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New Release: Phil DeGreg & Brasilia "Brazilian People"

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Brasilia performs regularly in Cincinnati and around the Midwest. The band includes pianist Phil DeGreg, trumpeter Kim Pensyl, and vibraphonist Rusty Burge, and bassist Aaron Jacobs who are all professors at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Drummer John Taylor from Dayton, OH is a very busy freelance musician in southern Ohio.

Brasilia was formed in 2008 following Phil's four-month Fulbright Fellowship residency at the University of Campinas, near Sao Paulo Brazil. The group performs classic popular Brazilian repertoire and original music with plenty of room for improvisation. Their repertoire includes songs in samba, bossa-nova, choro, baião, and frevo styles, including works by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Edu Lobo, João Donato, Hermeto Pascoal, and others. They have recently performed for the Jazz Educator's Network Convention, the Paramount Theatre in Huntington West Virginia, the University of Evansville, The Xavier University Master's of Swing Series concert series, the Louisville Jazz Society, Cincinnati's Blue Wisp Jazz Club, the 5/3 Commonly Jazz Series in Eden Park, The Thompson House, and in concert at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Phil DeGreg toured with Woody Herman and has accompanied a great variety of leading jazz artists, ranging from Dave Liebman to J.J. Johnson to Scott Hamilton. He has made ten CDs as a leader, and is a frequent visitor to Brazil, where he recorded two CDs with leading Brazilian players. Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer and arranger who has twice been named one of Billboard's Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. Vibraphonist Rusty Burge is a virtuoso performer, who is equally comfortable in both the jazz and classical worlds, and has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Their newest CD is entitled "Brazilian People" (2014). It includes two tracks with guest Brazilian guitarist Bruno Mangueira, a top tier player from Sao Paulo.

Phil DeGreg Trio

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The Phil DeGreg Trio has been a recognized performing group in southern Ohio since 1988. They are currently in residence at the Dee Felice Café in Covington, Kentucky every Sunday night. For 13 years the Phil DeGreg Trio accompanied many national and international jazz artists in at Cincinnati's famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club, and received two of the Cincinnati Enquirer's prestigious "Cammy" Awards and five CityBeat Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominations in the jazz category.

Besides teaching at CCM, Phil has been on staff the past 25 years with the world-renowned Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, and has performed and taught extensively in Europe and South America. In 2008 he was awarded a 4 month Fulbright Fellowship as a lecturer in Brazil. His text "Jazz Keyboard Harmony" is used all over the world for private study and in universities.

In the Greater Cincinnati area, the Phil has performed in countless jazz concerts at Xavier University, CCM, the Public Library, on Fountain Square, and many churches, retirement communities and other venues. He performs solo or in small group settings (duo, trio, or quartet) with Cincinnati's most respected musicians. You can hear his recording of Harold Arlen's "Come Rain or Come Shine " as the theme music for WVXU's "Around Cincinnati" program every Sunday night. His music can be found at his website,

Aaron Jacobs is a busy and in demand upright and electric bassist in Cincinnati, OH. He studied classical and jazz performance at College Conservatory of Music (CCM), finishing with degree in jazz performance. He plays all over the city in styles ranging from jazz, rock, latin, funk, classical, and hip hop. At present, Aaron freelances and plays in various bands around the city, including Phil DeGreg and Brasilia, the John Zappa Trio, Eclipse Movement (hip hop), and the Rick VanMatre Quintet.

John Taylor is a freelance drummer, composer, arranger, and educator based in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to drums and percussion, he also plays piano, guitar, and electric bass. A remarkably versatile player, John maintains a busy performance calendar playing a wide variety of Jazz, Pop, and World styles. He performs regularly with Brasilia, Puzzle of Light, and as leader of the John Taylor Trio. John studied at Berklee College of Music and later earned a B.A. in Music Education from Wright State University. He arranges for competitive high school marching bands and percussion groups throughout the Midwest.


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