the world is changing. brian simontacchi aims to navigate those changes and explore the music of the African diaspora.
trombonist, educator, arranger, composer, musician, artist, producer, thinker and human being Brian Simontacchi started on trombone at age 8 in the Denville, NJ public school system. it was apparent from the very beginning that he had talent. one teacher remarked when he was 9 that he could major in music. this left an impression on him.
Glenn Miller and the music of the swing era left an early impression on him, but it wasn't until he discovered "The Best of John Coltrane" that he truly fell in love with jazz and improvised music.
Brian attended the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School of Music, receiving a scholarship to study with renowned legend Steve Davis starting in the fall of 2010. other professors during Brian's time included Jeremy Pelt, Nat Reeves, Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Javon Jackson, Andy LaVerne, Shawnn Monteiro and Abraham Burton. Brian grew from their tutelage.
Brian graduated in May of 2014 with a B.M. in Jazz Studies. although Brian has studied the music commonly referred to as bebop, Brian also considers himself a lover of funk, hip-hop, soul, Mo-Town, the avant-garde, free jazz, disco, popular music from 1940 to the present, and classical music. from trap to Sumerian melodies, Brian is open to everything.
since then Brian has performed or recorded with Josh Evans, Allen Lowe, Fabio Morgera, the Makanda Project, Frank Lacy, Jovan Alexandre, Jonathan Barber, Kendrick Oliver & the New Life Jazz Orchestra, Dr. Lewis Porter and more. in September 2013, Brian was fortunate to record alongside NEA Jazz Master Gary Bartz on Allen Lowe’s project “Man with Guitar: Where’s Robert Johnson?”
in 2019, Brian formed o3 with Corey Garcia and Matt Dwonszyk. these days, you can find him working with Frank Lacy’s Septet and the Josh Evans Big Band.