The Big Hornz, comprised of Tanner Fruit and Nathan Crawford, are the official horn section for Missoula, Mt based band, Shakewell.
Crawford and Fruit have been playing music together since they met in jazz combo class at The University of Montana, from which both graduated with music degrees.
Well versed in musical settings ranging from traditional big band, small chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra, to boogie woogie, blues, funk, rock, experimental electronic, and hip hop, The Big Hornz are a tight, dynamic, funky, and entertaining horn section.
They are individually influenced by horn players such as Roy Hargrove, Blue Mitchell, Theo Croker, Woody Shaw, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Garrett, Sam Kininger, Maceo Parker, Sonny Stitt, and Joe Henderson, as well as horn sections such as The Shady Horns, The Snarky Puppy Horns, and The JB’s among others.
Missoula’s Rotgut Whines will kick off the evening with their fingerpickin’ soul ‘n’ roll at 10:00 pm. More information on the performance can be found here.