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Brass Transit to bring hits of powerhouse Chicago to PAC stage


October 02, 2017

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“Saturday in the Park.” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?” “Colour My World.” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry.” “Hard Habit to Break.”

List those titles and anyone who’s even slightly a fan of the powerhouse band Chicago will start humming the familiar tunes.

And on Oct. 10, starting at 7:30 p.m., Brass Transit will bring those familiar hits to the stage at the Georgia Southern University Performing Arts Center.

Brass Transit consists of eight of Canada’s most talented and accomplished musicians and singers. The band has toured North America steadily, receiving standing ovations for their renditions of Chicago standards. Reviewers say the band doesn’t just imitate the songs, they embody them.

Ian Jutsun is the lead vocalist, and is a singer, actor and comedian who began his singing career at the age of 13 in Montreal. He is an experienced Broadway actor and singer, and recording artist. On trumpet is Tony Carlucci, a veteran studio musician and band leader who started playing the trumpet at the age of 9. By 11, he was playing in weekend bands, and by 15, he was a regular in Toronto’s music scene. Carlucci has played with such artists as Corey Hart, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Percy Sledge, the Drifters, Sam and Dave, and Paul Anka.

Bob McAlpine plays guitar and supplies backing vocals. He’s a versatile and veteran rocker, who has been the “go-to” guitar man on the Toronto music scene for many years. He has played on countless albums and television shows. He has worked with Ben E. King, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony and the Imperials, just to name a few. He was also named the 2014 Canadian Guitar Fingerstyle Champion.

No band is complete without drums, and Paul DeLong brings it for BT. A Juno Award winner and jazz educator, DeLong has forged a career which encompasses funk, fusion, jazz and Latin music. He’s worked with such artists as Tom Scott, Domenic Troiano, Carlos Del Junco, Carol Welsman and the Canadian Tenors. He’s also taught at Humber College in Toronto for the past 24 years, and is a regular contributor to Modern Drummer magazine.

Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago will take you back in time with flawless renditions of classic Chicago hits. The show will be held in the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building. Purchase tickets online at georgiasouthern.edu, or call (912) 478-1480.


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