The Big Bad Bones Featuring Scott Whitfield features four premier trombonists (Whitfield, Brett Stamps, Pete Madsen, Steve Wilson) with a solid rhythm section combining talent from across America performing original compositions from the pen of ensemble member Brett Stamps. The Big Bad Bones perform a variety of styles including funk, swing, samba, light rock, and boogie.
Tenor Trombones: Scott Whitfield, Brett Stamps, Pete Madsen
Bass Trombone: Steve Wilson
Piano and Keyboard: Ben Tweedt
Acoustic and Electric Bass: Mark Haar
Drums: Doug Montera
Based in Los Angeles, Scott Whitfield is internationally recognized for his work with many contemporary big bands, including those of Toshiko Akiyoshi, Johnny Mandel, Clare Fischer, Bill Holman, Bob Florence, and his own Scott Whitfield Jazz Orchestra. Whitfield’s discography includes 10 recordings as leader. Whitfield has appeared throughout the world. He has been featured as guest soloist with the United States Army Blues Jazz Ensemble and as a regular member of the Nat Adderley Sextet.
Brett Stamps is the composer in residence for The Big Bad Bones. He is a proud alumnus of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and has performed with Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barry Manilow, The Temptations, and a host of other jazz and pop artists. Stamps can be heard on three different Kenton recordings and is a fixture in the St. Louis area music scene where he performs regularly in shows at the MUNY and Fox Theater.
Bass trombonist Steve Wilson hails from El Paso, Texas where he serves as Music Department Chair at the University of Texas-El Paso and maintains a busy career as an educator and performer in all styles of music. For 10 years Wilson toured the world as a member of the Continental Trombone Quartet with performances in Brazil, Spain, China, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States.
Pete Madsen has been Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Nebraska Omaha since 2000. He performs regularly with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and the Omaha Big Band. Madsen has recorded two CD’s with the Jim Widner Big Band. Madsen has performed with Franki Valli, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, and Paul Schaefer to name only a few.