Cornet Chop Suey Tickets

Formed in 2001, Cornet Chop Suey is a jazz band that took huge leaps of popularity since it emergence in the jazz scene. To date the group, named after a Louis Armstrong composition of the same name, has released nine CDs among which the one called St. Louis Armstrong includes several tunes played at the special Louis Armstrong performance. Its front line comprises of Brian Casserly as trumpeter; Jerry Epperson as reeds-player; Brett Stamps as trombonist, and Tom Tucker as cornet-player. Their music is backed up with a powerful rhythm trio consisting of Jay Hungerford as bassist, John Gillick as drummer and Paul Reid as pianist.

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About Cornet Chop Suey

The group is best recognized for offering a wide range of styles alongside which it adds its own peculiar touch to blues, swing, jazz as well as the ‘big production’ scores. Their performances are characteristic high-energy propellers that have formed a dedicated fan base always on the look out for the next available Cornet Chop Suey tickets. The Chop Sueys are greatly demanded at jazz cruises, festivals, concerts and conventions around the country.
The trumpeter of Cornet Chop Suey, Brian Casserly who is better known as Big B is also a vocalist with the group. He has been playing musical professionally since the age of fourteen, and has performed for many prominent musicians from the likes of Tiny Tim, Tony Bennett, Stan Kenton, Tex Beneke and Check Berry. In fact, for many years he has been a regular at the long-celebrated Monterey Pops Festival. Being a much sought-after session musicians, he has been part of various commercials, musicals and recordings in Canada and the U.S., and is the former director of the riverboat S.S. Admiral.
After touring across Europe and U.S. for many years with his jazz band alongside a blues St. Louis-based group, he only wanted to dedicate his talents completely to playing traditional jazz, performing at festivals and concerts while also recording with quite a few St. Louis bands. The Suey’s trumpeter, Tom Tucker started performing when he was only eleven under a Marine bandmaster. He continued to play in school as well as college, following which he took a four-year tour with the Navy. He then stepped into auto dealership and finance business for twenty-five years, retiring only to come back to the music scene in 1987. He then formed the band All That Jazz, progressing from there into the traditional jazz genre.
Cornet Chop Suey’s reeds-player, Jerry Epperson started his professional career in 1959, playing with local dance bands, after which he continued to perform at Truman State University in jazz bands. Fortunately, he got to meet Louis Armstrong during this time. He trained for classical music after which he worked as a musical educator for many years while alongside he kept actively involved in many area jazz bands. By the late Sixties, he was established in St. Louis area with the help of local maestro Buddy Moreno. In the last few years, he has played with the likes of Bob Havens, Wes Mix from New Orleans, Dixieland Rhythm Kings, and various others. He appears frequently at jazz festivals while also playing regularly in the local scene.
Brett Stamps who is the trombonist of the band, has been directing Jazz Activities of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville from the time he initiated a degree in jazz performance back in 1979. At present, he is directing the well-known SIUE Concert Jazz Band, as well as teaching improvisation, jazz combo, trombone, history and education. His earlier endeavors include directing Illinois and Missouri All-District/ All-State Jazz Bands, writing music under commission from the IMEA, presenting master classes for trombone ensembles, and directed yearly concerts of his own original music at St. Louis’s Sheldon Concert Hall, among many other activities. He also tours nationally with the St. Louis Riverman and Cornet Chop Suey. The band’s hits include The Chicken, Old Folks, Love in New Orleans, Ace in the Hole Tiger Rag, Prince of Wails, That’s Plenty and Dr. Jazz, among others. They are touring again so hurry and grab some cheap Cornet Chop Suey tickets, now.

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