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The Dan Miller – Lew Del Gatto Quintet

Featuring New Orleans Legend Wendell Brunious

Friday, February 12th

6:30pm: Cocktails | 7:30pm: Performance

GA | $45

Day of Concert | $50

Series Tickets | $120

Table of 4: $225 | Table of 8: $450

GA Student Price | $10*

*Students must show valid student ID at box office or at will call

GA = First come, first served seating


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Wendell Brunious (trumpet & vocals)

Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)

Dan Miller (trumpet)

Roy Gerson (piano)

Brandon Robertson (bass)

Tony Vigilante (drums)

On Friday February 12, 2021 the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center (SBDAC) in Downtown Fort Myers is proud to welcome the legendary New Orleans trumpeter & vocalist Wendell Brunious for a special evening of music with the Dan Miller – Lew Del Gatto Quintet.

Wendell Brunious is a wonderful vocalist & a true master of jazz trumpet. He is a member of one of the great royal families of New Orleans music, spanning generations of brilliant musicians. He came to international fame as a member and then band leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, touring the world  for over 20 years. He honors the spirit of the great Louis Armstrong every time he plays and sings, but Wendell is a master in his own right. He combines the tradition of New Orleans with his own highly personal, swinging approach that puts a smile on the face of every single listener. If you have never heard this legendary master of New Orleans music play the trumpet & sing before, get ready for a jaw dropping experience. This man is a must-see.

Wendell will be joined by the Dan Miller – Lew Del Gatto Quintet. NYC jazz trumpeter Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians for an evening of hard swinging acoustic jazz music including legendary tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2006 & Frank Sinatra), the spectacular pianist from NYC Roy Gerson, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Tony Vigilante.

Trumpeter and vocalist Wendell Brunious boasts a towering musical family tree primarily flowered with trumpets. He is the son of trumpet master John “Picket” (or “Picky”) Brunious Sr. and Nazimova “Chinee” Santiago, the niece of guitarist/banjoist Willie Santiago.

Brunious believes what’s considered the “Brunious sound” all began with his father’s influence. “When my father first started to develop as a trumpet player was in an era before amplification, so you had to play loud enough to hear yourself and to be heard in the band. I kind of think that’s where what some people call the Brunious sound kind of started. That ‘sound’ is being able to interpret ballads when you are also trying to hear the actual words coming out of the end of the trumpet. What was important was the tone, playing in tune, and being able to play nice ballads—not just fast stuff. My daddy used to say this: ‘If you don’t know the melody, you don’t know the song. ‘Bourbon Street Parade,’ ‘Paul Barbarin’s Second Line,’ ‘Hold that Tiger’ and a million other songs have the same form but what segregates the tunes is the melody.”

The talented and dedicated Wendell Brunious credits some of his early development to having worked with the Olympia Brass Band under the direction of his cousin, bandleader/saxophonist Harold Dejan. Extremely knowledgeable in the music’s tradition and history, Brunious enjoys sprinkling his conversation with advisory quotes from his father and other artists who have crossed his musical path through his decades-long career.

Brunious sang in Chief John and the Mahogany Hall Stompers in the 1960s, a group in which his father was also a member. He began on trumpet at age 11 and played at Paul Barbarin’s funeral. He studied at Southern University (where he played with Danny Barker) and played dance music in clubs on Bourbon Street in the middle of the 1970s.

In 1976, Brunious substituted for his father in Albert “Papa” French’s band for Mardi Gras, and by 1979 was playing regularly at Preservation Hall with Kid Thomas Valentine. He was named leader of the group upon Valentine’s death in 1987. He also played with the Eureka Brass Band (1980), Lionel Hampton (1981), Linda Hopkins (1984), and Sammy Rimington (1984). He played with Louis Nelson in 1986-89, and did recordings with the Caledonia Jazz Band of Norway in 1986 and 1987. His first record as a leader came in 1986, which featured Nelson, Rimington, and Barry Martyn as sidemen. He later played with Michael White, Chris Barber, Papa Don Vappie, Bob Wilber, and the Pfister Sisters. He has remained a regular performer at Preservation Hall to this day.

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