ABOUT That's It!
The band’s main concert activity is a series of Tributes to many of the best—and best-known—bandleaders who were household names between the late thirties and the mid-fifties. A few of these names carried on into the 60s and 70s and, in the case of Woody Herman, well into the 80s and 90s. Here is a collection of “encores” that our concert attendees would not hear in the regular live programs. Played with the same precision, drive, and energy, it’s safe to say these cuts are not in that horrible realm to which the record industry has (sadly) relegated big band material. Try as they might, I doubt it’s possible to categorize this as “easy listening” by any standard. It swings hard and fast and the grooves are solid and strong. Though big band music has been many things to many people, for those who know it as jazz, this is for you. It’s also our tribute to all the greats: Gene, Benny, Artie, Duke, Count, Woody, Glenn, Dorsey and those who helped get them there.
"That's It!" is the winner of the 2008 WAMMIE award for Best Big Band/Swing Recording
(Washington Area Music Association)
“Great charts, great jazz, and great drums had me smiling from first to last. You can dance, you can listen—it’s all here. This is my kind of Big Band Swing!”
Brooks Tegler, drums; Tommy Cecil, bass; Larry Eanet, piano; Robert Redd, piano; Tom Mitchell, guitar
Joe Midiri; Marty Nau; Bill Mulligan; Leigh Pilzer; Scott Silbert; Don Lerman; Jeff Suzda; John Doughten; Bruce Swaim
Kenny McGee; Randy Reinhart; Marc Weigel; Vince McCool; Paul duBois; Clyde Hunt;
John Jensen; Jay Gibble; Jen Krupa; Paul Midiri; Jim Lester;
Lynn McCune; Jim Stephanson
ABOUT Brooks Tegler
Brooks Tegler is a drummer who lives in D.C. area and leads jazz groups of various sizes, anything from trios up to 17-piece big bands. (This includes authentic WWII Army Air Force Band.) Born in Philadelphia, November 1954; formative years in Baltimore, ’57 to ’72. First professional gig: 1968 (been playing ever since). He works and teaches all over the world—from The Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School, or Blues Alley in Washington, DC; to festivals/concert dates/club gigs to N.Y. and Boston (north); Atlanta and Miami (south); the UK, Europe (east); and Chicago, Las Vegas, California, and Tokyo (west). And, of course, many places in between!
Brooks is on over a hundred albums, including eight under his own name (five of which he produced) and many from Europe and Japan.
“It’s Been So Long” won the 2004 Wammie Award for best Big Band Jazz/Swing category (currently in second pressing).
Two week 2006 (and 2007) Europe tour with Dan Barrett and Dutch/German big band and small jazz groups led by Saxophone master Robert Veen and his Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Orch..
Week long CD Release tour in Sept 07 in The Netherlands for new Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Orch. project.
Back to Japan for 14th year in a row!!
Brooks has produced numerous tribute concerts which include:
Accurate and complete recreation of the 1938 Benny Goodman Carnegie Hall Concert as well as tributes to:
(These concerts involve full big bands and all related small groups.)
J.J. and Kai
Glenn Miller AAF Band
He has led a Sunday afternoon gig for the last 25 years.
Brooks has worked and associated with many, many great musicians:
Milt Hinton, Keter Betts, Bob Haggart, J.J. Wiggins, Major Holley, Tommy Cecil, Masato Kobayashi, Jack Lesberg, Steve Novosel, John Previti, Johnny Williams
Art Hodes, Eddie Higgins, Bill Potts, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Shane, John Sheridan, George Wein, Paolo Alderighi, Ray Sherman, Jim Dapogny, Butch Thompson, Alan Farnun, Johnny Varro, Mike LaDonne, John Colliani, Claude Tissendier, Norma Teagarden, Harry Kanters
Jack McDuff, Eddie Hatsas
Steve Jordan (as a member of Brooks’ jazz group for eight years), Marty Grosz, Eddie Ericson, Charlie LaBarbara, Danny Barker, Paul Wingo, Joe Cohn, Steve Abshire, Ian Date, Vinnie Corrao, Danny Gatton, Ted Connor, Nagome Segume.
Peter Ostrushko, Paul Glasse, Paul Anastasio, Matt Glaser, Tim O’Brien
Wild Bill Davison, Billy Butterfield, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky, Randy Sanke, Jordan Sanke, Ed Polcer, Bent Persson, Bill Berry, Tommy Saunders, Warren Vaché Jr., Connie Jones, Randy Reinhart.
Trombone: Bob Havens, Roy Williams, Bob Hunt (UK), Al Gray, Benny Powell, (UK) Dan Barrett, Herb Gardner (piano as well), Bill Alred, John Jensen, Bert Boeren, Dave Steinmeyer
Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, Bob Wilber, Kenny Davern, Frank Wess, Peanuts Hucko, Lou Donaldson, Eric Alexander, Bobby Gordon, Johnny Mince, Flip Phillips, Jim Galloway, Ken Peplowski, Benny Waters, Harry Allen, Chuck Hedges, Tom Baker, Joe Muryani, Tommy Gwaltney, Alan Vaché, Eiji Hanaoka, Antoine Trommelen, Joe Midiri, Al Galodoro, Robert Veen, Chris Hopkins (piano as well), Dan Levinson., Anti Scarpili
Joep Peters, Chuck Redd, Paul Midiri, Lenny Cuje, Lars Estrand
(Believe it or not) Barrett Deems, Butch Miles, Johnny Blowers, Bobby Rosengarden, Gene Estes, Red Hawley, Louie Bellson
Helen Ward, Helen Forrest, Rebecca Kilgore, Banu Gibson, Barbara Lea, Janet Seidel, Donna Byrne, Ericka Ovette
Gene Krupa; Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, on and on and on…(did we mention Gene Krupa?)