― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 01:51 (12 years ago) Permalink
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:52 (12 years ago) Permalink
Speaking of which, what about brass bands from neither New Orleans nor Wisconsin?
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:17 (12 years ago) Permalink
― christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:44 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 22:29 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 5 September 2002 17:55 (12 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 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink
or was it not so brass band-y?
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 00:48 (11 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 04:42 (11 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:31 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:57 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:07 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Vornado (Vornado), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:18 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― don, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:22 (9 years ago) Permalink
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
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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:46 (9 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (9 years ago) Permalink
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:49 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (9 years ago) Permalink
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (9 years ago) Permalink
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (9 years ago) Permalink
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (9 years ago) Permalink
― don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (9 years ago) Permalink
― don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (9 years ago) Permalink
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 20:34 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (9 years ago) Permalink
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:34 (9 years ago) Permalink
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
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
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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink
― imbidimts, Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:30 (9 years 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 (8 months ago) Permalink
more importantly: http://instagram.com/p/jR-j-PSIqM/
― festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 17 January 2014 19:56 (8 months ago) Permalink
x-post-- nah, you have reason to hate here
― curmudgeon, Friday, 17 January 2014 23:25 (8 months ago) Permalink
what is happening with the goofy hipstery brass band on the previous page
― adam, Saturday, 18 January 2014 01:21 (8 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 (8 months ago) Permalink
But only 1 councilperson was there
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:58 (8 months ago) Permalink
In more positive news:
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 January 2014 16:14 (8 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 (7 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2014 16:54 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 (7 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 kidsin New Orleans marching bands that Andre Lambertson and I began 6 years agowill air as a special 2-hour "48 Hours Presents" on CBS at 9 pmEastern and Pacific, 8pm Central time.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:47 (7 months ago) Permalink
I gotta remember to watch or tape that
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:59 (7 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 (7 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Friday, 14 February 2014 19:56 (7 months ago) Permalink
It's on right now on CBS
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 February 2014 02:21 (7 months ago) Permalink
streaming for two weeks: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/48-hours-presents-the-whole-gritty-city/
watched it last night and it's really, really good.
― festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 17 February 2014 14:59 (7 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 (7 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 (6 months ago) Permalink
the coldest second line of the year goes to...
― festival culture (Jordan), Friday, 7 March 2014 22:36 (6 months ago) Permalink
Expanded version of photographer Lee Friedlander's book
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 04:16 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (6 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months 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 (5 months ago) Permalink
Young Fellaz Brass Band on Frenchman St. controversy.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:51 (5 months ago) Permalink
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 (5 months ago) Permalink
Wish I coulda been in New Orleans this weekend for Jazzfest; or in Seattle for this EMP Pop Conference presentation:
Matt Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist, journalist, and musician in New Orleans, and an Assistant Professor of Music at Tulane University. His book Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans was published by Duke University Press in 2013. Matt has also contributed to Wax Poetics, Oxford American, and NPR’s All Things Considered, and is the guitarist and bandleader for Los Po-Boy-Citos.
ABSTRACT“The New Orleans Brass Band and Old Technologies of Mobility”The New Orleans brass band is the ensemble responsible for mobilizing the local cultural traditions of the jazz funeral and the second line parade. As these processions move through the city streets, their pace is determined by the tempos set by the drummers, and the ecstatic dancing of the participants that make up the “second line” is propelled by the syncopated rhythms and improvised melodies of the musicians. These ensembles are entirely acoustic, and the processions they perform in can be connected to West African burial rituals that predate slavery, but the instruments themselves were once cutting-edge technologies. Marching drums, sousaphones, and other wind and percussion instruments were specifically designed to mobilize crowds, and most originated in military bands and developed through technological advances in metallurgy, woodwork, and synthetics via industrial design and automated labor. As products of Ottoman, European, and American innovation, these instruments were appropriated by black musicians whose presence in the New World was, of course, a product of their ancestors' forced mobilization from Africa. As an inherently mobile ensemble, the brass band has facilitated the movement of black New Orleanians through public spaces where lynchings, race riots, segregation, and gentrification have all taken place. The many vectors of mobilization that intersect with the brass band ensemble problematize contemporary equations of mobility solely with “new” media. We have always been mobile.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 April 2014 19:51 (4 months ago) Permalink
Saw praise for Matt's presentation on twitter
― curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2014 13:43 (4 months ago) Permalink
― festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 28 April 2014 14:14 (4 months ago) Permalink
Golden Star Hunters Big Chief Larry Bannock passed away on April 30, just three days after performing at Jazz Fest 2014.
funeral is Saturday for this Mardi Gras Indian, according to Offbeat
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 May 2014 20:09 (4 months ago) Permalink
unflattering closeups on public television: http://video.wpt.org/video/2365220219/
― festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 8 May 2014 23:10 (4 months ago) Permalink
From Offbeat Mag email:
the brass band—the Young Fellaz Brass Band—that seemed to have caused a lot of problems with some of the local businesses, has proclaimed that the band is interested in being part of the street and that it will stop playing around 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. They’ve also promised not to play as loudly as they have been. Sam Jackson, the leader of the Young Fellaz, has made a sincere attempt to meet and talk to the other business owners on the street to assure them that the band is making an effort to be a part of the Frenchmen Street community of businesses.
The animosity towards the band from some of the businesses on the street seems to have been ameliorated somewhat. I think this is great news. Talking to each other and trying to get along with your neighbors is key to making Frenchmen Street a great destination for music and culture. It’s starting to happen. It just takes time and patience.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:44 (4 months ago) Permalink
They’ve also promised not to play as loudly as they have been
good to hear in general, but trust me, this is a promise that no brass band can keep.
― festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:46 (4 months ago) Permalink
More from Offbeat editor Ramsey:
I personally like the idea of letting the brass bands play in the flea market of the French Market. as t he vendors there go home every evening, and the area is vacant, lighted, and covered. Adding some food trucks in that area could create a destination attraction. Of course, this idea needs development and support by the city, the French Market Corporation and the bands themselves.
It would add another night-time entertainment area if there could be some traffic flow from Frenchmen to that area of the flea market if there was music and some food there. Another obstacle is the presence of the Old U.S. Mint. Let’s face it: it’s poorly lit, and pretty forbidding (even during the day). It’s almost a “blockade” between Frenchmen Street and a “Brass Band Alley.” The Old Mint needs to be made a lot friendlier. How about adding some lighting on its Decatur Street and Barracks Street sides in the evening? How about adding some signage on the corner of Decatur and Esplanade as well as on the Barracks Street side?
The Old Mint has great programming during the day (the National Jazz Historical Park has regular programs about New Orleans music); there also events occasionally in the evening. Why are they not capitalizing more on this contribution to the musical offerings in this area? Why couldn’t the Old Mint also get involved in developing a place for brass band to play at night?
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:49 (4 months ago) Permalink
Larry Blumenfeld re the ongoing battles re sound decibel regulations, changing New Orleans neighborhoods and more:
Back at City Hall, the outlook for policy reforms remained cloudy at best once the city council deadlocked, 3-3, thus balking at a proposed ordinance revision.The revisions would have dictated new methods of measurement and acceptable decibel levels for sound along a particularly loud section of the French Quarter’s Bourbon Street (based on an exhaustive study by acoustician David Woolworth, whose Oxford, Miss.-based firm was hired by the city council).
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 May 2014 15:13 (3 months ago) Permalink
Saw Glen David Andrews perform in Rhode Island Friday night and while I enjoyed the show immensely, I’m curious: Is he considered more of a draw for tourists or is he a favorite of NOLA locals, too? We basically heard the greatest hits of New Orleans — “Basin Street Blues,” “St. James Infirmary,” even “Saints.” Wondering if he dumbs down the set list while touring? Dynamic performer, though. Opening the show was the Funky Dawgz Brass Band from UConn, which played a great set of original material.
― Jazzbo, Monday, 16 June 2014 14:22 (3 months ago) Permalink
Jordan might be able to say more, but Glen used to play on the street a bunch and got arrested once for violating rules on second lining, so I'd say he is a favorite of both locals and others. He also has always been more into some traditional songs than other brass band players are (though he probably also thinks that when he's on the road that is what folks want to hear). He's never been as funky/hip-hop oriented as some. I saw him many years ago with the Treme Brass band on tour in DC doing the songs you mentioned,plus years later with a band at another DC club, and I've seen him do them onstage in New Orleans at Jazzfest and clubs as well.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 16 June 2014 14:35 (3 months ago) Permalink
well, on the one hand he's a legend, basically brass band royalty (same family as trombone shorty, derrick tabb, many others), best singer to come out of the brass band scene, great trombone player, been playing in New Birth and other bands for years. and he wrote this classic:
on the other hand, his solo shows can be a little...much? can definitely feel pandering, and then he'll do things like play his 'rock star' tune for 20 min and crowd surf.
― festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 16 June 2014 15:45 (3 months ago) Permalink
RIP Lionel Ferbos at 103
Trumpeter Lionel Ferbos, who enjoyed a late-in-life celebrity as the oldest active jazz musician in New Orleans, died early Saturday, July 19. He celebrated his 103rd birthday two nights earlier, on July 17, at a party at the Palm Court Jazz Café, a favorite venue of his.
Mr. Ferbos was the personification of quiet dedication to craft. Even some residents of his 7th Ward neighborhood, he once said, didn't realize he was a musician — they knew him as a master tinsmith who had taken over his father's sheet metal business. That occupation sustained him and his family for decades.
But he always nurtured a musical career on the side.
"He proved that the greatness of the city of New Orleans is that ordinary people can be extraordinary on a daily basis," said trumpeter and New Orleans Jazz Orchestra founder Irvin Mayfield. "Everyone has an opportunity to be something special. The culture gives us the opportunity. He was an example of that."
His life in music spanned the Roosevelt administration to the Obama administration, the Great Depression to the Internet era. Louis Armstrong was only 10 years his senior, but Mr. Ferbos outlived Armstrong by more than 40 years.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 July 2014 03:29 (2 months ago) Permalink
Last time I was was in NO, in 2008, I made it point to see not only his Jazzfest set, but also went to see him at Palm Court, figuring it would probably be my last time, if not his. RIP.
― Both jaunty and authentic (Dan Peterson), Monday, 21 July 2014 13:58 (2 months ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 July 2014 04:06 (1 month ago) Permalink
New Orleans drummer Jamal Baptiste is playing (the still alive) drummer for James Brown, Jabo Starks in the new James Brown movie
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:25 (1 month ago) Permalink
Idris Muhammad, whose drumming crossed over several musical styles including funk, jazz, and rhythm and blues, died Tuesday (July 29).
Williams said that Muhammad got his first national touring gig with Sam Cooke before moving on to Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield and beyond. "He was eclectic in terms of his playing," Williams said. "He mixed the New Orleans sound, that sound of the street music, with jazz music and rock 'n' roll, and had all that intertwined," Williams explained. "He tuned his drum to get the sound from the New Orleans street bands, the marching bands, and he'd get that kind of sound that would come from New Orleans. That's why he was so sought after. "He had the syncopation of New Orleans." The news devastated the WWOZ-FM staff, who had gotten to know Muhammad personally and through his music. After learning of the news, Wednesday's (July 30) "Morning Set" jazz show featured plenty of Muhammad's work.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 August 2014 15:26 (1 month ago) Permalink
More on his New Orleans drumming roots here
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 August 2014 16:55 (1 month ago) Permalink
x-post-- that WWOZ dj in the Muhammad obit shoulda included Earl Palmer in his list of legendary New Orleans drummers (even if some of his impact was from after he moved from the Crescent City to L.A.)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 13:55 (1 month ago) Permalink
Jordan posted this on the 2014 jazz thread
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 14:07 (1 month ago) Permalink