Brian Casserly, who also goes by the name "Big B" plays trumpet, trombone and
is also a vocalist with the band. A professional musician since the age of 14,
Brian has played for many greats in the music business, including TonyBennett,
Tex Beneke, Stan Kenton, Chuck Berry and even Tiny Tim. He has also played the
prestigious Monterey Pops Festival for several years. An in-demand session
musician, Brian has performed in many commercials, recordings and musicals in
the U.S. and Canada and is the past musical director for the S.S. Admiral, a
riverboat on the St. Louis riverfront. After touring the U.S. and Europe for several
years with his own jazz band and a St. Louis-based blues band, he decided to
devote his musical talents entirely to traditional jazz, playing concerts and
festivals as well as recording with several St. Louis bands.
Tom Tucker began playing trumpet at age 11 under a
retired Marine bandmaster who Tommy says "still thought he was in the Marines."
He played in high school and college, did a 4-year tour in the Navy, then went into the finance and auto dealership business for 25 years. After Tommy sold the
dealership in 1987 and retired, he decided to get back into the music scene. He
started a band called "All That Jazz" and progressed from there, becoming a
fixture in the St. Louis traditional jazz scene.
Jerry Epperson's professional career began in 1959 performing in local dance bands,
and continued at Truman State University playing in Dixieland and jazz
bands. He was fortunate enough to have the chance to meet Louis
Armstrong at this time. Trained in classical music, Jerry was a music
educator for several years, and was active in several area jazz bands.
During the late '60s, Jerry was aided by local legend Buddy Moreno in
getting established in the St. Louis area. During the past few years, he
has performed with The Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Bob Havens, New
Orleans' Wes Mix, and many others. Jerry makes frequent appearances
at jazz festivals, and performs regularly in the St. Louis area.
Brett Stamps has been the Director of Jazz Activities at Southern Illinois
University-Edwardsville since he initiated the Jazz Performance Degree in 1979. He
obtained his BA in Music from the College of William and Mary (1970) and his MM in
Studio Music and Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami (1975). He currently
holds the rank of Professor of Music. Brett performed, recorded and arranged for
the United States Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors (1970-1973), the Stan Kenton
Orchestra (1973-1974), and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (1974-1978)
before accepting a teaching position at Miami-Dade Community College New World
Center (1978-1979). St. Louis area performance credits include the Jim Widner,
Kim Portnoy, Mo Bottom and Gary Dammer Big Bands; Fox Theater & MUNY
Orchestras; the St. Louis Rivermen; Cornet Chop Suey, Legacy; Galaxy; the SIUE Jazz
Faculty; and various clinics, concerts and recordings (including his new CD release In
Your Own Sweet Way for Victoria Records). He directs the SIUE Concert Jazz Band
and teaches jazz combo, improvisation, arranging, trombone, education, and history.
Brett remains active as a composer/arranger and clinician. Past endeavors include
directing Missouri and Illinois All-State/All-District Jazz Bands, presenting trombone
ensemble masterclasses (USF), writing music commissioned by the IMEA, private
individuals and local schools, directing annual concerts of his original music at the
historic Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, writing for trombone quintet, touring
nationally with Cornet Chop Suey and the St. Louis Rivermen and
teaching/performing at the Jim Widner Band Camps.
Paul Reid is an all-around entertainer who's done just
about everything in the business. His experience
runs the gamut from playing solo piano in bars to performing with big bands,
writing advertising jingles to performing voice-overs for commercials, creating
music production for cartoons to composing legitimate songs and lyrics, producing
recordings to performing on recordings, producing radio shows to being the
featured celebrity interviewer, singing radio jingles to leading the Paul Reid
Singers, playing everywhere from strip joints to Las Vegas while performing all
styles of music from Dixieland to Harry James and beyond! Paul has worked
with Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Trummy Young, Bud Freeman, Shelly Mann,
Arthur Lyman, Barney Kessell, Pete Daily, Joe Darensborg, Ella May Morse, Herb
Geller, Clare Fischer, Mel Blanc, Gary Owens, the Hot Frogs and others. He was
a member of the Night Blooming Jazzmen from 1988 to 2001.
Jay Hungerford, the newest member of Cornet Chop Suey, received his degree in Music Education from SIU-C. He performs at jazz
festivals and clinics across the country. He has taught at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Fontbonne College,
Meramac College and has been a member of the Webster University Jazz Faculty in St. Louis MO for over 2 decades.
Jay was acknowledged as "Best Local Bassist" by the Riverfront Times. Concerts include performances with Herb Ellis,
Mundell Lowe, Bill Charlap, Buddy Defranco, Richie Cole, Scott Hamilton, Chris Potter, Roger Williams, Vanessa
Rubin, Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Eddie Higgins, Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Ralph Sutton, Jay McShann,
Carl Fontana, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles, Grady Tate, Joe Ascione, Johnny Varro, Bob Draga, Mike Vax, Bobby Shew,
Tom Hook, The St Louis Symphony, including the Carnegie Hall premiere of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and
Experience.” Jay is also a member of the St. Louis "Fox Orchestra" and has performed with numerous national tours.
He has over 60 recordings to his credit including 26 Integrity Worship recordings. Using the exact methods and lesson
plans found in his book, Walking jazz Lines for bass, he has produced a variety of proteges who have since gone on to
acclaim and notoriety, not limited to Avishai Cohen (Chick Corea, International Vamp Band), Neil Caine
(Harry Connick, Jr.), and Steve Kirby (Cyrus Chestnut, James Carter). Jay is a member of the worship team at Grace
Church in Maryland Heights, MO.