiday treats, all arranged by two of the most creative artists working in music today; Carla Bley & Jack Walrath


“astounding virtuosity and wonderful purity of tone that elevates the Holiday repertoire with creative arrangements to a level that is a joy to the musical senses. Manhattan Brass has the ability to inspire a passion for Holiday music that is more than just filler music, but it is truly high artistry.”

-JazzTimes



"(the arrangements) are perfect for this talented quintet. A kooky, pulsing version of "Jingle Bells" is one highlight... Another gem is Walrath's reworking of "The Little Drummer Boy" as

"Lil Drummer Dude",  which shifts into a full-on  brass-band party."

-Downbeat



“The best of brass for the best of holiday music!”

-Amazon.com


☆☆☆☆☆

-Audiophile Audition



“It is the best new holiday recording I have heard this year.”

- WEMU Ypsilanti, MI



“Definitely one of the best of new holiday titles this year, though you'd expect that with such great players and arrangers (love Carla Bley). We'll be adding for this and future holiday seasons. a real gem.

-KMUW Wichita, KS. 89.1 FM

Kansas Public Radio