Redwood Coast Music Festival 2018 Performing Artist
Multiple Emmy Award winner for his musical direction in the production "Liquid Roads" and leader of one of the most popular jazz bands in the country, Cornet Chop Suey, Brian Casserly is one of the most sought after musicians on the Jazz Festival circuit. Casserly, who also goes by the name "Big B," plays trumpet, trombone and is also a vocalist. A professional musician since the age of 14, Brian has played for many greats in the music business including Tony Bennett, Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Chuck Berry, and even Tiny Tim. An in-demand session musician, Brian has performed in many commercials, recordings and musicals in the U.S. and Canada.
Brian has called St. Louis home since 1981 and is a regular at all the local jazz clubs. For several years he was the face for St. Louis tourism and was pictured under the arch with his famous onehanded trumpet style on posters and advertisements for the city.
When not in St. Louis, he is on tour. He has played the prestigious Monterey Pops Festival for several years. An in-demand session musician, Brian has performed in many commercials, recordings and musicals in the U.S. and Canada and is the past musical director for the S.S. Admiral, a riverboat on the St. Louis riverfront. After touring the U.S. and Europe for several years with his own jazz band and a St. Louis-based blues band, he decided to devote his musical talents entirely to traditional jazz, playing concerts and festivals as well as recording.
Casserly is also co-leader of the .popular jazz & swing band known as Cornet Chop Suey from St. Louis, MO. Cornet Chop Suey continues to be one of the most popular jazz bands on the trad circuit today. In addition to captivating audiences with his good vibes and engaging personality, Brian plays trumpet, trombone, and also sings. (He can belt out some soulful ballads and blues!)
The Cornet Chop Suey Jazz Band enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity since its arrival on the jazz scene in 2001. The band’s unique front line with Brian Casserly on trumpet, Tom Tucker on cornet, Jerry Epperson on reeds and Brett Stamps on trombone is driven by a powerful rhythm section consisting of Paul Reid on piano, Jay Hungerford on bass and John Gillick on drums. Best known for a wide variety of styles, Cornet Chop Suey applies its own exciting style to traditional jazz, swing, blues and “big production” numbers. Every performance by Cornet Chop Suey is a high-energy presentation and is always a memorable experience for the audience. Named after a somewhat obscure Louis Armstrong composition, Cornet Chop Suey now has nine CD’s available. The “St. Louis Armstrong” CD includes many of the tunes performed in the special Louis Armstrong show. The band is in great demand at jazz festivals, jazz cruises, conventions and concerts around the country.
VENUE DAY START
Red Lion Ballroom FRI 4:30pm
Gabriel's Trumpets - band leader
Red Lion Pacific Rm FRI 9:00pm
Sonny Leyland & Friends - guest artist
Sequoia Center FRI 10:30pm
Clint Baker Hot 5 with Leyland & Casserly
Sequoia Center SAT 12:00pm
Dave Bennett Quartet - guest artist
Red Lion Ballroom SAT 6:00pm
Gabriel's Trumpets - band leader
Adorni Center SAT 9:00pm
Tom Rigney & Flambeau - guest artist
Sequoia Center SAT 10:30pm
Carl Sonny Leyland & Friends - guest artist
Red Lion Ballroom SUN 12:00pm
Au Brothers & Friends
Municipal Auditorium SUN 4:00pm
Gabriel's Trumpets - grand finale
Red Lion Pacific Sun 6:45pm
Casserly, Leyland, Coots, Pikal & Stein - After Party
Gabriel's Trumpets - Brian Casserly leader
Corey Gemme - trumpet Justin Au, trumpet
Sam Rocha, Bass Danny Coots, drums Kris Tokarski - Piano