A Touch of Brass is an 18-piece band, including two vocalists, featuring some of the most talented musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their extraordinary shows are enjoyed at corporate, private, and community events throughout Northern California.
Ed Morrison, Band Leader
Ed Morrison has 40 years of musical accomplishments as lead trumpet backing such notables as Larry Elgart, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, as well as playing for jazz greats John Faddis, Steve Turre, and Kevin Mahogany. In addition, he also plays lead and directs his own 18 piece big band, 'A Touch of Brass'. He free-lances with many different types of groups playing styles from salsa to funk to Gospel and theater. Ed's biggest musical influence is trumpeter Doc Severinsen.
Jeff played his college jazz with the U.C. Berkeley Jazz Ensemble, doing summer tours of Europe and Japan , appearing in the Pori Jazz Festival and Kyoto Jazz Festival line-ups along-side Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Tim Hagans, Tony Williams, Sun Ra and Sonny Rollins. As a South-Bay resident jazz player for the past mumble years, Jeff has had the opportunity to perform with Bill Watrous, Quincy Jones, Stanley Jordon, Babatunde, Jerome Richardson, Rory Snyder, Gap Mangione and Earl ‘Fatha' Hines.
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Originally from the Chicagoland area, Scott's been playing jazz since the 4th grade. In college, he played combos and big bands directed by Thomas Wirtel, Chip McNeill (University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign), Steve Tyler, and John Russell (De Anza College 8 o'clock Daddios), and Lori Stotko (Footnotes). He also is a member of LowFat, a hip-hop funk group led by Chris Uiterwijk that plays throughout the Bay Area.
Jason graduated with a degree in Trombone Performance in 2005 from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. There, he studied with Roy Main and performed with the University Jazz Band No.1 under the direction of Paul Rinzler. He completed his music education credential at San Jose State in 2007 and served as the Instrumental Music Director at Mountain View High School until 2020. Jason has performed with the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps and has enjoyed teaching the Vanguard Cadets since 2004. When not playing or teaching music, Jason enjoys mountain biking, video gaming, and relaxing with family and friends.
Carlos was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, grew up in Los Angeles, California. He came up to the Northern California to march snare with Santa Clara Vanguard A-Corps and has remained active in the Bay Area music scene. Carlos is the owner of Silicon Valley Music and Entertainment, leader of ensembles such as Silicon Vibe and Jazz by Design. He’s the drummer and co-leader for Full Spectrum Jazz, the drummer for the Black Tie Jazz Orchestra, Come Back Buddy (West Coast) and member of the California Pops Symphony Orchestra.
Carlos’s “day gig” is as VP, of Engineering for SPK and Associates.
Irene Trapp has been performing in the Bay Area for over 40 years. A violist, violinist, Voice-Over talent, theatre and vocal director, Irene has been involved in a variety of venues including local theaters, San Jose Symphony, worship leader at church, music teacher and choir director. Lots of activities keep her ADHD at bay. As string player, she has backed up artists in concert like Smokey Robinson, John Denver, Kenny G, and even got to rock out with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. She is one of the original Great America Singers and got to perform with Debby Boone (You Light Up My Life) in American Musical Theatre’s production of the King and I. Irene connected with A Touch of Brass while directing a holiday show for Tabard Theatre Company in San Jose and Ed Morrison invited her to be a permanent member in 2021. Singing with a big band has always been on her bucket list. Check!