Critics and public alike have enthusiastically praised the appealing diversity of repertoire, technical virtuosity, humorous and informative educational programs, and superb musicality of the ensemble. Their playing has been praised as “artistry of the highest caliber” and “dazzling technique” by presenters. One of the unique strengths of Philadelphia Brass is the palpable sense of respect, affection and musical enjoyment among its members, enhancing the ensemble’s appeal to audiences of all ages.
“Vocalist Joanna Pascale has an enviable commodity: a durable and pliant alto voice over which she has perfect control. – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz.” Joanna Pascale isn’t the sort of jazz vocalist who draws attention to herself at the expense of a lyric. She also doesn’t settle for songs whose words don’t deserve the attention… Her real gift is storytelling, not improvisation, and she puts that talent to splendid use…”- Mike Joyce, Washington Post