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Though they don't have to be from New Orleans. Does anyone listen to this music much? Who are your favorites?

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 01:51 (11 years ago) Permalink

I know very little about the subject, but I wanna see some answers!

charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (11 years ago) Permalink

Rebirth Brass Band is definitely classic, they were probably the first brass band music I heard (initially on Maceo Parker's record I believe). Lately some friends have hipped me to Soul Rebels (there is no such thing as too many hip-hop brass bands) and New Birth, and I just heard some Treme Brass Band that's are on the more traditional tip.

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 (11 years ago) Permalink

Jordan, you're not supposed to answer your own question! But thanks for the primer. I did hear the last Rebirth Brass Band album, and it was really great. I think our station's copy came with a parental advisory sticker, which was sorta weird, 'cause I can't imagine too many minors buying that album.

charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:52 (11 years ago) Permalink

I just wanted to get things rolling. :> I think my main intent was to see if anyone else was into this music and hopefully get some recommendations for bands I haven't heard.

Speaking of which, what about brass bands from neither New Orleans nor Wisconsin?

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:17 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band blows the roof off just about every joint they play -- i've only heard a couple of their recordings, but they translate well, too. ¥

christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:44 (11 years ago) Permalink

Hey, Jordan, cool thread. I know nothing about this stuff, but I'm curious as hell now. why are there all these bands from wisconsin? know of any good websites where I can get an overview of brass band stuff? any compilations you'd recommend?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 22:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

I'm from Madison, Wisconsin, and I know those bands. You can't find a Southern accent in Madison, but you got all these brass bands and New Orleans restaurants popping up. Youngblood and Mama Digdown's even go down to Mardi Gras and perform, though I don't know how seriously they're taken.

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 (11 years ago) Permalink

The Rebirth Brass Band are indeed genuinely great. The Nutley Brass, probably from somewhere like Yorkshire, did at least one punk cover - Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment - that was fun.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 5 September 2002 17:55 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
Saw the Dirty Dozen Brass Band a few years ago and they were superb.

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 (11 years ago) Permalink

I haven't heard Medicated Magic, but some of the brass band guys I play with weren't too up on it (they would have admittedly picky tastes about this sort of thing). I do wish they would still use a bass drummer and a snare drummer, even though their drummer is great. I'm going to see them here soon, with Youngblood Brass Band is opening up which is cool.

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 (11 years ago) Permalink

i'm gonna start talking out of my ass because i've never listened to new orleans brass bands nor have i listened to Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy, but wasn't he doing this sortsa stuff. brass interpretations of popular songs like madona and marilyn manson.

or was it not so brass band-y?

JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 00:48 (11 years ago) Permalink

I've only heard one track by Brass Fantasy (on a brass band comp, heh), but it was very brass band-y and very fantastic.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 04:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

Um, I don't really listen to much of the old stuff, but I've heard it. Get the Eureka Brass Band, the "This is the first authentic recording of a New Orleans Black brass band that was active at the time of recording. Recorded in New Orleans on August 25, 1951 by Alden Ashforth and David Wyckoff. This compact disc is the best example of the music at a jazz funeral and it defines tradtional brass band music." There are older recordings, like the country brass band from the turn of the century that fills out the Baby Dodd's "Talking and Drum Solos" disc, but really, it's shit.

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

I really liked the song that Jess put on his blog, from your Rough Guide, Jordan.

Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:31 (9 years ago) Permalink

Thanks, Jay. I put another song from that Rebirth album up here along with a couple of other things for some friends.

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

i just wanna say that the mix that Jordan sent me is probably one of the most listened cds i've gotten this year

JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

That's great to hear, Jason. I just listened to the Liquid Liquid disc before work today, btw.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

Just sticking in another vote here for the ReBirth Brass Band album that has the song on Jordan's comp -- it's called Hot Venom, and it's fantastic. It definitely deserves the parental warning sticker, though (many f-bombs; "Pop That Pussy"). Live, at least here in the North, they are much less hip-hoppy, more of an old-school soul party vibe ("Let's Do It Again / One Love" on the album is representative of that).

Vornado (Vornado), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

True, they stuck all the street-est stuff on that one album. It also has my favorite production job of any brass band album, not to mention the four 'bone lineup.

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

I played some trumpet in school but disdained the marching band (late summer, they're getting ready for football season, marching around in the mud in red wool uniforms, ughh). Have long regretted that, but garage soul/preppy-frat rock was good."Soulfinger" and "Grazin' In The Grass" my faves. Buckinghams' "Mercy Mercy" led me back to Adderley & Zawinul's original, yclept "Mercy Mercy Mercy", and from there to other Blue Note (the cliche of jazz and pop parting ways WWII never otm). Much liked (first albums of) Electric Flag, Blood Sweat & Tears (pre Clayton Thomas), and Chicago. Now collect high school marching band records, which is among what ("lab bands, stage bands" also) gets LANGLEY SCHOOLS equiv, except for the acclaim, on SCHOOLHOUSE FUNK, compiled by Motorcycle John (AKA DJ SHADOW). From the 70s. Uneven, but amazing. Something I'd heard and thought it was the Dirty Dozen 'til I got it: David Byrne's MUSIC FOR THE KNEE PLAYS. TKP being a segment of Robert Wilson's intercontinental stage/satellite TV cycle, "the CIVIL warS" (broadcast live in sequence, but the Reagan Admin pulled plug on our part). Turns out this music was "inspired by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band." Involving old pros like Chuck Findley, Ernie Watts, Pete Christlieb, and Fred Wesley, and, even though it's got some of that one-size-fits-all ECM train station echo, here it does fit (boomin' in the gloom, and after all it's about life going on during wartime). Also Lester Bowie Brass Fantasy's AVANT POP and others; even getting to recastings of hiphop and that big parade drum for "Beautiful People, Beau'ful PeePUL" on ODYSSEY OF FUNK AND POPULAR MUSIC, his last album (which I reviewed for; put your Search subject in quotes if you go there)I've always wondered about Mike Westbrook's settings of Blake, and his Drinking Gasoline review, with singer Kate Westbrook. Were those good? (Regis Brass Band is one from New Orleans I've heard live, but never knew of any records. They were really young and firey when I saw 'em.)

don, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

Also my brass band should be playing at the Green Mill again in the next couple months.

Yeah, remind me! I've missed you guys a few times now!

Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

Wow Don, it sounds like you've heard a lot of stuff on the periphery of/influenced by N.O. brass band. You should jump into the real shit, I bet you'd be into it (NB: I don't really like the Dirty Dozen for the most part, and I haven't heard of Regis) --

New Birth Brass Band, D-Boy
Rebirth Brass Band, Hot Venom
Stooges Brass Band, It's About Time
Soul Rebels Brass Band, No More Parades
Lil' 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

What I mean to say is, he can blow eight notes on one note and suddenly every other trumpet player and every tricky run becomes irrelevant.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, that David Byrne "Music for the Knee Plays" is great

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

and how great is The Ying Yang Twins new song "Halftime". are brass bands and marching bands at all related?

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

I shy away from the comparison just because it makes people think of their bad Midwest high school pep band and assume that they know what it's about. I'm also sick to death of people saying "oh, you guys must have been in the UW band" or "what drum corps did you march in?" when no one in the band comes from that background at all.

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

jordan -- is that yr actual email addy? (I'll do a trade for a copy of that mix).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yep (change gmale to gmail obv.). That sounds good Julio, I'm sure you have some stuff I'd love to hear.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

Jordan is 100% otm re: high school bands. New Orleans has like the Delta Force marching bands--all the best music during Mardi Gras can be heard by avoiding the clubs (most of which are hosting jam bands anyway) and hitting the parades further Uptown (before the kids playing are all worn out).

I am also interested in Jordan's mix.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

by avoiding the clubs

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

Dude, Le Bon Temps has the crunkest quesadillas in the city.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yas yas, that's what I like about the South. Alabama's Public TV used to broadcast an annual marching band contest, live from Bessemer High School's football field. That sound, across the stadium (and airwaves), not just horns but the drums, it moves me man. Reminds me that Bessemer is the disembarkation point of Sun Ra (and my father). As far as non-high school, don't forget Mississippi's late (and maybe last of a kind) Othar Turner. And I always suspected that those early N.O. parade bands, "soloing" in different keys simulanteously for *one* thing, were an influence on free jazz (Ornette Coleman had played in proto-R&B bands in his native Texas, and toured in a medicine show band, according to A.B. Spellman, and also lived in New Orleans in 1950 or so, when he could have heard some of those guys live, although there was no revival then, was there? And old guys don't usually have the wind to flip out, I know from my own brass, but his wife Jayne Crotez was known to have a killer collection of 78s.Think also of ASCENSION, esp. the better version, eventually relaesed with the *relatively* tamer, more familiar take. And Gary Giddins said that his Jazz History students hit a wall when they got to Air, etc. but loved Henry Threadgill's JELLY ROLLS, which I think was one of the earliest Free-to-Ur foldovers. And some of them got intoFree per se, with JR as their gateway. I was always fascinated by Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan's albums of spiritual and gospel, and notice elements of these primogen. influences in Ayler (listening to the boxset single-disc promo, for inst). Reminds me: don't know how widespread this trend is, but in the CD store where I was working last year, noticed a jazz X gospel trendette, coming from "Jazz" section *and* from gospel (and of course the latter's had crossover from Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, but that's getting away from horns altogether)

don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

Erm, that would be Jayne Cortez, not "Crotez." Charlie Haden said that before anybody could borrow one of her records, they had to promise to learn to play the songs on it. (She eventually put out her own albums, like the killer early jazz-rap MAINTAIN CONTROL, with mebers of Prime Time, and Ornette as special guest on "There Are No Simple Answers." Again, off-topic, but great[and o course he does play a horn])

don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

We have People TV in Atlanta, and last year I spent a lot of time taing random things off it, marshing band videos being one of them. The beats truly were crunk, and the dancing that accompanied them was straight out of the club.

Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

Marching band videos? You mean like single songs, like pop videos? Whole concerts? Never heard of People TV, is that local to Atlanta?

don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the links, Jordan. Also, on Public Radio's "Beale Street caravan," I just heard NRBQ with horns, live from Coney Island (the one in Cincinnati, not NY). They kept adding extra beats to "swing"; pretty funny. I'd forgotten, they used to have the Whole Wheat Horns, or maybe they're playing horns themselves, like Z Z Top. Reminds me of HIP-BOP-SKA, by the Skatalites, with guests like Lester Bowie and David Murray. Lester does some of this approach on James Carter's COVERSIN' WITH THE ELDERS, which also has Harry Sweets Edison on trumpet, Buddy Tate on clarinet, Hamiett Bluiett on baritone, and JC plays various reed instruments from his storied collection. It ain't Storyville but it ain't bad. Chicka-boom!

don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

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 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

steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:48 (9 years ago) Permalink

Brass Bands - C/D

steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (9 years ago) Permalink

I wish I had time to go down to Jazzfest at the end of April and into early May and check everybody out. Plus that other fest with swamp pop and Blood Ulmer and more is going on at the rock n bowl.

steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 20:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

Kermit Ruffins is now on tour...

Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

He's got a new cd with Rebirth I believe. I doubt they're together on tour though

Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:34 (9 years ago) Permalink

I downloaded a ton of stuff for free online a while ago. It is great stuff. Can't remember any names, though. I just filled two cds and labelled them New Orleans Jazz 1 and 2. It sounds drunk and it sounds happy and sometimes it stumbles along like a sad drunk but still manages to sound fun. Right after I saw "Wild Man Blues" I decided I should have some of that.

I think one was called Yarl River Blues Band.

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up Steve! Hot 8 in Downbeat, who knew.

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 (9 years ago) Permalink

It should be great.

From the April issue excerpt on Downbeat's website:

Next Generation New Orleans Brass Bands
Brass 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 (9 years ago) Permalink


MARDI GRAS 2005: a photo essay by Ned Sublette
Also Check out Interviews with Joseph Roach, Donald Harrison, and Vicki Mayer by Ned Sublette

Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:14 (9 years ago) Permalink

there was some sorta Folkways record i checked out in Fredericksburg, Texas, and it dirged and dirtied heaving heavier than a mule cry, as syrupy and sun-stroked than just about anything i could think of (though that recent Sub Rosa Tibetan ceremony thing is sorta close). one of those New Orleans series ones. don't know if a single tortoise tune clocked in under eight minutes...

imbidimts, Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

cool, thanks! wow, greg tardy...he's a legit jazz dude, although i think he's from n.o. and i'm pretty sure he's on a Soul Rebels record.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:16 (6 months ago) Permalink

He played with Paul Cebar for a while too.

The sweet spot between bad and unpleasant (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:18 (6 months ago) Permalink

didn't know that! but i do know paul.

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 24 October 2013 17:42 (6 months ago) Permalink

We have a surprising winner!:

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 October 2013 19:12 (5 months ago) Permalink

How did TBC not even make the final two bands?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:16 (5 months ago) Permalink

i know, it's crazy. good for the pinettes, and maybe they put more into hyping the crowd and vocals, but no one is playing horns like TBC right now.

festival culture (Jordan), Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

Folks in or visiting NO Nov. 6th might want to go to this:

a panel discussion on Jazz Funerals at Xavier University on Wednesday, November 6.
The discussion will be led by Dr. Michael White and will feature a live performance by the Liberty Brass Band.

With Bennie Pete from Hot 8; Gregory Stafford from Young Tuxedo Brass Band; 2 guys from Social Aid and Pleaure Clubs; plus knowledgable historian Jason Berry. At 7 pm and free

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 October 2013 15:32 (5 months ago) Permalink

New Orleans musician, author and Tulane Assistant Prof Matt Sakakeeny on the Red Bull Street King and Queen event

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 15:46 (5 months ago) Permalink

Pinettes brought the show and hype it seems:

from above article

As the pallbearers carried the casket through the streets of New Orleans, a brass band led the procession with the slow dirge "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." But this was no jazz funeral, this was a brass band blowout, and painted on the coffin were the names of competing bands: New Breed, New Generation and To Be Continued. The Pinettes Brass Band had staged an elaborate ceremony to proclaim the death of their opponents, and when the music transitioned to the up-tempo march that signals the joyous end of the funeral, a dancer jumped out of the coffin ("She's alive!") and led the cavalcade through a tightly-packed crowd and into the judging area.
This grand entrance, followed by a fierce performance over three rounds, helped The Pinettes seal the win when the bacchanalia of brass came to a crashing close. So the big news in a city that surely enjoys the highest sousaphone-per-capita rate in the country is that the top prize was taken by the only all-female brass band (their name is a feminized version of the well-known Pinstripe band) in a patriarchal musical scene of about twenty bands with nary another female instrumentalist.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 November 2013 16:00 (5 months ago) Permalink

Dying to see "The Whole Gritty City." Anyone know what's going to happen with this film in terms of nationwide screenings or a DVD release? I live in a town in which the high school marching band is huge (although definitely not on the level of a typical NOLA high school band), and I think the kids and parents would love to see this.

Jazzbo, Friday, 8 November 2013 12:52 (5 months ago) Permalink

That does look great. I want it to come to my town too

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 November 2013 16:15 (5 months ago) Permalink

I emailed them and just got this quick response:

Thanks for writing. The film won't be coming there real soon - because it will air on national television in February. Before the broadcast we can only do a handful of screenings in New Orleans and NYC. After the broadcast we will see what kind of theatrical or group screenings we can arrange in other cities. And then it will also get released in DVD and online.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 November 2013 16:52 (5 months ago) Permalink

Thanks! Very cool that it will be on TV. Will have my DVR ready to go.

Jazzbo, Friday, 8 November 2013 18:00 (5 months ago) Permalink

Just a reminder to join us at Rump-A-Pum-Pum – A Drum Summit: Holiday Beats of the Gulf South, and kick off this special season with some 'groove carols.'
The concert will take place at Tulane University's Dixon Hall tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) at 6:30 pm.

Master drummers Shannon Powell and Johnny Vidacovich (Astral Project) with Cuban percussionist Alexey Marti, Larry Sieberth, Roderick Paulin and Chris Severin will explore traditional carols infused with New Orleans and Cuban rhythms.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 November 2013 19:31 (5 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Best Brass Band Album
•Brass-A-Holics: I Am a Bras-A-Holics
•Hot 8 Brass Band: Life and Times of the Hot 8 Brass Band
•Hot 8 Brass Band: Tombstone
•The Original Pinettes Brass Band: Finally
•Stooges Brass Band: Street Music

Best Brass Band
•Hot 8 Brass Band
•The Original Pinettes Brass Band
•Rebirth Brass Band
•Soul Rebels Brass Band

Best Traditional Jazz Artist
•Leroy Jones
•Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns
•Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers
•Preservation Hall Jazz Band
•Kermit Ruffins

Best Traditional Jazz Album
•Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns: Foolers’ Gold
•Tom McDermott: Bamboula
•Kristina Morales & the Bayou Shufflers: Louisiana Fairytale
•Preservation Hall Jazz Band: That’s It!
•Kermit Ruffins: We Partyin’ Traditional Style
•Miss Sophie Lee: Love Street Lullaby

Best Contemporary Jazz Artist
•Terence Blanchard
•Kidd Jordan
•Jason Marsalis
•Nicholas Payton
•James Westfall

Best Contemporary Jazz Album
•Jon Batiste and Stay Human: Social Music
•Terence Blanchard: Magnetic
•Gillet Singleton Duo: Ferdinand
•Kidd Jordan & Hamid Drake: A Night in November: Live in New Orleans
•Jason Marsalis: In a World of Mallets
•Nicholas Payton with the Sinfonieorchester Basel: Sketches of Spain

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:56 (4 months ago) Permalink

TBC getting robbed again, wtf?

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 19 December 2013 17:00 (4 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (Duke
University Press)

I stil haven't read this Matt Sakakeeny book (with artist Willie Burch). Matt's a New Orleans college prof and plays music in Los Poboycitos

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 January 2014 20:18 (3 months ago) Permalink

There's a brass band piece in the new issue of Downbeat that's ehhh. The hook is the proliferation of brass band music from New Orleans outward, but the actual New Orleans bands are given short shrift. Great quotes from Youngblood BB but otherwise I think it does a disservice to the NOLA bands by putting some of these other bands on the same level (some more than others).

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 17 January 2014 16:45 (3 months ago) Permalink

Not online I see.

I'm not familiar with writer Jennifer Odell, although I see she has a blog and says:

You’ll find more of my work (and lots from other New Orleans-obsessed writers) in a new book about New Orleans culture, “What Can’t Be Lost: 88 Stories and Traditions from the Sacred City,”

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 January 2014 17:51 (3 months ago) Permalink

I see your point. You're right

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 January 2014 18:08 (3 months ago) Permalink

Thx, maybe I'm being too hard on it given the thrust of the article, but I'm just an old brass band hater.

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 17 January 2014 19:37 (3 months ago) Permalink

more importantly:

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 17 January 2014 19:56 (3 months ago) Permalink

x-post-- nah, you have reason to hate here

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 January 2014 23:25 (3 months ago) Permalink

what is happening with the goofy hipstery brass band on the previous page

adam, Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:21 (3 months ago) Permalink

Check out the photo of the musicians showing up with instruments at the council meeting

writer Larry Blumenfeld:

It’s easy to frame a situation that pits city officials and a small but influential pocket of homeowners and businesspeople against scores of musicians, club owners and music lovers as a culture war: And to some extent there is one—maybe always has been one—going in in New Orleans. But like all exercises in policy as it affects people’s lives and livelihoods and most stories in general, the truth is more nuanced and complex than simply good against bad or right versus wrong.

I intend to write at greater length and with more depth and balance about this situation as it continues to play out. In the coming days, I plan to speak with the city council members and supporters of the original ordinance that I’d hoped to quote from the canceled meeting. According the a statement posted on the city council website Thursday evening, a new ordinance proposal will be put forth soon, with a meeting scheduled Jan. 27 for public comment. It’s unclear right now precisely who is working on this revision, when it will be made public and what it will say.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:39 (3 months ago) Permalink

But only 1 councilperson was there

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:58 (3 months ago) Permalink

Louisiana Music Factory is having a store-wide moving sale January 25 - 31, prior to its move to Frenchmen St.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:50 (3 months ago) Permalink

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:54 (3 months ago) Permalink

From Offbeat editor Ramsey re the rescheduled meeting:

in the video of Monday’s meeting where voices were heard concerning the VCPORA-sponsored noise legislation, Councilmember Stacy Head said: ” I do hope that some of the hyperbole be brought down some and we can get to a point where some people may believe, and I think Ms. Ramsey may be one of them, that we shouldn’t have any rules regulating sound. And that is a position, that is a position that some people can take, but on the other side there will be people who don’t want any noise, don’t want any sound, don’t want any noise to disturb the crickets. That’s also an irrational position.”

I would challenge Ms. Head to actually read the editorials and blogs on this issue where I have consistently said that enforcement is crucial and compromise was necessary, but that one side—that is bankrolled and promoted by a moneyed attorney with a penchant for winning his battles, no matter what the cost to our culture or city—should not be the voice that’s heard over the majority of citizens.

Sometimes “hyperbole” is needed to point attention to an issue that’s dominated by one side with money and power versus a majority that’s concerned, less powerful (read poorer) and needs to hear its voice heard.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:05 (2 months ago) Permalink

Meg Lousteau, executive director of VCPORA, said there was "nothing secret" about the ordinance drafting as proposed. Lousteau said Bourbon Street businesses are "creating a straw man of music" on which to blame their excessive noise. Coco Garret, vice president of French Quarter Citizens Inc., and Carole Allen, VCPORA vice president, agreed. "The scofflaw businesses are cranking up the music to the detriment of musicians," Allen said.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 January 2014 15:51 (2 months ago) Permalink

i think Sidewalk Steppers is the only second line that Rebirth can be counted on to play these days, but they're rolling deeep:

Trombone Shorty, members of New Birth, TBC, etc.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 3 February 2014 15:20 (2 months ago) Permalink

email I received from R*chard B*rber:

I'm writing to let you know about the broadcast this Saturday,
February 15th, of "The Whole Gritty City". The documentary about kids
in New Orleans marching bands that Andre Lambertson and I began 6 years ago
will air as a special 2-hour "48 Hours Presents" on CBS at 9 pm
Eastern and Pacific, 8pm Central time.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

I gotta remember to watch or tape that

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

Another reminder to myself to pae it. I think CBS is having Wynton Marsalis connected to this though

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 February 2014 19:44 (2 months ago) Permalink

tape it

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 February 2014 19:56 (2 months ago) Permalink

It's on right now on CBS

curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 February 2014 02:21 (2 months ago) Permalink

streaming for two weeks:

watched it last night and it's really, really good.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 17 February 2014 14:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

Saw bits and pieces of it. Some very serious and sad interviews and such, the title of the program is correct.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:43 (2 months ago) Permalink

Although the Indians are a preponderantly male tradition, many women have masked and marched with tribes over the years. They are known as Queens and usually occupy an ancillary spot by virtue of their relationship with the Big Chief.” (That ancillary role is underscored in the book, first published in 1986; although several photographs of Indians appear, no women are identified by name, and a photo of the Harrison family in their Indian suits only includes Donald Sr., Donald Jr. and Brian Nelson, Cherice’s son, masking as a small boy.)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 March 2014 04:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

the coldest second line of the year goes to...

festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 7 March 2014 22:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

Expanded version of photographer Lee Friedlander's book

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 04:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Pricey but looks good-- A revised and expanded edition of his 1992 monograph The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band features over 200 photographs taken by Friedlander between 1957 and 1982, many of which are published here for the first time. Storied figures such as Duke Ellington and Mahalia Jackson have been captured by Friedlander’s disarming lens, and Sweet Emma Barrett, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Johnny St. Cyr, and other luminaries are seen in their homes and the back rooms in which they gathered to play. Also included are photographs of the city’s second-line parades, whose jubilant dancing has long been a defining aspect of New Orleans jazz culture.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 14:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

That's a beautiful book. I have the first one.

A Perfect Ratio of Choogle to Jam (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 18 March 2014 15:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

Jazzfest stage "cubes" schedule just popped into my inbox. Used to be one of my happiest days of the year, but skimming past Robin Thicke, Christina Aguilera and Vampire Weekend, plus lengthy sets by Phish and String Cheese Incident, I'm wondering if there's much left for me there anymore.

A Perfect Ratio of Choogle to Jam (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:33 (1 month ago) Permalink

Still some brass bands, gospel and old jazz & r'n'b folks, but its a predictable lineup of locals and its obscured by all the big touring names above (they didn't take a hint from Ponderosa Stomp re seeking out obscure locals; plus so many old-school New Orleans musicians have passed on)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'm sure I could still pass a good time with Feufollet and a bowl of Crawfish Monica, but it's a pretty uninspired schedule. Santana again, it must be Jimmy Buffett's off year.

A Perfect Ratio of Choogle to Jam (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 19:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

this band is not very good. that said, all frenchmen st business owners are assholes. the important takeaway here is that dat dog, who by building on the vacant lot where young fellaz used to play started all this trouble, sells artisanal hot dogs for $8 each. rip new orleans.

adam, Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

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