Brandon & Justin Au
Redwood Coast Music Festival 2018 Performing Artists
The Au Brothers Jazz Band has performed at the Redwood Coast Music Festival for the past three years. In 2018 brothers Brandon & Justin will be returning as guest artists and performing in a variety of settings. They have been playing the traditional jazz of New Orleans ever since their uncle, High Sierra trombonist Howard Miyata, turned them on to the music at an early age.
Brandon Au (trombone/english baritone/tuba) teaches trombone and performs traditional jazz regularly in the Sacramento area. Currently involved in the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s TJP (Traditional Jazz Project), he works with several schools and their traditional jazz programs. Before graduating with amusic performance degree at CSU Hayward,Brandon toured Europe with the CSU Hayward jazz ensemble, and again with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra.He went on to become a member of Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band, The New Lowdown Jazz Bandand lead the Section 7 Jazz band. Today, he can be heard regularly with Polly’s Hot Paupers, Harley White Jr. Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Coleman II’s Simplistic Big Band, Element Brass Band, Nostalgic Swing,The Brandon Au Quartet, The Crescent Katzand the Ron Cunha Big Band. He has also subbed withSteelin’ Dan, Fulton Street Jazz Band and Cell Block 7. His own group The Crescent Katz, can be heard every 1st Saturday at Clark’s Corner (originally Shakey’s Pizza).
Justin Au, an alumnus of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s youth education programs, has been playing traditional jazz ever since his Uncle, Howard Miyata, turned him on to the music at an early age.In high school he garnered Best Trumpet awards at various music festivals, and was awarded an Honorable Mention at the prestigious Essentially Ellington big-band competition at Lincoln Center, NY.He has toured Japan, Brazil, and China with various jazz ensembles.
On the festival circuit, Justin has filled in on trumpet for many well known groups such as theCreole Syncopators, Polly’s Hot Paupers, Cell Block 7, the TJYBF Clinicians,The Ron Cunha Big Band, Viper Six,and more.He has performed alongside such jazz greats as Red Holloway, Bob Draga, Tommy Saunders, Bill Allred, Jon Cocuzzi, Eddie Erickson and many more.Justin has also appeared as a guest trumpeter with festival favorites such as the High Sierra Jazz Band, Titan Hot 7, Cats N Jammers, The Professors, Stan Mark, Frisco Jazz Band, Mike Vax, Dr. Bach,We Three, and others.
Justin is currently completing a dual degree master’s program in City & Regional Planning and Transportation Planning at Cal Poly, SLO.During the school year, he also performs with various groups such asThe Red Skunk Jipzee Swing Band,Clam Chowder,andValerie Johnson and her King Bees.He also served as co-director of the official youth band of the Basin Street Regulars Jazz Club in Pismo Beach.Justin can be heard nearly every Thursday night playing at Bon Temps Creole Café in SLO.