The Polished Brass Quintet (PBQ)
Our premier Brass group, the PBQ features two trumpets (including piccolos and flugelhorns), french horn, trombone and tuba.
The PBQ performs traditional "bridal" works by Bach, Clarke, Gabrielli, Mouret, Pachelbel, Purcell and Vivaldi for weddings, church services, graduations, and other events where a classic or formal ambience is desired.
The PBQ's extended repertoire also includes love songs, show tunes, Broadway and Movie themes, and even more recent tunes James Brown and Quincy Jones funk in addition to arrangements of popular Big Band and Dixieland Jazz classics. We often enlist members of Polished Brass Jazz to add vocals, as well as a rhythm section to realize authentic performances of these pieces.
We would love to create a custom arrangement of your favorite music just for your special occasion!
The Polished Brass Jazz Trio
The PBJ Trio plays accessible (but serious) jazz. No watered-down elevator music here, but we believe that our first duty is to entertain and engage the audience.
The PBJ Trio consists of Vocals/Flugelhorn/Trumpet, Guitar. and Acoustic Bass, and faithfully performs the music of:
- Ellington and Basie
- Gershwin, Porter, Kerns and Hart
- Monk, Gillespie and Parker
- Coltrane, Adderly and Davis
- Brubeck, Baker and Mulligan
- Jarrett, Hancock, Corea and Zawinul
- Norah Jones, David Wilcox, and Elvis Costello
with energy, joy and improvisational creativity.
Swing Shift brings your ballroom favorites into the 21st century with both original and updated versions of the big band hits you know and love!
You and your breathless crowd will be "dancing with stars" to Miller, Dorsey and Goodman, Sinatra and the Rat Pack, and Latin kings Cugat, Prado and Palmieri as they jitterbug and quick-step, cha-cha, rhumba and merengue, and foxtrot and walz away the hours!
Combine your Swing Shift event with our popular ballroom dancing mini-workshop featuring top instructor/performers from the DC area!