About

Gordon Au (trumpet/cornet/post horn) has been making waves in both traditional and modern jazz circles. During a residency with the world-renowned Monk Institute, he performed with no less than 23 Grammy award-winners, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Ellis Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Terence Blanchard. In 2007, Gordon co-founded the New Orleans Moonshiners, described in the press as “a trad jazz band with new souls” that has “taken the area by storm, gaining a huge fan base and lots of critical acclaim,” and had their east coast debut at Lincoln Center in 2010. Their second album, including four of Gordon’s compositions, was nominated for traditional jazz album of the year by New Orleans’s “Offbeat Magazine.” Since moving to New York, Gordon has recorded with Grammy winner Brian Blade and performed with Grammy winner Wycliffe Gordon, international flamenco star Carmen París, and with such groups as Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks and David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band at Birdland. His New York traditional jazz band, the Grand St. Stompers, have just released their debut album “The Grand St. Express.”
Brandon Au (trombone/english baritone/tuba) teaches trombone and performs traditional jazz regularly in the Sacramento area. Currently involved in the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s TJP (Traditional Jazz Project), he works with several schools and their traditional jazz programs.  Before graduating with a music performance degree at CSU Hayward, Brandon toured Europe with the CSU Hayward jazz ensemble, and again with the Stanford Jazz Orchestra. He went on to become a member of Dave Eshelman’s Jazz Garden Big Band, The New Lowdown Jazz Band and lead the Section 7 Jazz band.  Today, he can be heard regularly with Polly’s Hot Paupers, Harley White Jr. Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Coleman II’s Simplistic Big Band, Element Brass Band, Nostalgic SwingThe Brandon Au Quartet, The Crescent Katz and the Ron Cunha Big Band.  He has also subbed with Steelin’ Dan, Fulton Street Jazz Band and Cell Block 7. His own group The Crescent Katz, can be heard every 1st Saturday at Clark’s Corner (originally Shakey’s Pizza).
Justin Au, an alumnus of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society’s youth education programs, has been playing traditional jazz ever since his Uncle, Howard Miyata, turned him on to the music at an early age.  In high school he garnered Best Trumpet awards at various music festivals, and was awarded an Honorable Mention at the prestigious Essentially Ellington big-band competition at Lincoln Center, NY.  He has toured Japan, Brazil, and China with various jazz ensembles.

On the festival circuit, Justin has filled in on trumpet for many well known groups such as the Creole Syncopators, Polly’s Hot Paupers, Cell Block 7, the TJYBF CliniciansThe Ron Cunha Big Band, Viper Six, and more.  He has performed alongside such jazz greats as Red Holloway, Bob Draga, Tommy Saunders, Bill Allred, Jon Cocuzzi, Eddie Erickson and many more.   Justin has also appeared as a guest trumpeter with festival favorites such as the High Sierra Jazz Band, Titan Hot 7, Cats N Jammers, The Professors, Stan Mark, Frisco Jazz Band, Mike Vax, Dr. Bach, We Three, and others.

Justin is currently completing a dual degree master’s program in City & Regional Planning and Transportation Planning at Cal Poly, SLO.  During the school year, he also performs with various groups such as The Red Skunk Jipzee Swing BandClam Chowder, and Valerie Johnson and her King Bees.  He also served as co-director of the official youth band of the Basin Street Regulars Jazz Club in Pismo Beach.  Justin can be heard nearly every Thursday night playing at Bon Temps Creole Café in SLO.