― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 01:51 (13 years ago) Permalink
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (13 years ago) Permalink
I can't go without mentioned the (however unlikely) on the level Wisconsin brass band scene, Mama Digdown's and Youngblood. I'm sure I've hyped up Youngblood on other threads, but they really are something these days, the new Def Jux album will be tight. It wasn't until after I started listening to a lot of other brass band music that I realized how unique their sound is, clean and precise instead of greasy and raucous (both are great in their way of course).
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:39 (13 years ago) Permalink
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:52 (13 years ago) Permalink
Speaking of which, what about brass bands from neither New Orleans nor Wisconsin?
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:17 (13 years ago) Permalink
― christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:44 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 22:29 (13 years ago) Permalink
The parallel in Minneapolis (where I live) is the Jack Brass Band. I'm all for this kind of thing, but these groups are to Rebirth what Antibalas is to Fela.
I lived in New Orleans for a year and my favorite Rebirth album is still Take It To the Street. Ex-Rebirth member Kermit Ruffins has his own band which is pretty great, too. I find Dirty Dozen boring on CD and in concert, sorry.
My favorite Rebirth story was seeing the guys perform in the bywater one night when members of the Afghan Whigs were in the audience, then seeing the band again in the Zulu parade the next morning. Turns out Rebirth had literally performed all night and went straight to the parade without rest. A float got stuck on a tree, and Rebirth were still energetic enough to challenge a high school band to a battle while the parade stood still. Guess who won.
― Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 23:50 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 5 September 2002 17:55 (13 years ago) Permalink
I still listen to 'New Orleans Album' quite regularly, but it's the only one I've got.
I don't suppose anyone's heard the new one (Medicated Magic)?
― James Ball (James Ball), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 17:18 (13 years ago) Permalink
I've been listening non-stop to the New Birth Brass Band record, it is HOT SHIT. Totally on Rebirth's level or more so, and it's probably the most spontaneous, live sounding studio album I've ever heard.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 22:21 (13 years ago) Permalink
or was it not so brass band-y?
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 00:48 (13 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 04:42 (13 years ago) Permalink
Recommend me some New Orleans funeral jazz, please!
And I know this is rockist of me, but the older and more authentic, the better..
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 11:05 (11 years ago) Permalink
Other than that, just go to Louisiana Music Factory and check out anything by Treme Brass Band (the most well-known band playing in a really trad style that's still around) or Dejan's Olympia Brass Band.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:12 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:31 (11 years ago) Permalink
I'll send you a mix if you want to e-mail me, I'm always happy to spread the gospel. Also my brass band should be playing at the Green Mill again in the next couple months.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:50 (11 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:57 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:07 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Vornado (Vornado), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:18 (11 years ago) Permalink
I really hope their 20th anniversary show dvd comes out, the show was sort of a mess but Cheeky Blakk came out and did Pop That Pussy for 15 minutes, humping trombone cases, Kabuki riding on her back, etc. :>
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:26 (11 years ago) Permalink
― don, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:22 (11 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, remind me! I've missed you guys a few times now!
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:36 (11 years ago) Permalink
New Birth Brass Band, D-BoyRebirth Brass Band, Hot VenomStooges Brass Band, It's About TimeSoul Rebels Brass Band, No More ParadesLil' Rascals Brass Band, Buck It Like a Horse
Also a word about Derrick 'Kabuki' Shezbie - he's the main trumpet player for Rebirth, and he was in New Birth as a teenager (he's all over D-Boy). He's SO MUCH LOUDER than any trumpet player I've ever heard, not to mention the fire. His sound is completely wide-open and really sums up the brass band sound for me (he takes the solo on the Rebirth tune I posted above).
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:45 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:46 (11 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (11 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:49 (11 years ago) Permalink
HOWEVER, yeah, they take marching band pretty seriously down south and a lot of those kids have incredible chops. We were standing outside of Tipatina's during a parade last Mardi Gras and this high school trumpet line came by blowing high F's and we were like WHAT?! I think that a huge majority of New Orleans brass band musicians came up in those bands and always check them out during parade season, etc.
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 18:05 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (11 years ago) Permalink
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (11 years ago) Permalink
But still go to Donna's and the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps and Cafe Brasil!
most of which are hosting jam bands anyway)
Oh god this is so horribly OTM.
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
Send me your address.
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:37 (11 years ago) Permalink
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (11 years ago) Permalink
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (11 years ago) Permalink
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (11 years ago) Permalink
― don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (11 years ago) Permalink
― don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (11 years ago) Permalink
In Tower Records I noticed in the new Downbeat magazine a nice article on New Orleans brass bands and more. The Stooges Brass band, Hot 8, and Soul Rebels are all here. I haven't checked to see if the article is online.
As a contributing supporter of afropop.org I get a weekly e-mail thing from them. This week they have a nice photo-essay by Ned Sublette(musician, musicologist and author of that immense book on Cuban music) on New Orleans. Sublette is living there for awhile and studying the Caribbean roots of New Orleans. He's got an interview with Donald Harrison and some others. I think you can check it all out at afropop.org
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:48 (10 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (10 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 20:34 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:34 (10 years ago) Permalink
I think one was called Yarl River Blues Band.
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:08 (10 years ago) Permalink
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:10 (10 years ago) Permalink
I'll be going down to Jazzfest the first weekend to play with Mama Digdown's and see brass bands, can't wait.
― Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 27 March 2005 13:07 (10 years ago) Permalink
From the April issue excerpt on Downbeat's website:
Next Generation New Orleans Brass BandsBrass Beyond The Streets
By Jennifer Odell
Philip Frazier honks his sousaphone on a chilly January Sunday on the corner of Daneel and 3rd streets. Musicians start to shuffle away from the crowd milling outside the Bean Brothers Bar and strap on horns and snare drums, ready to get their roll on. Dancers for the Undefeated Dicas Social Aid and Pleasure Club come around the corner and tubas, sousaphones, saxophones and bass drums fall in line as the Divas belt out The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.”
Winding past Mary’s Nightowl Bar, Candlelight Bar, Sandpiper and The New Look, the parading community group hits all of the Uptown neighborhood’s brass band stops. Ostrich plumes fan the air above the Divas in time with Frazier’s non-stop vamps. When the dancers slow down and form a circle, trading moves with kids, the band plays even harder, echoing braay swueals off the projects across the street. This is how brass band music was born.
But it’s growing up. And while playing the second lines and funerals remains important, many of today’s hottest brass players are concentrating more on polishing their CDs and getting national recognition than on stealing the show on Sunday afternoons. The current generation is following the successful business model created by the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth brass bands; updating a traditional sound to make the music relevant to a larger audience. And with each step forward, another cross-breed of the brass band sound is born. Mardi Gras Indian bands like Big Sam’s Funky Nation are based in funk, the Soul Rebels are purveyors of hip-hop and the Hot 8, New Birth and the Stooges hold down the street scene with their bebop-heavy takes on the traditional style.
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:07 (10 years ago) Permalink
MARDI GRAS 2005: a photo essay by Ned SubletteAlso Check out Interviews with Joseph Roach, Donald Harrison, and Vicki Mayer by Ned Sublette
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:14 (10 years ago) Permalink
― imbidimts, Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:30 (10 years ago) Permalink
Good stuff man. A couple thoughts:
-It's funny, but all the brass band drummers I know count & think of the rhythms you're talking about as half as fast. Meaning that the 'big 4' is actually the '& of 4'. But many of the horn players think in cut time, i.e. how you're notating the music. It makes it hard to even talk about music within the band using regular old Western terminology (but it also doesn't matter, because it's not meant to be written down).
One example to prove my point of view is to imagine the drummer putting a backbeat on 'Hey Pocky Way'. That would turn it into a normal funk beat with the snare on 2 & 4 (quarter notes). I guess you could argue that the snare is on 3 in that case, but I just find that everything grooves harder to think of the quarter note like this.
-Also I've never seen anyone write about the 'other' New Orleans clave, which if you think of quarter notes like I'm talking about, is five dotted 8th notes starting on the & of 1 (and ending on the & of 4). To me, that interlocks with all the bass drum patterns/claves, and it's really what all the snare patterns & fills are based on, as well as most of the horn lines. If you're not playing it, you're playing off of it or implying it.
― lil urbane (Jordan), Monday, 21 September 2015 17:27 (4 months ago) Permalink
Thanks for the pointers, Jordan. I should mention, somewhat abashedly, that I'm coming at this not as a drummer or even as a horn player - I'm a singer and guitarist studying drummers in New Orleans because, in New Orleans funk and brass band music, the beats are what make my ears perk up. That's probably why I transcribed the drums the way I did, but I'll definitely keep your suggestion in mind in the way I think about and transcribe these beats in the future. Ditto the "other" clave - that's a great way of conceptualizing the underlying feel.
By the way, Sean King of the Hot 8 name-checked Mama Digdown in an interview I did with him last week. Just thought I'd mention.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Monday, 21 September 2015 19:25 (4 months ago) Permalink
i have nothing to add but i find this sort of talk extremely interesting, thanks guys
― adam, Monday, 21 September 2015 19:29 (4 months ago) Permalink
Ha, nice. I don't know Sean, is he newer?
Speaking of which, Hot 8 links to this documentary from their site and I hadn't seen it: https://vimeo.com/94576449
Must have been shot in the late '90s, it's the original lineup and they're all so young (including little Travis Hill), lots of footage from Donna's. They were so killing back then.
― lil urbane (Jordan), Monday, 21 September 2015 20:18 (4 months ago) Permalink
Sean joined on snare drum about two years back after their previous snare drummer, Sammy Cyrus, went to jail. Thanks for the doc link.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Monday, 21 September 2015 20:29 (4 months ago) Permalink
Just previewed a bit of that documentary, it looks wonderful. Thanks for linking. Yeah, old school Donna's before they built the stage, Fred Kemp's, Cafe Brasil...
― Half as cool as Man Sized Action (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 September 2015 21:13 (4 months ago) Permalink
Ah ok, then I heard him at Howlin' Wolf a few months ago, sounded great.
― lil urbane (Jordan), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 15:51 (4 months ago) Permalink
So uh, would it be hard to get a cab back from seeing TBC Wednesday night at Celebration Hall, 1701 st. Bernard . I'm finally going to Ponderosa Stomp for the first time; and am arriving Wednesday night
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 05:20 (4 months ago) Permalink
I would do Uber instead. Cabs from Celebration Hall are a dicey proposition. See you there!
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 05:29 (4 months ago) Permalink
I'd offer you a ride, but I don't have a car :(
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 29 September 2015 05:30 (4 months ago) Permalink
Second-lines on Saturday and Sunday
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:06 (4 months ago) Permalink
please don't use uber in new orleans, call united cab at 504 522 9771, fuck uber forever
― adam, Tuesday, 29 September 2015 14:01 (4 months ago) Permalink
Will TBC start before 11?
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 30 September 2015 02:28 (4 months ago) Permalink
TBC usually goes on sometime between 11:15 and 11:30. 11:10 at the absolute earliest.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Wednesday, 30 September 2015 20:56 (4 months ago) Permalink
Alas people I was meeting wanted to see Wolfman Washington @ DBA so I just did that. I kinda wish I had seen Janet Jackson who was here last night. Might have been pricey to score a ticket
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 October 2015 13:09 (4 months ago) Permalink
Haha, you know what's crazy though? Win and Regine from Arcade Fire showed up at the TBC show. I shit you not. Maybe they're gonna appropriate second line rhythms on their next album?
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:15 (4 months ago) Permalink
I also thought about the Janet Jackson show for a minute, but I am really low on funds at the moment.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:16 (4 months ago) Permalink
The Original Pinettes are playing at a free show in Armstrong Park around 5 this afternoon, by the way.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:18 (4 months ago) Permalink
heh, i'd like to see them try.
oh look, that old n'dea davenport track where she's just messing around on top of a full Rebirth song is on youtube now:
― lil urbane (Jordan), Thursday, 1 October 2015 20:23 (4 months ago) Permalink
― adam, Tuesday, September 29, 2015 10:01 AM (2 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
yeah you right
― it's not a tuomas (benbbag), Friday, 2 October 2015 00:25 (4 months ago) Permalink
Just read in Offbeat that Win & Regine from Arcade Fire own a home in New Orleans now. Also saw in Offbeat that filmmaker Lily Keber whose debut film was her James Booker documentary "Bayou Maharajah" (that I would like to see), is now working on a 2nd doc about second line culture.
Speaking of which, my wife and I made it to part of the Saturday Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association, Inc.second line. We saw Da Truth Brass Band and the New Breed Brass Band.
Earlier that day at the Treme Festival, we saw singer John Boutte, and also the Treme Brass band. The latter has changed members again since I last saw them. Because we went to join the second line, we missed Shannon Powell, Kermit Ruffins and others at the Treme Fest. Saturday night as we were at the second night of the Ponderosa Stomp, I think we missed Hot 8 Band's anniversary gig at Howlin Wolf
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 October 2015 04:10 (4 months ago) Permalink
How is Bennie Pete's health? Will he be touring the UK with Hot 8 near the end of October and into November?
― curmudgeon, Monday, 5 October 2015 04:17 (4 months ago) Permalink
Haven't heard that Hot8 20th anniversary album yet
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 15:35 (4 months ago) Permalink
At the second lines I've seen in the past several months where Hot 8 has played, Bennie has been there, and he's lost a substantial amount of weight. Haven't talked to him or the band about his overall health, but he certainly looked well enough to tour.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 6 October 2015 17:21 (4 months ago) Permalink
That's good news
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 17:47 (4 months ago) Permalink
i used to work with lily keber at vaughan's, i've only seen rough early stuff from the booker doc but it's great.
― adam, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 17:57 (4 months ago) Permalink
i think everyone who was around new orleans during the booker era has amazing stories about the dude
― adam, Wednesday, 7 October 2015 18:04 (4 months ago) Permalink
New Orleans photographer Syndey Byrd, who had suffered for several years from Altzheimer’s disease, passed away October 2, 2015 at the age of 71. Byrd was a regular photographer at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, at second line parades, and at celebrations throughout the city. She leaves a long legacy of beautiful photography that chronicled New Orleans and Louisiana’s music and culture.
Syndey moved to New Orleans in the 1970s and spent the next 40 years chronicling the music and lifestyle of her adopted city, producing thousands of vivid color slides of the musicians, Mardi Gras Indians, parades, funerals, voodoo rituals, and the culture of New Orleans.
She was born July 3, 1944 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and earned a degree in art from the University of Mississippi, and later studied under renowned Austrian photographer Ernest Haas. Her photos were used on album covers, in books and calendars, on magazine covers (including OffBeat) and were featured in a special tribute to Syndey at the 2015 Jazz and Heritage Festival in the Grandstand.
A gregarious, generous woman with a big heart, Syndey lived a life as colorful and alive, and often as broke, as many of the legendary local characters she loved to hang out with and photograph. In an interview published in the Mardi Gras Guide, Syndey said, “I try to make people who think they are ordinary feel as if they are truly extraordinary. Everyone has a little bit of magic in them. My job is to bring it out.” –Bear Kamaroff
Some of her photos here
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 October 2015 13:28 (4 months ago) Permalink
Photo 3: The Funeral of Louis Nelson with Richard “King” Matthews & Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews New Orleans, 1990
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 October 2015 13:30 (4 months ago) Permalink
Clarinetist Joe Torregano, who played in a variety of traditional brass bands, passed away yesterday, October 6. NOLA.com reports that Terregano died of cancer at his home in La Place. He was 63.
Torregano performed with the Young Tuxedo, Exclesior, Olympia and Original Royal Players brass bands at different points throughout his life. He also taught a number of musicians, including Christian Scott and Victor Goines, during his 30 year career as a band instructor at local schools like Gregory Junior High, John McDonough High School and East St. John High School. His most recent job was as a teacher at New Orleans’ Ellis Marsalis Center for Music.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 October 2015 13:34 (4 months ago) Permalink
liking this particular Hot 8 lineup:
― expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Monday, 2 November 2015 16:49 (3 months ago) Permalink
this is like brass band adjacent at best but shit goes so hard:
― adam, Monday, 23 November 2015 16:59 (2 months ago) Permalink
NEW ORLEANS – Hundreds of people were gathered at a New Orleans playground for a block party and music video shoot when two groups in the crowd opened fire on each other, wounding 16 people in the shocking Sunday evening violence, police said.
Police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when gunfire erupted at the park in the city’s 9th Ward, the police said in a statement Sunday.
Blaming second line for this-
Members of the Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club stressed Monday (Nov. 23) that the mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park in New Orleans was not associated with their club, which had paraded past the park about three hours earlier. Seventeen people were injured, three critically, when two groups began firing guns into the crowd of 300 at the park on Sunday at 6:15 p.m., police said.
The park sits between Desire Street and Gallier Street in the Upper Ninth Ward. The club's second-line parade passed at around 3 p.m., members said. At the time, dozens of people were in the park for what club members said they thought was recording of a music video.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 23 November 2015 20:21 (2 months ago) Permalink
I was at the second line but left before anything went down, thank god. The parade itself ran further past the scheduled end time than any other I've been to, and it kinda fell apart at the end - two of the three bands, some of the parading club members, a few of the floats and many of the spectators who'd been walking with it simply peeled off in the last half hour. A friend I was with today - a lifetime Treme resident and Yellow Pocahontas Indian - told me most of the police escort left at 4, too, and suggested both the SA&PC and the police deserved some of the blame. Another friend who's a photographer and was also at the parade told me the events were in no way connected, and that a lot of people are angry the event and the social club are getting blamed for a totally unrelated crime. But I think he left at the same time I did, so I don't know.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Monday, 23 November 2015 21:01 (2 months ago) Permalink
Everyone on Facebook saying that it's totally unrelated, happened three or four hours after the second line passed through.
― expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Monday, 23 November 2015 21:05 (2 months ago) Permalink
Right, and from all reports, the shooting would have happened whether or not the second line had taken place.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Monday, 23 November 2015 21:14 (2 months ago) Permalink
Or ran overtime, etc.
It's certainly possible that more people were in the park at that time than would have normally been the case. But I just looked at google maps, and Bunny Friend Park is over a mile from where the second line dispersed.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Monday, 23 November 2015 21:24 (2 months ago) Permalink
I don't think they were blaming second line participants for the shooting, I think they were blaming the second line, rightly or wrongly, for soaking up police attention in the 9th.
― Comprehensive Nuclear Suggest-Ban Theory (benbbag), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 01:39 (2 months ago) Permalink
Yeah, the police escort was pretty much gone by the time the parade ended, and that was an hour before the shooting, so that doesn't wash either.
― Futuristic Bow Wow (thewufs), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 05:09 (2 months ago) Permalink
NYC photographer Jules Allen has been taking pics of black marching bands for 30 years
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:22 (1 month ago) Permalink
I should see that Morgan State band
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 December 2015 22:46 (1 month ago) Permalink
― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 February 2016 18:24 (1 week ago) Permalink
That's excellent! Love this pic from their website (tho may be hueg)
― Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 2 February 2016 18:51 (1 week ago) Permalink
happy mardi gras yall. wanted to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to jordan and everyone else who makes this thread awesome and periodically alleviates my homesickness. a visiting friend brought me a king cake from hi-do's bakery in gretna which also helps.
and here's some new birth
― adam, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 16:19 (2 days ago) Permalink
happy mardi gras man.
Glenn David released a little Mardi Gras single backed by TBC: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/tobecontinuedbrassbandfe
i kinda love that even in 2016 it's still relatively difficult to get new brass band recordings, like you still have to get cds (or cd-rs) at shows for some bands, or go through Louisiana Music Factory. it's not like everyone just set up Bandcamp sites (because that's just not how music is passed around the local scene, i assume).
― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:36 (2 days ago) Permalink
btw, i should share the bootleg i have of the greatest brass band set ever played, Soul Rebels at the Club Onyx brass band battle in 2000 (as an exhibition set). i wasn't there, it was a few years before my time, but it was recorded by someone in our crew, and has been passed around and listened to constantly ever since. email or PM me for the link.
― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:39 (2 days ago) Permalink
the amount of cell phone video second line footage is pretty impressive tho (even if the audio is often not great). the advent of youtube was a big deal for brass bands, i used to work with a dude who spent tons of time sifting through brass band and marching band videos. the marching bands are a whole other genre that we've never really gotten into but they definitely play a huge role in brass band players' development.
― adam, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 18:08 (2 days ago) Permalink
totally, totally. for awhile Deb Cotton was responsible for that almost single-handedly, at least in terms of consistent and high-quality footage imo. i know that personally it was the biggest factor in being able to play this music confidently, because i could (and did) immerse myself in second line footage every day. before that i'd have to come to New Orleans and absorb as much as i could in a few days, then go back and try to hold onto that.
― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 18:13 (2 days ago) Permalink