Bullettes Little Big Band to Perform March 13 at Westminster!

square_500Many thanks to Amy Bormet for having us back again for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival! I love this particular time of year because we get to see so many fantastic and talented women come out to perform. Amy has really built the WWJF into an amazing and high quality festival that everyone is still talking about throughout the year. I’m very thankful to get to play for the amazing audience at Westminster Church, one of the best venues in town. This year it will be the Bullettes Little Big Band with guests! I’m taking this opportunity to bring to light some of the amazing composition and arranging talent we have in this town. I’m also interested in promoting large ensemble music; too often, budget constraints keep people from putting large instrumental groups together. We’ll be premiering my arrangement of “Knives Out” (woo hoo Radiohead fans!) as well as the United States Premiere of “Wine Glass Perspective” by the great Australian composer Mace Francis. We’ll also be playing new original tunes by Todd Simon as well as Doug Pierce, and band members Anita Thomas,Leigh Pilzer, and Amy Bormet. We’ll be featuring Jessica Boykin-Settles on vocals as well. Rumor has it we may do something from her Abbey Lincoln library… stay tuned and see!

Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes
Little Big Band (LBB)
As part of Amy K. Bormet’s Washington Women in Jazz Festival
Westminster Church
400 I St SW, WDC
Friday, March 13, 2015
6 – 9 PM
$5 at the door
Michelle Acton, Bari
Savannah Harris, Drums
Angel Bethea, Congas and Percussion
Special Guest: Nicole Connelly, trombone
Possible additional special guests, possible additional originals from local composers
We will play some Ellington mixed in with our own original and new arrangements, including music from Australia and beyond! We will also feature local up-and-coming female jazz talent.
To jazz!
Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes


Bullettes Quintet is at the National Jazz Workshop on July 10th

NJW_JTTBFinal.jpgI’m really looking forward to helping out and playing at the National Jazz Workshop this year! The Bullettes Quintet will be doing its favorite tunes from Hank Mobley/JJ Johnson/Curtis Fuller collaborations on Thursday, July 10th, at 3:30 PM in Armstrong Hall at Shenandoah University. The concert is free, so feel free to come on out and enjoy! This is a part of the National Jazz Workshop, one of the premiere jazz camps on the east coast. We will feature Anita Thomas on tenor, Lianna Gekker on piano, Lydia Lewis on drums, Shannon Fearon on bass, and myself on trombone.

Bullettes Septet at the Carlyle Club June 24!

setptet_template_jttb2For those of you who are interested in my performance schedule, I will be playing with a septet version of my all-female big band “Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes” on Tuesday, June 24th at the Carlyle Club in Alexandria, VA. This will be a swing dance in conjunction with Gotta Swing! This time we’ll be joined by the illustrious Jessica Boykin-Settles on vocals! This is a swing dance so bring your dancin’ shoes and good spirits. There is a $10 cover and the dance starts at 9:00 pm and runs till 10:30 pm. Come on out for a swingin’ good time! The Carlyle Club is located at 411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA. Personnel for June 24th include: Jessica Boykin-Settles, Vocals; Halley Shoenberg, Alto Sax; Megan Nortrup, Tenor Sax; Shannon Gunn, Trombone; Miki Yamanaka, Piano; Nathan Kawaller, Bass; Tony Martucci, Drums! What a fantastic group of musicians!

Two shows this week!

jjI just wanted to let everyone know that we’ll be playing two times this week- Tuesday night, April 22nd, is at the Carlyle Club for a swing dance with the whole big band, and Thursday night, April 24th, we’ll be playing as a quintet at Twins for a tribute to JJ Johnson. 

So come on out, celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and join us for good jazz and swing!

Here are the details:

Tuesday – April 22nd – 2014

Carlyle Club Swing Dance with Gotta Swing
411 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, VA
9:00 – 10:30
$10 cover

Thursday – April 24th – 2014

Twins Jazz
Tribute to JJ Johnson
Bullettes Quintet
Featuring Anita Thomas on tenor sax, Isabel DeLeon on drums, Lianna Gekker on piano, Nicole Saphos on bass, and Shannon Gunn on trombone
1344 U St NW, Washington, DC, accessible on the U Street metro stop
8pm and 10 pm sets
$10 cover
Take your pick – do you want big band or bebop? 
Hope to see you there!

Keep swingin’!
Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes


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! 🙂