Rex Merriweather · trumpet · flugelhorn · trombone
Rex has been fortunate to have some amazing teachers such as Barbara Buehlman, Donald E. Casey, Neil Dunlap, Bruce Mack and Clint "Pops" McLaughlin. Rex has opened for and played with such notable artists as Maynard Ferguson, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Michael Drake, The World's Most Dangerous Band (David Letterman), Buddy Miles, Stan Kenton, Steve Morse, Wayne Foster, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval and the Ray Charles Band, to name a few. In addition to his exciting live performances, Rex has also been seen and heard in commercials for Datsun and Statewide Insurance and has been featured in the films "Sharkskin 6" and "Lights" as well as television's "Ally McBeal" and Judy Tenuta's HBO special. He is also leader of his own big band, "This Ain't Your Daddy's Big Band", whose debut CD has garnered international acclaim. Rex Merriweather is proud to be sponsored by Curry Mouthpieces.
Lead by the high-and-hard blowin' trumpet of Rex Merriweather, THIS AIN'T YOUR DADDY'S BIG BAND is Los Angeles' top musicians — a talented force drawn from the bands of Buddy Rich, Brian Setzer, Manhattan Transfer, Tower of Power, The Captain & Tennille, Rod Stewart and more.
And the reason this ain't your daddy's big band is because beyond the spicy Latin, the Hellzapoppin' standards and the maxed-out contemporary favorites, this rockin' jazz band kicks out wicked takes of TV and Film hits, sets on fire charts made famous by Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione, and Tower of Power, and comes out swingin' hard behind the show and vocal chops of artists like Matt Phairas, Christine Chaulsett, Ned Rifkin, and Bill A. Jones (Rod Remington on TV's "Glee"!).
If you're wondering "where the party at?", look no further than THIS AIN'T YOUR DADDY'S BIG BAND, 'cause you just found the biggest band-tastic rockin-est party-zilla in the hemisphere and you're invited!