Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet: A Tribute to Hank Mobley and Curtis Fuller on Blue Note

website_forjttb.jpgAs part of the Blue Note @ 75 celebration, the Bullettes all-female quintet will pay homage to the Blue Note artists Hank Mobley and Curtis Fuller with the photography of Francis Wolff, Blue Note co-founder, in the background on May 28th. We will be so lucky as to have Anita Thomas on tenor, Isabel DeLeon on drums, Karine Chapdelaine on bass, Lianna Gekker on piano, and myself on trombone.  This quintet is a pull-out ensemble from my larger group called Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes. The performance will be from 8:30 – 9:30 PM on May 28th at the Goethe-Institut Washington in the FotoGaleria, 812 Seventh Street, NW, WDC, 20001-3718, $7/$4, (202) 289-1200

This sunday – DC Jazz Loft – Tribute to Carl Fontana/Al Cohn collab


Hi everyone! I’m really excited to get the opportunity to give a tribute to one of my favorite trombone players, Carl Fontana and to specifically highlight his work with Al Cohn from “The Great Fontana” album. I am super privileged to be joined by Leigh Pilzer this Sunday night at the DC Jazz Loft performance at Union Arts DC (411 NY Ave NE). This is a great hang and always has a jazzm at the end. That’s a jazz jam btw. If you are looking for some underground and artistic music in the District this weekend, come on by, it’s friendly and you can BYOwhatever. There is a donation suggested. I want to thank Gio and Luke of the CapitalBop blog for having me on. I really appreciate it!

New project to launch November 25!


Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be working on a new secret project that I will be releasing on November 25th. I hope you all will join me and check out this site on that date. T’will be fun!

Tribute to the collaborations between Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller – Oct 10 at Twins

Hi everyone! I have been busy engraving arrangements for an upcoming show in DC that will be a tribute to the collaboration between Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller. I’m really looking forward to getting to play with some amazing local talent: Elijah Jamal Balbed, Joe Herrera, Dan Roberts, Ele Rubenstein, and Eliot Seppa. This is going to be good, folks, can’t wait! We’ll be doing tunes off the Schizophrenia album as well as tunes written and arranged by Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller. Please join us on October 10th at 8 pm and 10 pm sets at Twins Jazz. $10 cover, and I think there is also a $10 minimum.


Bullettes Small Group- Thurs. Sept 5 – Bethesda Jazz and Blues!

Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Small Group will play on Thursday, September 5th, at 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Bethesda Jazz and Blues Club! Shannon Gunn and the Bullets Small GroupI’m really looking forward to playing with some really awesome players in a smaller group setting. There will be a $10 cover and $10 minimum. Bethesda Blues and Jazz is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.

We’ll have:
Leigh Pilzer on reeds, Amy Shook on bass, Isabel DeLeon on drums, Lianna Gekker on piano, and we’ll be featuring Jessica Boykin-Settles for the first time on vocals with the Bullettes. We’ll be doing mostly standards with a few originals, arrangements, and one tune to commemorate the late great Marian McPartland. Please come out and join us for a fun time!

Jazz Benefit Concert Feb. 15th

Jazz Concert Feb. 15

Looking for something to do with your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? You might consider coming to a Jazz Benefit Concert this Friday, Feb. 15th, at 7:00 PM at Sudley United Methodist Church in Sudley Springs, VA (just north of the Manassas Battlefield.) We will be playing jazz standards with a little Portuguese and bossa nova mixed in. The concert is free with a free-will offering at the end to benefit a little four year old girl who was in a serious accident. Please consider joining us for this fun event!

 Lineup Includes:

Shannon Gunn, Trombone; Joey Whitney, Saxes; Jeff Johnson, Trumpets; Peter LeBron, Vocals; Eugene Iosilovich, piano; Jerry Bresee, guitar; Clai Richardson, drums; Evan Young, bass; Travis Angerman, bass; Todd, Bongos and Congas; and anyone else who shows up with their axe! 🙂

Intermission Riff @BohemianCaverns ft. Herrera Jazz

I just wanted to say that I’m really looking forward to playing with Joe Herrera and his sextet tomorrow night at Bohemian Caverns during the Intermission in between the two BCJO sets. Can’t wait to play his transcription of Herbie Hancock’s “Speak Like a Child” and some originals. Here’s the song with Peter Phillips on bass trombone. One of the few instances of bass trombone in the jazz listening library! Unfortunately neither he nor Thad Jones takes a solo. At any rate, enjoy, and hope to see you if you’re around tomorrow night!