The vibraphone is an American creation, born of a marriage between orchestra bells and a xylophone, adding a mechanical device that adds a tremolo to it’s distinctive sound. You might not recognize the instrument name, but you’ve undoubtedly heard it, in movies and on television, in jazz, Latin music, and its use for etherial sound effects. But mastering the vibes is not for the faint of heart. It’s an instrument that requires years of study to discover it’s secrets and turn what was once a “novelty instrument” into a dynamic, unique, and beautiful voice in music.
Brad Kozak grew up with a father who also happened to be a world-class mallet instrumentalist, and studied jazz from a very early age. So it’s only natural that The Brad Kozak Jazz Project is a re-creation of the classic cool jazz combos of the late 40s and early 50s, playing everything from the Great American Songbook to BeBop and Latin Jazz.
The Brad Kozak Jazz Project can perform for your evening’s enjoyment in a variety of formats, from a cool jazz quartet, all the way up to a larger, eight- or nine-piece “horn band,” that expanded the palette of musical colors to include R&B, Funk, and big band sounds.