The Brian Pastor Big Band
About the Brian Pastor Big Band

Since 1994 the Brian Pastor Big band has been pleasing jazz enthusiasts throughout the Delaware Valley. The band continues to feature the finest in contemporary big band sounds created by the world's top composers and arrangers many of whom are living in the greater Philadelphia area.

Brian has been the area's premier jazz trombonist, and when he envisioned forming a band dedicated to playing contemporary big band jazz the seats in the band were quickly filled with musicians who clearly shared that vision. The bands first engagement turned into an eighteen-month stay at the 23rd Street Cafe in Philadelphia. The band then moved across town for another eighteen-month stay at the Blue Moon Jazz Club, in the shadow of Independence Hall. From there the band traveled across the river to the Cherry Hill Hilton where they pleased the jazz palette of Jersey big band fans. The band is now a fixture at the Casino Deli in northeast Philadelphia where, for more than three years, enthusiastic audiences have been served up a twice a month super-size helping of big band jazz.

The Casino Deli is conveniently located at 2425 Welsh Road in Northeast Philadelphia, just three blocks east of the Roosevelt Boulevard. The combination of the seventeen-piece Brian Pastor Big Band and great deli style food guarantees an outstanding evening. The band is in residence two Tuesday nights a month with sets starting at 8:00 PM. A modest cover charge of $5.00 gets you a million dollar evening of high-energy music.

Information about appearances can be obtained by calling 215-969-1968 or 215-676-0200 or right here at

History written and used with permission by Ed Etkins

What they're saying about the Brian Pastor Big Band:

"Brian, I heard you guys last nite for the first time. Wow. Great stuff. Fantastic arrangements; great ensemble playing; fabulous solos. Where have I been?" ...Bill Barcklow

...just wanted to tell you the band was great tonight. We had some of my friends with us who had never been there before and I think will come again & again. Thanks ---Jay Greisler

It is with a great amount of respect that I have sent my Jazz History students from LaSalle University to hear Brian Pastor's Big Band and experience live jazz at its best! Brian  has a great reputation as a  musician/arranger/leader and has assisted in keeping the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy alive. Bravo for your efforts! --- Rob Haffley

"The intensity and artistry of the band is incomparable. What a BLAST!"---Carmen and Lorraine Brancato

"If this band doesn't make you smile YOU'RE DEAD!"---Tom Gorbsky

"You and your group give me no end of pleasure"---Anette Hart

"Great Band! Great Drummer! I am always impressed with your band. Thanks for playing new charts as well as the old ones!" - Louis Bernstein