The Berner Brothers play the Brecker Brothers

In the ‘70s, brothers Michael and Randy Brecker co-led a band of New York session big shots that included, at various times, David Sanborn, Don Grolnick, and Will Lee, among others.

  • May 25, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

When they chose, the Brecker Brothers’ best tunes were structurally unpredictable, melodically intricate, and harmonically complex, difficult bop heads played in an impossibly precise manner over a deceptively complex bed of funk rhythms. The Brothers ’ music was a smart combination of extended pop forms, topnotch jazz improvisation, and sophisticated compositional techniques that also held a great deal of commercial appeal. By 1982, the brothers had ceased working together, but did reunite for touring and recording in the early ‘90s and continued working together until Michael’s untimely death in 2007.

The Berner Brothers, Doug and Don, both born and raised in Edmonton, performed the music of the Brecker Brothers at the Yardbird Suite and recreated some of the magic of that group for one night only. Now 10 years later, they revisit that sold out night and give a whole new audience a chance to hear the Berner Brothers play the music of the Brecker Brothers. They have both been featured on several recordings as well as at numerous jazz clubs and festivals throughout North America including the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. They are regularly in demand freelancers in the City of Edmonton, play in dozens of ensembles, and are no strangers to Edmonton jazz audiences.

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Venue Phone: (780) 432-0428

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11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6E 2M2

Band members

Don Berner, tenor saxophone
Doug Berner, trumpet
Andrew Glover, keyboards
Nathan Ouellette, percussion
Robert Walsh, guitar
Kim Lesaca, electric bass
Jamie Cooper, drums

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