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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 (seventeen years ago) link

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

charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

two 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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

two 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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

three 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 (fifteen years ago) link

Brass Bands - C/D

steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

Kermit Ruffins is now on tour...

Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link


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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

Nice. I used to love going to Bean Brothers to see Hot 8, but they've switched their Sunday gig to Patio 79. I'll have to read the whole article (though Hot 8, New Birth, and the Stooges are NOT "bebop-heavy", ha).

Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 27 March 2005 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm looking forward to that Kermit w/Rebirth album next week because it's new brass band record, but he's really not much of a trumpet player these days (whereas Kabuki, Rebirth's trumpet player, is the fucking best). Apparently he doesn't mind setting himself up against hot players though, like on that Harry Connick record where Leroy Jones just slaughters him.

The only recording of I've heard of Kermit where he sounds really good is Treme Brass Band's Gimme My Money Back, which is ten years old.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 March 2005 13:04 (fifteen years ago) link

That Treme Brass Band "Gimme My Money Back" one is a great one. I got that on my last trip to N'awlins back in '96. "Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans" goes the song by somebody, and I do.

steve-k, Monday, 28 March 2005 14:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Aw man, that's WAY too long. I start jonesing after a few months with no New Orleans.

Have you heard the Stooges and Hot 8 cds, Steve?

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 March 2005 15:00 (fifteen years ago) link

No. I need to get back up to speed and check out those two and the Soul Rebels.

steve-k, Monday, 28 March 2005 15:08 (fifteen years ago) link

Kermit Ruffins is almost as dull as Los Hombres Calientes. They're the extremely boring and acceptable face of contemporary New Orleans music.

Jordan is SO SO SO OTM about Hot 8.

adam (adam), Monday, 28 March 2005 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link

The new Soul Rebels album is's WAY produced, with lots of slightly corny programming, guest stars, electric bass, etc. There are a couple of hot tracks (like Work It Out and They Don't Know, mostly for the MASSIVE SOUSAPHONE WHOOMPS that Damien's only done live until now), but it's not really a brass band album for the most part.

I love Hot 8 to death and I'm so happy that they finally put out a damn record. I wish the mix did a little more justice to the drummers (same for the Stooges record actually), but it's really good anyway.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 March 2005 15:26 (fifteen years ago) link

The new Kermit Ruffins/Rebirth record Throwback is pretty good. Like the title says, it's mostly happy festival type tunes like old-school Rebirth. The production is really big and clean sounding and it's a pretty hot lineup (Corey Henry on trombone, Trombone Shorty on trombone one tune). Kermit isn't 1/2 the trumpet player that Derrick Shezbie is, but it's fun and there are some HOT trombone solos. Any week with a new brass band record is a good week!

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 8 April 2005 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

An old buddy of mine, who's originally from Louisiana, has somehow arranged to head back to New Orleans for his work for the next month or so, just in time to go to the French Quarter Fest and stay through jazz fest. Aww man.

steve-k, Friday, 8 April 2005 20:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Nice. I will be there next week!

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 8 April 2005 20:22 (fifteen years ago) link

What is the brass band thing with Souljah Slim on it?

Ian Johansen (nordicskilla), Friday, 8 April 2005 21:38 (fifteen years ago) link

'You Don't Wanna Go to War', off of Rebirth's Hot Venom record (other bands play it as Hurricane Jorge though, Digdown did a version on the last record).

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 8 April 2005 21:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay, there's some serious filler on the second half of that Kermit disc. Talking about New Orleans over the band for 6 1/2 minutes, Happy Birthday, a wack hip-hop tune, some wack Kermit features, etc.. I wouldn't recommend it for a brass band introduction, but it has its moments.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 9 April 2005 14:33 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...
I wonder if there are any brass bands in this movie documentary coming to the AFI Silver Spring Md theatre:

Michael Murphy
USA, 2005, TBD

New Orleans is at the center of this story about musicians who brought funk to rhythm & blues and rock & roll. Featuring Big Sam's Funky Nation, the Neville Brothers and Allen Toussaint, with special appearances by Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards.

Friday 6/17 at 9:30 p.m.
Saturday 6/18 at 3:15 p.m.

At the SILVER PLAZA in Downtown Silver Spring

Friday night fun will surely ensue when New Orleans funk legends Walter Washington and Big Sam's Funky Nation perform live in conjunction with MAKE IT FUNKY!, yet another film in our fabulous - and FUNKY! - Music Documentary strand.

Friday 6/17
Music starts at 7:30 p.m., film rolls at 9:30 p.m.

Steve K (Steve K), Friday, 27 May 2005 03:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Bonnie Raitt has to pop up in everything like her name is Zelig or something. She and Jackson Browne showed up onstage to sing background for a song or 2 when I saw Brian Wilson.

Back to New Orleans stuff-I've seen Big Sam's Funky Nation mentioned in Offbeat but I don't know anything about them.

steve-k, Friday, 27 May 2005 12:00 (fifteen years ago) link

The Stooges might be in there, since Sam plays for them sometimes and they did a track on his record, but I doubt it. I know he's related to Andrews family, who are mostly musicians (sometimes it seems like everyone is at least a first or second cousin of everyone else in the brass band scene).

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Anyway Big Sam's Funky Nation is one of the New Orleans nu-funk bands, they're okay.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:11 (fifteen years ago) link

(Big) Sammy played trombone with the Dirty Dozen for a bit, before setting off to do his own thing. He's really fun to watch, but the bit of Funky Nation I heard at Jazzfest this year didn't thrill me; too monster-guitar heavy.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Heh, did you see him with the Andrews family band? Two snare drummers, two sousaphones, two trumpets, two bones, a bass drummer, AND a five piece funk-rock band behind them. Total trainwreck.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

There was a jaw harp solo though.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 27 May 2005 13:31 (fifteen years ago) link

one of the coolest things I ever saw was ReBirth doing a late-night gig at the Maple Leaf (i think... over on Oak St?) and some young rappers - somebody mentioned they might be some Cash Money up-and-comers - got up and did some of the bawdiest rhymes I'd ever heard over the music. CLASSIC.

Will(iam), Friday, 27 May 2005 14:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Rebirth did some foul-mouthed rhymes themselves the last time I saw them, but I bet it wasn't as good as what you saw Will.

steve-k, Friday, 27 May 2005 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah, the Rebirth dudes were trading rhymes as well. The guys that got up there with them may have just been friends. I certainly didn't recognize them from the main CM roster and the tip came from some random, (possibly) clueless dude. Whatever the case, lily-white debs backing that azz up and suggestively carressing the trombone player's horn (heh) was a site to behold...

Will(iam), Friday, 27 May 2005 17:50 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Revive. Hey Jordan and other brass band afficionados--

September 8, 2005
Jazz Musicians Ask if Their Scene Will Survive
By BEN RATLIFF, New York Times
New Orleans is a jazz town, but also a funk town, a brass-band town, a hip-hop town and a jam-band town. It has international jazz musicians and hip-hop superstars, but also a true, subsistence-level street culture. Much of its music is tied to geography and neighborhoods, and crowds.

All that was incontrovertibly true until a week ago Monday. Now the future for brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians, to cite two examples, looks particularly bleak if their neighborhoods are destroyed by flooding, and bleaker still with the prospect of no new tourists coming to town soon to infuse their traditions with new money. Although the full extent of damage is still unknown, there is little doubt that it has been severe - to families, to instruments, to historical records, to clubs, to costumes. "Who knows if there exists a Mardi Gras Indian costume anymore in New Orleans?" wondered Don Marshall, director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation.

"A lot of the great musicians came right out of the Treme neighborhood and the Lower Ninth Ward," said the trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, temporarily speaking in the past tense, by phone from Houston yesterday. Mr. Ruffins, one of the most popular jazz musicians in New Orleans, made his name there partly through his regular Thursday-night gig over the last 12 years at Vaughan's, a bar in the Bywater neighborhood, where red beans and rice were served at midnight. Now Vaughn's may be destroyed, and so may his new house, which is not too far from the bar.

On Saturday evening Mr. Ruffins flew back to New Orleans from a gig in San Diego, having heard the first of the dire storm warnings. He stopped at a lumberyard to buy wood planks, boarded up 25 windows on his house, then went bar-hopping and joked with his friends that where they were standing might be under water the next day.

The next morning he fled to Baton Rouge with his family, and now he is in Houston, about to settle into apartments, along with more than 30 relatives. He is being offered plenty of work in Houston, and is already thinking ahead to what he calls "the new New Orleans."

"I think the city is going to wind up being a smaller area," he said. "They'll have to build some super levees.

"I think this will never happen again once they get finished," Mr. Ruffins added. "We're going to get those musicians back, the brass bands, the jazz funerals, everything."

Brass bands function through the year - not only through the annual Jazzfest, where many outsiders see them, and jazz funerals, but at the approximately 55 social aid and pleasure clubs, each of which holds a parade once a year. It is an intensely local culture, and has been thriving in recent years. Brass-band music, funky and hard-hitting, can easily be transformed from the neighborhood social to a club gig; brass bands like Rebirth, Dirty Dozen and the Soul Rebels have done well by touring as commercial entities. Members of Stooges Brass Band have ended up in Atlanta, and of Li'l Rascals in Houston; there could be a significant brass-band diaspora before musicians find a way to get home to New Orleans. (Rebirth's Web site,, has been keeping a count of brass-band musicians who have been heard from.)

The Mardi Gras Indian tradition is more fragile. Monk Boudreaux is chief of the Golden Eagles, one of the 40 or so secretive Mardi Gras tribes, who are known not just for their flamboyant feathered costumes but for their competitive parades through neighborhoods at Mardi Gras time. (Mardi Gras Indians are not American Indians but New Orleanians from the city's working-class black neighborhoods.) Mr. Boudreaux, now safe with his daughter in Mesquite, Tex., stayed put through the storm at his house in the Uptown neighborhood; when he left last week, he said, the water was waist-high. He chuckled when asked if the Mardi Gras Indian tradition could survive in exile. "I don't know of any other Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans," he said.

These days a city is often considered a jazz town to the extent that its resident musicians have international careers. The bulk of New Orleans jazz musicians have shown a knack for staying local. (Twenty or so in the last two decades, including several Marsalises, are obvious exceptions.)

But as everyone knows, jazz is crucial to New Orleans, and New Orleans was crucial in combining jazz's constituent parts, its Spanish, French, Caribbean and West African influences. The fact that so many musicians are related to one or another of the city's great music families - Lastie, Brunious, Neville, Jordan, Marsalis - still gives much of the music scene a built-in sense of nobility. "Whereas New York has a jazz industry," said Quint Davis, director of Jazzfest, "New Orleans has a jazz culture." (Speaking of Jazzfest, Mr. Davis was not ready to discuss whether there will be a festival next April. "First I'm dealing with the lives and subsistence of the people who produce it," he said. [Since this article ran, they announced that the Fest will take place somewhere in Louisiana next April-steve k])

And most jazz in New Orleans has a directness about it. "Everyone isn't searching for the hottest, newest lick," said Maurice Brown, a young trumpeter from Chicago who had been rising through the ranks of the New Orleans jazz scene for the last four years before the storm took his house and car. "People are trying to stay true to the melody."

Gregory Davis, the trumpeter and vocalist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of the city's most successful groups, said the typical New Orleans musician was vulnerable because of how he lives and works. (Mr. Davis's house is in the Gentilly neighborhood; he spoke last week from his brother's home in Dallas.)

"A lot of these guys who are playing out there in the clubs are not home owners," he said. "They're going to be at the mercy of the owners of those properties. For some of them, playing in the clubs was the only means of earning any money. If those musicians come back and don't have an affordable home, that's a big blow."

Louis Edwards, a New Orleans novelist and an associate producer of the Jazz and Heritage Festival, said, "No other city is so equipped to deal with this." A French Quarter resident, Mr. Edwards was taking refuge last week at his mother's house in Lake Charles, La.

"Think of the jazz funeral," he said. "In New Orleans we respond to the concept of following tragedy with joy. That's a powerful philosophy to have as the underpinning of your culture."

In the meantime, Mr. Boudreaux, chief of the Golden Eagles, has a feeling his own Mardi Gras Indian costume is intact. He was careful to put it in a dry place before he left home. "I just need to get home and get that Indian suit from on top of that closet," he said.

steve k, Sunday, 11 September 2005 19:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Which brass band was that with Paul Simon on tv the other night?

steve k, Sunday, 11 September 2005 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't know; Simon's voice puts me to sleep, and by the time I woke up, they were about finished. Speaking of the Ninth Ward, saw Irwin Mayfield on CNN the other night: several members of his immediate family were still missing at that point, but he'd had the fortitude to compose "The Ninth Ward Blues," which he played solo. It was rather exhilarating, and (yes) searching.

don, Monday, 12 September 2005 01:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't know either, but apparently Rebirth is going to be part of a benefit concert airing on the 20th of this month, from NYC.

One of the weird side effects of this whole thing is that most New Orleans musicians are instantly on tour as of now, since that's the only way they can make some money. I sent a snare drum down to Rebirth last week and saw them play up here a few days ago, and we're playing a benefit show with the Stooges in a couple weeks too. Apparently Bill Summers and Davell Crawford played in Minneapolis tonight, etc.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 September 2005 02:30 (fourteen years ago) link

How can I get 'em to come to D.C.? I know folks who do booking around here and in Baltimore.

New Orleans r'n'b singer Marva Wright and her extended family are now in Maryland. I got sent an e-mail asking for clothes and stuff. The e-mail didn't say where her band is, or if she was gonna do any singing around here.

Steve K (Steve K), Monday, 12 September 2005 03:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Rebirth has played in the DC area before but never the Stooges brass band. Anybody have a contact for them? I read they're gonna play up in Boston, so maybe they could come to DC right before or after.

steve-k, Monday, 12 September 2005 03:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Steve, is that your real e-mail address?

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 September 2005 12:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Uh, yea, one of 'em.

steve k, Monday, 12 September 2005 13:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Cool, check your e-mail.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 September 2005 14:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Here's my review of ReBirth's show on Saturday:

...with more pictures here:

...and more to come. Weird to think that Houston is now the safehouse of this culture. Houston!

Katy Reckdahl also tells the incredible story of her and her husband, brass band veteran "Kid Merv" Campbell, here:

Mike from Jack Brass Band is talking about getting the Soul Rebels to play Minneapolis...

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 00:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Doing what I can to get Lil' Stooges Brass Band to DC and maybe Baltimore. Thanks Jordan.

steve k, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 12:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks to both of you dudes, this is great. Pete, the Stooges should be playing in Mpls very soon as well (like within the next few weeks).

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 September 2005 12:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Yall might wanna check Maria Tessa's ILM email address, she does a lot of booking in Philly. May already have this, but for whomever: couple of good NOLA links for present/ongoing situation: (radio station "in exile" now; sounds and reads good) also:

don, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry, Mike might have said the Stooges, not the Soul Rebels...

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 13 September 2005 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Ha, I love this picture of Kabuki from SFGate:


Some upcoming shows that I know about:

-Rebirth Brass Band, tonight at Martyr's (Chicago)
-Rebirth Brass Band, Sept. 20th on that big pay-per-view benefit show at Madison Square Garden & Radio City Music Hall
-Stooges Brass Band, Sept. 25th at ??? (Boston)
-Stooges Brass Band/Youngblood Brass Band/Mama Digdown's Brass Band, Oct. 9th at the King Club (Madison)
-Stooges Brass Band/Mama Digdown's Brass Band, Oct. 10th at Fitzgerald's (Chicago)

There should be a lot more dates in the midwest and elsewhere from Rebirth, Hot 8, Stooges, etc.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 16 September 2005 17:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Try that again:

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 16 September 2005 17:46 (fourteen years ago) link

hey jordan do you have any kind of contact info for these guys, especially rebirth? they're playing here in (i think) late oct. and i'd like to get something popping. (i still play that mix cd constantly.)

strng hlkngtn (dubplatestyle), Friday, 16 September 2005 17:51 (fourteen years ago) link

actually, scratch that, unfortunately they're playing the 12th so no time for anything but a blurb at this point :(

strng hlkngtn (dubplatestyle), Friday, 16 September 2005 17:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay, that's too bad. Steve K is helping out trying to get the Stooges a Baltimore date, but nothing final yet.

(do you still check your hotmail address?)

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 16 September 2005 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I just posted the entire transcript of my interview with ReBirth snare drummer Derrick Tabb. He talks about how he stole a van to evacuate elderly folks to the Convention Center and get his family to Houston. By the time his band mates were telling the story onstage in Minneapolis last Saturday, of course, the van had become a bus, and it arrived in Houston with a police escort.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 16 September 2005 22:55 (fourteen years ago) link

just heard the live interview with Marlon (Marlin?) Jordan last night, on WUAL, Public Radio in Tuscaloosa (might be on their website). He'd lived on his roof for five days, rescuing people from alligators (which haven't gotten that much national notice, but Charmaine Neville said in People that one got a guy on crutches when she was walking with him and others, to Convention Center, I think, where she was raped at knifepoint. She says she's determined to got back to Nola, though). Jordan's gonna be in a benefit for Nola, and some Tuscaloosa musos got him a horn, and Wynton Marsalis's trumpetmaker is sending him one for the benefit (didn't get where it's gonna be)

don, Saturday, 17 September 2005 01:02 (fourteen years ago) link

That's a crazy story Pete, shit. If that part about Derrick taking all his dj gear is true, why couldn't he take his fuckin' snare drum?! But seriously, thanks for getting that down.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 17 September 2005 02:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Rebirth will be in SF at the end of the month. I will be there.

Canpass Air (nordicskilla), Monday, 19 September 2005 21:29 (fourteen years ago) link

A bunch more survivor stories are now live at City Pages, including Derrick's and Katy Reckdahl's (girlfriend of Treme Brass Band's Merv Campbell).

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 20 September 2005 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Yo Jess and Jordan and co., Rebirth are playing in Baltimore at the Funkbox on Thursday October 13th. Lil' Stooges Brass Band are playing at Chick Hall's Surf Club in Bladensburg, Maryland (near the University of Maryland and Washington D.C.) on Friday October 14th. Texas Fred Carter, the Creole Zydeco Cowboy, is promoting the Lil' Stooges show. The Lil' Stooges may also be playing in the DC/MD/VA area or Philly on the 12th or 13 or 15th.

Steve Kiviat (Steve K), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 03:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for the heads up, Steve, and for helping out.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 21 September 2005 16:44 (fourteen years ago) link

It's too bad it took New Orleans getting fucked for people to start writing articles about brass band music:

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 23 September 2005 16:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Stooges Brass Band are playing in Cambridge, MA on Sunday (Green St. Grill), I just sent them a bass drum. Then Milwaukee, WI on Thursday (Highbury Pub), Madison on Friday (Great Dane), and Baraboo (!) on Saturday.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 23 September 2005 19:30 (fourteen years ago) link

excerpt from Jon Pareles Sept. 22nd review in NY Times of Madison Square Garden benefit show:

"But the musicians from New Orleans - among them the Neville Brothers, the original Meters, Irma Thomas, Kermit Ruffins and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band - outsang and outfunked most of the better-known stars. The programming was smart: New Orleans musicians had the first and last words, in the form of parade music from the Rebirth Brass Band.

New Orleans music, from jazz to hip-hop (which wasn't represented at the concert), has a distinctive rolling swing that's directly derived from community celebrations. It's deeply connected to Mardi Gras songs (like "Iko Iko" and "Brother John," which the Dixie Cups sang on Tuesday night, and "Hey Pocky Way" performed by the Meters and the Neville Brothers) and brass-band music for funerals and parades.

Famously musical New Orleans neighborhoods like Tremé and the Ninth Ward were hit hard by the flooding; how they will be rebuilt, and who will return, is still an open question and one that worries New Orleans musicians. "Nothing's going to be the same," said Ms. Thomas, the 64-year-old queen of New Orleans rhythm and blues. "But by the same token, what ever is? The main thing is to bring everybody back, because that's the ambience of the city."

But for the moment, it didn't matter that the performers' homes and neighborhoods have been damaged. They were executing the old African-American alchemy of tribulation into joy.

The politics of New Orleans's plight were not entirely sidelined. Bette Midler said, "I could stand up here and talk for hours about ineptitude, stupidity, blame, inequality, global warming, the dangerous destruction of the wetlands, but if I did, what would all those other people have to talk about?" She was loudly booed after mocking President Bush. Former President Bill Clinton, who introduced Mr. Fogerty, received a long ovation.

Cyril Neville, of the Neville Brothers, wore a T-shirt reading, "Ethnic cleansing in New Orleans"; his brother Aaron wore a baseball cap reading, "Evacuee." And when the Meters sang "People Say," their bassist, George Porter Jr., said, "People want to know - do we have a right to live?"

Backstage, Ms. Thomas said that both her house and the club she owns, the Lion's Den, were badly flooded. "We're among the New Orleans easters who lost everything," she said. "But we're gonna be all right." Onstage, backed by Ry Cooder, Lenny Kravitz and Buckwheat Zydeco, she sang a riveting, unsparing version of Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues": "When it thunders and lightnin' and the wind begins to blow/ There's thousands of people ain't got no place to go."

Aaron Neville joined Simon and Garfunkel for "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and he followed Art Garfunkel's rickety, overwrought verse with one that was tender, idiosyncratic and delicately poised; later, with his brothers, he sang a humbly devout "Amazing Grace." The Meters, who defined New Orleans funk in their own songs and as a studio band, regrouped for one song, then merged with the Neville Brothers (who include Art Neville of the Meters). And Kermit Ruffins, a trumpeter and singer, growled a steamy "St. James Infirmary" with the Dirty Dozen.

Louisiana musicians also propelled strong performances by non-natives. Elvis Costello belted "The Monkey Speaks His Mind" with the Dirty Dozen and the song's writer, Dave Bartholomew, and found the scorn and vitriol in Allen Toussaint's "On Your Way Down," with Mr. Toussaint at the piano. Diana Krall, also with the Dirty Dozen, dug into the Fats Domino hit "I'm Walkin'." And with Buckwheat Zydeco, from Lafayette, on accordion, Mr. Cooder sang another Domino song, "My Girl Josephine," with a knowing rasp.

The longest segments went to the rock stars. Mr. Fogerty...
...An unexpected consequence of the hurricane is that it has focused attention on New Orleans's music, with all its local quirks and underappreciated genius. Ms. Thomas, for instance, is recording an album while she's in New York. With luck, the sounds of New Orleans will remind the world that rebuilding the Crescent City is not only a commercial project but also a cultural one. "

steve-k, Saturday, 24 September 2005 17:35 (fourteen years ago) link


Regarding media attention for New Orleans bands--It is sad it Katrina to get attention, but it's also sad it took Katrina to get some New Orleans groups on the road. Some of the press is happening now because some of the groups are touring the U.S. for the first time. The artists also need to get the word out. Somebody needs to set up or update a website for the Lil' Stooges Brass band. Texas Fred Carter, according to an e-mail I got, is booking Lil' Stooges at Chick Hall's, outside D.C., but the show is not yet on the club's website. The band deserves media ink in the nation's capital, but somebody's got to spread the word.

steve k, Sunday, 25 September 2005 01:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Louisiana music blog from Lafayette

steve k, Sunday, 25 September 2005 02:12 (fourteen years ago) link

I hope everyone in Lake Charles, Louisiana has escaped the flooding there. That's zydeco country. I think a number of New Orleans folks had ended up in Lafayette. I think General Honore and FEMA are there now!

Steve K (Steve K), Sunday, 25 September 2005 14:39 (fourteen years ago) link

September 26, 2005

Mantra for New Orleans: 'We Will Swing Again'

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 25 - In many American cities, indigenous culture is a bonus amenity, an add-on to the business and civic functions of the metropolis. Here, though, the first and last conversation you have will be about where you went, what you ate, who you heard play. The people who make music, who perform cabaret - and those who pour the whiskey that accompany the shows - are precisely the point here, and they play big for their size. If there is no show, there is no New Orleans.

"We will swing again in that place," Kermit Ruffins said by phone from Houston, where he went when Hurricane Katrina came. Mr. Ruffins is a trumpeter beyond compare, the crowned emperor of the New Orleans sound, who cooks red beans and rice and plays with his band, the Barbecue Swingers, every Thursday down at Vaughn's, in the Bywater section of the upper Ninth Ward. A flashlight aimed at Vaughn's last Thursday night revealed an intact building - and a big mess to go with it. "Could be six months, could be eight, could be a year," Mr. Ruffins said, "but I can't wait to get there and throw the grand reopening party on the new New Orleans. Count on that."

Workers interviewed this week up and down the high-low culture scale echoed Mr. Ruffins's optimism to a person. The message they sent from near and far was the same: This wounded city will heal itself show by show, and gig by gig, because culture - ribald, prissy and everything in between - is the nub around which the whole ball of yarn is wound. New Orleans without zydeco, without jazz, without theater, without nude dancers and orchestra players, is just a swamp town with hot summers, bad schools and a lot of mosquitoes. If this city is to return, it will do so on the backs of the artists who make it a place like nowhere else.

Mark Samuels, the owner of Basin Street Records, said as much. His small New Orleans label is the home to Mr. Ruffins, Los Hombres Calientes and Dr. Michael White. Mr. Samuels spent last week sneaking into the city from his temporary headquarters in Austin, Tex., to grab CD's so his artists would have something to peddle at their shows. Sitting at his brother's house in Metairie outside New Orleans last week, he showed pictures of his house in Lakewood South - a total loss by the looks of it - and shared his hopes and worries about the future.

"You can redo Bourbon Street anywhere in the world," Mr. Samuels said. "All you have to do is let people drink on the street, expose themselves on balconies and open a bunch of T-shirt shops. But New Orleans is a lot more than that. There is nowhere else in the world where you can head out to the Maple Leaf and hear the Rebirth Brass Band. That can't be recreated somewhere else."

Still, many New Orleans artists are now at large, playing for big audiences elsewhere. The Rebirth Brass Band tore the roof off in New York the other night as part of a benefit, and the Olympia Brass Band is setting out on tour from Phoenix. But while the money may be good, the tours will not be successful unless they end in New Orleans, where the rents were cheap and the clubs ample.

Many of those clubs made it through. Tipitina's is fine, for example, and Preservation Hall endures. As for the Rock n' Bowl, where the crash of pins mixed with the twang of a plucked guitar, John Blancher, who owns and runs the place, would like to reopen, but is also looking into some properties in nearby Lafayette. The club on the second floor is fine. But beneath it is mayhem, the result of eight feet of water rolling strikes for a week.

"I expect to reoccupy it," Mr. Blancher said. "From the outside, you would never want to even walk in there, but the inside is fine."

The insides of New Orleans seem great. The soul of the place, now dispersed, continues to thrive. The body is a hurting unit, though.

Dr. Ike - Ira Padnos to those who don't know him - is a medical doctor and a local scenester, the kind of man who embodies New Orleans's glorious, weird vibe. An anesthesiologist who worked through the storm at the Louisiana State University's hospital, he is now performing cultural triage in his role as executive director of the Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau. He won't say this - modesty is a persistent feature of the local milieu - but both his jobs will play a role in putting the paddles on the stilled heart of New Orleans. The Mystic Knights run the Ponderosa Stomp, a roots music festival that runs concurrently with the city's giant Jazzfest - "all killer, no filler" is its advertising cry - and serves as a reminder that much American music started and persists here. Reluctantly, the Knights have decided to move the Stomp to Memphis this year, for a benefit show, which is fine, but it is not New Orleans.

Many of the cities cultural treasures were not flooded, Mr. Padnos said. But for New Orleans to return, he added, "depends on people - the waiters, the musicians, the Indians - who live in the Ninth Ward, the Seventh Ward and Tremé, all of which were hit hard by the flooding. You need those people to come back to drive the city's culture."

It is still unclear what exactly they will be returning to, if they return. For instance, somewhere in the basement of the Orpheum Theater here there are 10 timpani drums floating in the muck and mire. At some point, Jim Atwood, the owner of the drums and a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will retrieve his equipment - likely ruined - and assess his future. But he is not expecting anything approaching normal anytime soon.

"Normal, when you are talking about New Orleans, is always a relative term," Mr. Atwood said. He and his wife, a flutist in the orchestra, said they have not really come to terms with what happened to the city and what it means for them.

"We have yet to have that conversation out loud," he said. "But when we do, I think it is likely we will conclude that New Orleans is where our home is, and hopefully our jobs as well."

The jobs may be there, but what many culture workers in New Orleans would like is an audience.

"Art here comes up from the streets," said Barbara Motley, who owns Le Chat Noir, a cabaret on St. Charles Avenue left relatively undamaged by the storms. "The city failed a lot of the people who live here and I think they will be slow in coming back, with good reason."

"On the other hand, this is New Orleans," she added, "so I would not be surprised if people decide they need a laugh and a show. We'll see, won't we?"

Copyright 2005 The New York Times Company

steve-k, Monday, 26 September 2005 12:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Allen Toussaint Live in NYC Thursday September 29

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 September 2005 12:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay, here are the Stooges dates thus far:

Sept 26-27 NYC @ Living Room and Barbes
Sept 29 Milwaukee, WI @ Highbury
Sept 30 Madison, WI @ Great Dane
Oct 1 Baraboo, WI @ Tha Shack
Oct 2 Green Bay, WI @ Malones
Oct 4 Iowa City @ Iowa City Yacht Club
Oct 5 St. Louis @ Broadway Oyster Bar
Oct 9 Madison, WI @ King Club (w/Digdown and Youngblood Brass Band)
Oct 10 Chicago, IL @ Fitzgeralds (w/Mama Digdown's Brass Band)
Oct 14 Wash D.C. @ Surf Club
Oct 15 Arlington, VA @ festival (??)

If y'all have the means and the interest, any promotion will be greatly appreciated.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 26 September 2005 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I think they need gigs between Chicago and DC on the 12th and 13th, with the 11th as a travel day.

Anybody with any Philly contacts or ideas for last-minute gigs there?

steve k, Monday, 26 September 2005 22:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Lil' Stooges are definately on for Friday 10-14 9p.m. until 1 at Chick Hall's Surf Club, in Bladensburg, Maryland just outside D.C., and for Saturday 10-15 at noon at the Clarendon Day festival in Arlington, Virginia just outside of D.C. as well.

I do not think they have gigs yet for the 12th and 13th. I think they're looking for gigs between Chicago and D.C., such as in Philadelphia.

steve k, Wednesday, 28 September 2005 14:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Too bad the Stooges couldn't seem to make it to Minneapolis between Wisconsin and Iowa City...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 28 September 2005 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link

The press release from Jordan's bandmate(who is booking the tour) mentions Minneapolis but does not list any specifics.

steve k, Wednesday, 28 September 2005 15:38 (fourteen years ago) link

The Minneapolis gig got booked today, it's Thurs. October 6th at Lili's (no burlesque dancers, though).

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 22:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, the Brooklyn gig was apparently off the chain.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 22:26 (fourteen years ago) link

I hope they got some NYC press, although it might have been tough as they came into town shortly after the Madison Square garden show and various Toussaint gigs.

Steve K (Steve K), Thursday, 29 September 2005 03:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Google News isn't showing anything.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 September 2005 13:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Wish I'd known about this a week earlier, or I would have done something huge, but we'll definitely plug the Minneapolis show. Listing it now at:

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 29 September 2005 20:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Cool, thanks Pete.

I don't think the New York shows got much pre-press, but they split the bill with Slavic Soul Party who presumably have their own crowd.

Someone also sent me this bit of complete WTF-ness:

Lil' Stooges Brass Band | New Orleans Jazz
Productshop NYC — The Lil' Stooges Brass Band are a wonderfully gothic jazz
outfit that hail from New Orleans. These cats sound like they could
perfectly score a Tim Burton film. They're known as one of the hottest
outfits out the big easy.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 29 September 2005 21:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Ben Ratliff and Jon Pareles (and others) at the NY Times had been giving New Orleans musicians a fair amount of attention, but they missed the Lil' Stooges it seems. So did the Voice and its blogs, and the other NY bloggers I read (Sasha Frere-Jones and Julianne Shepherd).

steve k, Friday, 30 September 2005 10:18 (fourteen years ago) link

The guy booking the Lil' Stooges Brass Band tells me (and I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him): "I have them in Kalamazoo on the 13th, Surf Club on 14th, Arlington on the 15th and looking to do NY on the 16th. The NY date is not confirmed yet. . .The shows have been going really well so far in the Midwest. They have been recieved very well and have also been featured in many newspaper articles and TV as well."

So the New York press that missed the earlier shows may now have another shot.

steve k, Wednesday, 5 October 2005 16:45 (fourteen years ago) link

there will definitely be a blurb and photo for rebirth this week in md.

strng hlkngtn: what does it mean? (dubplatestyle), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks, Jess.

The Stooges show in Madison was a blast, although they've certainly switched things up on this tour. Sammy, the snare drummer, is out on tour with Trombone Shorty so they got a drumset player (Christmas) in his stead. He just got off tour with Gerald Levert (!) and he's a bad motherfucker. They've also got some electric instruments now, so it's different but good. Can't wait for our shows together this weekend.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 19:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Okay dudes, I set up a quick and dirty blogger site for Stooges tour dates and promo:

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 20:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Do they not know where they're playing in Kalamazoo yet?

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 20:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm pretty sure that it's booked, I just don't know where they're playing (although really, how many places can there be?). I'm leaving it for Erik or one of them to edit, or tell me.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 20:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Erik didn't tell me where they are playing in Kalamazoo.

I saw the below listed at the very cool home of the groove audio blog (which is featuring obscure James Booker selections). Not a brass band, but something folks in Southern Cal should check out:

October 20, 21, 22, 23, 2005
Katrina Benefit Series featuring Eddie Bo and band, plus special
guests, such as Mickey Champion, at
Little Pedro’s
901 E. 1st St. (at Vignes)
Los Angeles, CA 90012

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 October 2005 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Minneapolis tonight!

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 6 October 2005 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

The Kalamazoo gig is at Bell's Brewery, which is funny because it's the only place I know of in Kalamazoo. I updated the dates on the site.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 6 October 2005 17:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Is Trombone Shorty Andrews tour listed anywhere?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 October 2005 18:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Nice. Bell's is a good place. In fact, I'll be spending the majority of tomorrow night getting drunk there.

jaymc (jaymc), Thursday, 6 October 2005 18:11 (fourteen years ago) link

How was the Stooges Minneapolis show? Erik says they were interviewed by phone by Texas Fred Carter on WPFW 89.3 in Washington D.C.(maybe still available on WPFW website? I think Texas Fred is also on XM radio playing zydeco)today.

Rebirth are playing DC twice, in addition to Baltimore and a NY show at B.B King's upscale place.

I still can't find Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews tour listed anywhere.

steve k, Friday, 7 October 2005 17:03 (fourteen years ago) link

The article in today's Sunday Washington Post travel section on New Orleans musicians doesn't mention Rebirth or the Stooges. It says there are around 500 New Orleans musicians in Houston now.

Steve K (Steve K), Sunday, 9 October 2005 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I heard the Minneapolis show was great. Erik ended up playing sous for them and they did a full-on brass band show.

Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 9 October 2005 15:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Portland, Ore. The Mardi Gras in October benefit is set for Oct. 18 at McMenamins Crystal Ballroom (1332 W. Burnside), with Bill Summers of Los Hombres Caliente, Donald Harrison, Trombone Shorty, Clarence Johnson and Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias. Details: http:///index.php?loc=2&id=81&eventid=32840 . New Orleans musicians and bands, including Nicholas Payton, Nobu Ozaki and New Orleans Straight Ahead, will also play with Northwest musicians at the Portland Jazz Festival Feb. 17-26. For more details on New Orleans musicians who relocated to Portland: 503-228-5299, .

Steve K (Steve K), Monday, 10 October 2005 01:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Man, the Stooges/Digdown/Youngblood show last night was off the hook. Some serious brass band music went down, and I think we raised a lot of money.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 10 October 2005 13:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Chick Halls in Bladensburg, outside DC tonight from 9 to 12; in Arlington Saturday at noon at Clarendon Day fest. My preview item's in the Washington City Paper. They also got ink in the Arlington Connection, a brief mention in 'the circuit' in the Washington Post Weekend section, and mentions in online newsletters from DC LSU alumni, and blues and roots and zydeco calendars.

steve k, Friday, 14 October 2005 12:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Rebirth was in Baltimore last night...

Did the Stooges Brass Band ever get another NY date for Sunday?

steve k, Friday, 14 October 2005 12:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I missed all but the last Stooges song in Minneapolis. My taxi took two hours!

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 14 October 2005 20:00 (fourteen years ago) link

Damn Pete, that sucks. That's the show Erik was playing sousaphone at, right?

Did the Stooges Brass Band ever get another NY date for Sunday?

I'm not sure, I'll check tonight.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 14 October 2005 20:10 (fourteen years ago) link

There were some great pics of the Hot 8 in the New York Times over the last couple weeks. Never thought I'd see the day.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 14 October 2005 20:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Here's the article, can't find the pic of the Hot 8 Brass Band

The New York Times

New Orleans strikes up the band
By Shaila Dewan

NEW ORLEANS It would not be fair to say the music ever totally evacuated this city of jazz, where even in the darkest hours a lone harmonica player or a busker serenaded empty balconies. But on Sunday, it began its grand re-entrance, with the first jazz funeral procession to take place since Hurricane Katrina.

The brass band, reunited from across the country, toted donated instruments. The procession leaders wore salvaged bits of their traditional funeral finery. Just after 2 p.m. on the corner of North Broad and St. Bernard, the strains of "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" streamed past the heaps of stinking garbage and fallen roofs like milk and honey and sweet Abita beer, a flash of grandeur and ritual that hearkened to a New Orleans past and, many in the crowd swore, future.

Mourners carrying pictures of the chef Austin Leslie, a New Orleans legend who died in Atlanta last month after being rescued from his attic during the flood, followed behind with the measured step of brides moving down the aisle. But the procession was not for Leslie alone.

"This is the first opportunity we had to show the whole spirit of New Orleans," said Gralen Banks, whose yellow shirt and hatband showed his membership in the Black Men of Labor, one of the social and pleasure clubs for whom the jazz parades are a cherished tradition. "And we're not going to pass it up for love or money."

Symbolically, the procession reclaimed a city occupied by out-of-towners, passing like an apparition past soldiers in camouflage and workers in hard hats.

Most jazz funerals begin with a dirge-like tempo, with the band following a caisson or hearse to the cemetery. After the mourners "cut loose the body," as people here say, the procession turns into a celebration, winding through the streets, playing in the funky style invented in, and still largely the sole province of, New Orleans.

This time, things were improvised. Leslie, whose name was synonymous with fried chicken for generations of New Orleans residents and whose restaurant inspired the 1980s television series "Frank's Place," had his funeral Friday in Atlanta. He was cremated because he could not be buried in New Orleans, and his relatives plan to bring his ashes here when they return.

So the procession became a cross between a true jazz funeral and a secular "second-line" parade, conducted by the social clubs every week during second-line season, Labor Day through Mardi Gras.

At a second-line, spectators and parade are one and the same, with the brass bands leading long lines of dancers through the neighborhoods, stopping along the way at favorite watering holes. Labor Day weekend this year would have marked the Prince of Wales club's 77th annual parade, said Joe Stern, a member.

"Without second-line, there is no Louis Armstrong, there is no Idris Muhammad, there's no Wynton Marsalis," Stern said, ticking off some of the city's jazz greats. The procession began at Pampy's Creole Kitchen, where Leslie worked in his final years, with Banks and other members of his club leading the way.

The procession was far smaller than usual, but residents who had ventured home to start cleaning their property were overjoyed to see a critical piece of the city's identity restored.

On La Harpe Street, Mildred Matthews, 79, came out on her porch, dancing and waving a soiled orange fly swatter as if it were a silk banner. "Y'all come back home to New Orleans!" she yelled. Her sister, Genevieve Neustadter, a retired teacher who moved home to New Orleans in June and lost everything, shouted into her cellphone: "A second-line parade passing. Call me back."

Both the sisters knew Leslie, had eaten in his restaurants. But a funeral was not what came to Matthews's mind. "I thought it was a welcome home," she said. "I'm back and I'm back to stay."

Six of the nine members of the band, the Hot 8, had come for the day - Bennie Pete, the leader, from Atlanta, Big Al, the trumpeter, from Baton Rouge, a guy named Swamp from "somewhere in Alabama." They were joined by Charles Joseph, a trombonist.

The band manager, Lee Arnold, was handing out fliers for his "Save Our Brass!" campaign to help musicians get back on their feet. In the next week, he said, the band would travel to shelters to play for evacuees.

But for now, they were home, doing what they do best. "They were upset about how the city looked," Arnold said. "But when they start hittin' - when they start playing music - that's when the smiles come out."

As the second-line approached the concrete slab where Chez Helene, Leslie's restaurant, once stood, the music slowed again.

A poster bearing a photograph of Leslie - wearing a white ship captain's hat, surrounded by photographs of shrimp dishes and garlic cloves - was propped up in the middle of the street. Next to it, another poster read "We won't bow down. Save our soul. 10/9/05."

celebration, winding through the streets, playing in the funky style invented in, and still largely the sole province of, New Orleans.

This time, things were improvised. Leslie, whose name was synonymous with fried chicken for generations of New Orleans residents and whose restaurant inspired the 1980s television series "Frank's Place," had his funeral Friday in Atlanta. He was cremated because he could not be buried in New Orleans, and his relatives plan to bring his ashes here when they return.

So the procession became a cross between a true jazz funeral and a secular "second-line" parade, conducted by the social clubs every week during second-line season, Labor Day through Mardi Gras.

At a second-line, spectators and parade are one and the same, with the brass bands leading long lines of dancers through the neighborhoods, stopping along the way at favorite watering holes. Labor Day weekend this year would have marked the Prince of Wales club's 77th annual parade, said Joe Stern, a member.

"Without second-line, there is no Louis Armstrong, there is no Idris Muhammad, there's no Wynton Marsalis," Stern said, ticking off some of the city's jazz greats. The procession began at Pampy's Creole Kitchen, where Leslie worked in his final years, with Banks and other members of his club leading the way.

The procession was far smaller than usual, but residents who had ventured home to start cleaning their property were overjoyed to see a critical piece of the city's identity restored.

On La Harpe Street, Mildred Matthews, 79, came out on her porch, dancing and waving a soiled orange fly swatter as if it were a silk banner. "Y'all come back home to New Orleans!" she yelled. Her sister, Genevieve Neustadter, a retired teacher who moved home to New Orleans in June and lost everything, shouted into her cellphone: "A second-line parade passing. Call me back."

Both the sisters knew Leslie, had eaten in his restaurants. But a funeral was not what came to Matthews's mind. "I thought it was a welcome home," she said. "I'm back and I'm back to stay."

Six of the nine members of the band, the Hot 8, had come for the day - Bennie Pete, the leader, from Atlanta, Big Al, the trumpeter, from Baton Rouge, a guy named Swamp from "somewhere in Alabama." They were joined by Charles Joseph, a trombonist.

The band manager, Lee Arnold, was handing out fliers for his "Save Our Brass!" campaign to help musicians get back on their feet. In the next week, he said, the band would travel to shelters to play for evacuees.

But for now, they were home, doing what they do best. "They were upset about how the city looked," Arnold said. "But when they start hittin' - when they start playing music - that's when the smiles come out."

As the second-line approached the concrete slab where Chez Helene, Leslie's restaurant, once stood, the music slowed again.

A poster bearing a photograph of Leslie - wearing a white ship captain's hat, surrounded by photographs of shrimp dishes and garlic cloves - was propped up in the middle of the street. Next to it, another poster read "We won't bow down. Save our soul. 10/9/05."

Steve K (Steve K), Saturday, 15 October 2005 03:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Normal in the Big Easy

By MICHAEL TISSERAND(Gambit editor and author of the book Kingdom of Zydeco)

"....On Sunday, Oct. 9, the city of New Orleans had its first of what is sure to be many jazz funerals. A second-line honored chef Austin Leslie, who died of a heart attack in Atlanta during the evacuation. The Hot 8 Brass Band played, and a few members of the Black Men of Labor danced. But they were outnumbered by journalists from The New Yorker, The New York Times, CNN, CBS, The Associated Press and others in search of a symbol of regeneration. As the band passed, workers in hazmat suits stood on the sidewalk and stared.

I'm like all those other journalists. I'm looking for a sign, too. Something to tell me that we're going to pass the test. I haven't found it yet. Maybe it's too soon. Maybe we just need to start the rebuild without one."

Steve K (Steve K), Saturday, 15 October 2005 03:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Blogger Chuck Taggart posted this intro paragraph for a Keith Spera article on Dr. Michael White and all the historic objects and cds this jazz musician and professor lost:

The heartbreak continues. I guess I didn't post this as the lead because I felt we needed a drink first. As bad as our own experiences were, and as bad as they are for tens of thousands of people, you hear stories like this and it makes your head want to explode. I'm not sure we'll ever be able to truly get over the loss to the city of New Orleans, particularly when reading about people like Dr. Michael White, one of my favorite jazz musicians.

Saturday, October 22, 2005
By Keith Spera
Music writer New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jazz clarinetist Michael White returned to his Gentilly home on Friday for first time since Hurricane Katrina and confronted a desolate tableau: beige bricks stained and striped by 6 feet of water; a front door branded with the bright orange and red marks of search teams; dead grass and demolished trees.

"It reminds me of one of those 'Twilight Zone' episodes," White said as he approached the door, "where I'll go in and find my own body."

Instead, he found his body of work, his valuable jazz artifacts and his personal treasures -- now decimated by water and mold.

For White, jazz is life; his instruments, family. He leads the traditional Original Liberty Jazz Band and is a respected scholar of New Orleans music and culture. He occupied an endowed chair at Xavier University, published meticulously researched articles and biographies, and lectured on topics ranging from Congo Square to the early history of New Orleans brass bands.

He lived alone in the 5200 block of Pratt Street, surrounded by jazz music, books and artifacts. The night before Katrina struck, he fled to Houston with several vintage instruments, among them the model for the giant clarinet mural outside the downtown Holiday Inn.

But he left behind 40 others, including a clarinet owned by King Oliver sideman Paul Barnes.

[...] Picking through debris in the ruins of his house, he found little to salvage. Outfitted with a mask and green rubber gloves, he stepped gingerly over a pile of jazz magazines just inside the door, now reduced to pulp. He spotted the remains of a new two-volume encyclopedia documenting the Harlem jazz renaissance, to which he contributed five biographies.

To the right hung a framed smudge, what was once a rare 1960s Bob Coke photograph of jazz bassist "Papa" John Joseph, a distant relative of White's. Joseph died of a heart attack onstage at Preservation Hall in 1965, reportedly after performing "When the Saints Go Marching In."

"No matter what had happened during the day, I'd look at that picture, and it gave me strength," White said. "It was the most beautiful picture I'd seen of Papa John. Wherever you went in the room, those eyes followed you. There was wisdom, but also truth."

Inside a waterlogged closet lay White's collection of vintage wooden instruments. He couldn't open the warped door.

"I don't know if I want to," he said. "That would be like (finding) relatives."

His casualties included more than 4,000 CDs and LPs. And there were as many books and a vast trove of research material, including primary source documents, voluminous notes and taped interviews with musicians. He had original sheet music from Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong.

Also gone are a set of banjo strings played by legendary jazz raconteur Danny Barker; a medal appointing White to the Chevalier rank in the French Order of Arts and Letters; snapshots with the late jazz legend Kid Thomas Valentine and President Clinton; and a 1993 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival poster autographed by artist John Scott.

Accompanying him Friday were a cameraman and writer Jason Berry, who is directing a documentary about jazz funerals that features White. Berry marveled at the scale of the loss, both to White personally and to jazz scholarship in general.

"Not that many people carry the history and culture like Michael does," Berry said. "It's the way Louis Armstrong did, the way Danny Barker did, the way Wynton Marsalis does. They are those rare players who rise to another plateau and become more than musicians. That's why it's so heartbreaking to see his loss."

Berry carted soggy artifacts to the porch: a painting of legendary clarinetist George Lewis, one of White's heroes. A sketch from Africa. Framed album artwork from Bunk Johnson's "Brass and Dance Band" and the Young Tuxedo Brass Band's "Jazz Begins."

"Michael, I think some of this can be salvaged."

"At this point," White said, "I'm trying to figure out if I can be salvaged." "I tried very hard to picture what this would be like, but you can't begin to imagine. The hard part is that there's a lot of history here that can't be replaced. It's all gone. I'm overwhelmed. I wouldn't know where to start."

Since evacuating, White has lived in a Houston hotel, exiled with his aunt, sister, nephew and elderly mother. Early on, he wondered if he could find work in Houston. He eventually landed a Sunday jazz brunch gig at a restaurant called Tommy's Seafood Steakhouse.

He is hunting for an apartment in Houston. But if Xavier University reopens in January, he wants to return. For now, he's written two "positive, upbeat" songs about a restored New Orleans.

And he takes comfort in the message of the jazz funeral, in which the spirit of the deceased is cut loose to enjoy a better life. Death, followed by rebirth.

"I have to keep remembering that," he said. "That's what gives us the courage to carry on."

Steve K (Steve K), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 03:28 (fourteen years ago) link


On November 18th & 19th, Galactic's "10-Year Invasion Fall Tour" tour will culminate with a pair of unique performances at Washington DC's 9:30 Club. Dubbed "9:30 in New Orleans," these tour-ending shows will be a New Orleans style party featuring improvisational collaborations, a multitude of special guests and covers of classic material. Legendary vocalist and keyboardist Ivan Neville will make special appearances with Galactic throughout both nights, as will The Stooges Brass Band, who will also open the night of the 18th with a traditional, celebratory NOLA brass band show. The following evening will begin with a special performance by Robert Walter, who will be joined by Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio of Galactic.

Steve K (Steve K), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 03:38 (fourteen years ago) link

That Stooges gig is not yet on the 930 Club website or Jordan's blog.

That Dr. White article, above, is another oh so sad tale.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 October 2005 11:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Turning to the positive for a second, let's pump up that show to our friends in D.C.

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 26 October 2005 22:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Jordan's bandmate Erik, who booked the recent Stooges tour, is gonna check on details for me for that show. It seems that 2 members of Galactic used to live in D.C. so they've been staying here since Katrina. The 930 Club website just notes that Ivan Neville is playing with Galactic. As an aside, I see that New Orleans vocalist Marva Wright is living now in Randalstown, Maryland, outside of Baltimore.

Speaking of Baltimore. I received the following in an e-mail:

$50 donation.

HBO's The Wire is teaming up with Sonar to bring a little bit of New Orleans to Baltimore. The cast and crew of the show will all be on hand to help celebrate All Saint's Day with some of the Big Easy's best bands. All proceeds go to helping the victims of hurricane Katrina. (The ticket price is a tax deductible donation.)

The Wire & Associated Black Charities Present a Hurricane Katrina Benefit
The Subdudes • Rebirth Brass Band • The Iguanas
Hosted by Wendell "The Bunk" Pierce
This Tuesday!
November 1
@ Sonar • 407 E. Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD
6pm Doors • All Ages!

Advance tickets throught Ticketmaster.

(Yes Dusk we know it's not really Fat Tuesday).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 October 2005 12:10 (fourteen years ago) link

930 Club website updated, the Stooges Brass Band return D.C. shows are on!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:10 (fourteen years ago) link

Cool, I updated the blog.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Other stuff:

Hot 8 Brass Band are doing a series of benefits and gigs this week in NYC.

Also, Lousiana Music Factory, where I've gotten almost every single brass band cd, is back in business!

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 27 October 2005 19:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Now I just have to get Hot 8 to come to D.C. and Baltimore! I'll have to order their cd from the Louisiana Music Factory (from whom I have previously bought cds from). You've been plugging them forever and I just never got around to it.

Steve K (Steve K), Thursday, 27 October 2005 23:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Hot 8 is great. Let me know if you want a phone number for the band.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 28 October 2005 00:28 (fourteen years ago) link

I already tried some of the e-mail addresses on that link you sent above. If I do not hear back, I'll contact you for a phone number.

Steve K (Steve K), Friday, 28 October 2005 03:45 (fourteen years ago) link

So Hot 8 contacted me and I put them in touch with some DC and Baltimore area clubs/promoters.

I saw this book advertised by the LSU Press in the Oxford American:

Keeping the Beat on the Street
The New Orleans Brass Band Renaissance

Mick Burns

"Told in the words of the musicians themselves, Keeping the Beat on the Street celebrates the renewed passion and pageantry among black brass bands in New Orleans. Mick Burns introduces the people who play the music and shares their insights, showing why New Orleans is the place where jazz continues to grow.
Brass bands waned during the civil rights era but revived around 1970 and then flourished in the 1980s, when the music became cool with the younger generation. In the only book to cover this revival, Burns interviews members from a variety of bands, including the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, the Dirty Dozen, Tuba Fats’ Chosen Few, and the Rebirth Brass Band." Mick Burns is the author of The Great Olympia Band and has played jazz professionally in Europe and the United States for forty years. He lives in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, in England.

Steve K (Steve K), Wednesday, 2 November 2005 04:16 (fourteen years ago) link

So I noticed online somewhere that the Stooges Brass Band apparently played Philly recently with indie-rock media darlings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. They are getting around--it's too bad it's just because of Katrina though.

Still waiting on word whether local DC/Baltimore promoters will get gigs for the Hot 8 Brass Band.

Steve K (Steve K), Saturday, 5 November 2005 06:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks Steve, I hope Hot 8 gets some gigs.

So I noticed online somewhere that the Stooges Brass Band apparently played Philly recently with indie-rock media darlings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.


Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 5 November 2005 06:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Not exactly brass-band related, but relevant.

NY Times article on UK writer Nik Cohn and his involvement with New Orleans rap pre- and post-Katrina

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 November 2005 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

This guy blogged about the Stooges in Philly in October (and others did as well) and elsewhere I saw a reference to this great show further north at M.I.T. that supposedly took place on 10/30:

Bayou Bash Concert featuring The Wild Magnolias, 7pm (doors at 6:30pm) at Kresge Auditorium. Bayou Bash’s main event!! This concert will be a huge gathering of New Orleans musicians including Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias, the famous Mardi Gras Indians, who will perform with other Jazz standouts including: Marva Wright, Davell Crawford, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr, Bob French and the Lil Stooges Brass Band.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 15:10 (fourteen years ago) link

bump...Still hoping for DC/Baltimore area joints to book Hot 8...Stooges Brass opening for Galactic at the 930 Club next week...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 15:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for that link.

Davell Crawford is amazing btw (great organ player and sings like Stevie), and he's been having random gigs all over the place.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 15:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw the Spirit of New Orleans and Charmaine Neville at Ronnie Scott's in London on Saturday night. I was there by chance because Dad had decided to go there for his birthday and I had no idea what to expect. They were great! From what CN said it seems none of them have anywhere to live at the moment and Ronnie Scott's is doing a whole month of benefits for Katrina victims so they had been playing all week. It was their last night - I think they're moving on to Spain next.

Mädchen (Madchen), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 15:32 (fourteen years ago) link

Somewhere I think I read that some of the Nevilles were living in Nashville now. Art and Aaron Neville are touring with a small group in the US right now.


I've read about Davell in Offbeat but have never heard him...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 16:24 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't think any of his records have done him justice yet, but see him live if you get the chance.

His grandfather wrote Iko Iko (under the name Jacomo, and of course he hasn't seen a dime from it)!

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Jordan, I would really appreciate it if you could write a little about what is special about the Hot 8 CD. I bought it on the basis of your enthusiasm, but I'm finding it less than thrilling -- good, occasionally interesting, absolutely competent (although not so great recording quality), but nothing to knock my socks off. Several leagues short of my favorite brass band music (which is probably ReBirth's Hot Venom). What am I missing?

Vornado, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 16:42 (fourteen years ago) link

It took some time to grow on me. I agree that the mix could be better (drums are way too low), and I'll admit that having seen them live a lot helps to fill in the gaps.

Hot 8 and the Stooges are sort of the generation after Rebirth, and the style is a little bit different. The tempos are slower in general and the beat is more broken up. Things I love about this album:

"Jisten to Me" - the sounds like a street tune to me, and probably best highlights how Dinneral (the snare drummer) isn't afraid to throw in the craziest, out-of-nowhere shit and make it work.

"I Got You" - most of the bands are playing this tune now, the bassline is funky as shit. The 50 Cent quote in the trombone solo (not even a quote really, he sticks with it for 16 bars) is nice. I'm pretty sure it's Joe, the trombone player who got shot and killed by the police last year.

"Skeet Skeet" - this is the hit, and I loved hearing it blasting out of cars in New Orleans. There are no solos, it's like three minutes long, I love the 5th Ward Weebie verse, and whole end sequence going from the "shorty" chant to riff to the shout chorus is fire.

"Sexual Healing" - the drumming on this ridiculous, it's great how they keep the original beat on the song while turning it into something totally New Orleans and unique. They've played it at all the club shows I've been at and it's usually the last, craziest song of the night. It made me realize how well-constructed the original Gaye tune is, and I like the accapella bridges (although it's even better when everyone in the club knows the words).

"Rastafunk" - this is one of the tunes that was recorded a few years back when Shamar and Herb (now in Rebirth) were in the band, and then the newer horn players went back and overdubbed parts as well, so it's a wall of brass.

"Get Up" - this is my favorite joint on the album, listen to this one first. The groove and the bassline are so ridiculous I sometimes have to listen to it three times in a row, and the rapping is on it too. I don't think I've heard them play it live but it seems like it would be the ultimate second-line tune.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 17:19 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks. I don't really disagree much with anything you said -- those are the highlights of the album for me, too. Except: the "wall of brass" on Rastafunk (and elsewhere) comes off as very marching band to me -- more UCLA than NOLA, and not in an interesting way. I don't think the drum mix is so much of a problem, either. Right now, the drumming is probably the thing I like most about it, especially on the tracks you mention -- sometimes really surprising and inventive, always cool. The horns sound very dry and hollow to me, tinny, maybe overcompressed (I don't know, my ears aren't that good), especially when everyone is playing.

Vornado, Wednesday, 9 November 2005 18:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, there's definitely a lot of compression, which can sound weird when the sousaphone or the trombones are obviously playing REALLY LOUD, but it doesn't bother me much. The Stooges record has similar issues with compression and the drum mix, but it's great too.

I think the best SOUNDING brass band records are Hot Venom and D-Boy. It took H8 ten years to come out with this one, but hopefully they'll do another record soon (I know they were planning on going in the studio before the hurricane hit).

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 9 November 2005 19:08 (fourteen years ago) link

Stooges Brass Band opening for Galactic at the 930 Club in DC tonight. Doors open at 9.

I am still waiting to hear back from Hot 8 regarding getting any local dates.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 November 2005 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

The Saturday 11-19 930 Club show where members of the Stooges brass Band are sitting in with Galactic is sold out. Tickets are still available for tonight.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 November 2005 14:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Looks like Hot 8 will be doing some midwest dates in January!

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 18 November 2005 15:00 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll have to call Hot 8's manager, since my last e-mail to him bounced. He had e-mailed me that he'd let me know if my contacts got him any gigs.

I'll post here later about the Stooges opening for Galactic earlier tonight. I'm reviewing it, so I gotta write that first.

curmudgeon (Steve K), Saturday, 19 November 2005 06:42 (fourteen years ago) link

The Looka blog linked to this UK article on New Orleans. Read about Irma Thomas' place, Ernie K Doe's widow buying a hearse which she can keep the full-size statue of her husband in, and Chief Monk...,16373,1644513,00.html

curmudgeon (Steve K), Saturday, 19 November 2005 19:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Sounds like things are still pretty dark in New Orleans, but there was a second-line there on Saturday with Hot 8 and the To Be Continued Brass Band.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 November 2005 22:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I have seen nothing but gloomy ink about New Orleans everywhere--Time cover story; guest NY Times op-ed; Washington Post, & elsewhere.

I guess Hot 8 are not near the internet these days. Their website has not been updated, and my follow-up e-mails to the various e-mail addresses listed on the site have been ignored. I wonder if any of the contacts I gave them will be booking them in the DC and Baltimore area? I have a phone # that I had put off dialing, maybe I will spend the bucks and do so.

curmudgeon (Steve K), Tuesday, 29 November 2005 01:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, the Stooges were kinda uneven when they opened for Galactic in DC. I wish they'd stick with being a brass band, and leave the keyboard work to other groups.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 November 2005 15:46 (fourteen years ago) link

An excert of an article on the New Birth Brass Band by John Nova Lomax, Houston (Peter S. of City Pages noted that John has been doing writing about New Orleans bands in Houston)

Published: Thursday, November 24, 2005
"...At any rate, with 2005's catastrophic hurricane season finally safely past, it seemed as good a time as ever to check in on some of those most affected: the evacuees in the temporarily Houston-based New Birth Brass Band.

Outwardly, they are doing great. Every Wednesday evening, they play to a marvelously enthusiastic midweek crowd at Under the Volcano, and they also have standing Friday- and Sunday-night gigs at St. Pete's Dancing Marlin and a Sunday-afternoon affair at Dan Electro's. At the Volcano gig last week, despite the absence of their trombone player, they were simply smokin'. Trumpet and sax interwove over tuba boo-yahs amid the polyrhythmic rumble and clatter of bass drums, snare drums and hissing tiny cymbals -- this stuff is a syringe full of pure China white heroin for you beat junkies out there.

And like Volcano owner Pete Mitchell says, nobody can sit still at these shows. Sure, half the room (there were about 100 people in there on a midweek night) might not be dancing outright, but they're either tapping their feet or nodding their heads. And dancing is what this band is all about. The New Birth feeds off the crowd, and the crowd feeds off the New Birth. People holler encouragement and sing along. Guys dance with girls, girls dance in packs, guys dance alone, blacks and whites and evacuees and locals dance together -- and the people who sit boogie on the way to the bathroom when they go take a leak. I'm a pretty inhibited guy and no kinda dancer, but at one point I found myself cutting a rug with a girl I had just met when all I intended to do was go get a beer. The vibe is terrifically hellafied: Where there is the New Birth Brass Band, there is also the infectious joy of New Orleans.

I talked to three twentysomething women -- Volcano regulars who had never heard of the band before stumbling into one of their sets a month or so ago -- who have become staunch converts to the New Birth cause. "There should be more people here," says account executive Laurie Chidlow. "There are lots of Houstonians who love New Orleans, and if they knew this was going on, I think they would be here."

"Laurie told us about it, and this is our first time here, and we are very impressed," adds financial analyst Susie Hale. "We are gonna be here every Wednesday from now on, definitely."

"They are so New Orleans!" says Chidlow. "And not the creepy New Orleans -- not the 'Let's go to Pat O'Brien's and pay $9 for a drink' New Orleans," adds their friend Katie Edwards. "This is like you're on the street and a band plays and you're dancing in the street."

And Edwards, Hale and Chidlow all hope the New Birth is here to stay. Hell, all of us would love that; right now New Orleans is a culture without a city, and in many ways Houston is still a city without a culture.

All of us, that is, except for the members of the New Birth and the New Orleans natives at the show. I caught up with New Birth bass drummer and bandleader Tanio Hingle between sets and asked him what he missed the most about his hometown. "I just miss it -- just the whole nine yards, just bein' in our neighborhood playin' music -- bein' able to step out the door and just start playin' music…Seein' everybody -- family. I miss my family -- I got some people who ended up in Atlanta. My mother, grandmother and a bunch of others are up there. That's one of the hardest parts: not bein' around my family, because I am a family man."

curmudgeon steve (Steve K), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 04:20 (fourteen years ago) link

From the New Orleans Times Picayune:

Plans in works for `musicians' village' in New Orleans
12/6/2005, 4:45 p.m. CT
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Singer Harry Connick Jr. and saxophone player Branford Marsalis are working with Habitat for Humanity to create a "village" for New Orleans musicians who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina.

More than $2 million has been raised for the project dreamed up by Connick and Marsalis — a neighborhood built around a music center where musicians can teach and perform, Jim Pate, executive director of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, said Monday.

The first $1 million came from benefit concerts in New York three weeks after the storm, said Quint Davis, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival producer who helped arrange the concerts.

"The money being used to build these homes for New Orleans musicians was raised by New Orleans musicians. Our pact with them was to help New Orleans' musical community," Davis said during a Tuesday news conference.

In a telephone interview Monday, Connick said he and Marsalis — both honorary chairs for the national Habitat's hurricane rebuilding program — returned to their hometown several weeks after the storm and were trying to think of ways to help.

"I had been kind of coming up blank. The problem is so massive, it's hard to know where to begin," Connick said. "As we talked, we both realized we should really stick to what we know, which is music."

Connick said four or five of the 16 musicians in his own band lost their homes. "There's a ton of musicians who have no place to go," he said.

Pate said the organization hasn't decided on a location, but is looking at three older, predominantly black neighborhoods in New Orleans. He said Tuesday that the project will need $7.5 million to $15 million, and would include a music center named for Ellis Marsalis, the jazz pianist and educator. Marsalis has taught hundreds of high-school and college musicians over the years and is the father of the musical family that includes Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason.

"Ellis has been kind of a rock for music in this city," Mayor C. Ray Nagin said.

Branford Marsalis said the project is a thank-you to the musicians "who made it possible for people like me and my brother Wynton and Harry Connick Jr. to get out and spread the word."

Habitat cannot reserve houses for a specific group, and non-musicians would also live in the musicians' village, Pate said. However, musicians who lost their houses and have little or no insurance — and will provide labor for a Habitat house — will be asked if they'd like to live there.

"We'd hope some of our musician partner families could do some of their sweat equity by doing performances or concerts for some of our volunteers who are coming from all over the world," Pate said.

It's a fantastic idea, said Banu Gibson, who sings '20s and '30s jazz.

"So many musicians have moved out of town, and a lot of the good ones, too, which is really depressing," she said.

Gibson is back in her own house, but two of the seven musicians in her band lost homes they had bought in the last couple of years. "All the money they raised to put down as a house payment, $25,000 to $35,000, is gone," she said.

Bassist Peter "Chuck" Badie, 80, would love to see the dream become reality, and to live in a Habitat home.

"I'd be tickled to death," said Badie, who's staying at a jazz enthusiast's home after floods destroyed his house in the Lower Ninth Ward. "A village for musicians would be the finest thing. But build it where?"

The New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity covers Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, and is in the "embryonic" stages of adding Plaquemines Parish. Pate said it hopes to build 250 to 500 houses in the four parishes, and possibly as many as 200 in the musicians' village.

"We desperately need them back, because they are the soul of our community, or much of the soul of our community," he said.

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 December 2005 18:47 (fourteen years ago) link

The Hot 8 Brass Band cc'd me on an e-mail to local DC/Baltimore places that could possibly book them. I hope some gigs are coming together.

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 December 2005 19:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Great. I'm looking forward to seeing them around next month.

(btw, I YSI'd a Stooges tune from last year's tour, before the keyboard/drumset lineup on this thread)

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 9 December 2005 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Maybe this should be on ILE, but I'm gonna post it here anyway:

Death of an American City
The New York Times | Editorial

Sunday 11 December 2005

We are about to lose New Orleans. Whether it is a conscious plan to let the city rot until no one is willing to move back or honest paralysis over difficult questions, the moment is upon us when a major American city will die, leaving nothing but a few shells for tourists to visit like a museum.

We said this wouldn't happen. President Bush said it wouldn't happen. He stood in Jackson Square and said, "There is no way to imagine America without New Orleans." But it has been over three months since Hurricane Katrina struck and the city is in complete shambles.

There are many unanswered questions that will take years to work out, but one is make-or-break and needs to be dealt with immediately. It all boils down to the levee system. People will clear garbage, live in tents, work their fingers to the bone to reclaim homes and lives, but not if they don't believe they will be protected by more than patches to the same old system that failed during the deadly storm. Homeowners, businesses and insurance companies all need a commitment before they will stake their futures on the city.

At this moment the reconstruction is a rudderless ship. There is no effective leadership that we can identify. How many people could even name the president's liaison for the reconstruction effort, Donald Powell? Lawmakers need to understand that for New Orleans the words "pending in Congress" are a death warrant requiring no signature.

The rumbling from Washington that the proposed cost of better levees is too much has grown louder. Pretending we are going to do the necessary work eventually, while stalling until the next hurricane season is upon us, is dishonest and cowardly. Unless some clear, quick commitments are made, the displaced will have no choice but to sink roots in the alien communities where they landed.

The price tag for protection against a Category 5 hurricane, which would involve not just stronger and higher levees but also new drainage canals and environmental restoration, would very likely run to well over $32 billion. That is a lot of money. But that starting point represents just 1.2 percent of this year's estimated $2.6 trillion in federal spending, which actually overstates the case, since the cost would be spread over many years. And it is barely one-third the cost of the $95 billion in tax cuts passed just last week by the House of Representatives.

Total allocations for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror have topped $300 billion. All that money has been appropriated as the cost of protecting the nation from terrorist attacks. But what was the worst possible case we fought to prevent?

Losing a Major American City

"We'll not just rebuild, we'll build higher and better," President Bush said that night in September. Our feeling, strongly, is that he was right and should keep to his word. We in New York remember well what it was like for the country to rally around our city in a desperate hour. New York survived and has flourished. New Orleans can too.

Of course, New Orleans's local and state officials must do their part as well, and demonstrate the political and practical will to rebuild the city efficiently and responsibly. They must, as quickly as possible, produce a comprehensive plan for putting New Orleans back together. Which schools will be rebuilt and which will be absorbed? Which neighborhoods will be shored up? Where will the roads go? What about electricity and water lines? So far, local and state officials have been derelict at producing anything that comes close to a coherent plan. That is unacceptable.

The city must rise to the occasion. But it will not have that opportunity without the levees, and only the office of the president is strong enough to goad Congress to take swift action. Only his voice is loud enough to call people home and convince them that commitments will be met.

Maybe America does not want to rebuild New Orleans. Maybe we have decided that the deficits are too large and the money too scarce, and that it is better just to look the other way until the city withers and disappears. If that is truly the case, then it is incumbent on President Bush and Congress to admit it, and organize a real plan to help the dislocated residents resettle into new homes. The communities that opened their hearts to the Katrina refugees need to know that their short-term act of charity has turned into a permanent commitment.

If the rest of the nation has decided it is too expensive to give the people of New Orleans a chance at renewal, we have to tell them so. We must tell them we spent our rainy-day fund on a costly stalemate in Iraq, that we gave it away in tax cuts for wealthy families and shareholders. We must tell them America is too broke and too weak to rebuild one of its great cities.

Our nation would then look like a feeble giant indeed. But whether we admit it or not, this is our choice to make. We decide whether New Orleans lives or dies.


curmudgeon, Monday, 12 December 2005 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Fuck. I looked through Erik's post-flood photos the other day (taken over the weekend), the debris and abandonment in most of parts of the city is pretty striking.

On a slightly brighter note, some of these pictures of the Rebirth show on Thanksgiving for second-liner refugees are amazing:

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 December 2005 16:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Those are great pics, Jordan.

December 13, 2005 Gambit Weekly

West of the Sixth Ward
The Treme Brass Band fled the flood. They ended up in the desert.

Compiled by Katy Reckdahl

Two months ago, six men arrived in Arizona with no instruments. They came to play music.
Members of the Treme Brass Band gathered in Phoenix a few weeks after the hurricane. Still, the place doesn't feel like home, says bandleader Benny Jones Sr.

"When I see the cactus, I think of the Western movies and the cowboys that we used to watch on TV," he says. "It feels pretty odd to me."

Jones was staying in Dallas when he received a phone call from the head of an Arizona-based group, the Jazz Refugee Project. The man had gotten Jones' name and number from a bandmate who had evacuated to Phoenix.

The Refugee Project promised six months of housing and gigs. Jones found the idea appealing, but implementation might be tough, he said. "I told the man, 'My band is scattered out like a checkerboard.'" But after two days, Jones had reached three guys. Two days later, a few more. Within a week, he had an entire band -- but no instruments.

Of the group that moved to Phoenix, only Eddieboh Paris escaped with a horn -- his trombone. "That's because the other guys had to think about themselves, not their instruments," says Paris, who evacuated early, on Sunday. Most of his bandmates didn't leave. Three -- bass drummer Anthony Bennett and saxophonists Elliott "Stackman" Callier and Frederick "Shep" Sheppard -- spent the storm in their homes, then left by boat and chopper. Tuba player Jeffrey Hills weathered the hurricane in the Lafitte housing project, then walked across town in chest-deep water with his two small children on his shoulders. (Longtime Treme bass drummer and singer "Uncle" Lionel Batiste also sat out the storm in the Lafitte and evacuated a few days later by bus. He opted to return to New Orleans rather than travel to Phoenix.)

In late September, the Jazz Refugee Project dispatched a van that started in Mississippi and wound its way through Texas, picking up musicians. It was 120 degrees and sunny when they arrived in Phoenix. "Oh, Lord, it was hot," says bass drummer Bennett. "I was wearing shorts and flip-flops, and it felt like the flip-flops were melting off my feet."

At first, the Refugee Project supplied loaner horns. Soon, donated horns came via overnight delivery from members of the Jack Brass Band in Minneapolis, the Tipitina's Foundation and national charitable organizations.

The band has now settled into a routine, playing a few gigs a week and traveling around town in a Refugee Project van. But it's taken a few adjustments. The 2 a.m. bar-closing time has prompted at least one bandmember to carry a flask. The band plays a significant number of gigs in Phoenix's retirement communities, where the band is less apt to perform contemporary numbers like "Gimme My Money Back."

Treme's presence has also bolstered the city's traditional-jazz community. "There are 47 venues in Phoenix that play jazz, but it's mostly modern -- bebop and fusion," says Phoenix clarinetist Joe Hopkins, vice president of the Arizona Jazz Society. "Yet the Treme band has made inroads into clubs and with people who've never listened to this music. I think that's significant."

How long Treme will remain in Phoenix is still unclear. But on Tuesday, Nov. 22, the CBS' The Early Show, as part of its "Week of Wishes," featured Minnesotan Pat Lindgren saying that she'd seen Treme play at Donna's Bar & Grill. Her wish was to see them perform again in New Orleans. In response, the program marshaled weighty resources: temporary housing for band members in the French Quarter courtesy of Hibernia Bank, $60,000 worth of home furnishings from Sam's Club, and -- from the Jazz Foundation of America -- employment playing jazz in Louisiana schools, some new instruments, and first-month's rent and security deposits.

In Phoenix, band members sat and watched, speechless. Jones, certainly, plans to return home as soon as FEMA gives him a trailer. Trombonist Eddie King also plans to go back. But others aren't sure. They talk about the sputtering New Orleans economy, hard-to-find housing, and gigs that pay half as much as Phoenix gigs. Saxophonist Sheppard says that he misses friends but has no other reason to return to what he calls "The Big Raggedy."

Not surprising, says New Orleans cultural advocate Morgan Clevenger. "Most musicians that I know, they love New Orleans and they want to come back. But if you don't have the necessary quality of life, they're not coming back."

Final decisions have yet to be made. In the meantime, music is the perfect distraction. "Often I sit around thinking about how my homeowner's insurance has not come through or wondering what my children are doing," says Bennett. "The only time I get any peace is when I'm playing music."


curmudgeon, Friday, 16 December 2005 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for that. I didn't know Jeffrey Hills was out with Treme, I know he's trying to round up the Lil' Rascals for a tour.

I'm not surprised that Uncle Lionel didn't go with them, I honestly can't picture him outside of New Orleans. He IS New Orleans.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 16 December 2005 17:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Not brass band related, but close enough...More sad news from the Looka blog:
"Bad news. I got an email from Mary Katherine yesterday ... Stevenson Palfi, the New Orleans-based documentary filmmaker best known for his amazing film "Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together" (featuring performances from Tuts Washington, Allen Toussaint, and Professor Longhair two days before his death), took his own life a few days ago. He had lost his home, his office and almost all of his possessions, presumably including several years worth of work he had done on an unfinished in-depth biography of Allen Toussaint."

curmudgeon (Steve K), Saturday, 17 December 2005 04:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for keeping this thread going. It's a subject that's at once almost unbearable to think about, and can't be let to slip away.

Pete Scholtes, Saturday, 17 December 2005 21:28 (fourteen years ago) link


I'm finally leaving for New Orleans tomorrow. I'm starting to freak out a little bit about what it's going to be like. Stupid hurricane.

adam (adam), Saturday, 17 December 2005 21:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Financially at least, the New Birth are absolutely thriving here -- in addition to the weekly gigs I mentioned in the story above, they are very active on Houston's Plutocrat Party / Organ Ball circuit, and they are starting to perform at schools during the day.

Also this week, Keith "Wolf" Anderson rejoined the band here. He had been in Detroit and I think I heard he got busted up there for public urination of all things.

Tuba Phil and some other guys from the Rebirth were at this week's Volcano show, and the whole joint went crazy when they tore into "Hush Your Mouth." Glen David's rewrite of Levert's "Casanova" was also damn cool, and having Wolf in the band has led to some serious 'bone battles. (Incidentally, I think Glen David's as much a potential breakout star as Kermit is... the guy is an incredible showman.)

I don't know what this has to do with anything, but it's pretty funny. Kenny Terry was walking around after the show sporting a Rand McNally map of NO -- he is the guy on the cover in the red jacket and white marching band cap blowing his horn in the Quarter.

novamax (novamax), Saturday, 17 December 2005 21:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Ha, I played a Mardi Gras gig with Glen David once. I think he has the loudest singing voice I've ever heard. The last time I saw him, he was flying (and crashing) a kite in a crowd at the Jazzfest grounds last year. (I think that Casanova arrangement comes from when Tyrus Chapman was in Rebirth, btw.)

I'm glad New Birth is doing good.

Adam, are you moving back? Good luck, dude.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, GD's really got that Monk Boudreaux / Bo Dollis holler workin' for him

novamax (novamax), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Jordan, I fully expect to see you (and everyone else in this thread, dammit) in NO for Mardi Gras and Jazzfest this year.

adam (adam), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:44 (fourteen years ago) link

I absolutely will be there, seriously. We'll be at Donna's.

I'm also getting married in N.O. sometime within the next year!

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 17 December 2005 22:46 (fourteen years ago) link

!!! Awesome.

adam (adam), Saturday, 17 December 2005 23:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Yea, maybe at Jazzfest. I wonder if local DC promoters are suffering from Katrina fatigue. None of the folks I had Hot 8 e-mail re playing around here, have contacted them back. I'm trying another promoter.

The Nation magazine has several articles on serious New Orleans stuff:

Here's an excerpt from Ari Kelman's "In the Shadow of Disaster":
"Craig Colten, a Louisiana State University geographer, agrees. He insists low-lying parts of the city shouldn't be rebuilt. His proposal is extremely controversial, with displaced residents understandably invoking their "right of return" and with most members of the reconstruction committees reluctant to reintegrate wetlands into the city after Mayor Nagin got burned for suggesting that the Ninth Ward might not be rebuilt. But Colten still believes that part of the backswamp should ooze into selected low-lying areas. An equitable method, he believes, would be to "take land from many neighborhoods--Lakefront, Ninth Ward, Gentilly--and relocate rich, poor, middle class to denser settlement on higher ground." Colten's "new New Orleans," then, would resemble the old New Orleans--from an era before wetlands vanished. It would also touch off battles over whose neighborhoods should be abandoned."

Curmudgeon Steve (Steve K), Sunday, 18 December 2005 21:33 (fourteen years ago) link

From the offbeat weekly e-mail:

OffBeat Magazine []

"L. J. Goldstein, New Orleans attorney, photographer and founder of the infamous Krewe de Jieux, has organized a Honakkah Second Line on Thursday December 22 beginning at 6 p.m. at Spanish Plaza (Riverwalk) proceeding to Jackson Square. The Reunion Klezmer Band will perform, the first time the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars and former clarinetist Ben Schenk have played together since Schenk left the band."

Curmudgeon Steve, Thursday, 22 December 2005 16:20 (fourteen years ago) link


Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 22 December 2005 16:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Btw, I don't know if the YSI is still working, but here is a WWOZ show from a year or two ago. They play a bunch of brass band shit, but the highlight is a live set by the Real Untouchables Brass Band. They're complete unknowns as far as the scene goes, but it's fucking hot.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 22 December 2005 16:26 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll have to give it a shot. Here's more of the usual depressing news from Offbeat:

Hurricane Katrina has taken more from us than our homes, neighborhoods and businesses. We’re profoundly sorry to report that these wonderful members of our music community have passed on within the last week.

Brian O’Neill
Composer, arranger, vocalist, pianist and Bonerama trombonist, Brian O’Neill passed away suddenly after suffering an apparent heart attack while on a solo gig in New Orleans O’Neill was noted for his work with Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders in the ’70s as well as being a mainstay of the popular New Orleans R&B vocalist Luther Kent’s band “Trick Bag” for the past 25 years. As a freelance trombonist O’Neill was one of the most frequently-called trombonists in New Orleans. O’Neill penned the most recent “Bone Up” from the Bonerama’s Live From New York. O’Neill appeared in countless sit-ins with the Bonerama horns including appearances with Gov’t Mule and the Radiators. Fellow Bonerama trombonist Mark Mullins recalls, “I met Brian on a gig at a Mardi Gras parade 21 years ago and after the first song I realized that is what I wanted to sound like. To have him in the Bonerama band was just a constant inspiration on both a personal and musical level. There was so much he had not had a chance to say yet.”

Stevenson Palfi
The director of Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together, a documentary that presented New Orleans legends Allen Toussaint, Tuts Washington and Professor Longhair playing together in the studio, was found dead of a gunshot wound in in New Orleans. Palfi had lost much in the wake of Hurricane Katrina; his Mid-City home was severely flooded, and reportedly was very depressed over the loss of his home and life's work. Palfi was staying with his ex- wife at the time. Reportedly he left a suicide note. Palfi is survived by his daughter, Nell.
“His seminal work was non-pareil as a rare, timely and brilliant piece of documentary film-making. Henry Roeland Byrd, a.k.a. Professor Longhair, died during the filming of this work. Stevenson had the foresight to capture the entire second line celebration of Fess’ life and death.” said Justin Zitler, attorney for SongByrd Inc., the Professor Longhair estate. Informed of Palfi’s death, Allen Toussaint said, “My friend Stevenson Palfi’s life’s work was immortalizing others and in so doing, he has immortalized himself. His work will outlast all of us.”

Stevenson Palfi will be honored with a tribute this year at OffBeat's Best of The Beat Awards on January 21 at the House of Blues.

DC Steve (DC Steve), Thursday, 22 December 2005 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
More from Offbeat's weekly e-mail thing:

The New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund is
proud to sponsor the Social Aid & Pleasure Club All-
Star Second Line on Sunday January 15, 2006. For
the first time ever, a coalition of 27 Social Aid &
Pleasure Clubs will march together through the
streets of New Orleans to call attention to their
needs and role in renewing the city. The Second Line
begins at the Backstreet Cultural Museum at 1116 St.
Claude Avenue in Treme at 11:30 a.m. and ends
uptown at Washington Avenue and South Saratoga
at about 4 p.m.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 January 2006 18:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh wow. I wish I could go down for that.

My band will be going down around Mardi Gras, and just before that playing a concert for NOLA relocatees in Chicago.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 5 January 2006 19:07 (fourteen years ago) link

From the NY Times:

Published: January 11, 2006
NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 10 - The commission devising a blueprint to reconstruct the city will propose on Wednesday . . . the creation of a new jazz district downtown. . . . The jazz district would be in the old Storyville section, north of the French Quarter, an idea championed by the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, a member of the commission and the co-chairman of its culture committee."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 12:34 (fourteen years ago) link

"The old Storyville section" really doesn't exist anymore. Virtually all of those buildings were torn down years ago to make way for the Iberville housing project. I have no idea what condition those projects are in post-flood, but if they are to be torn down to make way for some sort of glitzy new jazz theme park, I'm more than a little dubious.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 17:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Me too.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 January 2006 17:39 (fourteen years ago) link

I am not clear what the NY Times was referring to and I have not seen more details elsewhere. I'd be dubious of the theme park also, but maybe they are referring to something else. Upthread on December 9th I pasted something that included this excerpt about a project Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick were pushing: " A village for musicians would be the finest thing. But build it where?"

The New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity covers Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes, and is in the "embryonic" stages of adding Plaquemines Parish. Pate said it hopes to build 250 to 500 houses in the four parishes, and possibly as many as 200 in the musicians' village."

Is this the "musician's village"?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2006 17:41 (fourteen years ago) link

I think Branford Marsalis and Wynton Marsalis are working on 2 different things.

Here's an excerpt from the L.A. Times re Wynton's project:

"To accelerate the process, Nagin's commission is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to release updated floodplain maps which effectively could make the decision for many homeowners by raising home insurance rates and setting other new financial barriers to redevelopment.

A subcommittee is proposing a new jazz district near the French Quarter at the former location of Storyville, a fabled district of musicians and houses of ill-repute at the turn of the last century.

It later fell into disrepair and was demolished. The idea to re-create a cleaned-up version of Storyville, which gave rise to musical legends including Jelly Roll Morton, is being championed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz virtuoso Wynton Marsalis."

Cleaned up and recreated early 20th century bordellos in WyntonMarsalis-land! Ugh. Putting Wynton on the committee may help kill New Orleans music rather then help it.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2006 17:12 (fourteen years ago) link

I wonder when Wynton was even in New Orleans last. Branford was hanging out at Donna's last Jazzfest, though.

Btw, I'm going to be down for four days during the last weekend of Mardi Gras, for a gig at Donna's and just to check things out.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 12 January 2006 17:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Where's the hiphop n bounce and more brass? Well some of the below looks good:

"On Saturday, January 21, 2006, OffBeat
presents “The Best of the Beat Awards,”
its annual celebration of the best of New
Orleans’ music at the House of Blues, 225 Decatur
Street. The Best of
The Beat starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.

This year, OffBeat recognizes R&B legends
Allen Toussaint and Irma Thomas
with Lifetime Achievement in Music awards.
Toussaint is the influential songwriter and producer of
some of the city’s signature records, as well as a
performer in his own right. Thomas is the voice of
such classics as “Wish Someone Would Care,” “It’s
Raining” and “Breakaway.” Also honored are
Wanda Rouzan for Lifetime Achievement in
Music Education, “Uncle” Lionel Battiste of
the Treme Brass Band, who receives this year’s
Heartbeat Award, and George and Nina Buck
(GHB Records and the Palm Court Jazz Café), for the
Lifetime Achievement Award in Business.

The Best of The Beat will also include a tribute to the
late music documentarian, Stevenson Palfi.


7:00: John Autin

7:45: Morning 40 Federation

8:30: Awards with Stevenson Palfi Tribute

9:15: Papa Grows Funk with Anders Osborne and Tim

10:00: Davis Rogan

10:30: Fred LeBlanc and Paul Sanchez of Cowboy

11:15: Theresa Andersson with members of World
Leader Pretend

12:00: James Andrews with Shannon Powell

12:45: Walter “Wolfman” Washington

1:30: New Orleans Live Animals


7:15: Coco Robicheaux

8:00: New Orleans Jazz Vipers

9:30: Quintron with C.C. Adcock

10:15: Ingrid Lucia

11:00: Michael Hurtt & His Haunted Hearts

11:45: White Bitch

12:30: Shannon McNally

1:15: Ghost"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2006 13:57 (fourteen years ago) link

My article on the Jack Brass Band in Minneapolis (a lot of whom are playing in the Krewe du Vieux February 11):

I'm heading down too, in time for the night of Feb. 23.

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 22:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Everyone who's in town should come to the Thoth parade, which runs down Magazine St, ie right in front of my house. My building, as well as everyone all up and down the street, has a massive party. We have t-shirts made and everything. Sunday b4 Fat Tuesday, be there!

adam (adam), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 23:02 (fourteen years ago) link

I will be there! And you guys have got to come to Donna's on the Friday before Fat Tuesday. Mama Digdown's, but the band will probably be half New Orleans dudes.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 23:05 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm there, for real this year. PS I finally bought the Hot 8 album due to your constant pimping--it's fucking great.

adam (adam), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 23:09 (fourteen years ago) link

Interesting and a bit sad piece on an 80 year-old bassist, son of a brass band player...

After Katrina, the Jazzman Plays On

By Anne Hull
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 30, 2006; A02

NEW ORLEANS -- Peter Badie is in the kitchen, rummaging around in a drawer for a spoon. This isn't his kitchen. His kitchen was filled with 10 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina and likely awaits the wrecking ball. The 80-year-old jazz musician is homeless and temporarily living in a spare bedroom of a Creole cottage here in the Faubourg Marigny section of town. This is Sue Hall's kitchen.

"Sue Hall, where is that big pan?" Badie calls out.

"Peter, it's where you left it," says the voice from the other room.

Horns and clarinets drift from speakers above. Badie catches sight of his black sunglasses on the counter. He snatches them up and slips them into his shirt pocket, mindful of being a neat houseguest. "Sue Hall, I've got some fish cakes out here."

The hurricane has forced all sorts of unexpected arrangements, and Badie and Hall are just one unlikely Odd Couple living in the aftermath. Badie is an accomplished acoustic bass player who has toured with Lionel Hampton. Hall booked bands at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe. When she heard that Badie lost his home in the Lower Ninth Ward, she offered him a place to stay.

Hall has red hair and pearly skin. She was born in Kankakee, Ill. Chili pepper lights hang in her kitchen; Southern folk art and pink flamingos abound. In the middle of this bright whimsy is Badie, an austere modern jazzman, as cool as midnight itself, dealing with his homelessness, anger and unsure future.

This is life in New Orleans now: tenuous, with strange forgings and new beginnings. No one is saying how long the arrangement will last.

Badie -- known as "Chuck" -- has a salt-and-pepper soul patch. He is a widower and devout Catholic. His routine is simple. He rises mid-morning, says his prayers and then emerges from his borrowed room and makes a pot of grits. He is immensely proud, almost to the point of defiance. He recently returned a $4,000 check that the musicians union sent him by mistake.

At Hall's kitchen table, he reads the New Orleans Times-Picayune from cover to cover. "They say New Orleans will be back," Badie says. "Not for me it won't. I'm 80 years old."

Badie was born in 1925 in the Black Pearl section of Uptown in New Orleans. His father was a jazz saxophonist with the Eureka and Olympia brass bands. Badie didn't pick up music until he got out of the Navy in 1945 and used the GI Bill to enroll at the Grunewald School of Music in New Orleans, a beacon of progressivism in a city cleaved by race. "Whites were on the first floor and blacks were on the second floor; to me, that's integrated," Badie says.

Zoot Sims, Dizzy Gillespie -- Badie played with the best of them. Along with other black musicians, he helped found the A.F.O. (All For One) record label in 1961. But musicians were paid so little that Badie worked as a lunch waiter at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter for 15 years, making $500 a week, five times what he earned playing music.

Before the hurricane, he had a standing gig at the Palm Court, and he rolled up in style: punctual, a pressed shirt and a 1979 black Cadillac roomy enough to carry his bass in the back seat. He lived alone at his house on North Johnson Street. Other musicians die in rental apartments, but Badie had his house.

Now he sits in Hall's kitchen, holding a letter from his homeowner's insurance company, typed with the words "No Compensation."

"Not one quarter," he says, smoldering.

Five months after the storm, Badie still drives to his house every day and stares at it. The mysteries of his losses plague him. "I had six suits," he says. "I'm talking about suits. Not that mix-'n'-match jive. Six suits. Now, where did they go?"

He was wise enough to store his two basses on the second floor of the Palm Court before the storm, saving them from ruin. He momentarily forgets his troubles when describing his 1946 Epiphone. "It's got a sound, baby, you can hear around the corner," he says. "People said, 'Chuck, don't ever sell it.' Cats would snap it up in a second. I did a lot of records with that." "The Man I Love," "A Change Is Gonna Come." One of the basses is stretched out across Hall's living room. Who knows where it will finally rest. Badie has been looking into the Habitat for Humanity "musicians' village" that singer Harry Connick Jr. and saxophone player Branford Marsalis are trying to create for Louisiana musicians left homeless by the storm.

For now, this pink cottage is home. Badie shows his appreciation by cooking: breaded pork chops, cabbage, neck bones, turnips and carrots, and oyster dressing. "Oyster dressing?" Badie says. "Oh, that will kick you. See, I re-boil them crawfish heads and get that stock ."

The phone rings again, and Hall comes into the kitchen. She's been trying to find a trombonist for a gig. The hurricane scattered New Orleans jazz musicians across the country; two-thirds have still not returned. "I must have called 10 trombone players," Hall says.

Badie frets over what to wear to the gig. His suits are gone. He goes into his bedroom to make a call about finding a new white shirt.

Hall drops her voice and whispers, "He's old school, the last of a generation. A man of integrity."

When Badie takes his place on stage at the Palm Court the next night, he reveals nothing of his troubles. The club owner introduces the musicians. "Mr. Chuck Badie has lost his home," she tells the crowd. Badie's eyes are hidden behind his dark shades. Someone counts off a beat, and the band sets off, with Badie plucking fiercely to the end.

© 2006 The Washington Post Company

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 2 February 2006 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

Big Chief Smiley Ricks is now in Columbia, Tennessee

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 6 February 2006 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, Dan Phillips, a current Lafayette, Louisiana resident linked to the above article on his always excellent digging in the record crates of New Orleans r'n'b blog Home of the Groove.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 6 February 2006 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Pete, nice article on Jack Brass. Adam, Jordan, I am always so busy with my boy I'm not sure when I can make it down there. Maybe I just need to bring him(He's 11 now).

Oh, here's an article from Billboard--

Sad reality sinks in for New Orleans music scene

By Todd Martens Sun Feb 5, 5:44 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Like nearly every house in New Orleans, Bethany
Bultman's home has holes in its roof. Buckets to catch rainwater surround
her desk, and she is hesitant to go out at night. Much of her neighborhood
is still completely without power.

She is one of the lucky ones. Leaky roof aside, her house suffered little
damage, and she has a second one in Massachusetts, a world away from the
devastation Hurricane Katrina inflicted last August. Bultman admits to
missing her Cape Cod getaway, but she cannot bring herself to abandon New
Orleans. There would be the guilt of leaving behind the city and those who
are suffering, but more important, there are checks to write.

Bultman inscribes upwards of 70 per week, each for $100, each given to a New
Orleans musician. To date, her efforts have been funded largely by donations
from Pearl Jam and nonprofit organization Jazz Aspen Snowmass; she recently
was promised $250,000 from MusiCares, the Recording Academy's charitable

The checks Bultman writes are allocated only to those who work, which these
days in New Orleans can mean performing at a club in front of a handful of
FEMA workers.

On many nights, money from the door is minimal or nonexistent. Bultman hopes
her $100 subsidy is enough to dissuade someone from taking a gig in another
city. If instruments and artifacts from the city's musical heritage were
washed away, then New Orleans' soul -- the musicians who define it -- must

"As the time wore on," Bultman says, "more and more musicians who were
dumped all over the country wanted to come back. We soon realized that this
is really about giving people instruments and giving people hope, and that's
when we started paying the gig fees."

Two months ago, Bultman, a writer/historian and the co-founder of the New
Orleans Musicians' Clinic, was urging displaced musicians to return to the
city. She started the clinic with her husband in 1998 with the assistance of
Dr. Jack B. McConnell, the developer of Tylenol tablets whose son, Page,
played keyboards for the band Phish. With a mix of pride and a dedication to
preserving a music culture that she says "percolates out of the ground,"
Bultman hoped all New Orleans' evacuees would soon be returning.


Reality, however, soon sunk in, and now she is not so sure. "The goal was to
get everyone we could get back to New Orleans," she says. "Now that we're
back, we've moved away from that. We've moved away from the fantasy that
everything would go back to the way it was. New Orleans is just not a
healthy place for everyone to come to."

Eight of the city's ZIP codes are still without full power, according to the
January 24 status report from the mayor's office. The area affected most by
Katrina -- the Ninth Ward -- remains under curfew, and 911 emergency
availability is scattered. Few hospitals are open, and the New Orleans
Musicians' Clinic, which had free use of the Louisiana State University
School of Medicine in New Orleans, has lost such privileges, as much of the
facility needs extensive repairs.

And for many, life was not all that great before Katrina. One in four of the
city's residents lived below the poverty line, and a great number of its
working musicians relied on a steady influx of tourists.

Bultman stays in touch with the national organizations providing relief to
New Orleans musicians, including MusiCares, which announced its pledge in
support of her efforts January 25.

She is heartened by the outpouring of generosity of her top donors and has
nothing but praise for MusiCares. But five months after Katrina, Bultman
feels that little has been accomplished. Nearly all of the 200 musicians she
helps lack a place to live. She worries the situation will only get worse
with a dearth of health care and tries to communicate to the national
associations that the effort to restore the music community in New Orleans
is one that will take years -- and one that will happen one saxophone at a


Pianist Joe Krown was playing 12 gigs per week prior to Katrina. His wife,
who worked at Tulane University Hospital, was laid off after the hurricane.
He filled out the paperwork for nearly every charity dedicated to helping

"I have a mortgage and a rent and no income, and before I said anything more
to a couple of them, there was a check in the mail," Krown says. "That
happened with MusiCares and the Musicians' Clinic and the Jazz Foundation."

He also benefited from the New Orleans Musicians' Relief Fund, which was
started by one-time dB's member Jeff Beninato and his wife, Karen. Along
with Chicago rock group Wilco, the couple brought Krown and such musicians
as Leroy Jones, George French, Craig Klein and Cranston Clements to Chicago
for a benefit show that raised more than $100,000.

Beninato says he started the charity two days after Katrina hit New Orleans,
and a few days after that he heard from MusiCares. He began working with the
national organization, providing names of musicians he knew were still in
New Orleans.

Beninato is re-outfitting the New Wave Brass Band, hoping to get the big
band in marching form for Mardi Gras. Providing instruments for working New
Orleans musicians has become a group effort, and MusiCares is at the
forefront. Wick says the charity has helped more than 600 musicians get new
instruments, and he says MusiCares receives between 30 and 80 applications
per day.

MusiCares has partnered with Gibson and the Guitar Center chain and launched
its Music Rising replacement initiative in New Orleans with U2's the Edge.
While an unknown number of musicians still need a place to live, they need
the instruments to make a living.

Krown, for one, says he was able to replace some equipment thanks to
MusiCares, and the program has made it easier for him to be self-sufficient.
"It was starting to feel like I was begging, and I have too much pride for
that," Krown says.


curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 7 February 2006 15:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Jazzfest schedule is now available by weekend only(not by individual day yet). A quick look has me wondering why no To Be Continued Brass Band. I also had naive dreams that they would have New Orleans hiphop & bounce, and add more jazz, but they're sticking with their formula that works--brass bands, gospel, cajun, zydeco, old-school N'awlins r'n'b, jambands, plus big name rockers that jambanders and NPR types like. Lots of good stuff but just not quite as good as it could be says this nitpicker.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:07 (fourteen years ago) link

If they were gonna put on a decent Jazzfest this year shoulda been the year. YOU BLEW IT AGAIN QUINT.

adam (adam), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Maybe the TBC kids will be playing outside the grounds like last year. Probably make more $$$ that way, they were cleaning up on tips from people waiting for buses/shuttles.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Btw, next weekend - Mama Digdown's Brass Band @ Donna's on Friday, Hot 8 @ Tip's and Rebirth @ Howlin' Wolf on Saturday.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link


Actually, I'm happy just to see the names of all those locals returning to the Fest, but yeah, the headliners: could Quint be any more lame than re-booking Dave Matthews and Jimmy Buffett?

And Mama Digdown's at Donna's warms my heart. God, I love that place.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Quint does not seem to care about any criticism he gets. Every year in Offbeat and elsewhere folks offer constructive criticism and he ignores it. The Pinewood Stomp folks get obscure performers Quint has overlooked, and he doesn't offer them a bigger gig. He's got a formula and this year he has Shell sponsoring the whole thing, so he's just gonna stick with what financially works.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:32 (fourteen years ago) link

otm...these are the safe names that will draw a yuppie/fratboy money-spending crowd. (I mean the headliners). Who can blame the dude?

But at least the crowds won't be so overwhelming this year.

p.j. (Henry), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm glad that the brass bands are getting stage shows now instead of just mini-second lines through the grounds, that wasn't the case a few years ago.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh, I didn't realize that Jordan. The 3 times I was there way back when they used to only get mini-second lines.

Way back when they also used to bring in some out-of-town jazz, and have more local jazz. I wonder if the Essence Fest is going to come back to New Orleans? It was never that imaginatively booked--smooth jazz, big name old-school funk, soul and rap for buppies; but I always thought that Quint should at least try to reach a little of that audience as well (but with cleverly chosen acts that would appeal to that demographic).

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 16 February 2006 17:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Although I primarily go to dig the locals, over the years I have seen some amazing headliners in both jazz and old school funk genres: Sonny Rollins, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Hermeto Pascoal, Bobby Womack, Bobby Bland (way past his prime, but my only time seeing him.) Hell, Teena Marie was STELLAR at Jazzfest.

Quint doesn't care about the obscurities who play Ponderosa Stomp; Guitar Gable on the roster isn't gonna bring in very many additional people, while Buffett still attracts HORDES of Parrotheads. Phil Phillips singing "Sea of Love" last year brought tears to my eyes, partly because I couldn't believe it was the first time he's been asked to perform there. Authentic stuff like that is a blip on the JF schedule, and I feel like every time a soul legend like Johnnie Taylor passes away without playing Jazzfest, while Little Feat does AGAIN, it's just another thing Quint's gonna have to answer for at the pearly gates.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 16 February 2006 18:44 (fourteen years ago) link

As the only real music industry sleazeball in NO (unless like Daniel Lanois counts, which he might, though I don't think he really lives here) Quint is immune to criticism and common sense. You know, the kind of common sense telling a reasonable person that, say, Widespread Panic have nothing to do with jazz or heritage (anyone's).

adam (adam), Thursday, 16 February 2006 19:02 (fourteen years ago) link

OTM. Replace "Little Feat" (a band who have at least SOME merit) in my rant above with "Widespread Panic." They suck worse than almost any band I can think of, and Quint gives them a DOUBLE timeslot on the main stage.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 16 February 2006 19:27 (fourteen years ago) link

This article details Quint's thought-process--if he knows the artist or has booked them before they're in, otherwise sorry--

The local musicians who are involved are stuck with playing up to Quint--since he's the only game in town. It's frightening that until a corporate sponsor stepped in, there was nearly gonna be no brass bands --check out this quote from Keith Spera'a article:

"Jazzfest also announced a partnership with American Express. The company will promote various local acts and sponsor the Jazz & Heritage Stage, which debuted at the 2005 festival with a lineup of brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians. Budget constraints would have forced the festival to drop the stage had AmEx not stepped in, Davis said."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 16 February 2006 19:37 (fourteen years ago) link

That is fucking crazy.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 16 February 2006 19:40 (fourteen years ago) link

Ha ha no Jazz & Heritage stage at the Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Anyone who's down the week before should check out the French Quarter Festival which is in many ways what JF should be. Free, all-local on a couple stages spread throughout the French Quarter. The food from the many stands (run by local restaurants etc) maxes out at $4. When I worked at the Aquarium lunch was the greatest thing in the world during the FQF: walk outside, get some food and a beer and watch the Nightcrawlers or Rebirth for an hour.

adam (adam), Thursday, 16 February 2006 20:05 (fourteen years ago) link

"Matthews, an avowed fan of New Orleans music, drew a record-breaking crowd to the festival in 2001, then played to another large crowd in 2005. "These are family members," Davis said. "Jazzfest's greatest hits."

Ha ha. Funny how "shit" transposed to "hits."

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 16 February 2006 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

New Birth/Exiles in Houston Bulletin:

Tanio and Fat Man have been in Germany for the past few weeks. Glen David got in some mess here and had to leave town -- something about a woman, I was told.

Last night's line-up was a kit drummer (who did a pretty good job by the way), Kenny Terry, Corey Henry, Kerwin and a trombonist I didn't recognize. And the McNeil NewsHour had a crew there -- they shot footage all night long. The reporter told me he was working on a documentary about Reggie Houston, who was living in Portland pre-Katrina and will be returning to NOLA for the first time during JazzFest.

Also, there are strong, believable rumors that a New Orleans bar/social club will be opening near downtown here. A famous NOLA musician is involved, but I can't say who right now. I should be going public with it in a week or two.

Meanwhile, the tension between the exiles and the locals is growing. New Orleanians are now the boogie man here -- they're getting blamed for everything scary about Houston. It would be funny if it weren't so sad -- after all, we've been Murder Capital USA for several years running in the not too distant past, but people here are acting like "those people" have come in here and despoiled Eden.

Things reached fever pitch a couple of weeks ago when a teenaged girl claimed she was snatched off the street in broad daylight and gangraped for 12 hours by three guys who she said had New Orleans accents. Houston's Third Ward was aboil for about 72 hours, until the girl finally confessed she made the whole thing up. In fact, she had run off and had consensual sex with a guy she met on myspace.

novamax (novamax), Thursday, 16 February 2006 22:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Some dude in Baton Rouge last weekend was bitching at me about all the New Orleans people there. Like, fuck you man, your city needs some excitement. I wish people would come home, though, before BR becomes the LA cultural center.

adam (adam), Thursday, 16 February 2006 23:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Rebirth and some obscure Louisiana musicians (and others) from the past are gonna be at the Ponderosa Stomp this year. It's gonna be in Memphis rather than New Orleans, but the proceeds will go to help New Orleans musicians.

Fifth Annual Ponderosa Stomp
May 8th, 9th and 10th, 2006, at the Gibson Factory, Memphis Tennessee

From 5 P.M. till 2 A.M Nightly, Admission $40 per Night
Celebrating the Unsung Heroes of the Blues, Soul, Rockabilly, Swamp Pop and New Orleans R&B

Arch Hall, JR, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Joe Clay, Jay Chevalier, Rebirth Brass Band, Willie Tee, Eddie Bo, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Rockie Charles, Tammy Lynn, Alvis Wayne, Warren Storm, Lazy Lester, The Bad Roads, Barbara Lynn, Roy Head, Lil Buck Sinegal, Archie Bell, Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Sonny Burgess, Hayden Thompson, Ace Cannon, Hi Rhythm Section, Travis Wammack, Willie Cobbs, Kenny Brown, The Bo Keys, The Nightcaps, Kenny & the Kasuals, ? & the Mysterians, Lady Bo, Billy Boy Arnold, Jody Williams, Deke Dickerson & the Eccofonics, Johnny Jones, Chick Willis, Little Freddie King, James Blood Ulmer, Betty Harris, Dale Hawkins, Dennis Coffey, William Bell, Fillmore Slim, The Tennessee Three featuting W.S. Holland and Bob Wootten, Wiley and the Checkmates, Syl Johnson, Herb Remington, The Fabulous Wailers, Bobby Patterson, The Climates, Carl Mann, Rayburn Anthony, Big George Brock, Henry Gray, Matt Lucas, The Rockabilly Country Band, Sleepy Labeef and Jumpin Gene Simmons.
more to come . . . .

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 18 February 2006 20:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Rock n Bowl is open, why the hell is PS in Memphis?

adam (adam), Saturday, 18 February 2006 21:18 (fourteen years ago) link

For some reason they announced they were going to hold it in Memphis, months ago--long before it was clear that the J & H Fest would be back. Strange.

Oh, here's what they posted back in December on their message board--


Posted by: senor chubba
This is a temporary move strictly for this one gig. We are producing other shows in New Orleans now for 05 and 06. Keep in mind final plans for the stomp happen in August and September -and the hotel and travel situation in New Orleans is not so good. Residents who were flooded cannot find rooms to stay while they repair their homes. The stomp happens during jazzfest week- what little rooms are beginning to be available will probably be gobbled up. Flights are scarce. Most of the stomps audience comes in from out of town- we have to have rooms available. This year's stomp is a benefit for New Orleans musicians - we feel we can have the greatest impact in terms of helping by producing the show elsewhere for this year. This was not an easy decision. Please check our show schedule as we will be adding shows for New Orleans in early 2005. We live and work in New Orleans - and we are committed to doing everything we can- however, the stomp is first and foremost about the helping musicians."

They're doing a one night thing at the South by Southwest Fest in Austin shortly as well I see--"Ponderosa Stomp Gulf Coast Revue at SXSW
Friday, March 17, 2006
Continental Club in Austin, Texas

The luck of the irish will be needed as Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau invade SXSW. the Knights will be bringing a special Ponderosa Stomp Gulf Coast Revue to the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Featured performers will include, Eddie Bo, Al Carnival Time Johnson, Tommmy McClain, Roy Head, Barbara Lynn, Warren Storm, Classie Ballou, Archie Bell, Lil Buck Sinegal, Lil Band O'Gold, The Bad Roads and Zakary Thaks will appear. Lastly, special guest will be Shreveport native DJ Fontana."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 18 February 2006 23:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I may be telling you stuff that you all already know, but I must give my highest recommendation to catching Syl Johnson live. I saw him last year and was very puzzled as to why Ann Peebles was before him on the bill - until he came on stage, and within ten seconds I was trying to work out who would be up to following him. If he's teamed with the Hi Rhythm Section, as he was when I saw him, flag that one as unmissable. I'd love to see Travis Wammack too, though I don't know how good he'd be now.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 19 February 2006 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Bump for Mardi Gras: Mama Digdown's Brass Band @ Donna's on Friday, Hot 8 @ Tip's and Rebirth @ Howlin' Wolf on Saturday.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 23 February 2006 05:25 (fourteen years ago) link

Sounds like a good time. I think my boy will be staying with Mom while I go down there for the first weekend of Jazzfest(whether the bill is perfect or not). It's been too long since I was there. I need to check into flight info now (a buddy is taking care of lodging).

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 23 February 2006 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

February 27, 2006
Critic's Notebook
In the Music of New Orleans, Katrina Leaves Angry Edge
NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 26 — The beat was crisp New Orleans funk, thumping to keep the crowd dancing at the uptown club Tipitina's. The band onstage, Dumpstaphunk, was led by Ivan Neville, the son of Aaron Neville and a member of New Orleans's first family of rhythm and blues.

Like many top New Orleans musicians, he was back in town for a club date on the weekend before Mardi Gras, when so many local musicians returned to the city's clubs that it almost seemed they had never gone away.

In this city that holds so many roots of American song, music is more than entertainment. It's a ritual and a lifeline.

On the surface of the music scene here, much was familiar. More than 80 nightclubs offered live music, perhaps two-thirds the number before Hurricane Katrina. The clubs in the French Quarter and uptown, in neighborhoods spared major flood damage, were booked with New Orleans all-stars: funk bands like the Radiators and Galactic, brass bands like the Rebirth Brass Band and the Soul Rebels, jazz musicians like Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty.

They're still playing New Orleans standards as the drinks flow. But there's a changed spirit: the tenacity of holding together bands whose members have been scattered and the determination to maintain the New Orleans style. And in new songs, an open anger coexists with the old good-time New Orleans tone. Over a funk beat, Mr. Neville had something to say.

"Talkin' to the powers that be!" he declaimed like a preacher. "A lot of people got disenfranchised, displaced, and now we got a lot of distrust." He moved into a song built on the local greeting "Where y'at?" But one verse listed whereabouts of displaced New Orleanians: "Where y'at? Texas! Mississippi!" Another asked the federal government: "Where y'at, when we really needed you?"

In the 21st century, the most commercial New Orleans music has been hip-hop. Juvenile, a New Orleans rapper, has spent most of his career doing gangta boasts. But he has just released the single "Get Ya Hustle On," with a video clip shot in the ruins of the Ninth Ward.

It shows children in masks of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the city's mayor, C. Ray Nagin, wandering through the wreckage as Juvenile raps lyrics like "We starving, we living like Haiti with no government" and "I'm trying to live, I lost it all in Katrina." A house he had just built was destroyed in the hurricane.

There has always been more to New Orleans music than its nonchalant facade. The city has repeatedly catalyzed American music, as sounds that started in the streets of New Orleans reached the world as jazz, put the roll into rock 'n' roll and taught new syncopations to rhythm and blues. Within the songs is the tension and fascination between classes and cultures: African, European, French, Spanish, Caribbean, Native American, rich and poor.

"They don't all get along," said Nick Spitzer, the host of the Public Radio International program "American Routes" and one of the authors of "Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul" (Penn Press). "But they've created an amazing shared culture." New Orleans musicians have long been able deliver troubled thoughts with a smile, as Louis Armstrong did in "Black and Blue" and Fats Domino did in "Ain't That a Shame."

When New Orleans musicians play the old songs, what once came across as easygoing now carries a streak of bravado.

Like other New Orleanians, many musicians have lost their homes, possessions and sometimes family members, and they are traveling long distances to play in their old local haunts.

A song like "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans" now echoes with the knowledge that some natives of the city will never return. And there are new, bleaker resonances when a Mardi Gras Indian group like the Wild Magnolias sings the traditional song "Shallow Water Oh Mama," or when a brass band picks up the bouncy "It Ain't My Fault."

Vaughan's, a club in the Upper Ninth Ward, is too small for a stage. Mr. Ruffins, a trumpeter, has returned to his regular Thursday gig there after a long hiatus imposed by the storm, and he and his band were nearly backed against the club's wall by the dancing crowd. He was playing and singing old New Orleans songs like "Mardi Gras Mambo," with a jovial Louis Armstrong growl.

Yet no one, onstage or off, has forgotten that the Lower Ninth Ward, still in ruins, is only a few blocks away.

Mr. Ruffins finished one set with a pop standard once sung by Bing Crosby, "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams." Halfway through, in casual New Orleans style, he handed the microphone to an audience member, who belted the song — with a line about castles tumbling — and then held on to the microphone long enough to add, "That's for all the people that lost their houses."

Later, Mr. Ruffins agreed. "Those tunes take a whole different meaning now," he said. "At one time in the club, we would just be singing them. Now, I listen to the words."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 27 February 2006 19:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw Soul Rebels on Thursday and they had more fire than I've seen in a while. Our show was good, some dudes from the Stooges filled out the band and Glenn David stopped by for a couple of tunes.

I missed Hot 8 on Saturday, but Rebirth killlled it from 1 am - 3 am without a break.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 27 February 2006 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Pareles keeps covering things in the NY Times--an article on the Mardi Gras and a separate article on Fats Domino.

Mardi Gras Dawns With Some Traditions in Jeopardy
Excerpts from his article:

For longtime New Orleanians, Mardi Gras isn't a frivolous diversion from deep problems; it's a symbol of continuity and identity. "It's not that we're going to celebrate and party and forget our rough times," said Irvin Mayfield, a jazz trumpeter whose father drowned during the flooding after Hurricane Katrina. "We're going to celebrate and party and make that about our rough times."

Bands whose members have been scattered to various states have driven and flown in to play New Orleans dates. Mardi Gras Indian practice sessions have been held as far away as Texas. Coolbone, a brass band that played a jazz-funeral tribute to Clarence (Gatemouth) Brown on Saturday afternoon, now has members in Texas and Alabama; a saxophonist for the Rebirth Brass Band now lives in New York City. But the groups are staying together.

Musicians who are synonymous with New Orleans, like the trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, have moved back and reclaimed their regular local dates. "I couldn't wait to get back," said Mr. Ruffins, who established himself so quickly in Houston after the storm that he's lending his name to a barbecue restaurant there. "All my life I grew up in the little nightclubs, and I couldn't wait to go back to just the old hole-in-the-walls."

For musicians, as for hundreds of thousands of other displaced New Orleanians, housing is the main problem. Real estate prices have skyrocketed because so much of the city is uninhabitable. Mr. Ruffins said that musicians who could make comfortable livings as New Orleans expatriates would still be eager to return. "If they had thousands of homes for people to stay in, I know that every musician who left would be right back," he said.

No upheaval would make Mr. Boudreaux change his Mardi Gras ritual. "You gotta do this," he said. "If that spirit is in you, it has to come out."

The Mardi Gras Indians represent one of New Orleans's endangered neighborhood traditions. So do the brass bands that play for jazz funerals and other neighborhood parades. Parades in New Orleans aren't complete without a "second line" of strutting, dancing, clapping spectators turned paraders — a street-level, neighborhood celebration. Now, in places like the Lower Ninth Ward, there are no neighbors.

A foundation associated with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (which starts April 28) bought and distributed 900 strings of marabou feathers and 175 pounds of custom-dyed large African ostrich plumes — two pounds per Indian, with 75 to 100 feathers per pound. The festival has also been paying the cost of police permits for second-line neighborhood parades — which was raised, in January, to $3,605 — and fees for the brass bands. "This is all that is left of this jazz culture in the world," said Quint Davis, the director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Tipitina's, a club devoted to New Orleans music, is now a nonprofit foundation. It has been distributing instruments, including a shiny new brass sousaphone for the leader of the Rebirth Brass Band, which had New Orleans gigs all through the weekend. It also turned its upstairs offices into a community center for musicians, where they can use computers, get free legal help and meet one another: a kind of substitute for neighborhood hangouts that are now gone. And in November 2005, it began holding Mardi Gras Indian practices, which used to take place in neighborhood bars. The practice sessions doubled in size each time until they outgrew the club.

Long-term questions remain about what will happen to New Orleans traditions. High school bands in African-American neighborhoods were a vital training ground and source of instruments for young New Orleans musicians; with far fewer students in the city, many schools are closed down or consolidated, and music instruction is unlikely to be the most pressing priority for those that reopen. But on Carnival weekend, the clubs were full of familiar New Orleans names and sounds: brass bands like the Hot 8 and the Soul Rebels, funk bands like Galactic and the Radiators, the bluesman Walter Wolfman Washington and jazz musicians like the New Orleans Vipers and Trombone Shorty.

In the aftermath of the storm, there has been a huge surge of interest in New Orleans music. "Since Katrina, the culture in this city is being recognized more," said Bo Dollis, chief of the Wild Magnolias, another parading tribe. "And without the music, I don't know how this city will survive."

Then, flanked by tribe members in feathers and beads, he took to the stage of the Rock 'n' Bowl in the Mid-City neighborhood — much of it still dark and deserted — to sing the old Indian songs once again.

Fats Domino article

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 28 February 2006 12:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I finally heard from the Hot 8 Brass band. It looks like they are playing NYC in August, and will try to get a DC date in late July or early August.

I see that they announced today that they have added "Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Session" to Jazz Fest. Alas, based on a quick perusal, Quint has not added the TBC Brass band, Ponderosa Stomp type obscure Louisiana artists, New Orleans rap and bounce artists(Juvenile's new cd and video is getting lots of attention elsewhere-- ILMer Jess Harvell has a nice piece in the Baltimore City Paper), or Mississippi blues and soul performers. They added a few token 'world' music acts, but not as many as they have had in previous years.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 9 March 2006 19:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm no Lenny Kravitz fan but this is interesting:

A Keith Spera article excerpt for the N O Times-Picayune-

Shorty and Lenny: On the Friday before Mardi Gras, local trombonist and trumpeter Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews wrapped up a months-long tour with Lenny Kravitz's band. After that final show in Anaheim, Calif., Kravitz informed Andrews that he planned to hang out with him in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

Little did Andrews know that the trip would result in a role reversal. Normally, Kravitz is the leader, Andrews the side man. But at the House of Blues on Lundi Gras, as Andrews' band, Orleans Avenue, opened for Dr. John, Kravitz joined them as a backing musician. He played three songs on drums -- James Andrews' "New Love Thing," Jessie Hill's "Ooo-Poo-Pa-Doo" and a jam -- then switched to guitar for a final "Big Chief."

Kravitz had rehearsed the other songs at sound check, but not "Big Chief." "That was his first time playing it," Andrews said. "It was spur of the moment. But he was killing it. It was amazing. That was very nice of him."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 20 March 2006 16:50 (fourteen years ago) link

Did Glenn David sing on Big Chief? 'Cause he did that song with pretty much every other band I saw that weekend.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 20 March 2006 16:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Dunno. Did you see this sad tale about a church w/ links to the jazz community---

Storied Church May Be Victim of Katrina
St. Augustine, Founded in 1841, Is Called Vital Link to Culture of New

By Kari Lydersen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 19, 2006; A07

NEW ORLEANS -- Parishioners at one of the nation's oldest African American
Catholic churches may have celebrated their last Mass as a parish last
Sunday, even as they continued their efforts this week to keep the doors
open at St. Augustine.

The church, in the Treme neighborhood near the French Quarter, is a center
of racial harmony and great jazz, playing a central role in New Orleans
history and culture. With so much of the city devastated by Hurricane
Katrina, local residents are rallying behind the church and hoping the
parish can be saved.

"The people of New Orleans have lost so much; we don't want to lose this,"
said Sandra Gordon, 52, a church volunteer who has been coming to St.
Augustine since 1965, when Hurricane Betsy destroyed her former church.

In the face of a much-reduced city population and physical damage to many
churches post-Katrina, the Archdiocese of New Orleans is closing seven
parishes and delaying the reopening of 23 churches. Attendance at St.
Augustine, down to fewer than 200 people pre-Katrina, increased
significantly afterward. But archdiocese officials said current attendance
is not enough. ....

It was one of the first churches where slaves, free blacks and whites
worshiped together. After a period as a segregated white church and then a
black church, it has had an interracial congregation and services that blend
elements of Catholicism with African spirituality and homegrown New Orleans
culture. Portraits of the African American "Mardi Gras Indians" are
displayed side by side with saints on the walls, and the church is known for
popular jazz masses and jazz funerals, including an annual "Louis Armstrong
Jazz Mass."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 20 March 2006 19:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Wed. 4/26 -World Brass Band Jam(Putumayo sponsored) @ Tipitina's
with the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin in Africa plus Hot 8 and Treme Brass Bands from N'awlins

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 22 March 2006 17:58 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll be down for the first weekend of Jazzfest, hoping to catch Hot 8 and the Stooges this time.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 March 2006 19:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Me too (I worked out my homefront parenting issues). That above show is on Wednesday and I do not get in until late Thursday night. The Hot 8 schedule that I was e-mailed does not yet list anything between that Wednesday night show and the second weekend of Jazzfest. That Gangbe Brass Band from Benin are heading out to do weekend shows at the Festival International in Lafayette, that coincides with Jazzfest. I see that Alan Toussaint and Irma T. and some others are playing at that Festival as well which usually I thought stuck to French language groups.

I think they added rapper Juvenile to the Fest (he has/had the #1 selling cd on the Billboard charts recently) and he is apparently going to be backed by jam band Galactic, who also backed him on the Jimmy Kimmel show. On the jazzfest website chatboard some of the jambanders and other aging hippies were whining about a rapper being added. Ugh to those complainers.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 22 March 2006 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Hot 8 will probably making the rounds doing parties and private gigs, I'm just going to call one of those dudes when we get in town.

Juvee + Galactic? Weird.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 March 2006 20:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Btw my band will be playing Donna's again, I'm not sure if it's Friday or Saturday though.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 March 2006 21:00 (fourteen years ago) link

pssst, here's my band from Mardi Gras w/Glenn David Andrews:

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 23 March 2006 02:28 (fourteen years ago) link

On a serious note re music in New Orleans, here's an excerpt from left-wing author Erik Davis's recent cover story, "Who Is Killing New Orleans," in the Nation magazine:

"...on Christmas Day the Times-Picayune--declaring that "before a community can rebuild, it must dream"--published a vision of what a smaller-but-better New Orleans might look like: "Tourists and schoolchildren tour a living museum that includes the former home of Fats Domino and Holy Cross High School, a multiblock memorial to Katrina that spans the devastated neighborhood."
"Living museum" (or "holocaust museum," as a black friend bitterly observed) sounds like a bad joke, but it is the elite view of what African-American New Orleans should become. In the brave New Urbanist world of Canizaro and Kabacoff, blacks (along with that other colorful minority group, Cajuns) will reign only as entertainers and self-caricatures. The high-voltage energy that once rocked juke joints, housing projects and second-line parades will now be safely embalmed for tourists in a proposed Louisiana Music Experience in the Central Business District.

But this minstrel-show version of the future must first defeat a remarkable local history of grassroots organization. The Crescent City's best-kept secret--in the mainstream press, at least--has been the resurgence of trade-union and community organizing since the mid-1990s. Indeed, New Orleans, the only Southern city in which labor was ever powerful enough to call a general strike, has become an important crucible of new social movements. In particular, it has become the home base of ACORN, a national organization of working-class homeowners and tenants that counts more than 9,000 New Orleans member-families, mostly in triage-threatened black neighborhoods."

Not sure I agree with everything Davis asserts, but I thought I'd put it out there for discussion.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 24 March 2006 20:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Oops that should read "Mike Davis" "Mike Davis is the author of many books, including City of Quartz, Dead Cities and Other Tales and the just-published Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu (The New Press), as well as the forthcoming Planet of Slums (Verso)."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 24 March 2006 22:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Nik Cohn, author of Triksta, his paean to New Orleans rap, quoted back in January in the Library Journal:

What are your thoughts on the future of New Orleans rap and New Orleans cultural life in general?

NC: Unless the black neighborhoods are restored, there can be no real future for rap in New Orleans. The authorities seem bent on portraying all young black males as looters and gangstas. This is nonsense, as my book makes clear. The city can have no genuine life without its youth. If the Mardi Gras Indian tribes and second-line parades are reduced to tourist attractions, as seems to be the plan, everything that has made the city so alive and ever-evolving will wither. Even those who dislike rap should understand that it's the music of the streets today. Banish it, and New Orleans becomes a museum.

Have you had any contact with the artists and personalities so vividly described in Triksta, such as Choppa, Junie B, Earl Mackie, and Supa Dave, since the book went to print? How are they doing?

NC: I'm in contact with the great majority of people in the book, except those I'd already parted ways with pre-Katrina. They all survived the hurricane but lost everything: homes, jobs, possessions. They are scattered around the South, some in Houston, some in Atlanta, and others in Dallas, San Antonio, and Florida. Only Seventh Ward Snoop and Wild Wayne are back in New Orleans. Most of the others want to return but, as I've explained, they're being kept out."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 25 March 2006 21:19 (fourteen years ago) link

5th Ward Weebie's in New Orleans, I heard him on a radio commercial for a barbershop.

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 25 March 2006 21:25 (fourteen years ago) link

That Mike Davis article is historic. Maybe life-changing.

I posted this over on ILX, but it's obvious this thread is the place for it:

The Mardi Gras Index: New Orleans by the numbers 6 months after Katrina:

We need a solidarity movement with evacuees around the country to deal with these issues on a massive-protest scale. Anyone game? Or should we just joing ACORN? What should we do?

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Monday, 27 March 2006 23:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for that link, Pete.

What should we do?

I don't know, but if you figure it out, tell me.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I take Paypal.

adam (adam), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:40 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm going to start an ILX thread about this...

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 00:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Help me write a platform for New Orleans

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 01:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I like your platform (and in an ideal world it would be followed), but here's what I wrote on your thread Pete.

I wish I could be as positive about ACORN as Mike Davis but I am not.
Bush and the Republics seem uninterested in building the levees to category 5 level or to restoring the wetlands. FEMA won't even draw up the flood insurance maps that have been promised (and there's still no new permanent head of FEMA). It's all well and good to say you want 9th Warders to return, but to what--unless you can protect the folks from flooding, you're sentencing them to another Katrina or worse. And of course pre-Katrina New Orleans had its problems that still need to be dealt with--good luck in getting the Republicans (actually any politicians of either party) to propose anything creative regarding education, job-training, crime, etc.

Musically, Without the school system and young African-Americans in brass bands learning from their elders in brass bands, it's not clear how vital this culture can remain. Certain brass bands and related Mardi Gras Indian troups will hold on, but they'll be more isolated. But these musicians, be they now stuck in a Disney museum city or not, deserve support and not dismissal as minstrels. And folks of all races shouldn't be ashamed to see them and support them.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 March 2006 05:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I haven't listened to it yet, but apparently Hot 8 crashes SXSW and there's a recording here.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 15:27 (fourteen years ago) link

I responded at the thread, curmudgeon; let's keep it up over there.

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 16:15 (fourteen years ago) link

OK. Adam, do you know anything about New Orleans's underground 9th Ward Rock n brass scene that is mentioned in this blog link?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 19:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I've only heard a couple of the bands mentioned--didn't do much for me. I'm really not the best source for that kind of info though as the NO music I pay most attention to is metal and rap. The New Orleans hardcore kids have a site at that links to lots of show and band information--though they operate in a different orbit than the downtown folks I'm sure there's more overlap there than with Offbeat or WWOZ or the other mainstream NO music establishment (who'd have you believe that the Love Song for Bobby Long soundtrack is the second coming of Desitively Bonnaroo).

adam (adam), Tuesday, 28 March 2006 20:56 (fourteen years ago) link

Speaking of Offbeat, their recent issues have been a bit skimpy and they've lost some writers since Katrina(Gambit apparently won't let folks write for them and for Offbeat). Ideally, I always thought they should try to cover ALL types of New Orleans sounds, but they never seem to accomplish that. Sometimes they seem to be just going for a roots music only perspective, but they don't necessarily always even have that area covered well enough for say a Ponderosa Stomp enthusiast. I should try to find the time and submit stuff to them from up North.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 11:34 (fourteen years ago) link

I remember when they put Mystikal on the cover, but that was '94 or so...

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm just glad Offbeat cover brass bands at all, unlike, you know, the rest of the country. I pretty much ignore all the other stuff.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Yea, they still cover brass bands which is good. For brass bands to get coverage in mags other than Offbeat, they need to pitch what they're doing, be it gigs or cds, to the online and offline music press/alt-weeklies/websites/blogs/radio shows who may not have writers/djs who have been to New Orleans and realize the music is still relevent. That's not easy to do (and it also costs some bucks). Offbeat's coverage of some other genres is uneven, and they seem to be struggling a bit financially now, so I am not trying to kick them when they're down--just noting that they appear to need more writers.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 29 March 2006 17:12 (fourteen years ago) link

This probably doesn't belong here, but...

Juvenile's New Orleans, the ghost town America made

Here are some Mardi Gras weekend photos, including one of the Hot 8... audio coming Wednesday...

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 00:44 (fourteen years ago) link

Eloquently written Pete.

curmudgeon (Steve K), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 01:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks, man. I really am sorry about that other thread. I get ahead of myself bigtime.

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 15:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks Pete. Definitely bump this thread when you post that audio.

Btw, when were you at the Backstreet cultural museum? I played there on Saturday of that weekend.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 15:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I kept missing you guys. Got in Saturday, but did other things that night; stayed around the corner from the Backstreet museum and went Monday.

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 5 April 2006 19:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Brass bands article in Sunday NY Times

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 9 April 2006 20:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Too bad those fuckers couldn't mention any New Orleans bands.

Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 9 April 2006 21:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll be down for the first weekend of Jazzfest, hoping to catch Hot 8 and the Stooges this time.
-- Jordan (jordan...), March 22nd, 2006.

The grid schedule is out and Hot 8 and the Stooges are both playing the 2nd weekend. Sorry. The Stooges are with jam band Galactic at a club show at night somewhere during the first weekend though, but I do not yet see any club gigs for Hot 8 listed at their website or in Offbeat (yet).

The Treme Brass Band are at Donnas the Friday of the first weekend.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 10 April 2006 14:46 (fourteen years ago) link

Hot 8 will be hitting parties and private gigs, I'm sure, and I plan to catch 'em.

I think we're at Donna's on Saturday, but I don't think anything's confirmed yet.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 10 April 2006 14:53 (fourteen years ago) link

From the e-mail:

Bo Dollis on the mend?: We also heard Big
Chief Bo Dollis of the
Wild Magnolias is in the hospital. He was
recently reported to be in intensive care with a
diabetes-related illness, but according to his
manager, Glenn Gaines, Mr. Dollis has passed a crisis
and is doing much better. More on this when we

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 20 April 2006 12:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Yep, while other ILMers are gonna be in Seattle for the Experience Music Project Conference I am heading to New Orleans the weekend of April 28 through 30th for the 1st weekend of Jazzfest. Despite my grumblings about the scheduling it should be a good time. Jordan, et. al. can you let me know of exciting evening stuff either here or at my other e-mail addresses? (I am still looking for good eats too)

I know the Treme Brass band will be at Donna's on Friday 4-28. I will be gone before the annual Monday night Piano thing.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 21 April 2006 12:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Will do (do I have your other email?).

My band (Mama D1gd0wn's Brass Band) is at Donna's on Saturday 4/29. Looks like Rebirth has some Rock n' Bowl gigs that weekend. I'll see what Hot 8 are up to.

We're opening for Rebirth tomorrow night, looking forward to it.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 21 April 2006 12:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Hmmm. I sent you an e-mail the other night(I thought I did!). You can try my hotmail account- ritmika at

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 21 April 2006 12:46 (fourteen years ago) link


Percy "BLACK" Brown, Friday, 21 April 2006 13:30 (fourteen years ago) link

I was hungover and asleep in N.O. during Soulja Slim's second-line. :(

(just sent you an email curmudgeon)

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 21 April 2006 13:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Kelefah S. In NY Times again criticizes token status of New Orleans rap at Jazzfest:

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 24 April 2006 10:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Rebirth sounded amazing on Saturday.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 24 April 2006 12:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Flying down there tonight. Rebirth are at Rock n Bowl with snooze-worthy blooz rockers tomorrow night and Treme are at Donna's. Jordan's band Mama Dig Down at Donna's on Saturday, and the Hot 8 are playing various little clubs listed at Lots of good stuff during the day at Jazzfest from Friday through Sunday (I'm talking brass bands and r'n'b, zydeco and Cajun, and world music--I am staying away from jambands and bloozerockers and Dave Mathews). I won't have internet access, will post when I get back.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 27 April 2006 12:47 (fourteen years ago) link

I had a good time (mixed with some sobering moments seeing the 9th Ward and other devastated areas) in New Orleans, but alas, Jordan, I went with the flow and could not convince my ol' college pals to see your band or go to Broadview. Enjoyed New Birth, Mahogany and many many others by day--those Andrews' were everywhere--Glenn and his cousins-- Troy Trombone Shorty, and James. Wow.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 2 May 2006 11:50 (fourteen years ago) link

From the Jon Pareles overview in the New York Times:

"The Mahogany Brass Band was playing for its first time since the storm, and it was the first time all its members — dispersed as far as Phoenix and San Francisco — had seen one another. Brice Miller, its leader, started a strikingly emotional "St. James Infirmary" alone as a tearful solo trumpet dirge; when he sang the lyrics, about seeing a lover's dead body, he interjected, "My baby's New Orleans!" . . . .The good times in the music were more treasured at this Jazzfest, and rightly so. Behind the scenes, each band had to recreate itself after the
evacuation: to find its place in New Orleans or to reconstitute it somewhere else. The New Birth Brass Band, originally from New Orleans, wore new T-shirts depicting both Louisiana and Texas.

Still, New Orleans music hasn't stopped putting pleasure first. Jazzfest is, as always, a festival of good-time dance music, whether it's traditional jazz, bayou zydeco, brass-band struts, Mardi Gras Indian chants or fiercely complex electric funk. A superb jazz pianist, Jonathan Batiste, grounded his jubilant, splashy harmonies in Caribbean and New Orleans rhythms. Brass bands like Rebirth, New Birth and the Soul Rebels spanned classic second-line swing and hip-hop-influenced funk, with the Soul Rebels also pushing toward Latin beats. And there was plenty of straightforward funk from New Orleans elders like the Meters [NOTE: I found them jam-band dull-Curmudgeon] and Dr. John [Eh], as well as next-generation funk bands like Galactic [self-indulgent, dull solos]and Papa Grows Funk[skipped them].

The destruction in New Orleans is bound to change the city's culture. (For one thing, an influx of Mexican labor for construction is bound to add yet another ingredient to New Orleans music.) And whether a majority of the city's population can ever return will be decided by large political and economic decisions, not by who's playing in the clubs. But this Jazzfest was a symbol of how eager the city's culture is to rebuild itself, and how resourceful New Orleans' inhabitants — current and former — can be. If the New Orleans of deep local traditions does not renew itself, it won't be for lack of desire.

The triumph of this year's Jazzfest was that on the surface, it was a normal Jazzfest: crowded, sweaty, ebullient and full of homegrown New Orleans spirit. "Normal is an incredible word to use down here," said Quint Davis, the producer and director of Jazzfest. "Normalcy is a nonexistent term."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 May 2006 03:32 (fourteen years ago) link

haha "next generation funk." That'd be a serious red flag even if I didn't already know what Galactic sounded like.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 03:38 (fourteen years ago) link

I did my best to avoid the jam bands.

While it wasn't straight-up hip-hop and second-line inflected brass band style, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra were booming out the horn power with lots of special guests including Trombone Shorty and Mayfield's colleague in other groups, Bill Summmers. I think that's whom I saw Kirk Joseph(one-time Dirty Dozen member who has his own group now) blowing tuba with. The all-women Pinettes Brass Band were just ok--the Ol Skool Brass Band and the more traditional Paulin Brothers Brass Band were better.

Alan Toussaint and Elvis Costello used a New Orleans horn section to get across old Toussaint songs, and songs they had worked on together for the upcoming River in Reverse cd. Unfortunately Toussaint rushed through his beginning of the set retrospective, doing too many of his songs as a cheesy medley. The new stuff lacks catchy melodies. The horns sounded strong though. Bruce Springsteen used a New Orleans-inspired horn section. He got more attention though for adding a verse about Bush to Blind Alfred Reed's
1929 song "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live"--
he called him "President Bystander." Springsteen was taken to the Lower Ninth Ward and spoke about "criminal ineptitude that makes you furious... that's what happens when people play political games with other people's lives." He finished with a slow, funeral tempo take on "When the Saints Go Marching In," done duet-style with Marc Anthony "Chocolate Genius" Thompson. I only saw the beginning and end of Springsteen's long set (I left the huge 20,000 or more mob scene there to go see excellent swamp pop supergroup Lil' Band of Gold in front of 100 people or so). The version of "When the Saints" was impressive, his beginning of the set takes on songs associated with the new Seeger cd were less so.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 May 2006 04:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I missed seeing at night Hot 8, the Stooges, the To Be Continued Brass Band, and the Lil' Rascals Brass Band.

Here's some interesting quotes from a Dan Deluca article syndicated by Knight-Ridder:

"There are plenty of efforts to help displaced musicians, like Habitat for Humanity broke ground this week on a Musicians Village in the Ninth Ward. But if, as jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis says, "music bubbles up from the streets" here, what happens when the streets are deserted?

"It's just phenomenal the Third World treatment they've gotten from the federal government," said singer and pianist Dr. John, the New Orleans native who was born Mac Rebennack. "This city is the country's greatest ambassador to the world with its music."

He fears that if developers turn it into a "shuck-ass Disneyland, it ain't going to survive. The politicians just want to push it into something they can make more money on. They don't give a damn about these people."

For many New Orleans musicians, business has been good on the road but hurting at home - if they have one. "After the hurricane, a lot of people had New Orleans on their mind," Bennie Pete, tuba player for the Hot 8 Brass Band, said before a gig at Tipitina's on Wednesday. "We got a lot of bookings."

But keeping the band together has been a trial. Pete's family lost its home in the Ninth Ward so he has been living in nearby Kenner. Other band members are as far-flung as Houston, Atlanta and New York.

"They say they want to rebuild the city, but do they want to rebuild it for us?" said the bandleader. JazzFest, he said, promises exposure to a wider audience, but "other than that, it's just another gig."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 May 2006 04:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Although he was not just playing brass band style, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews exuded charisma and hiphop swagger with his own band (with special guest Steve Turre) and sitting in with others. Cousin Glen Andrews can both sing soulfully and blow a horn. Trumpeter James Andrews set had its moments (he was joined by his brother and cousin)but sometimes it turned into jazz-rock and jam-improv style excessiveness.

After seeing Glen up onstage several times in one day, a friend of mine predicted we would see him again later. Sure enough we did, standing next to us watching Etta James! He said to me "I'm here to get a music education."

Oh yeah I almost forgot, 95-year-old Lionel Ferbos can still blow that trumpet trad New Orleans style...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 May 2006 04:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Musical highlights from the weekend:

--Mahogany Brass Band at Jazzfest

--Glenn David pushing the Edge offstage during New Birth's fest set


--The Digdown show went great, at least half the Stooges lineup was with us and there were a lot of heavy dudes in the house

--Hot 8 @ Cafe Brasil started slow but turned into a party, too bad their hot snare drummer Dinnerall wasn't there

--The "Rascals" at the Blue Nile on Monday was actually more of a 6th ward all-stars thing, best brass band set I've seen in ages. Damn.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 12:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Yea, Mahogany were great. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Juvenile. I enjoyed the end of his set--I got hooked on Etta James and did not step away. Did I tell you I got folks riled up on the jazzfest chatboard when I reprinted that K. Sanneh NY Times article calling for more New orleans rap at Jazzfest, and the folks there acted all defensive as if they would be tied up and forced to watch the rappers rather than whatever they wanted on other stages.

Apparently The Edge played with Dave Mathews--but I did not go anywhere near that show. I wish I had still been in town for that Rascals set.

Hot 8 are playing Central park in NYC in August, and hopefully will get a DC area show right around that time.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 13:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Thanks for keeping this thread rolling. After going 16 years in a row, I'm not there this year, so this is a vicarious Jazzfest for me. Yeah, Lionel Ferbos is heartwarming -- the oldest active performer in NOLA -- and I love seeing swamp-pop king Warren Storm with Little Band of Gold. Next year...

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 15:29 (fourteen years ago) link

I was in my 20s when I first started getting into zydeco and Cajun, and other Louisiana sounds and when I first went to Jazzfest(1989). This was my first time back in 10 years. But it appears to me now that the audience for the zydeco and Cajun bands has just aged along with me---there do not seem to be many 20 somethings into seeing such groups. I did see a kinda young Cajun band called T-Sale' (there's an accent on that 'e'), and Marc Savoy's son has a band called the Pine Leaf Boys, and there's the Red Stick Ramblers and one other young Cajun band whose name I forgot--maybe they'll change things (or I guess those jambanders might adopt the music--I think they like the Rebirth Brass band).

There sre still many folks just discovering how the young brass bands incorporate hiphop and funk, and don't wear white dress shirts and caps and play Preservation Hall style (not that there's anything wrong with that).
I forgot to mention that Clarence Frogman Henry still sounded nice. Whille he joked around with it a bit, "Ain't Got No Home" took on a new poignancy. Not too many other New Orleans old-time r'n'b singers performed (some are no longer with us). I loved bluesman and more Snooks Eglin when I saw him down there years ago, but was less wowed this time. I had seen Walter Wolfman Washington in the DC area ages ago and enjoyed him. At jazzfest he was kinda uneven--too bluesrocky sometimes, but othertimes he nicely took advantage of his horns and organist.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 17:06 (fourteen years ago) link

Snooks can be less than "wow" occasionally, but he's usually really damn awesome, and I make it a point to see him every chance I get. There really aren't too many NOLA R&B pioneers left. I have a vague memory of seeing a not-too-good Lee Dorsey show my first time down there, but in the years since we've lost: him, Jessie Hill, Bobby Marchan, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Adams, Ernie K-Doe, King Floyd... I was in the second-line in the funeral parade for Earl King.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 18:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Eddie Bo is still with us--I saw some of his set though it coincided with NewBirth Brass, bluesman Henry Gray, and the Chops Funky 7 Brass Band(did not see and am not familiar with this latter ensemble).

I have vague memories of seeing Lee Dorsey opening for the Clash in 1979 in Philadelphia. The Ponderosa Stomp folks get slightly younger soulman Rockie Charles to appear at their events plus folks like Al Carnival Time Johnson and others.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 May 2006 20:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Funky 7 is Eddie Boh Paris's band. He's a trombone player, I think he might be the funkiest man alive. Sat in on bone and sousaphone at the Digd0wn gig.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 3 May 2006 20:59 (fourteen years ago) link


I just saw the Offbeat magazine weekly e-mail description of that accident you referred to. How terrible:

"We’re saddened to hear that Hot 8 Brass Band
trumpeter Terrell Batiste lost his legs in
an accident in Atlanta. He was putting up cones on
the highway to alert drivers that his truck had broken
down when he was hit. . . ."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 4 May 2006 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's totally fucked up. After everything else that's happened.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 4 May 2006 14:45 (fourteen years ago) link

Here's an excerpt about New Orleans brass bands from a long nicely written New Orleans Times-Picayune article on WWOZ, the New Orleans radio station:

The wizards of 'OZ
While showcasing New Orleans culture, radio station WWOZ became a cultural icon itself. General Manager David Freedman and his colorful collection of music devotees are hellbent on saving it.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Dave Walker

"With WWOZ mostly returned to task -- broadcasting live from Jazzfest and Monday's annual Piano Night concert -- Freedman continues to ponder the station's larger role in cultural restoration.

Mostly, he worries about the city's "living culture" as created by its high school marching bands, church choirs, second-line clubs and Mardi Gras Indian tribes.

Without restoring those, "this city is going to be a museum of its past," he said.

Recalling seeing kids carrying their school-issued instruments through the Treme neighborhood, Freedman wonders where the next generation of New Orleans musicians will come from.

"We'd watch those kids blasting their trumpets and trombones on the sidewalk as they walked home," he said. "We were watching New Orleans re-create itself in front of our eyes. Until we can see that again, we think that the culture of New Orleans stopped on Aug. 27, as living culture.

"I'm as focused right now in the future of marching bands as I am in the future of the radio station. I think (the station has) landed. We're on our feet and . . . we're going to make it. I am concerned that the marching bands won't make it.

"We know those rhythms will cease in this city in a generation."

To be taught, he said, only in music conservatories. If then.

"As corrupt as the school system was, the one function it could handle beautifully was as a carrier for our culture," Freedman said. "If we don't somehow redevelop that, we're going to be without that culture in the future."

. . . . . . .

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 5 May 2006 13:20 (fourteen years ago) link

That is scary, but on the optimistic side, TBC Brass Band sounded straight this year, and two other young brass bands that I'd never heard of (The Truth Brass Band and some other one) showed up at our Jazzfest gig.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 5 May 2006 13:49 (fourteen years ago) link

Most incredibly wtf headline ever: U2's The Edge helps Gulf Coast music rise again

Thanks, The Edge! We couldn't have done it without you.

adam (adam), Friday, 5 May 2006 19:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Fuck a The Edge.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 5 May 2006 20:08 (fourteen years ago) link

I wonder how much money Da Edge has given himself and how much he has raised? I would like to hope he is given a big chunk of change and not merely 'lending his celebrity.' Jordan, you mean you are not looking forward to his documentary on New Orleans?!!!

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 6 May 2006 04:22 (fourteen years ago) link

'So much of my life, well, drowned' -A depressing article by Edna Gundersen on brassmen Dr. Michael White and Irvin Mayfield. Jazz clarinetist and music professor Michael White lost his huge collection of recordings, sheet music, books and instruments at his home in the Gentilly section.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 6 May 2006 04:38 (fourteen years ago) link

by Steve Hochman

"On that note, leave it to New Orleans to overcome the cancellation of not just one but two of the final JazzFest 2006 day's headliners and still go out partying.

And it wasn't Lionel Richie, who moved over from another stage to headline the Acura in Fats' place after Simon, that made the concluding magic. It was the replacement for Nicholas Payton, the trumpeter scheduled for the closing Jazz Tent slot who was also injured and unable to appear. With that opening, a gaggle of stars of the ever-vibrant brass band scene here took over the stage for what was billed as "Takin' It To the Streets JazzFest Finale Jam 2006." There were a couple of Andrews, some of Rebirth Brass Band and the Lil' Rascals, some New Orleans Nightcrawlers, a fraction of the Dirty Dozen, trumpeters Christian Scott and Maurice Brown, two sousaphones, singer John Boutte and we lost track of the rest. Morgan Freeman was spotted in the crowd looking on as everyone danced to funky cutting sessions of "Caravan" and, of course, an ending "When the Saints Go Marching In." The only thing that would have made it better would have been for them to really take it to the streets, leading the audience out the gates with a second-line. So we'll just pick it up again next year where we left off, then."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 8 May 2006 14:38 (fourteen years ago) link

It's kind of weird that these celebrities are donating/raising money for instruments now. I mean, at this point pretty much everyone who lost their horn or drum has got something. Instruments are not the priority.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 8 May 2006 14:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Yep. I also read somewhere about such a fund buying instruments for New Orleans schools--but if over half the kids are not back yet--those instruments are not gonna be used. I also read an article in the Washington Post over the weekend by their 'media' critic Howard Kurtz who went down there and was amazed how little has been done to clean up debris, restore electricity, and rebuild. He was also writing about media burnout and how this lack of progress has only been covered by a few media outlets(Brian Williams on NBC, Anderson Cooper at CNN and the NY Times). Also, I posted an excerpt from a Seattle article over on ILE on Platform for New Orleans thread, about how musicians trying to return to rent have faced doubled rent offers from landlords. These are the issues the celebrities need to highlight and help on.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 8 May 2006 15:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, the rent situation is outrageous. I got off easy as my landlord is a fairly reasonable dude but I know some people whose rent jumped from $800 to $1300.

If celebrities want to help they need to go up to the 17th street canal and FIX THE MOTHER FUCKING LEVEE. I haven't seen the Industrial Canal lately so it might be in just as bad shape but as of two days ago at the 17th they are NOT DOING SHIT. There was like one dude smoking a cigarette surrounded by idle machinery. Hurricane season starts in 3 weeks.

adam (adam), Monday, 8 May 2006 15:35 (fourteen years ago) link

"...but at 78 he (Fats Domino) was in frail health even before the evacuation."

Sad news. When I saw him just a couple years ago he was using his big ol' belly to bump his piano-on-wheels across the stage and didn't look frail at all.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Monday, 8 May 2006 15:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Everything I saw at the fest was outstanding, but I need to ask you guys, since you seem to be in the know...Is there any place online I can hear TBC brass band? One of the most exciting performances I've seen in ages...I live in Seattle, so I won't be around to catch them live anytime soon.

tice, Monday, 8 May 2006 22:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Maybe Jordan knows...I've heard of a documentary film about them but there's very little info about them online-- "TBC is now the star of a documentary film chronicling the members’ struggles after the hurricane and their efforts to reunite in New Orleans. “To Be Continued: The Story of the TBC Brass Band” premiered on April 9 at the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham, N.C., the premiere documentary film festival in the U.S."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 01:49 (fourteen years ago) link

TBC was killing it last weekend. Man, those drummers sounded good. Great arrangement of 'Just My Imagination'. Trumpet player came was at our gig, too.

They don't have a record or a website, but here's the website of the people that did the documentary, and it has a pretty hot clip on there.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 9 May 2006 04:22 (fourteen years ago) link

(From my article linked above) long-delayed audio from Mardi Gras, about a minute of the Mardi Gras Indians in Treme, really worth hearing:

Calling all the people
Come back home
New Orleans
Where you belong

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Thursday, 11 May 2006 23:11 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Awful news from Houston...Got word from a good source that New Birth tuba player Kerwin James had a stroke yesterday. As of last night he was unconcscious in the hospital here. Will update as reports come in.

novamax (novamax), Friday, 2 June 2006 13:46 (fourteen years ago) link

That's terrible. I wonder if he has health insurance. I also wonder how Hot 8 Brass Band trumpeter Terrell Batiste is doing since his accident.

On a brighter note, I see that the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC is going to include 3 special free concerts with Louisiana artists under tents down near the Washington Monument. Hot 8 are gonna be playing Saturday July 8th along with Chief Monk's Mardi Gras Indian troupe.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 2 June 2006 14:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Shit, best wishes to Kerwin.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 2 June 2006 14:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Hot 8 at SXSW. In the first clip they're doing Word on the Street, a Digd0wn/Youngbl00d tune.

Also looks like there's a new S0ul Rebels joint, live in the studio.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 2 June 2006 14:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Man, that second clip of Hot 8 doing Feel Like Funkin' It Up pt. II (Rebirth tune) is unmissable.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 2 June 2006 23:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I saw Rebirth play Uptown NOLA a few days ago. They asked for a moment of prayer for Kerwin, then introduced the temporary tuba guy with a "As the new guy, if anything fucks up, it's HIS fault.)

Crowd goes wild. Band goes batshit. playing like an all-brass Funkadelic on crystal. Amazing.

Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Saturday, 3 June 2006 00:10 (fourteen years ago) link

You mean New Birth?

Jordan (Jordan), Saturday, 3 June 2006 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

No. Rebirth Brass Band.

Grey, Ian (IanBrooklyn), Saturday, 3 June 2006 06:38 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Free in D.C. within sight of the Washington Monument thanks to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival- Hot 8 on Fri. 7-7, and more!

Friday June 30

Jubilee Stage
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Friendly Travelers (gospel)
Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band (jazz)

Friday July 7

Jubilee Stage
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Hot 8 Brass Band
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian Tribe

Saturday July 8

Jubilee Stage
6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Dixie Cups
Davell Crawford

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 16:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh No! I might have to miss Hot 8 Brass Band tomorrow night(Friday) for free on the National mall in DC! Though I think they might be coming back in August after they play Central Park in NY.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 6 July 2006 14:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Offbeat magazine had an article that said Hot 8 members and various other musicians were having trouble qualifying for residency in that Musicians Village Habit for Humanity is building in New Orleans. The brass banders are having trouble documenting their income and showing that they do not have credit trouble. Hopefully they can work it out.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 6 July 2006 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Dropped my kid off at baseball practice and raced into town to catch Hot 8. I got to the tent just after the Chief Monk and the Mardi Gras Indians finished. Partially at the request of the Smithsonian Hot 8 started off with some classics--"Jambalaya," ""It's All Over Now," and "Fly Away." They sounded great. Their part of the set didn't end up starting till 7:40 or so. At 8:20 they were still bringing the funk, but alas I had to head out of town to get my kid from practice. Glad I was able to see some of their set. I wasn't able to see any of the other evening New Orleans music shows.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Sunday, 9 July 2006 04:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I wonder how long Hot 8 played? I've never seen pianist Davell Crawford. I wonder how he was Saturday night?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 10 July 2006 03:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmmmmm, I wonder who else might have seen those shows?

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 10 July 2006 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, nice. We're on that Minneapolis gig, can't wait.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 17 July 2006 20:14 (thirteen years ago) link

More brass on tour (with more details to be announced):

Featuring Sounds Along the Gulf Coast Highway

Sat., Sept. 16
12 p.m.-7 p.m.
Throughout the building
FREE (some events may
require free tickets)

The 22nd annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival celebrates the Center’s 35th birthday with more than 30 performances, activities and events for the whole family presented throughout the building. A parade featuring a marching band, The Wild Magnolias, Tremè Brass Band, ArcheDream, and DC dance company Step Afrika, kicks off at noon near the Hall of Nations entrance and progresses along the Center’s main plaza. This year’s festival highlights the arts of the Gulf Coast region—following fabled U.S. Route 90 from San Antonio Texas, through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida. The festival also presents programming selections from the 2006-2007 Season at the Kennedy Center and Washington, D.C. area artists.

NOTE: Complete Open House Schedule to be issued later.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 19 July 2006 14:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Where will the next generation of brassbanders come from--

From the Los Angeles Times

New Orleans Endures the `New Normal'
Sure, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest came back. But everyday life in the city remains shattered.
By Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writer
July 15, 2006

"At the end of the school year, 25 of 128 New Orleans public schools had reopened; and just 12,000 of the city's 60,000 students had returned. By September, 57 schools with space for up to 34,000 students are expected to be open, although according to school officials, there only will be staff to handle 22,000."

"The low-income workers lived in public housing units, most of which are still closed. Meanwhile, house prices and rents have skyrocketed.
Public housing residents have been clamoring to return, and over the last few weeks, hundreds have been coming home for the first time since the storm. Residents of St. Bernard Housing Development in the 7th Ward, who had erected a "Survivors Village" outside the city's largest public housing complex, recently learned the units are among hundreds slated for demolition under a federal plan to rid New Orleans of obsolete public housing in favor of modern developments.

The tenants said they planned to fight the decision, but housing officials, citing safety concerns such as collapsing lumber and mold, said the demolition would move ahead."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 20 July 2006 13:09 (thirteen years ago) link

I dl'ed the Hot 8 jazzfest show from here today. It is some sick, sick shit. The best quality recording of what they really sound like that I've heard so far.

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 18:23 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
From Offbeat magazine's weekly e-mail:

As the world starts documenting the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, WDSU gets in the game locally this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with "A Song for New Orleans."

The film focuses on the Rebirth Brass Band,
their experiences and losses due to Katrina, and the
return of the band and their music to New Orleans.
The feature will be aired this evening in New Orleans,
and will be repeated twice during the week of the
Katrina Anniversary. The Executive Producer,
Emerson Coleman, VP of Programming for Hearst-
Argyle Television in New York, had seen Rebirth and
was interested in using the story of the band as a
hopeful symbol for the rebirth of New Orleans’ music
and culture. The film includes interviews with
OffBeat publisher Jan Ramsey, Tipitina’s
manager Adam Shipley, and interviews and
performances with Charmaine Neville, Kermit
Ruffins, Donald Harrison, Jr. and, of course, the
members of Rebirth Brass Band. "A Song For New
Orleans" will also be broadcast on Hearst-Argyle
stations throughout the US in the coming weeks.
Check your local listings for air times.Check out the links here for information on "A Song"... -

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 17 August 2006 17:27 (thirteen years ago) link

What some folks will be doing a year after Katrina on 8-29

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 17 August 2006 17:32 (thirteen years ago) link

A friend of mine taped that last night.

Oh! HBO is showing Spike Lee's New Orleans/second-line documentary on Monday and Tuesday night. Some dudes from my band might be in it. I need to get friends with cable stat.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 17 August 2006 19:00 (thirteen years ago) link

I haven't had time to follow up, but George Pelecanos also mentioned that HBO's/The Wire's David Simon was working on a fictional show about New Orleans musicians and how they survived after Katrina. Really glad to hear about ReBirth ending up in a doc. I got contacted by TV networks around the country about them after the "New Orleans: Survivor Stories" thing ran, but you never know where things are going to go...

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Thursday, 17 August 2006 21:44 (thirteen years ago) link

That will interesting if the Simon thing happens.

New Orleans bands that rarely traveled before Katrina, continue to hit the road. The Treme Brass band are coming to DC in September to get a National Heritage Award, and will be playing at the award ceremony out in the Maryland burbs (Strathmore) and 2 shows at the Kennedy Center.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 18 August 2006 18:29 (thirteen years ago) link

The Rebirth Brass band will be doing shows on the 8/29 anniversary of Katrina at the C.A.C. at 8 and at 10:30 at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans.

Not sure about other New Orleans brass bands--Stooges, Hot 8, Treme, etc. They all have been playing some gigs around the US over the summer it seems, but nothing too regular back home...

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 28 August 2006 15:25 (thirteen years ago) link

Time: 2 PM
Subject: One N.O. Procession

One New Orleans Procession
One New Orleans Procession in the tradition of a Jazz Funeral from the Convention Center to the Superdome. Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré will be the Grand Marshall of the One New Orleans Procession. Also Honoring 1st Responders, the lives lost in Katrina, and the rebirth of New Orleans. Everyone is invited to participate.

And for those with money to spare:

Wynton Marsalis : Rebuilding the Soul of America Katrina Anniversary Events
August 27, 2006 : August 30, 2006
Visit website for more info
Various Locations
More details to follow...
Admission: $50.00 : $2500.00
Wynton Marsalis will return to New Orleans to produce a television special marking the hurricane’s anniversary. Wynton and his production partner Lisa Marie Hoggs will team with producers John Cossette and Don Mischer to helm “New Orleans: Rebuilding the Soul of America One Year Later,” a live television special taking place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. He is also planning a three:day tribute to New Orleans, from August 27 through the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, to include in the television special. The event will feature the Ambassador of Swing Talent Search at Harrah’s New Orleans Theater, including performances by Wynton Marsalis, jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson and some of the hottest local talent in Louisiana and Mississippi; and Cooking with Music, an event featuring Lagasse and Marsalis to welcome back New Orleans school children.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 28 August 2006 15:34 (thirteen years ago) link

The new issue of Downbeat has Bob French on the cover and is New Orleans-focused. It's cool that they mention a lot of the cats, but there isn't an in-depth interview with anyone, just overviews and bit quotes. And how do you write an article on second-line drumming without talking to/mentioning any of the dudes who are actually still in New Orleans, doing it, and have been for years (like Shannon Powell or the brass band drummers)? The article on the second-line infrastructure was good but too brief.

Branford Marsalis is the guest editor, so I guess it was up to him, although it is interesting that he (rightfully so, I think) downplays the Marsalis reputation as the "first family of New Orleans jazz".

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 August 2006 15:52 (thirteen years ago) link

I heard a little bit of an Air America show broadcasting from New Orleans yesterday, and they were using Hot 8's recording of Sexual Healing as bumper music! It was cool, I hope the H8 are getting paid.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 28 August 2006 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll have to check that out. Here's an excerpt from another piece

Part of a Reuters syndicated Billboard article

By Chris Walsh

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Tanio Hingle lived in a house in the Treme section of New Orleans with his wife and three kids, gigging around town with the New Birth Brass Band. The eight-piece played four or five times a week in places like Joe's Cozy Corner, Donna's Bar & Grill, Tipitina's and House of Blues.

Since Katrina, Hingle and his family have been living in an apartment in Houston; he drives back to New Orleans to repair the house when he's not playing shows. "We're still not back to normal. We're trying to get there," he says. "The insurance money wasn't enough to cover house repairs."

Today the band mostly plays shelters, schools and churches -- sometimes the airport. Hingle's been able to get one or two gigs a week, which come mostly as referrals from Bethany Bultman, co-founder and executive director of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. Bultman set up the NOMC Emergency Fund last year, after Katrina.

"We're hoping to create opportunities for the musicians to play in shelters and schools," she says. "We want to keep the culture alive."

Support directly to NOMC includes approximately $80,000 from Bruce Springsteen, about $25,000-$30,000 from Bonnie Raitt, plus contributions from Huey Lewis, Pearl Jam and others. "Gig fees" from donors go directly to musicians. One goal: to save the traditional music of New Orleans.


And NOMC's not alone in that mission. On Tuesday (August 29), the one-year anniversary of Katrina, the Tipitina's Foundation will host a ceremony at the legendary Tipitina's Uptown venue to hand over $500,000 in new instruments to 11 New Orleans school music programs. The ceremony will feature performances by Ivan Neville and the Original Uptown Allstars with the Dirty Dozen Horns, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, the Rebirth Brass Band and other locals [Soul Rebels]
Terence Blanchard is a Blue Note recording artist who wrote the soundtrack music to Spike Lee's four-hour documentary, "When the Levees Broke," which premiered in two parts on HBO August 21-22. A New Orleans native, Blanchard moved back to the city in March.

"It's not alive and well -- it's alive," he says of the state of music in his hometown. "Many of the musicians are still not home. Many are in Dallas and Houston. They actually travel from Dallas and Houston to New Orleans to play.

"When Spike (Lee) came to my old neighborhood, I wanted to show it off. But there was nothing alive there. No insects, rodents, birds, nothing. It was all dead. There's my house and the street where I used to play football with my friends and the picture window that I used to look out from while practicing my piano lessons."


curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 28 August 2006 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

- 11 a.m. march across the Claiborne Street Bridge, take a left onto Poland and a right onto St Claude. The Hot 8 Brass Band will join the procession as it crosses Franklin to provide a Second Line beat for the remainder of the march. From St Claude, the march will proceed to Rampart Street and end at Congo Square.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Monday, 28 August 2006 18:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Anybody heard the Dirty Dozen's take on the Marvin Gaye album What's Goin' On? I had lost interest in the DD, but this has me curious.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 11:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Wu Orleans mashup:

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:00 (thirteen years ago) link

that is awesome.

Fetchboy (Felcher), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 23:41 (thirteen years ago) link

Is that...New Birth Brass Band...and...Bush?

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 00:36 (thirteen years ago) link

In repeated nods to the city's extraordinary cultural past, Mr. Bush visited the home of the music legend Fats Domino in the Lower Ninth Ward and listened to a brass band. He talked about restoring the "soul" of New Orleans, even as he was forced to acknowledge that much of the damage had not yet been repaired. The city, he said, was calling its children home.

"I know you love New Orleans, and New Orleans needs you," Mr. Bush said. "She needs people coming home. She needs people -- she needs those saints to come marching back, is what she needs."

john, a resident of chicago. (john s), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 00:47 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh fuck me.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 03:31 (thirteen years ago) link

Yea, that AP wire picture of New Birth Brass with Bush is on page A4 of the Washington Post as well.

I saw some of Rebirth Brass on tv last night as the TV One network showed that SOng for New Orleans documentary.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 11:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Washington Post

The Singles File
Wednesday, August 30, 2006; Page C05

-- Chris Richards

DJ BC: "Dirty Brass"

A wedding DJ from Boston strikes mash-up gold, coupling a vintage ODB verse with the hustling horns of New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Download it at .

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 13:20 (thirteen years ago) link

The Washington Post links to DJ BC's "Wu Orleans" as well, and highlights another song

The Singles File
Wednesday, August 30, 2006; Page C05

-- Chris Richards

DJ BC: "Dirty Brass"

A wedding DJ from Boston strikes mash-up gold, coupling a vintage ODB verse with the hustling horns of New Orleans's Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Download it at .

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 30 August 2006 13:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I read some of that September Downbeat, special-edited by Branford Marsalis. Not bad, but Jordan's right--it needed to do more than just touch on the brass bands, it needed to feature them. I'm guessing they're closer to jazz than Tab Benoit is (I've never heard him actually, isn't he just a blooz-rocker)? There was some interesting second-line and brass band history stuff in there, and I liked reading about James Booker dropping by the Connick house and teaching young Harry how to play piano when Harry was a pre-teen and teen.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 12:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Looks like the Bounce for Relief is back up. On 'Second Line Jump' Mannie Fresh jacks the basslines from Rebirth's 'Tornado Special' and 'Take it to the Street', and 'Bitch Watcha Gonna Do?' uses the bassline from 'Feel Like Funkin It Up pt. I'.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 12:43 (thirteen years ago) link

supposedly harry connick sr. (long time nola DA) helped booker out whenever he was in trouble with the law in exchange for piano lessons for his son.

Fetchboy (Felcher), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:08 (thirteen years ago) link

In general I've sort of ignored the N.O. r&b scene (in favor of brass band and jazz and rap), but I heard James Booker's The Lost Paramount Tapes recently and I love it. It's funky as hell.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 September 2006 13:20 (thirteen years ago) link

from the gumbopages Looka blog:
The Arabi Wrecking Krewe, a group of amazing volunteers who've been helping to bring musicians back to New Orleans and gutting their flooded homes for them, most recently took on the wrecked New Orleans East home of legendary saxophone player Kidd Jordan

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 8 September 2006 15:29 (thirteen years ago) link

The Rebirth Brass Band and some school bands at a Tipitina's Foundation event

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 8 September 2006 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Treme Brass, with Uncle Lionel Batiste and Glenn "I play with everyone" Andrews get an NEA Heritage award Friday night 9-15 at Strathmore outside DC (they're also performing I think), and they are playing Saturday 9-16 at 5 for free at the Kennedy Center, and Sunday 9-17 for free at the Kennedy Center.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 17:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Sept. 22nd in Minneapolis, Hot 8, Mama Digd0wn's, and Jack Br4ss at the Cabooze

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 17:35 (thirteen years ago) link

I will see you guys Friday; Jordan, what will you be wearing?

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

A bass drum. :>

(and probably a khaki work shirt, but we'll all be wearing the same thing...I'm one of the shorter guys with black hair, but not one of the two shorter guys with black hair who play the trumpet)

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 19 September 2006 19:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I got to meet Uncle Lionel at the Kennedy Center! I talked with him and with snare drummer Benny Jones. Real nice guys. I got the impression they're still struggling to get gigs. 2 of the pre-Katrina Treme members decided to stay in Phoenix, Az.

Treme needs someone to update their website (and the Stooges Brass Band apparently never decided to learn tech stuff from you Jordan, and keep that site updated). Treme want to release a new cd but don't have a label.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 10:45 (thirteen years ago) link

Haha, I had no idea that Treme has a website. Everyone should get to meet Unk at least once, though, he's larger than life.

I can't get to the Louisiana Music Factory website right now, but it looks like the Original Pinstripe Brass Band has a new record out. They've got a more traditional style than Rebirth/Hot 8/Stooges/Soul Rebels/etc., but they're way funky.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 17:26 (thirteen years ago) link

I think I'm going to go see Youngblood on Saturday.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 20 September 2006 17:28 (thirteen years ago) link

How I missed this board for four years I'll never know, but...

There's another video of the Hot 8 up on youtube. It looks to me like they're playing at the big second line that happened in January, but I wasn't back in N.O. yet so I'm not sure. Anyone know?

And here's a piece about trad BB music I did for WWOZ the other day.

Matt Sakakeeny (mattsak), Thursday, 28 September 2006 00:33 (thirteen years ago) link

Hey Matt. Thank you - that's a beautiful video, and I didn't know about the WWOZ blog.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 28 September 2006 01:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Wow, this is one of those genres that my extreme interest in the music is only matched by my absolute ignorance of it. Hey, Jordan, is there any way I could acquire one of those mixes?

Bumblepuppy (Horbgorbling Slubberdegullion), Thursday, 28 September 2006 01:15 (thirteen years ago) link

E-mail me your address.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 28 September 2006 01:31 (thirteen years ago) link

I did not know about the WWOZ streettalk blog either--

Aug. 21st posting-
"Sousaphone player Jeffrey Hills is a family man with a wife and three kids. Before the storm, they lived in public housing and Jeffrey was known for playing with the big time Olympia Brass Band.

Since Katrina, the Hills have lived in three states, unable to find a way to return to the city. Now they're in Houston. Jeffrey makes the 5 hour commute every week to keep his regular gig at Harrah's Casino.

I caught up with him in between sets, hanging out in his car."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 28 September 2006 12:37 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
"Stealing the Show: New Orleans musicians blew into Houston on Katrina's winds and everything was magic for a while"

Pete Scholtes (Pete Scholtes), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 21:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Really good article, he gets the music.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 October 2006 22:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Very nice. Lomax, who has posted here a time or two, also reviewed the Dirty Dozen's new cd take on Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in the Village Voice.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 19 October 2006 13:30 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Offbeat Magazine just posted this, although the information is from back in September...Keller, see below, was known for his expertise with analog studio equipment.


Producer/engineer Keith Keller died [of a heart attack]September
6. At Chez Flames, his studio on Annunciation
Street, he produced a variety of musicians, from
Alex Chilton to G. Love and Special
Sauce to Rebirth Brass Band to King
Sonny Ade and Charlie Musselwhite. A jazz
funeral has been arranged to escort Keller’s ashes
to the Mississippi River, where some will be
scattered on the waters. The jazz funeral with the
Treme Brass Band starts Saturday at 1 p.m. at
the Backstreet Cultural Museum (1116 St. Claude
Ave.) and proceeds on St. Claude to St. Phillip, St.
Phillip to Rampart, Rampart to Conti, Conti to
Decatur, Decatur to Iberville and Iberville to
Woldenberg Park and the Mississippi. All are welcome
to help say goodbye to Keller.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Friday, 3 November 2006 14:20 (thirteen years ago) link

I went to Keith Keller's funeral Saturday - the Treme played it very traditional, starting w/the dirge "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and then some uptempo tunes on the march to the French Quarter. When they got to Borboun Street, they stopped and repeated the process, playing a dirge and then some fast marches (!). This funeral was an interesting contrast to one earlier that day, for Little Joe Glasper (son of Big Joe, who ran Joe's Cozy Corner bar that used to feature Kermit & Rebirth on Sunday nights before Joe was jailed). That funeral featured an all-star version of the Lil Rascals, w/Corey Henry & Winston from the Soul Rebels on tb, James Andrews and Shorty on trumpet, Hot 8's bass drummer, and many more. The highlight was the tuba section w/Jeffrey Hills AND Ben Jaffee... huge sound. The band was so hot that Kermit was following them around taking pictures. They skipped the dirges and played funky tunes like "Hoo Na Nae". When they got to Joe's Cozy Corner the crowd was chanting "here comes the sidewlk" (a call to the Sidewalk Steppers marching club who usually start their parade there?) and 2 guys jumped up on the roof and started dancing. All in all an exciting few hours, and while the Treme parade was good to see, if I had too pick one...

Matt Sakakeeny (mattsak), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Man, I would have loved to have seen that band.

What happened to Joe's son?

Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 19:04 (thirteen years ago) link

JOE GLASPER (LIL JOE & FAT) age 45 a retired construction worker and musician passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 in Houston, TX. Joe is preceded in death by his father Joe Glasper, Jr., grandparents Antonia Bierria & Ethel Johnson, 2 uncles Jerry Johns & Irving Bierria, Jr. & 1 aunt, Margaret Thornton. He leaves to cherish his many precious memories his devoted wife, Karen Glasper; his mother, Rose Bierria Glasper; his daughter, Monsharda Wells; sons, Brian "Radio" Glasper, Burnell, Brodrick, Rodrick, Brandon Edwards & Linden Andrews; grandchildren, Terriell, Brodrell, Charrionda, Kirsten, Brodyana & Brodrick Edwards; godparents, Rudolph Whitehead & Joyce Daniels; godchildren, Terrineka Harden, Shantrell & Sharell Lamar, Tyronisha Andrews, Michael Ross & Marlen Lawson Jr; 12 uncles; 18 aunts; 3 great aunts; mother in law, Gloria Wells; fathers-in-law, Joseph Tadlock, Antoine Barriere Jr., brothers- in-law, Matthew Brock III, Antoine Barriere III & Eleath Tate and a host of relatives & friends. Relatives and friends of the family, graduates of the 1979 Class of McDonald 35; members of Southern University Marching Band, Sidewalk Steppers, First Lady, Original Jolly Bunch & all Social & Pleasure Clubs, Rebirth, Lil Rascals, Treme, Preservation Hall, New Birth Brass Bands, patrons of Joe's Cozy Corner Bar, Uptown & Downtown Neighborhood Bars, Community Barber Shop; The Hume Child Care Center, High Dimension Church, Hair by Roz, GQ Barber Shop, Milton's Barber Shop, Lapitte Academy & Westside Senior High School, Day Zimmerman Security, Bee's Car Wash, & Fairfields Complex all of Houston, TX are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, November 4, 2006, 11:00am, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1210 Gov. Nicholls St., New Orleans, LA 70116 . Visitation will be held from 9:00am until the hour of service. A Traditional Jazz Funeral will follow with Interment at Holt Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 3, 2006 at St. Augustine Catholic Church from 5-8pm. Professional Funeral Services, Inc. "Divine Service for a Divine People" 1620 Elysian Fields Avenue New Orleans, LA.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 8 November 2006 00:25 (thirteen years ago) link

From the Offbeat weekly e-mail:

Neeta Ragoowansi of SoundExchange has money for
Louisiana artists. The company has royalties for
many local artists, and they need to be disbursed by
December 15 or the artists will lose

The following artists or their
representatives or their estates need to get in
touch with Ragoowansi as soon as possible: Clifton
Chenier (pictured), the Dixie Cups, Clarence
“Frogman” Henry, Lazy Lester, Kenny Peal, Chris
Ardoin and Double Clutchin’, Ernie K-Doe, Dirty
Dozen Brass Band, Queen Ida, Angelica Maria, Chris
Thomas King, Beau Jocque, Big Tymers, Jean Knight,
Sidney Bechet, New Orleans Classic Jazz Orchestra,
Joe Jones, Barbara George, Danny Barker, Bruce
Daigrepont, Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns, Smiley
Lewis, George Lewis, James Booker, Storyville, Bunk
Johnson, Roosevelt Sykes, New Orleans Blue
Serenaders, Snooks Eaglin, Johnny Wiggs, Mannie
Fresh, Chris Tyle’s New Orleans Rover Boys, Sweet
Emma Barrett, Earl King, New Orleans Ragtime
Orchestra, Eddie Bo, Paul Barbarin, Jimmie Noone,
The N’Orleans Statesmen, Papa Don’s New Orleans Jazz
Band, Earl Scheelar’s Funky New Orleans, Lonnie
Johnson, George Girard, Connee Boswell, Edmond Hall,
Kid Howard, Tangle Eye, Capt. John Handy’s New
Orleans Jazz, Soilent Green, Deadeye Dick, Choppa,
Sing Miller, Armand Hug, Nicholas Payton, Exhorder,
Percy Humphrey, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Sam
Butera, Blue Lu Barker, Mia X, Albert Burbank, Lisa
Angelle, New Orleans Blue Serenaders and New Orleans
Ragtime Orchestra. Ragoowansi can be contacted by
calling 212-713-1677 or emailing

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 9 November 2006 15:07 (thirteen years ago) link

I just found out that Terrence Andrews, who I had seen playing at Little Joe's funeral on Saturday and a parade with the Hot 8 on Sunday, lost his wife just days before. I'm not sure how she died. She must have been very young. The funeral is at St. Jude's today and Benny from the Hot 8 tells me they're going to play after the mass.

Matt Sakakeeny (mattsak), Saturday, 11 November 2006 16:14 (thirteen years ago) link

The bad news down there just keeps coming.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Saturday, 11 November 2006 22:25 (thirteen years ago) link

from Offbeat(Uncle Lionel and Kirk Joseph.):

The Quarter will be open Sunday for “Down By the
Riverside: A Concert of Thanksgiving” at
Woldenberg Park. The free show presented by the
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation runs from 1-5
p.m. and features Craig Klein and the Arabi
Wrecking Krewe All-Stars—Stanton Moore, Dr. Michael
White, Deacon John, Marlon Jordan, Matt Perrine,
Rick Trolsen, Leroy Jones, Mark Breaux, Freddie
Lonzo, Topsy Chapman, Bob French, Bruce “Sunpie”
Barnes, Benny Jones, “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, Kirk
Joseph and more. All have put in their time with
the Arabi Wrecking Krewe helping to gut musicians’
houses, and Sunday they play together for the first

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

And more:


Friday at 1 p.m. the Anirtak Theater—formerly the
State Palace—plays host to the Stop the
Violence Hip-Hop Town Hall Meeting. The
violence that has erupted in New Orleans and
particularly in Central City has brought local
hip-hop artists BG, Mia X, Joe
Blakk, Head-Roc,
DJ Jubilee, Sess 4-5, Fifth Ward
Weedie, and L.O.G. together to address
the problem. This town hall meeting is sponsored by
the Hip-Hop Caucus Institute with the goal of
creating a youth coalition to oppose violence and
help bring about social justice.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 14:56 (thirteen years ago) link

I think that'd be Fifth Ward Weebie. Don't ask me how these trivial bits stick in my mind, but after 20 some trips to the Crescent City, they just do. Man, that Woldenberg Park show looks beautiful.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 15:03 (thirteen years ago) link

I love Weebie.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 15:25 (thirteen years ago) link

How'd I miss that Offbeat typo. Sorry folks.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 22 November 2006 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 4 January 2007 15:56 (thirteen years ago) link

Dammit, I've been sort of expecting the Lionel Ferbos obit for a while now. I made it a priority to see him at Jazzfest the last few years I've been down there. Had to pay respect to the oldest working musician in New Orleans. RIP Lionel.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Sorry, that was Lionel's son, Lionel Jr. who passed.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:44 (thirteen years ago) link

They arrested the kid who shot Dinerral (snare drummer for the Hot 8 Brass Band) and the story behind it makes it even more sad and pointless.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:45 (thirteen years ago) link

I don't think there's ever been a band that's had worse luck then the H8.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 4 January 2007 17:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Dinerral's funeral yesterday was beautiful. There were at least 25 musicians waiting when they brought Dinerral out of the church - the Hot 8 plus New Brith plus Glen David and James Andrews, Erion and Edward from Soul Rebels, and many more - 5 tubas alone! Then Rebirth was holding up the back of the second line. I haven't seen a two band funeral in a while.

I wound up doing a story about Dinerral on NPR. You can check it out here:

Jordan, I heard you came down - call me anytime.


Matt Sakakeeny (mattsak), Sunday, 7 January 2007 18:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe that march on City Hall will help. All these murders (Dinneral, Helen Hill and others) are heartbreaking (not that this hasn't been a problem there for years)

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 13:38 (thirteen years ago) link

The Ponderosa Stomp and the Essence Festival are returning to New Orleans this year. In May and July 2007 respectively.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Marching against violence is stupid. Who the fuck are they demonstrating to? The pro-murder crowd? What will stop the violence in this city is poverty reduction and the provision of alternatives to Katrina-scarred victims of New Orleans public "education." The working class here, just like everywhere else in America, is fucked--no unions, no job security, no training, nothing. I don't see people marching against the low-wage service-based economy that is crippling the economic development of New Orleans and her citizens. Fix that and people will stop mindlessly and needlessly killing each other.

On a lighter note, has the Ponderosa Stomp lineup been announced? I might actually be able to afford to go this year--unless Kathleen fucking Blanco's moronic smoking ban means I can't smoke at Rock n Bowl.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:16 (thirteen years ago) link

What will stop the violence in this city is poverty reduction and the provision of alternatives to Katrina-scarred victims of New Orleans public "education."


Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Not to mention the idiocy of bringing Lee Brown or whoever in as a consultant. Didn't he institute the "zero-tolerance" broken-windows thing in New York? And now New York sucks? And New Orleans is anything but a zero-tolerance kind of town? ARGH THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WRONG AND SO MANY STUPID FUCKING PEOPLE DOING EVEN MORE WRONG THINGS.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

The march was supposed to wake up the mayor and the police chief, but I see that the Police Chief responded with moronic blame game comments instead. And yea you're right about poverty reduction and the working class...

Roky Erikson's gonna be at the Ponderosa Stomp, with only one night announced so far--at the House of Blues (for some reason)

"At the Ponderosa Stomp, Roky Erickson will be surrounded by legendary performers, including master arranger Wardell Quezergue and the New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Revue, soul songwriter supreme Dan Penn, rockabilly wild man Dale Hawkins, R&B soprano Little Jimmy Scott, Texas Tornado co-founder Augie Meyers, Stax sessions guitarist Skip Pitts, Gulf Coast guitar empress Barbara Lynn, Mardi Gras king Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Excello harp master Lazy Lester, keyboardist extraordinaire Willie Tee, President of soul Rockie Charles, hillbilly bopper Jay Chevalier, tough Texas shouter Roy Head, and rockabilly wailer Joe Clay, with more to come."

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Wednesday, 17 January 2007 15:37 (thirteen years ago) link

2007 JazzFest lineup. I haven't looked at it closely but am assuming it is similar to prior years, i.e., some good local artists, too many big name out-of-towners, few Ponderosa Stomp obscure types, and maybe 1 or 2 token rappers or contemporary r'n'b artists.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 25 January 2007 18:30 (thirteen years ago) link

Next weekend, Mama Digdown's Brass Band @ Donna's (Feb. 2nd) and Krewe du Vieux parade (Feb. 3rd)

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 25 January 2007 18:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Sounds like fun. There's a nice poster of Rebirth for this year's fest (and one of Jerry Lee Lewis also)

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 25 January 2007 18:58 (thirteen years ago) link

That Phil F. poster is pretty sweet.

Looks like all the cool brass bands are on the first weekend.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 25 January 2007 19:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks Curmudgeon, that's a, erm, curmudgeonly way to sum up the JF schedule. For the most part I concur, although post-Katrina just the fact that "some good local artists" (actually a ton of 'em) are still alive and well and showing up from wherever they're dispersed makes me very happy. Yeah you rite, Rod Stewart and Counting Crows didn't exactly raise my eyebrows, although Steely Dan and ZZ Top did, a little, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Pharoah Sanders... okay, I have to spend some time with this!

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Thursday, 25 January 2007 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Yea you rite. There are lots and lots of good locals there, I just want perfection! And while everyone else is watching ZZ Top, that means it will be that much easier for New Orleans afficionados to see the locals. The second weekend does have Irma Thomas' Tribute to Mahalia Jackson which sounds wonderful (although most of the young brass bands are the 1st weekend).

Jordan, do you know anything about Smitty Dee's Brass Band who are there on the second weekend? A google seach tells me Dimitri Smith of the band used to be in the Olympia Brass Band, so that makes them more traditional, right?

I don't think Aaron Neville is gonna be there again (last year he said his breathing problems get compounded in post-Katrina New Orleans) and I just read that his wife died of cancer. He's living in Nashville now.

curmudgeon (DC Steve), Thursday, 25 January 2007 20:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Nope, I don't know any of the musicians but they definitely look more trad.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 25 January 2007 20:48 (thirteen years ago) link

Over the holidays I saw Aaron on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which is headquartered in the Nashville 'burbs, doing a very Lawrence Welk-ish Christmas special. Surreal....

novamax (novamax), Thursday, 25 January 2007 22:35 (thirteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 February 2007 22:34 (thirteen years ago) link

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 February 2007 23:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Maybe you can't link to ILX sandbox threads even if you follow the proper procedure for placing a hyperlink.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 February 2007 23:29 (thirteen years ago) link

February 20, 2007
In New Orleans, Bands Struggle to Regain Footing By JON PARELES

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 19 — When the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina took place last year, New Orleanians felt something vital was missing:
the strutting steps and triumphal horns of the city’s proud, immensely competitive high school bands marching between the floats.

The reason was obvious: Nearly all the city’s schools were still shut, and most of the students had been evacuated. This year fewer than a third of the public schools in New Orleans have reopened — many more are due this fall — and much of the city’s old population remains dispersed.
But some of the top high school bands are back: a rare, heartening sign not only for the parades but also for the long-term vitality of New Orleans culture. “Music is New Orleans, and marching bands are part of every phase of our city’s life,” said Allen T. Woods, the principal of Frederick A.
Douglass High School in the hard-hit Ninth Ward. His school’s band was booked for two parades in this Mardi Gras season, which began on Feb.
10. The members are wearing matching warm-up suits, since band uniforms are still on order. But they are marching.

New Orleans has always been a city of parades, from Mardi Gras to jazz funerals. When jazz began, it commandeered the trumpets and drums of military bands, and the swagger and swing of brass bands have been among the city’s great musical resources ever since.

The high school bands have long been the incubator for New Orleans music, and the training ground for generations of musicians. In this city’s wonderfully insular culture, band instruments like trombone and sousaphone are as ubiquitous as guitars and synthesizers elsewhere.
Before Katrina, it wasn’t unusual to hear young brass players jamming on New Orleans street corners, and those musicians’ first instruments might well have come from high school stockpiles. Through the years, school music programs have put horns, clarinets and drums into the hands of students who would never have played them otherwise, and high school connections have jumpstarted important New Orleans groups like the Rebirth Brass Band.

Brass bands repay the help. Dinerral Shavers, the snare drummer of the Hot 8 Brass Band, was hired to organize a marching band at L. E. Rabouin High School, and his fellow Hot 8 members dropped in to help teach. But Mr. Shavers was shot dead on Dec. 28 in one of a series of murders that led to a large anticrime rally at City Hall on Jan. 11. The Rabouin High School Band marched in this year’s Mardi Gras parades.

“These bands play as important a role in the perpetuation of New Orleans music culture as anything,” said Bill Taylor, executive director of the Tipitina’s Foundation, which has turned the long-running uptown club Tipitina’s into a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and other help for musicians. Since New Orleans schools had long since cut back on music education, the foundation started donating instruments to them in 2002. In 2006 it gave away $500,000 worth of instruments. “This is about keeping New Orleans New Orleans,” Mr. Taylor said.

And in New Orleans, unlike many other places, band membership means prestige in high school. “High school bands in New Orleans are as important as football is in Texas,” said Virgil Tiller, the band director at St. Augustine High School, whose Purple Knights, better known as the Marching 100, have been the city’s most celebrated high school band.

St. Augustine is a historically black school, and its band integrated 20th-century Mardi Gras parades when they were invited in 1967 to appear with the Rex Organization, the top Mardi Gras krewe. Spectators spat on them and threw bricks and urine-filled condoms, Edward Hampton, the band’s founding director, recalled, but the students refused to brawl and just kept marching. Since then, bands from black high schools have become mainstays of Mardi Gras. Band programs are paid about $1,500 a parade.

Montreal A. Givens, 17, a trombonist who is a drum major in the Marching 100, lives alone in a trailer provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency so that he can finish out his senior year with the band. He’s also an honors student. His father, Lumar LeBlanc, leads a brass band, the Soul Rebels, that was formed by New Orleans high school bandmates; Mr. LeBlanc still resides in Houston.

“I came back here for the music,” Mr. Givens said in the school’s band room as the Marching 100 assembled for a parade. “I took a hard hit, but I couldn’t stop my life because of the hurricane.”

Before Katrina, the Marching 100 actually had 150 to 170 members, including baton twirlers and a color guard. Now it has about 90. The flood completely destroyed what had been a newly built band room and all the school’s instruments and uniforms. At last year’s Mardi Gras parade, some members of St. Augustine’s Marching 100 were part of a small but determined high school band, the MAX band, that merged the returned students from three private schools: St. Augustine, St. Mary’s Academy and Xavier University Preparatory School.

“We proved we could do something positive in such devastated surroundings,” said Lester Wilson of Xavier, who led the MAX band.

This year, as St. Augustine marched in the Krewe d’Etat parade, there were shouts and applause as its purple and gold uniforms came into view.
“This band is the city’s band,” Mr. Tiller said. “When we march, it’s amazing to me how many people say: ‘Thank you for coming back. If St.
Aug’s is back, the city is coming back.’ ”

Educators say that band membership, like other extracurricular activities, helps to keep students from dropping out. Practicing an instrument, particularly for the chance at the status of leading a section in a beloved high school band, builds discipline. So do regular rehearsals — the St. Augustine band works five days a week, summers included — and memorizing the formations and instrument-swinging choreography used by New Orleans high school bands.

But music has not been a priority for New Orleans schools struggling to reconstruct buildings and entire academic programs. Paul Batiste, the band director of the Sophie B. Wright Charter School, had his band practicing on what he could afford from his own pocket — just the mouthpieces for trumpets and clarinets — until instruments were provided by private groups, including the Tipitina’s Foundation and Mr. Holland’s Opus. FEMA has also supplied instruments to some schools, among them Douglass High School in the Ninth Ward.

Like other New Orleans institutions....
“It doesn’t sound like it did before,” said Shantell Franklin, 17, who plays baritone horn in the band from Sarah T. Reed High School in New Orleans East. Instruments to replace those ruined by rust and mold arrived at her school only a month ago. “We’ve got a lot of beginners in the band,” Ms. Franklin said. “They’re dedicated and they want to play, but they just can’t get the notes out right.”

Yet even at less than full strength, New Orleans high school bands are still producing musicians to continue the city’s musical legacy. Joshua Phipps, who plays F horn in the marching band of McDonogh 35 High School and saxophone in the concert band, was a beginner two years ago. His English teacher suggested he join the band at Walter L. Cohen High School, now closed; after Katrina, he enrolled in McDonogh 35, whose band has a citywide reputation.

Mr. Phipps had been thinking about basketball, but the band changed his life, he said. “At my first band practice, I just fell in love with the sound,” he said. “I practiced a whole lot, every day, and it was like a hidden talent I didn’t know I had.”

Like many a high school band member before him, he also has gigs of his own. Mr. Phipps is in a brass band called the Truth, which plays for parties and processions, along with a weekly downtown club date. He plans to study music in college.

“I want to be a band teacher,” he said. Then he picked up his horn and joined McDonogh 35’s ranks for a Mardi Gras parade.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 February 2007 04:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Scott S. mentioned this on the American Routes thread--a thread about that Nick Spitzer hosted syndicated public radio show(and on XM). The American Routes website lists radio stations and websites where you can hear the program :

February 28 - March 6, 2007
Routes March On: Brass Bands & Cajun Youths
Visit with two groups of musicians taking Louisiana roots music forward into the 21st century. The Hot 8 Brass Band can be found everywhere in the streets and clubs of the Crescent City, mixing rap and funk with older traditional numbers. While over in Cajun country, the Pine Leaf Boys swap accordions and fiddles for guitars moving back and forth between Cajun and zydeco tunes and new originals.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 February 2007 16:41 (thirteen years ago) link

So that's going to air on March 6th? I'd like to hear it.

I've played with some of those dudes from the Truth, haven't heard their full band though.

Jordan, Friday, 23 February 2007 17:01 (thirteen years ago) link

It will aire on some stations sooner than March 6th I think.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 February 2007 18:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Let me know what you think of that American Routes story - I wound up getting interviews w/Tuba Phil, Benny Pete, and Lumar and Marcus from Soul Rebels. It was murder choosing little snippets of all of their songs to represent them. Later this week you should be able to stream the segment from their website.

mattsak, Tuesday, 27 February 2007 06:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I also want to to hear the below. But I'd have to make it to Seattle on April 20th at the Experience Music Project pop conference to hear it. Some more details on each presentation are at the EMP website.

>> Resurrecting New Orleans
Venue: Level 3
Ned Sublette, “Rock the City With Their Congo Dances: The African Layers Of Colonial New Orleans”

Reginald Jackson, ““My eyes were not believin’, what I seen there but I could not turn away”: Siting the Voyeur in Sonny Landreth’s “Congo Square””

Alex Rawls, “The Silhouette of a Trumpet Player”

Larry Blumenfeld, “Will the Second Line Survive? Jazz and the Struggle for Survival by Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Mardi Gras Indian tribes, and Brass-Band Communities”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2007 14:01 (thirteen years ago) link

This looks great out there also:

>> Made It Funky: New Orleans, James Brown, and the Foundations and Futures of U.S. Pop Music
This multi-media conversation between Jeff Chang, author of the award winning Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation and Total Chaos: The Art And Aesthetics of Hip-hop, and Gaye T. Johnson, faculty in the Black Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara, centers New Orleans' shaping influence on pop music's past, present, and future through a revelatory discussion of music, history, and memory in the wake of Katrina. Johnson draws upon her research project, "The Mexican Genius of Borderlands Jazz," awarded the 2006 prize for best writing on Comparative Ethnic Studies from the American Studies Association to set the ground for Chang's historical exploration of the connection between breakbeat, the clave, the blues 4/4, James Brown, and what has come to be known as the New Orleans meter. Facilitators: Michelle Habell-Pallan, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Women Studies and Music adjunct at the University of Washington. Judy Tsou, Head Music Librarian, School of Music, University of Washington. Note: A reception at 7:30 will be followed by the conversation from 8 to 9

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2007 14:24 (thirteen years ago) link

There are a couple more New Orleans related presentations. Here's one of them:

Katherine Doss

Before joining the Curriculum in Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Katherine Doss worked at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Trickster Treks and the Southern Vernacular
Saturday, April 21, 2007, 9:00 - 10:45

"Lord I Want To Be In That Number: The Influence of Music on the Culture of New Orleans after the Flood"
It is broadly accepted that culture shapes music and nowhere is this more apparent than in New Orleans, with its particular sound. New Orleans remains anchored in the rhythms and lyrics of that sound while serving as a muse, a protagonist, and a playground for emerging music. The city itself has been the centerpiece and shaper of music that continually develops from amalgamated traditions. With the momentary absence of an abiding community after Hurricane Katrina, the question presents itself as to what extent music can turn around and influence the culture. The answer seems to point to music as a critical element, perhaps the most pervasive, in re-forming the culture of New Orleans.
.... ....
Some musical traditions are so intricately wed to New Orleans-founded rituals that they cannot fulfill their purposes outside of the city. The brass band tradition, especially its inimitable community role in parades and processions, rises to this standard. As a New Orleans native and an ethnographer, I will explore the symbiotic relationship between culture and music in New Orleans, emphasizing my work with the Treme Brass Band and in particular its founder, Benny Jones, Sr."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

Sorry to be late with this--my Katrina documentaries roundup:

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 1 March 2007 03:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Also, from the New York Times:

February 23, 2007

In New Orleans, Progress at Last in the Lower Ninth Ward


NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 22 — The first new houses built in the Lower Ninth Ward since Hurricane Katrina were turned over to their owners on Thursday, creating a small island of hope in a sea of ruin.

Side by side, sparkling and bright on Delery Street at the neighborhood’s eastern edge, the two houses unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday stand out in a landscape grimly frozen since the storm. The twin pastel variants on traditional New Orleans architecture sit incongruously whole amid block after block of ruined shells with doors swinging open and windows gaping wide.

Empty during the day and dark at night, this area is a long way from being a neighborhood again, even though it has been the focus of intensive volunteer efforts and organizing since the storm. The destruction of the Lower Ninth Ward, which was working-class and black before the hurricane, and its subsequent failure to begin recovering, have become symbols for what some see as inequities in this city’s halting revival.

That symbolism was much in evidence at the ceremony, a gathering of the homeowners and the varied volunteer forces that built the $125,000 solid pine houses, which officials said are elevated five feet and designed to resist hurricane-force winds. It was an occasion to look past the catastrophe that sent a wall of water rushing into the Lower Ninth Ward 18 months ago, at least for the moment. If the levees fail again and a similar volume of water comes through, the new houses will take only two feet of water, the contractor said.

There were promises on Thursday to bring the neighborhood back, particularly from Acorn, the nonprofit neighborhood group that organized the construction and helped finance the two houses. There was cheering, there were plaques for the volunteers, and there were speeches by politicians and preachers.

And there were the two sturdy women who had been next-door neighbors for 25 years until Hurricane Katrina blew their houses away, the owners Gwendolyn Guice and Josephine Butler, who received the keys to the new houses on Thursday.

Acorn and the volunteers built the houses on the same spot as the women’s original ones, and both women seemed overcome at being back.

“I’m all over hoops,” Ms. Guice said, switching between tears and smiles as she happily showed off her trim little green house, a subtle modification of the classic New Orleans front-to-back-hall style.

Looking out the back at a nearby school building with a collapsed roof and a muddy vacant lot where there was once a house, Ms. Guice was adamant that Thursday represented a hopeful beginning on a street that once sheltered many solid homeowners.

“A lot of people are just sitting back, waiting and seeing,” Ms. Guice said.

Her re-installment and Ms. Butler’s, she insisted, would help draw people back. And given the privations of her long exile, much of it spent in Houston, she would not be fazed by living in the ward’s darkness and isolation, she suggested.

She showed no regrets about the fate of her old house.

“I never did find the den,” Ms. Guice said. “It just shoved straight off. It might be floating in the gulf.”

Still, the complications of the demonstration project on Delery Street raise questions about its usefulness as a prototype. The two houses were financed by Acorn and a California bank, and the two women are planning to repay their loans using their insurance proceeds and money they hope will be forthcoming from Louisiana’s Road Home housing aid program. Louisiana State University’s School of Architecture helped design the houses, students from the school helped build them, young people from Covenant House did odd jobs, a church provided landscaping, and even the novelist Richard Ford, who recently moved back to the city, pitched in.

How often this process could be replicated is unclear, though Acorn has money for more loans. Some believe that a neighborhood as destitute as this one cannot come back without large-scale intervention.

“I think we have a problem of quantity, and anything that can’t be delivered in quantity is not a suitable prototype, regardless of the fantastic intentions,” said Andrés Duany, the Miami architect and planner who has played a leading role in this city’s efforts at rebuilding. “The verification is not aesthetics, not the degree of good will; it’s quantity.”

But under Thursday’s bright sun, the focus was not on the hurdles.

“If you try not to focus on how bad everything is, you can focus on what is good,” Allan Jones, an electrician who worked on the two houses, said as he surveyed the bleak landscape. “There is potential.”

Mr. Ford spoke at the ceremony of the “valiant and hopeful house-raising,” and those words captured the spirit of an enterprise that seemed as much a challenge to the future as a foundation for something new.

When Ms. Butler moved to the area nearly 60 years ago, it was still a semi-wilderness, recalled Tanya Harris, her granddaughter and an Acorn official.

“This was a shot in the dark,” Ms. Harris said. “This was a leap of faith.”

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 1 March 2007 03:42 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, and I taped the American Experience doc but haven't watched it yet.

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 1 March 2007 03:44 (thirteen years ago) link

President Bush is in New Orleans today. I doubt he will hear any brass bands (but who knows).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 March 2007 16:06 (thirteen years ago) link

Jordan, Thursday, 1 March 2007 17:27 (thirteen years ago) link


pj, Thursday, 1 March 2007 17:33 (thirteen years ago) link

I gotta find time to track down and listen to that American Routes episode online...

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 March 2007 19:44 (thirteen years ago) link

American Routes Archives

Listened last night to the 19 minutes or so brass band segment on the 2-28 to 3-6 episode. There's also an 11 minute or so segment on the Pine Leaf Boys. I also started a separate thread called "Cajun and Zydeco Music is not just for old people"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Hey Jordan how can i get a copy of that mix you've passed around?

deej, Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Deej e-mail me, jordan1 at gmail

Jordan, Thursday, 8 March 2007 16:55 (thirteen years ago) link

Any of you New Orleans folk-my band (The Mighty Sound of Maryland) was recently in New Orleans, helping out building Musician's Village and playing in some parades and such. Did anyone see them? The band is trying to collect quotes and such about the project and if anyone wanted to email me that'd be awesome.

On a non-self aggrandizing note,
Is there a brass band tradition in Chicago? The last time I was there I saw a great brass band playing on the street and I heard tales of numerous others. Anyone have suggestions on how to track down some Chicago brass music?

catblender, Thursday, 8 March 2007 17:01 (thirteen years ago) link

There's a band called Hypnotic who are cool but not really New Orleans-influenced at all, they're probably who you saw on the street. I don't think they improvise.

My band plays at the Green M1ll a few times year.

Jordan, Thursday, 8 March 2007 17:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, it was Hypnotic. I'm actually going to be in Chicago from March 20th-25th or so, will you guys be in town?

catblender, Thursday, 8 March 2007 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Unfortunately not, we just played there a few weeks ago so the next time may not be until Fall.

Jordan, Thursday, 8 March 2007 18:38 (thirteen years ago) link

That American Routes piece was pretty good, esp. the parts where Benny Pete is talking about the backline (poignant) and where the Rebels dudes are going on about the band kids being the most popular ones in school (lol). Nice track selection.

Jordan, Friday, 9 March 2007 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

"Atlanta based writer David Fulmer authored three acclaimed historical mysteries involving the Creole of Color detective Valentin St. Cyr set in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th Century, and among the characters were such legendary jazz pioneers as Buddy Bolden and
Jelly Roll Morton. Fulmer’s writing was atmospheric as well as thrilling as he skillfully weaved together the actual mystery against a background of Storyville and its musicians, madams,
streetwalkers and associated characters."

Has anybody read these books that I saw highlight ed on this blues blog?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2007 04:10 (thirteen years ago) link

More reading--

I had donated money to the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic (NOMC) and their latest newsletter has Armand Sheik Richardson, a trumpet player with the Gentille Brass Band and a photographer telling about all the red ink and struggles he went through to have eye surgery to restore his vision (cataracts) after Katrina. He's also a participant in the Arabi Wrecking Krewe who help New Orleans musicians patch their roofs and fix up their homes.

The newsletter also reports that the majority of older musicians who used to go to the NOMC before Katrina have not returned to New orleans after Katrina.


"For 2007, we are once again expanding and refocusing our mission to sustain our beloved New Orleans musicians. In response to the death of Dinerral Shavers, we are quickly moving to establish our Musicians Mentorship Initiative, a program designed to allow musicians to serve as mentors in the public schools. Dinerral was one of the first jazz musicians slated to work in the program and he was dedicated to rebuild and revitalize New Orleans by passing our culture to young people. The NOMC has set up a Fund to help sustain his family and his band during this very sad time. "

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2007 04:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Alvin- Curran-"Oh Brass On The Grass Alas" (2006), for 300-500 brass band musicians. Duration 40 min. First performance Donaueschingen festival, October 2006.

It's not New Orleans style, but apparently avante musician/composer Alvin Curran is doing his piece for 300 plus brass musicians again. I saw a reference to a NY Times article, but the article is accessible only to NY Times Select (paid subscribers) members.

That's a big band. Seems almost like a Flaming Lips style experiment.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2007 13:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Will this planned National Jazz Center and park in NO actually be built

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2007 14:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Rising permit fees for second-lines

Jordan, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:16 (thirteen years ago) link

jordan your mix is awesome btw

deej, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Seems almost like a Flaming Lips style experiment.

An insult to Alvin Curran.

Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:42 (thirteen years ago) link


Jordan, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:46 (thirteen years ago) link

In another apparent inequity in the fee schedule, the department charged two vastly different fees to police two high-profile jazz funerals, those of Hot 8 Brass Band drummer Dinerral Shavers and filmmaker Helen Hill, whose murders in part launched January's march against crime on City Hall. The NOPD charged $3,610 for Shavers' Jan. 6 funeral march but just $1,175 for Hill's Feb. 24 jazz funeral.

Jordan, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:47 (thirteen years ago) link

(apparently I can't use tags now, whatever)

Thx Deej, glad you're feelin it.

Jordan, Thursday, 29 March 2007 17:47 (thirteen years ago) link

I read an article elsewhere on that fees for parade issue (maybe in Offbeat). Ridiculous how the New Orleans government (and the Police Department especially) keeps doing things that hurt their own residents. But I guess it's no big shock that the New Orleans Police are not doing things logically. Despite the media attention it will take the ACLU winning in court for things to change. I guess Katrina did not end up bringing any positive personnel changes to the NOPD.


I wan't trying to insult Curran, I was just giving a more pop-culture type comparison that I guess may not have been necessary (or just showed my lack of familiarity with Curran or such types of musical experiments).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2007 18:20 (thirteen years ago) link

wan't trying to insult Curran

It's okay, I wasn't being that serious. I just don't like the Flaming Lips (on admitedly limited exposure), but I'm sure Alvin Curran has been doing his thing longer than they have. I vaguely remember him having some sort of river boat fog horn type thing at the New Music America festival in 1987, for instance. (Actually I'm not much more familiar with Alvin Curran than with the Flaming Lips.)

Rockist Scientist, Thursday, 29 March 2007 23:49 (thirteen years ago) link

i know it's not really brass band stuff, but i've been listening to (NOLA funk/soul drummer) Smokey Johnson's It Aint My Fault a lot lately, particularly the track "Did You Heard What I Saw" which is one of the best party songs i've ever heard.

Fetchboy, Friday, 30 March 2007 00:10 (thirteen years ago) link

i guess what i meant to say is does anyone have any recommendations for other good nola songs with good jive talkin and unrelenting beats in them? i'm sure there are plenty of brass band songs that do as much.

Fetchboy, Friday, 30 March 2007 00:12 (thirteen years ago) link

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curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 April 2007 04:09 (thirteen years ago) link

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 April 2007 04:11 (thirteen years ago) link

Kermit Ruffins is gonna get married onstage at the French Quarter Fest next weekend.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2007 06:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh shit, Hot 8 is playing in Chicago today through Sunday, apparently.

Jordan, Wednesday, 11 April 2007 16:37 (thirteen years ago) link

I guess you'll be seeing them Jul 15 2007 3:00P at La Fete de Marquette Madison. They just keep on keepin' on. They haven't been in DC since they played the Smithsonian Folklife Fest last summer or was it the summer before...

I'm not heading down to New Orleans for the FQ Fest or Jazzfest or the Ponderosa Stomp this year. Wait till next year I guess.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 April 2007 13:18 (thirteen years ago) link

Wouldn't miss it. I think we're playing that show too.

I'll be down May 4th - 7th.

Jordan, Thursday, 12 April 2007 16:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Any recommendations on which Jazzfest weekend is best this year? At quick first glance, first looks to edge out second by a hair...

Colin, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:27 (thirteen years ago) link

First weekend has Rebirth, New Birth, Hot 8, Leroy Jones, & Ludacris, second weekend has Stooges, TBC (guess they get a stage instead of playing down the street?), Soul Rebels, and Harry Connick. I guess first weekend looks better, I'm going second anyway. I'm sure there will be some hot shit not at the grounds.

Jordan, Thursday, 12 April 2007 17:50 (thirteen years ago) link Paul de Barros from the Seattle Times re: a New Orleans panel at the EMP Pop Conference

This afternoon's "Resurrecting New Orleans" panel could not be accused, like other moments in the conference, of lacking passion. Ned Sublette, Larry Blumenfeld, Alex Rawls and Don McLeese sounded united in their anger and outrage, yet also in their belief and hope -- to borrow their own words -- about post-Katrina music in the Crescent City. Sublette took us through a ghastly litany of offenses in slavery days and Rawls, a local, noted, with some sadness, that "people are slowly coming around to the realization that the city will never be the way it was."

Though uninspiring as a speaker, McLeese offered the best talk, an inventory (with welcome musical examples) of tracks made after the hurricane by Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas (well, almost after), Chris Thomas King, Donald Harrison and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, with penetrating comments appended to each.

Blumenfeld gave an update on the lawsuit against the city brought by the Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs -- the groups that organize the "second line" neighborhood parades that are the soul of New Orleans music -- because of last year's near-tripling of parade fees. (What can the city be thinking?) On a more hopeful note, he quoted New Orleans clarinetist Michael White, who told Blumenfeld, "This is all going to continue."

curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 April 2007 21:09 (thirteen years ago) link

"Do you know what it Means to Miss New Orleans..." I'm not there. Colin, Jordan, and American Routes folks can you post something about Jazzfest sometime (or when you get back). This first weekend includes:

Irma Thomas, Ludacris, Jerry Lee Lewis,Rebirth Brass Band, Percy Sledge, Kermit Ruffins, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Terence Blanchard, George Porter, Jr., Marva Wright, Zachary Richard avec Francis Cabrel, Bobby Charles, Irvin Mayfield, Lucky Peterson, Eddie Bo, Henry Butler, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, Geno Delafose, Pine Leaf Boys, Astral Project, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, , Charmaine Neville Band, Steve Riley, Ray Abshire, Burnside Exploration, Mem Shannon, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, C.J. Chenier, and as mentioned above New Birth and Hot 8...

The Ponderosa Stomp coming up in a few days has its usual spectacular bill...

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2007 04:00 (thirteen years ago) link

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The fight for New Orleans' culture continues, one parade at a time
by Larry Blumenfeld
April 24th, 2007 Village Voice

an excerpt regarding today's court case involving the ACLU vs. the city of New Orleans regarding parade security fees:

[i]Just three days before members of the Nine Times Social Aid & Pleasure Club dance their way through the Jazz & Heritage Festival Fair Grounds—second-lining with the Mahogany Brass Band—they'll be represented in federal court, fighting to protect the century-old tradition from threats to its future.

On April 25, a federal judge will hear arguments on behalf of a consortium of Social Aid & Pleasure clubs, aided by the ACLU, in a lawsuit protesting the city's hiking of police security fees—in some cases, triple or more from pre-Katrina rates—for second-line parades, the regular Sunday events, held September through May, at which members snake through neighborhoods, dancing to brass bands. The suit invokes the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression, claiming that parade permit schemes "effectively tax" such expression. "Should the law not be enjoined," reads the complaint filed in Social Aid & Pleasure Club Task Force v. City of New Orleans, "there is very little doubt that plaintiff's cultural tradition will cease to exist."

"It's a solid, core ACLU issue," says staff attorney Katie Schwartzmann. "We handle freedom of speech cases all the time. But this one is different in that the speech at issue signifies this city and an entire cultural tradition. At some point, I mean, the power to tax is the power to eliminate, right? At some point, if the government can put enough fees and enough obstacles in the way of somebody exercising their First Amendment right, then they're ultimately going to eliminate it."

Second-line parades derive from funeral rituals, transforming mourners into celebrants; the term "second-line" refers not just to up-tempo rhythms signifying spiritual rebirth, but also to the tight-knit communities who follow the musicians, dancing and clapping along. Yet now the very tradition itself appears endangered. For all the ink spilled about post-Katrina New Orleans, surprisingly little has been written about the cultural costs of this ongoing tragedy—what it means for centuries-old rituals and for jazz tradition in general, and what it says about how Americans value our homegrown arts, if we value them at all.

Erosion of our coastal wetlands may have paved the way for the natural disaster that hammered this city. But the least- mentioned aspect of the resulting devastation—the erosion of what ethnographer Michael P. Smith once called "America's cultural wetlands"—is of tantamount concern. The resilient African-American cultural traditions of New Orleans, famously seminal to everything from jazz to rock to funk to Southern rap, also contain seeds of protest and solidarity that guard against storm surges of a man-made variety. Erasure of these wetlands exposes many to the types of ill winds that shatter souls.

The brass band–led second-line tradition is particularly and somewhat curiously caught in the crosshairs of violence and controversy now fixed on New Orleans. The wave of homicides that swept through New Orleans in late December and early January claimed among its victims Dinerral Shavers, the 25-year-old snare drummer of the Hot 8 Brass Band and a teacher who had established Rabouin High School's first-ever marching band. Hundreds gathered at the gate to Louis Armstrong Park earlier this year for an all-star second-line, yet not a note was played nor a step danced for two miles. The silence—unthinkable throughout the hundred-plus- year history of this raucous tradition—was a carefully thought-through statement. It addressed the violence afflicting the city, the desperately slow process of post-Katrina recovery, and the enabling power of jazz culture for disenfranchised (in many cases, still displaced) communities. Two miles into that procession, not far from where M.L. King Boulevard meets South Liberty Street—the statement having been made—the men of the Nine Times club (in lime-green suits and royal-blue fedoras) and the Prince of Wales club (in red suits and mustard-colored hats and gloves) started jumping and sliding to the irrepressible sounds of the Hot 8 and Rebirth Brass Bands. Such scenes underscore what's now at stake, both in and out of court.[i]

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2007 04:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Jazzfest starts today. I wonder how the federal court hearing on parade fees went yesterday?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2007 13:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Actually I think Jazzfest starts Friday.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2007 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Hundreds gathered at the gate to Louis Armstrong Park earlier this year for an all-star second-line, yet not a note was played nor a step danced for two miles.

Wow, I didn't hear about that.

Jordan, Thursday, 26 April 2007 14:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Nor had I. A pretty stunning statement.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 April 2007 14:19 (thirteen years ago) link

Awwww man, missing New Birth and Hot 8 (and more) down at Jazzfest today or this weekend. I think they're are various folks blogging the fest--I'll look 'em up later.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 April 2007 13:25 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll be down next weekend.

Jordan, Friday, 27 April 2007 13:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Writer Larry Blumenfeld on his nice Listen Good blog detailing the settlement reached on parade fees, outside Federal Court in New Orleans yesterday.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 April 2007 13:57 (thirteen years ago) link

A jazz-fest blog posting by Alicia Ault. You have to skim down a bit to get to the bits about the fest.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 April 2007 17:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Published April 27, 2007 by Editor-in-Chief

NEW ORLEANS - CBS newsman Ed Bradley was a big fan of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. On Friday, the Jazz Fest honored his memory and his two decades of support with an opening-day jazz funeral procession, complete with two brass bands.

Bradley, who died in November, had wanted to be remembered at the festival with a second line parade, so-called because watchers often fall in to form a second line of paraders.

He put it in his will. He wanted a second line and a New Orleans brass band and Quint Davis to put it all together, said his widow, Patricia Blanchet.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 April 2007 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Julie Melrose, guest blogger at the following website is seeking help in buying sousaphones for New Orleans musicians

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[i]Donations are now being sought for the third and fourth group sousaphone purchases, since two suitable fixer-uppers will be available only a couple of days from now. With donated shipping and professional instrument restoration already in place, acquiring the actual instruments (at an anticipated cost of under $700) is the only missing link in giving two NOLA musicians the tools they need to return to employment.

Please contact me at girlbanjoistsrule at if you are interested in making a modest contribution toward an upcoming sousaphone purchase, or would like more information about the musical instrument recycling program of the Tipitina’s Music Co-op. All financial and used instrument donations are fully tax deductible, with a “thank you” letter on Tipitina’s Foundation letterhead documenting your donation.

The shipping address for donations of used musical instruments in reparable condition is:
Mark Fowler
Tipitina’s Music Co-op
501 Napoleon Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

Co-op manager Mark Fowler can be reached by email at mfow✧✧✧@tipiti✧✧✧.c✧✧, or by phone at (504) 891-0580. As this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival miraculously kicks off two weekends of festivities, I thank you in advance for helping to restore the unique musical culture of New Orleans.[/i}

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 April 2007 00:43 (thirteen years ago) link

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 April 2007 00:44 (thirteen years ago) link

Jon Pareles of the NY Times is down there reporting from the fest:

The Mahogany Brass Band played a slow version of “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” used at jazz funerals, and then its trumpeter dedicated the song to New Orleans and spoke about how it had felt “to have the world pulled from under your feet.” But he also saw some progress: “Last night,” he said, “me and my wife slept in our own bed in our own
home for the first time.”

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 April 2007 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

Keith Spera from the Times-Picayune:

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews survived a near-disastrous leap off the Congo Square Stage, landing awkwardly on a riser in the photo pit. But the show must go on: He straightened out his sunglasses and white suit and finished the set.

At Congo Square, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove was a mini-orchestra: Four percussionists, four singers, drums, two guitars, sax and trombone. Guest vocalist Theryl "Houseman" DeClouet made only his second hometown appearance since Hurricane Katrina exiled him to Chicago.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 29 April 2007 18:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Somebody named Kelly Leahy blogging about Hot 8 at Jazzfest

The show was upbeat, dedicating one song to a newly married member and celebrating his one-day-old marriage. Things got a little emotional when later a song was dedicated to Dinerral Shavers who was murdered last winter. Shavers' son, DJ, was introduced (he couldn't be more than eight or nine years old) and placed behind a couple of snare drums where he played along with the band for their final number.

In case you missed them today, the Hot 8 Brass Band will be playing tonight at The Parkway Tavern from 7-10 pm. Get on your dancing shoes and go!

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 April 2007 15:59 (thirteen years ago) link

We need someone who is down there to post here. Jordan's heading down in a few days I guess.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 14:51 (thirteen years ago) link

I'll post next week. Rebirth put out a dvd btw, and apparently TBC has a live record now.

Jordan, Tuesday, 1 May 2007 18:51 (thirteen years ago) link

Well he's not quite a brassbander but he may as well be mentioned here:

New Orleans clarinetist Batiste dies

NEW ORLEANS -- Clarinetist Alvin Batiste, who toured with Ray Charles, recorded with Branford Marsalis and taught pianist Henry Butler, died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was in his 70s.

Batiste died only hours before he was to perform with Harry Connick Jr. and Marsalis at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, festival officials said.

Marsalis' record label released Batiste's latest CD, "Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste," just a few weeks ago. Marsalis also played on the album.

Batiste, a jazz clarinetist, was considered one of the founders of the modern jazz scene in New Orleans. While his exact age was not immediately known, festival officials said he was born in New Orleans in 1932.

Batiste also wrote for and toured with Billy Cobham and Cannonball Adderley.

A longtime teacher at Southern University in Baton Rouge, he created the Batiste Jazz Institute - one of the first programs of its kind in the nation - and taught jazz at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

His students included Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Kent Jordan, Michael Ward, Herlin Riley, Charlie Singleton, Woodie Douglas and others.

"He was not only a teacher, he was my father away from home," Butler said. "He taught us about music, the history of music and the business of music. The ones who had the benefit of learning from him are better musicians and better people today."

Batiste toured with Charles in 1958, but remained largely unknown to the general population until he recorded with Clarinet Summit in the 1980s. The quartet also included John Carter, David Murray, and Jimmy Hamilton.

Batiste recorded an album, "Bayou Magic" in 1988, and made the 1993 album "Late." "Songs, Words and Messages, Connections" appeared in 1999.

The show at the jazz tent of the festival - "Marsalis Music honors Alvin Batiste & Bob French" - went on as planned. "The show will go on," festival spokesman Matthew Goldman said.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2007 01:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Hey Jordan, just saw some photos on a jazzfest blog of lots of rain and water everywhere at the 2nd weekend of Jazzfest. How was it?

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2007 11:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Saw your answers on the Ponderosa Stomp thread. So I don't remember Da Truth Brass Band from last year, but their myspace site suggests they've been around a few years (although they are only recently out of high shcool I think it said). Maybe I just missed them last year the weekend I was there.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 18:33 (thirteen years ago) link

They're young kids, but really good. A bunch of them played with us on Friday night. They were busking outside the festival a block away from TBC (playing a lot of the same tunes, Night Shift, Just My Imagination, etc.) and opened for the Rebels at Cafe Brasil on Saturday. These bands coming up now are not fucking around, esp. Free Agents (who are older than TBC and da Truth, incl. some of the Stooges guys).

Jordan, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 18:37 (thirteen years ago) link

New shit:

I highly recommend getting the Rebirth dvd that's at Louisiana Music Factory while it's still available (says "limited festival release" for whatever that's worth). I wish it was a full concert film instead of a documentary, but it's still great. It goes through all their records in order w/interviews with the dudes and the producers, and it's got some good show and second-line footage stuck in (which is frustrating, because you know the full recordings are out there somewhere).

Also Hot 8 <a href="">Live @ Jazzfest '07</a> is fire.

Jordan, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 18:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Live @ Jazzfest '07

Jordan, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 18:47 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

So I hear that David Simon, producer of HBO's The Wire (and writer of Homicide) had Rebirth and Kermit Ruffins come up to Baltimore and perform at his son's Bar Mitzvah. Simon's doing a New Orleans show as well.

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2007 05:27 (thirteen years ago) link

In a lot of ways, New Orleans is Baltimore but it can carry a tune. I thought Katrina was literally America having to pause for a moment and contemplate the other America that somehow, tragically, Americans forgot. It's like America looking across the chasm saying, "Oh, are you still here? Oh, and you're wet. And you're angry."

David Simon in an old Rolling Stone

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2007 13:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Has anybody ever heard that brass band from Mobile called something like the "Bay State Brass Band?" Are they any good? For that matter, has anybody been to Mardi Gras in Mobile?

novamax, Friday, 25 May 2007 20:47 (thirteen years ago) link


curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 May 2007 05:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Google tells me it's the Bay City Brass Band, the Bay state one is from Massachusetts. There's a little on Bay City here (with a list of top Mardi Gras songs):

I heard good things about the below:

ELDER BABB & THE MADISON BUMBLE BEES OF WINNSBORO (GOSPEL) A choir of 12 trombones, led by trombonist Elder Babb, plus a tuba, bari, drums and cymbals, raise a joyful noise in praise from this exciting ensemble of the United House of Praise for All People from South Carolina.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 May 2007 18:27 (thirteen years ago) link

I saw that trombone shout choir at Jazzfest, it was cool. Sounded just like the bands on this record:

Jordan, Sunday, 27 May 2007 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Soul Rebels set up shop in H-Town:

novamax, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 22:14 (thirteen years ago) link

So I've been on a New Orleans reading jag too....I read Burns's Keeping the Beat on the Street. I thought it was okay, but a little too skewed toward the traditional end for my taste.

Non-brass band stuff here, but also finished Jed Horne's Desire Street. That's a pretty damn impressive piece of work. Reminded me of a season or two of the Wire in book form.

novamax, Wednesday, 13 June 2007 22:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Been meaning to get and read that Burns book.

So Offbeat has Matt Perrine, sousaphonist for Bonerama and various other New Orleans rock and jazz outfits, on the cover. What do you folks know about him? I generally stick with the brass bands and stay away from folks that I think are associated with the jam band world, but maybe I need to just hear him and one of his groups and give him a shot.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2007 11:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Kermit Ruffins and the President...Should we be surprised what the Prez said:

I want to thank our Chef, Paul Prudhomme, from New Orleans, Louisiana -- one of the great chefs in America. Thanks for coming, Paul. (Applause.) I thank Tony Snow and his bunch of, well, mediocre musicians -- (laughter) -- no, great musicians. Beats Workin, thanks for coming. (Applause.) Kermit, come up here. Kermit, we're proud to have you.

MR. RUFFINS: Well, thanks for having us.

THE PRESIDENT: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers, right out of New Orleans, Louisiana. (Applause.)

MR. RUFFINS: Thank you. Thanks for having us. We're glad to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Proud you're here. Thanks for coming. You all enjoy yourself. Make sure you pick up all the trash after it's over. (Laughter.)

God bless you, and may God bless America. Thanks for coming. (Applause)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 June 2007 05:20 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

HIGH NOON August 26 Sunday we are organizing a Silent second line in protest of the lack of local, state and national support for our local musicians. We will be paying 2 brass bands to march without playing. Hankies waving, umbrellas, indians in costume from Armstrong Park to Jackson square. No music.

We will ask musicians all over the world to support the protest with 1 hour of Silence.

Please support us. We need to know we are not alone as we approach the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Our task force will be circulating our Save New Orleans Musicians Manifesto after a meeting at the musicians union hall on July 31.

Cheers, Bethany

Bethany Ewald Bultman
NOMC Co-Founder and Program Director
New Orleans Musicians' Clinic
504 415-3514 NOMC OFC.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 July 2007 16:30 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Oliver Morgan, 'La La' hitmaker
R&B singer 'had 9th Ward soul' Wednesday, August 01, 2007By Keith Spera
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Oliver Morgan, the New Orleans rhythm & blues vocalist best known for his 1964 hit "Who Shot the La La," died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 74.

Mr. Morgan grew up in the 9th Ward alongside Fats Domino, Jessie Hill and Smiley Lewis. He sang in church and with friends from the neighborhood. He recorded his first singles in 1961 for AFO Records under the pseudonym "Nookie Boy."

Three years later, "Who Shot the La La," a whimsical take on the mysterious 1963 death of singer Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson -- who was not shot, but died of an apparent drug overdose -- became his first and only national hit. Recorded at one of engineer Cosimo Matassa's studios and released by the GNP-Crescendo label, the strutting party anthem featured keyboardist Eddie Bo, who is credited as the song's writer even though Mr. Morgan claimed to have written it himself.

Mr. Morgan toured nationally on the strength of the song, but eventually settled back into the life of a popular local entertainer. In nightclubs and at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, he performed with his trademark second-line umbrella. He was among the first to incorporate this jazz funeral accessory into a nightclub act, and never hesitated to lead a parade.

He did not release a full-length album until 1998's "I'm Home." Produced by Allen Toussaint and issued by his NYNO Music label, the CD finds Mr. Morgan covering a program of classic R&B compositions by the likes of Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Otis Redding and Dave Bartholomew.

"He had 9th Ward soul," said Antoinette K-Doe, the widow of Ernie K-Doe and a friend of Mr. Morgan's for more than 40 years. "And he was a good father and a good husband."

For years, Mr. Morgan worked as a custodian at City Hall and then as the caretaker of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum on Chartres Street. He suffered a stroke in 1997, days after he finished recording "I'm Home." Indicative of his popularity amongst his peers, a January 1998 benefit concert in his honor at Bally's Casino featured Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Jean Knight, Tommy Ridgley, the Dixie Cups, Frankie Ford and more.

Mr. Morgan and his wife, Sylvia, would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January. The couple resided on Tennessee Street just off North Claiborne Avenue in the Lower 9th Ward until Hurricane Katrina's breached levees destroyed their home. They moved to Atlanta, where a son and daughter lived, and bought a house there. Mr. Morgan had not performed since Katrina.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia; five sons, Darrell and Kevin Morgan of Atlanta, Donald and Carl Morgan of New Orleans and Bruce Morgan of South Carolina; three daughters, Sylvia Grant of Atlanta and Anita Robert and Kimberly Hall of New Orleans; and 19 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Oliver 'Who Shot the La La' Morgan was among the first to incorporate a second-line umbrella into a nightclub act, and never hesitated to lead a parade. [3434829]

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 August 2007 05:08 (twelve years ago) link

I think I saw Oliver 'Who Shot the La La' Morgan at Jazzfest.

Hmmmmm, I wonder if Minneapolis musician Prince Rogers Nelson (aka Prince), born in 1958, was named after singer Lawrence "Prince La La" Nelson --

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 August 2007 18:18 (twelve years ago) link
The Katrina Effect, Measured in Gigs
Published: August 5, 2007 New York Times


Still, nearly two years after Katrina, there are fewer restaurants and bars offering live music, and the ones that do are paying less, musicians say. As the reality of the slow recovery has set in, fewer locals feel that they can afford cover charges or even tips, so clubs that used to have live music four or five nights a week have cut back to two or three.

Conventions, typically a strong source of music gigs, are running at 70 percent of 2004 levels, but leisure travel remains far below pre-Katrina levels, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

But musicians say they wonder if New Orleans will ever nurture their careers the way it once did. The Hot 8 Brass Band, which was featured prominently in Spike Lee’s documentary film “When the Levees Broke,” is concentrating on touring elsewhere in the United States and abroad — even if that might mean missing Mardi Gras — so it can play for outsiders. Outsiders, say band members, seem to value them more than their hometown.

“They make you feel how valuable you are to New Orleans,” says Raymond Williams, a trumpeter for the band. “I feel like maybe the city should treat musicians in the same way.”

curmudgeon, Sunday, 5 August 2007 14:16 (twelve years ago) link

Big article in the Aug. 17th Entertainment Weekly by Clark Collis and Vanessa Juarez about New Orleans opens a bit too optimistically before getting more realistic. Can't find it online, just this from the EW blog:

The Lower Ninth is where you will find the house of rock 'n' roll legend Fats Domino which has been renovated. But many other musicians who used to live here — and in other, similarly still devastated neighborhoods — currently dwell in other cities or in FEMA trailers. The latter may sound cozy, but, as we discovered upon entering one, are cramped and fairly hellish. And with recent reports of people getting sick from exposure to formaldehyde, conditions in these aluminum boxes are officially unsafe. One retired trumpeter who has been living in a trailer since Katrina told us that, at first, he joked that his new living quarters were so narrow he could only eat spaghetti. He went on to inform us that he had long since ceased to find his living situation even remotely humorous. In fact, these dispossessed musicians must also dwell in a place inside their own heads, which can be every bit as suffocating and depressing as their physical quarters. As Bethany Bultman, founder of the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic, told us, “Everyone — myself included — is suffering from post-traumatic stress. Stress-related stroke. Stress-related heart attack. They’ve all increased since Katrina, they’re everywhere.” Many of the stories we heard were certainly tragic. We also heard tales of anger and hope and resilience. Actually, we heard a LOT of tales. Everyone had a story and everyone knew two or three — or ten — other people whose histories they recommended we hear. Initially, two weeks had seemed like an extravagant period of time to get our story, which you can read in the issue on stands this Friday. In the end — despite having the pleasure of chatting with such legends as Fats Domino and Cyril Neville and Irma Thomas as well as a host of less well known local musicians — it, perhaps inevitably, felt like we were only scratching the surface of this problem.

The article quotes Glen David Andrews as saying he's still living in a FEMA trailer. Googling elsewhere I see that Andrews has recently done shows in Amsterdam with his fairly new (I think) Lazy 6 band, and back in New Orleans they're now playing every Sunday at Preservation Hall. I wonder if he's still playing and singing with Treme as well? They're gonna be in the DC area for a free Labor Day show in Arlington, VA not far from the Iwo Jima memorial.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 August 2007 04:34 (twelve years ago) link

Actually the Lazy 6 have been around for awhile, I think. Glenn's also been playing his trombone on the street these days I saw elsewhere.

Meanwhile, his cousin Trombone Shorty is traveling everywhere according to his website.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 August 2007 05:14 (twelve years ago) link

these are good people. send them money. disregard the 1996-style webpage.

adam, Saturday, 11 August 2007 14:59 (twelve years ago) link

With the anniversary of Katrina coming up there are New Orleans related articles everywhere. Saw a Time Magazine cover in the grocery store checkout line with a harshly worded cover about the levees. The Sunday New York Times had a big article about trumpeter Terence Blanchard, his new cd, and his efforts to revitalize New Orleans (and fix his Mom's house)

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2007 11:58 (twelve years ago) link

August 29th-Katie Couric CBS Katrina show...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 August 2007 04:22 (twelve years ago) link

2 years since Katrina today--

HIGH NOON August 26 Sunday we are organizing a Silent second line in protest of the lack of local, state and national support for our local musicians. We will be paying 2 brass bands to march without playing. Hankies waving, umbrellas, indians in costume from Armstrong Park to Jackson square. No music.

We will ask musicians all over the world to support the protest with 1 hour of Silence.

Please support us. We need to know we are not alone as we approach the 2nd anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Our task force will be circulating our Save New Orleans Musicians Manifesto after a meeting at the musicians union hall on July 31.

Cheers, Bethany

Bethany Ewald Bultman
NOMC Co-Founder and Program Director
New Orleans Musicians' Clinic
504 415-3514 NOMC OFC

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 August 2007 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

excerpt from

Still Singing Those Post-Katrina Blues

By Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 26, 2007; M01

Two years post-Katrina, it's like this for the city's musicians: New Orleans may be the music mecca, the birthplace of jazz, the place where you go to get your juice. But it's no place to make money.

"People tell me I should get the (expletive) out," says Boutte, at 48 and 5-foot-3, a bronze-skinned, bellicose, curly-haired Pan.

"Hell no. Why should I leave? This is my home. My ancestors' bones are here. . . .

"They've squashed my joy. But I'm not extinguished yet."

* * *

Nearly 4,000 New Orleans musicians were sent scattering after Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005. Many of them have been trying to return ever since. Today the soul of the city -- its rich musical legacy-- is at risk.

"Everything is shrinking," says David Freedman, general manager of WWOZ-FM, a public radio station in the city. "In the clubs, you get the impression that all's back to normal. When you start scratching the surface, it's smoke and mirrors.

"So many musicians have not come back. How many can we lose before we lose that dynamic? To what degree do we just become a tourist theme park?"

By industry insiders' estimates, a third of the city's musicians, like Boutte, have found a way back home for good. Another third, like Lumar LeBlanc of the brass band Soul Rebels, are doing what he calls "the double Zip code thing," parachuting into town for gigs and then heading back to temporary homes in Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles. The final third, like blind bluesman Henry Butler, stuck in Denver, have yet to make it back.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 August 2007 17:27 (twelve years ago) link

2 years ago today was the last normal day before katrina. there was hurricane talk but nothing crazy. regular friday stuff. saturday nagin was on the tv talking like it was going to be a 4 or a 5 and that people should evacuate to the west. which is what i do and i hate evacuation traffic so i called off of work and we went to dallas.

this silent second line today is a nice idea but musicians get handouts like crazy in this city and loudly campaigning for more just points out to the rest of the new orleans working class that no one cares about them (non-musicians) at all. doing this through the mall in DC in support of all new orleanians would make more sense.

adam, Sunday, 26 August 2007 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

just points out to the rest of the new orleans working class that no one cares about them (non-musicians) at all

Yeah, this has crossed my mind a lot.

Jordan, Sunday, 26 August 2007 20:52 (twelve years ago) link

i don't mean to suggest that the average professional musician in new orleans walks an easy road. people who used to get by gigging in clubs and stuff now play on the street for spare change.

adam, Sunday, 26 August 2007 21:12 (twelve years ago) link

Couple videos of the Stooges (reunion) gig at Jazzfest showed up on youtube:

(4 trombones & 4 trumpets, ha)

Jordan, Monday, 27 August 2007 20:14 (twelve years ago) link

Oh and look, TBC has a myspace page:

The tunes on there are same as on that live bootleg they've been selling, there's some pretty hot shit on there.

Jordan, Monday, 27 August 2007 21:25 (twelve years ago) link

I should do a phone or e-mail interview with TBC and pitch it to Offbeat (or pitch them first and then hopefully do a piece). They need some new contributors I think.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 August 2007 02:06 (twelve years ago) link

The TVOne channel is gonna have some sort of N'awlins music special on Wednesday night, as is some other cable channel whose identity I have forgotten. Plus, if you get HBO they're showing the Spike Lee doc again.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 August 2007 02:09 (twelve years ago) link

Today is the 2 year Katrina anniversary I think. Adam, hope things are going well for you down there (and I think an American Routes radio show staffer from down there sometimes peruses this thread also--I need to catch up on some of their radio offerings via their website).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 14:29 (twelve years ago) link

The day has also attracted a passel of politicians _ President Bush chief among them. He and Laura Bush arrived Tuesday night and dined with Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole cooking, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and musician Irvin Mayfield.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2007 14:52 (twelve years ago) link

I wanted to throw something through the tv when I saw Bush in New Orleans on tv today (but I kinda felt the same way when I saw Mayor Nagin, and when I saw the head of Habitat for Humanity justify how little of the money that got sent to them for New Orleans, actually went to New Orleans). I switched back and forth from various tv specials later and saw Rebirth and bluesy-jazzy soul vocalist Deacon John. On the Deacon John show I unfortunately came in on the end of a portion all about Earl Palmer's unique drumming.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 August 2007 04:43 (twelve years ago) link

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 September 2007 22:55 (twelve years ago) link

Rob Walker states in the above link Salon has an article that (in the second half) emphasizes the continuing problems faced by N.O. musicians. Actually it’s stories like this that make me wonder about that Jazz Center proposal(he previously linked to a proposal to build a huge jazz center in New Orleans). I know it isn’t this simple but: Is it really going to be the case that some massively expensive monument to jazz gets built for the benefit of tourists or whatever — while actual New Orleans musicians end up being unable to make a living in the city? What’s wrong with that picture?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 03:27 (twelve years ago) link

Rebirth played Baltimore last month, but not DC. Someone's gotta do a better job of booking bands here (or I need to try to get involved and try to help)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 14:54 (twelve years ago) link

Was in NOLA two weeks ago - took a wrong turn and ended up driving through miles of still largely empty residential areas ..... depressed the shit out of me, and made the theme park aspects of the -full and busy -French Quarter a little hard to take.

sonofstan, Sunday, 2 September 2007 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

i wonder if these guys are any good...

titchyschneiderMk2, Sunday, 2 September 2007 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

Welcome to the thread. You wonder! Jordan has been touting 'em on this thread for years and hipped me to them. They were great when I saw them. Yes they are good. Sadly one of their members got murdered earlier this year.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2007 18:33 (twelve years ago) link

Article about his family today's Times Picayune

Let's make this part of the presidential debate.

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 4 September 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

We can make it part of the presidential debate, offer facts about Bush and the Army Corps, and sadly, 50% of America will still say noone should be living there and if they are they should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps (even if these critics never did)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 September 2007 04:56 (twelve years ago) link

I don't know. Edwards is hitting the issue pretty hard.

Pete Scholtes, Thursday, 6 September 2007 05:42 (twelve years ago) link

I agree and like that he's doing so and hope you're correct, I'm just, for some reason, feeling especially cynical about a Democrat actually winning the White House, the Dems expanding their control in Congress, and changes happening in New Orleans in the logical manner we would love to see.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 September 2007 14:25 (twelve years ago) link

NY Times article on African-American University Marching Bands

curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 September 2007 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

Published: September 8, 2007

HOUSTON — At four blasts of a drum major’s whistle, the Marching Storm, Prairie View A&M University’s 250-piece marching band, invaded the football field at Reliant Stadium here in columns spread evenly across 80 yards. It was halftime at the annual Labor Day Classic that pits Prairie View against Texas Southern University, and for many in the stadium it was the most important part of the game.

The joke about black-college football games in the South is that the crowd patterns are the reverse of the norm. The fans talk, flirt and eat during the first two quarters, then return to their seats to scrutinize the marching bands through their eight-minute shows at halftime.

the Marching Storm gleamed. At one point its spooky version of Miles Davis’s “All Blues” — a blues hymn for 250 — was stepped on by the Ocean of Soul, which started up with some hip-hop before the peaceful song was done. Mr. Edwards went to have a word with the opposing band director.

Later the same thing happened, this time with a beautiful result. The Marching Storm started Rihanna’s summer hit “Umbrella,” and quickly, the Ocean of Soul responded in kind.

Neither side backed down. Out of sync, they both kept playing the same song, and the stadium rang with massed trumpet shouts imitating “Brella-ella-ella.” It was overwhelming, a wave of charisma. Footage of the “Umbrella” battle was online within hours.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 September 2007 14:36 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Anyone (Jordan?) know if Hot Venom ever came out on vinyl?

deej, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:00 (twelve years ago) link

Pretty sure the answer is no. I've seen a couple of their early (not great) albums on vinyl, but nothing recent unfort.

Jordan, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:05 (twelve years ago) link

Sad news from Houston: New Birth tuba man Kerwin James passed away Friday, a year or so after a devastating stroke...James was the brother of the Fraziers from Rebirth...Funeral this Saturday in New Orleans.

novamax, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:13 (twelve years ago) link

RIP Kerwin

Jordan, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:40 (twelve years ago) link

Hey, Shamar Allen (ex-Rebirth, Hot 8) has a solo album coming out:

Jordan, Tuesday, 2 October 2007 17:41 (twelve years ago) link

Police break up impromptu second-line for Kerwin...

Jordan, Wednesday, 3 October 2007 17:48 (twelve years ago) link

In some ways, the police complaints parallel those NOPD officials raised earlier this year, as they defended the high permit fees that the department was charging New Orleans' weekly second-line parades, hosted by social aid and pleasure clubs. Ultimately, the NOPD settled that suit, assessing much lower rates to allow the clubs to parade. Club members saw the court victory as an admission by police officials that they had been insensitive to New Orleans' culture.

But Curry and other longtime residents point fingers at Treme newcomers, who buy up the neighborhood's historic properties, then complain about a jazz culture that is just as longstanding and just as lauded as the neighborhood's architecture.

"They want to live in the Treme, but they want it for their ways of living," Curry said.

For newly arrived neighbors, Curry sometimes serves as a cultural interpreter. "I tell them, 'When someone dies in the Treme, you're going to hear a band,'" she said. But to those neighbors dismayed by the noise or the crowds that come along with those bands, Curry is stern. "I say, 'You found us doing this -- this is our way," she said.

Sure sounds like both the police and the new Treme residents have some learning to do.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 October 2007 04:05 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I need to catch up on what's new musically here. The only thing I've read about lately is the new Republican Louisiana governor

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 October 2007 15:37 (twelve years ago) link

i find myself completely unable to articulate the depth of my frustration and anger with the people of louisiana after last week's election. wtf is wrong with these people--not only the morons that voted for jindal but the lazy fucking pieces of shit that stayed home and didn't vote. turnout was garbage. i guess we deserve what we get.

adam, Monday, 29 October 2007 15:44 (twelve years ago) link

So Jindal sucks, basically? What's his deal?

Jordan, Monday, 29 October 2007 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

Musically there's not a lot of new records or anything. Hot 8, Rebirth, and Soul Rebels (and my band) are all recording new stuff but it doesn't look like anything will be out for a few months at least. The Free Agents record is great but isn't out yet. Shamarr's record is great too, on the trad tip.

Jordan, Monday, 29 October 2007 16:02 (twelve years ago) link

Jindal apparently convinced people that he's just gonna be an ethical administrator who makes things work ( but he also supports teaching creationism in the public schools and follows other standard right-wing policies). Is that right, Adam? I just saw an article in the W. Post or NY Times that Republican governors throughout the South are running on that time of platform (we get things done and make the trains run on time blah blah blah so don't pay attention to our underlying far-right values)--Florida, Georgia, & Alabama. The Democrat who was running in Louisiana barely got any support and there were various independents running as well I think.

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 October 2007 16:34 (twelve years ago) link

There's a lot of decent bb stuff on youtube, but from a playing perspective it doesn't get much sicker than this:

(i've probably posted this before but oh well)

Jordan, Monday, 29 October 2007 19:48 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

I think there's info available on the 2008 Jazzfest and Ponderosa Stomp. I believe they added a Thursday back for Jazzfest, and the Neville Brothers are gonna return as closing weekend headliners (Aaron had previously said that the air in New Orleans was bad for his health, and I think one of his brothers was just mad at the the way the city was run, but I guess they're gonna just deal with whatever was bothering them).

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 November 2007 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

Frankie Beverly & Maze!

Jordan, Monday, 19 November 2007 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

Folks in DC love them. They always play to big crowds

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 November 2007 20:11 (twelve years ago) link


Wed, Sep. 26 2007
Two icons of the American cultural landscape will join forces to release “Down In New Orleans” – The Blind Boys of Alabama, Grammy-winning gospel favorites for over six decades, and Time Life, the world’s largest direct marketers of audio and video products.

Recorded in New Orleans at Piety Street Studios with a stellar cast of local artists, “Down In New Orleans” demonstrates how Crescent City soul, so deeply influenced by gospel music, can in return invigorate traditional classics. The CD is anchored by a trio of world-class New Orleans’ musicians (David Torkanowsky, Roland Guerin and Shannon Powell) and includes guest appearances by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Allen Toussaint and the Hot 8 Brass Band.

that's one of my favorite rhythm sections right there

Jordan, Monday, 19 November 2007 20:30 (twelve years ago) link

That looks great.

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 November 2007 21:12 (twelve years ago) link

So what are the New Orleans/brass band albums of the year?

(And by the way, I've left City Pages, so hit me at petescholtes "at" gmail "dot" com if you have any tours/news coming to Minnesota.)

Pete Scholtes, Monday, 19 November 2007 23:14 (twelve years ago) link

Hot 8 - Live at Jazzfest '07 is sick.

The Free Agents Brass Band album is done, and really good, but it doesn't have an official release yet afaik.

TBC Brass Band put out a live cd-r that I listened to a ton.

Rebirth put out that dvd, and I like those Harry Connick Jr. records from early in the year (esp "Oh My Nola").

Seems like there will be some new brass band records in early '08 from Hot 8, Rebirth, Soul Rebels at least.

Jordan, Monday, 19 November 2007 23:52 (twelve years ago) link

I'll track down the Hot 8 album, thanks, man.

Pete Scholtes, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 03:04 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, that link didn't work but you can get it from

Jordan, Tuesday, 20 November 2007 03:06 (twelve years ago) link

there's a 10 min rebirth video at the bottom of this page, pretty hot for an in-store!

Jordan, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 02:16 (twelve years ago) link

Offbeat magazine out of New Orleans needs to run a feature or 3 on TBC and Free Agents and provide updates on Hot 8 and the others.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 15:33 (twelve years ago) link

i did come across this recently:

small soldiers and baby boyz brass bands, new to me!

Jordan, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 15:35 (twelve years ago) link

That is cool. That Andrews family is something. The writer of the article used to (maybe still does?) write for Offbeat.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 November 2007 16:37 (twelve years ago) link

Speaking of Offbeat, some sad news via their e-mail--

Unfortunately, we learned Tuesday that Ernest "Doc" Paulin passed away. Paulin was 100 years old, and he played with such traditional jazz greats as Kid Ory, Danny Barker, Papa Celestine and Harold Dejean. Paulin retired in 2004 after playing one last gig at Jazz Fest, but before that, he gave many talented musicians their first gigs, including Dr. Michael White, Big Al Carson, Donald Harrison, Tuba Fats, Gregg Stafford, Freddie Lonzo and Leroy Jones. He came from a musical family and that tradition continues as his sons still play as the Paulin Brothers Brass Band.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 November 2007 15:46 (twelve years ago) link

samples from Doc Paulin's Marching Band Folkways cd

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 November 2007 15:48 (twelve years ago) link

'Doc' Paulin, New Orleans oldest traditional jazz musician, dead at 100
MARRERO, La. - New Orleans' oldest traditional jazz musician, trumpeter Ernest (Doc) Paulin, is dead at the age of 100.

Paulin, who had performed since the 1920s, died Tuesday at a daughter's home in suburban Marrero, family members said.

Doc Paulin's Brass Band was one of the city's more popular jazz bands for years.

"He embodied the spirit of the New Orleans jazz tradition in his manners and his trumpet playing and leadership," said Michael White, a professor of African-American music at Xavier University and a clarinetist who started his own career in 1975 with Paulin's band.

"For many decades, especially the 1950s through the 1980s, he trained dozens of musicians in his band."

The band was featured in "Always for Pleasure," an award-winning film about New Orleans culture, The Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Paulin grew up in a family of musicians. His father played the accordion. Edgar Peters, his uncle, was a trombonist, and many of his children - 10 sons and three daughters - are musicians. At least six performed in his band.

One of his sons, Rickey Paulin, a New Orleans clarinet player displaced to Houston by Hurricane Katrina, said the family is working on funeral plans and is trying to persuade officials to allow an event to be held at city-owned Gallier Hall.

"We don't have a place large enough for the crowds," he said.

Rickey Paulin said survivors include Ernest Paulin's wife, Betty, 10 other sons and three daughters.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 November 2007 15:50 (twelve years ago) link

there's another cd, not that one, but a more recent Paulin Bros. Brass band one that is great if you like trads

Jordan, Thursday, 22 November 2007 16:51 (twelve years ago) link

New Orleans pianist Davell Crawford hit hard times and is now in NY:

I bet this Vincent Mallozi NY Times article will get him some bookings

“Davell is a cross between Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles, a male Billie Holiday,” said Wendy Oxenhorn, the executive director of the Jazz Foundation. “He is way too talented to be going through hard times.”

Mr. Crawford, called the Prince of New Orleans by a former mayor, Marc H. Morial, said that Katrina wiped out his apartment and his Lower Ninth Ward recording studio, where he kept his grand piano, recordings, compositions, jewelry, even money.

The studio doubled as a music school for hundreds of aspiring young artists whom Mr. Crawford, whose energetic music embraces jazz, gospel, funk and rhythm and blues, taught to sing and play the piano. The catastrophe forced him to live for a while in his grandmother’s beauty salon, which Katrina left partly standing, with no running water and no heat.

As the rest of New Orleans struggled to recover, Mr. Crawford used his life’s savings to support himself while performing at funerals and benefits around the city.

For those performances, he took no pay, but great pleasure in repaying those who had showered him in better days with thunderous applause at places including the House of Blues, Charly B’s and the Maple Leaf.

“Down in New Orleans, we’re a very tribal community,” Mr. Crawford said. “We’re like family — we help one another.”

By February 2006, six months of volunteering had taken a financial toll on Mr. Crawford. He had drifted to Atlanta and was sleeping on the floors of friends’ apartments.

One afternoon, he found himself in a Burger King there, with $12 left in his pocket.

“A preacher friend of mine from Atlanta called me that very day, just by coincidence,” Mr. Crawford said. “He rushed over to the Burger King and gave me a hundred dollars — and I just broke down and started to cry.”

The next day, he received a phone call from Ms. Oxenhorn, whose foundation began helping him with bills and finding him work. In August this year, the foundation brought him to New York and placed him in his apartment, gave him a donated grand piano worth $12,000 and had his grandmother’s beauty salon in New Orleans repaired.

The foundation also provided Mr. Crawford with recording equipment to make CDs to get bookings for festival work and helped him land an audition for Blue Note Records in New York and numerous gigs around the city.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 November 2007 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder if Blue Note is gonna sign him?

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 November 2007 18:19 (twelve years ago) link

he was running ads offering a private concert in your home for only $1000 :>

Jordan, Monday, 26 November 2007 18:40 (twelve years ago) link

New Orleans crime stories continue. Alex Chilton is still in New Orleans and playing at a benefit on Sunday (this is via Offbeat):

Robert Strong has been the bar manager at La Crêpe Nanou for twenty-four years. On Saturday, November 3, 2007 he was shot on St. Charles Ave. during an armed robbery. The incident left Mr. Strong initially in critical condition with major injury to his jaw. He requires five more surgeries to rebuild his jawbone and remains in inpatient care.

On Sunday, December 2nd, 2007, several area businesses will host a benefit to assist in Strong’s recovery and unite against the recent surge of violence in New Orleans.

Participating local restaurants include La Crêpe Nanou, Galatoire’s, Café Degas, Dick & Jenny’s, Dante’s Kitchen, St. James Cheese Company, New Orleans Ice Cream Co., and many more. Area musicians Alex Chilton, Susan Cowsill, The Stringbeans, Herringbone Orchestra, and David Doucet and Al Tharp will perform throughout the evening. There will be information on safety and self-defense provided by local martial arts instructors. A silent auction will be held, with donations from artists, restaurants, and cultural institutions.

The benefit is from 3pm until 8pm on the 1400 block of Robert Street.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 November 2007 16:47 (twelve years ago) link

pretty good Free Agents video:

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:21 (twelve years ago) link

Atlanta's Shawty Lo from D4L with brass

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2007 04:56 (twelve years ago) link

Excerpt from a sad NY Times article

December 18, 2007
With Regrets, New Orleans Is Left Behind
By ADAM NOSSITER, New York Times
LAKE CHARLES, La. — With resignation, anger or stoicism, thousands of former New Orleanians forced out by Hurricane Katrina are settling in across the Gulf Coast, breaking their ties with the damaged city for which they still yearn.

They now cast their votes in small Louisiana towns and in big cities of neighboring states. They have found new jobs and bought new houses. They have forsaken their favorite foods and cherished pastors. But they do not for a moment miss the crime, the chaos and the bad memories they left behind in New Orleans.

This vast diaspora — largely black, often poor, sometimes struggling — stretches across the country but is concentrated in cities near the coast, like this one, or Atlanta or Baton Rouge or Houston, places where the newcomers are still reaching for accommodation.

The break came fairly recently. Sometime between the New Orleans mayor’s race in spring 2006, when thousands of displaced citizens voted absentee or drove in to cast a ballot, and the city election this fall, when thousands did not — resulting in a sharply diminished electorate and a white-majority City Council — the decision was made: there was no going back. Life in New Orleans was over.

Now, they are adjusting to places where the pace is slower, restaurants are fewer, existence is centered on the home, and streets are lonely and deserted after 5 p.m., as in this city in southwest Louisiana. These exiles, still in semi-limbo and barely established in a routine, describe their new lives less in terms of what it now consists of than of what they left behind.

“I told them, ‘I love turtle soup.’ People here go, ‘What’s that?’ ” said Pauline Hurst, a former therapy technician at a New Orleans hospital who settled here after her home was destroyed in the post-hurricane flood.

Dreadlocks, accepted in New Orleans, might mean a reservation at a fancy restaurant is suddenly “lost,” as in the telling of one exile here. A burst of gunfire might mean an instant police response rather than none at all, as in New Orleans, in the amazed recounting of another. Late-night cravings mean the IHOP rather than the famous Camellia Grill; going to work means hourlong trips on country roads, rather than, say, a 10-minute hop across the Industrial Canal from the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:50 (twelve years ago) link

hot 8 playing at a protest that gets broken up:

Jordan, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 15:56 (twelve years ago) link

The benefit shows are always happening:

Irvin Mayfield will throw himself a "Thirty for 30" birthday party Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Latter Memorial Library (5120 St. Charles Ave.). Mayfield is the chairman of the New Orleans Public Library board, and as he is celebrating his 30th birthday by giving the $30,000 he has raised to the library system. The party features music by Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Allstars, and it's free with a library card (which you can get at the door with a driver's license and another document with a current mailing address). There will be a cash bar, and donations to the library will be gladly accepted. Eight of the city's 13 public libraries were ruined by Hurricane Katrina, and more money is needed to rebuild and restock them.

Sunday night, the House of Blues once again hosts "Home for the Holidays-A Concert for the Daniel Price Foundation for Aspiring Artists." Price was a local artist who was murdered in San Francisco by a mugger in December, 2003. His father, Dr. Steve Price, set up the foundation to help college-bound graduates of NOCCA, and this year's show includes the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave., Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, and special guests Jonathan Batiste, John Boutte and Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. Before the show, there will be a special patrons' party with music by Irma Thomas.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 December 2007 06:54 (twelve years ago) link

Jordan, Geraldine Wyckoff who wrote that article on young brass bands that you linked to, has written a less obscure overview of brass bands for the latest issue of Jazztimes. I think Not 8 are in it. I glanced at the magazine at Borders.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 December 2007 01:12 (twelve years ago) link

Not 8! Uh, Hot 8....

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 December 2007 01:13 (twelve years ago) link

great Stooges second line video:

Jordan, Thursday, 3 January 2008 20:01 (twelve years ago) link

In the latest Offbeat magazine, in the introduction to their best 50 Louisiana cds of 2007, they wonder why there were so few official 2007 release cds from New Orleans brass bands. Perhaps they should have asked the bands. Unrelated to that, I think their list is a little too jam and Americana heavy. Not enough rap or zydeco.

One disturbing post-Katrina trend is the relative absence of brass band releases. Last year, the Dirty Dozen’s What’s Going On loomed so large that it obscured the lack of other releases, but Mardi Gras Records’ release of New Birth’s New Orleans Second Line! was the only brass band release we received this year, and that album was dominated by reissued material. The dearth of brass releases makes you wonder. Is it because recording is a luxury many recovering brass bands can’t afford? Is it because brass bands don’t see enough of a market for their music on CD to make albums a reasonable expense? Or does it say something about the condition of the brass bands and their musical community? Sadly, it’s now a feature of life in New Orleans that celebrations are almost always accompanied by causes for concern, so why should our look at the year’s top releases be any different?—Alex Rawls

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2008 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

all the bands recorded this year, but nothing has come out yet. '08 should see six new brass band records at the very least, which will be like a record year.

Jordan, Thursday, 3 January 2008 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

x-post--The Stooges joined your band on New Year's Eve?!

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2008 05:43 (twelve years ago) link

Perhaps the Offbeat editor should have asked the bands whether they are recording, instead of simply guessing about the reasons for the few 2007 cds. I read that Hot 8 are backing the Blind Boys of Alabama on 2 cuts on the new Blind Boys of Alabama "Down in New Orleans" cd due out at the end of January.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

no, we played in madison on NYE. we did do a couple mini-tours with the Stooges a few years ago, though.

Jordan, Friday, 4 January 2008 15:28 (twelve years ago) link

I think you put the wrong youtube link. You said you linked to the Stooges brass band, but you linked to your own band.

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:19 (twelve years ago) link

oh whoops, here is the stooges video:

Jordan, Friday, 4 January 2008 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

That's nice.

Heard my man Trombone Shorty on American Routes with Kermit Ruffins playing in Minnesota I think.

Now I see Shorty is doing a big pricey show in NYC--

January 11 & 12, 2008 - Rose Theater
Jazz at Lincoln Center

WHO/WHAT: Kings of the Crescent City celebrates the music of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe “King" Oliver and Sidney Bechet. Led by Victor Goines (clarinet, soprano saxophone), the ensemble comprised predominately of New Orleans natives will consist of Troy “Trombone Shorty" Andrews (trumpet), Marcus Printup (trumpet), Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Don Vappie (guitar), Jonathan Batiste (piano), Reginald Veal (bass) and Herlin Riley (drums). Kings of the Crescent City is one of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame concert series. The show will be hosted and narrated by actor Wendell Pierce.

Free Pre-Concert Lecture both nights at 7pm in the Irene Diamond Education Center: Victor Goines (music director for Kings of the Crescent City) discusses the music of New Orleans and four of its greatest practictioners - Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Sidney Bechet. Mr. Goines will be joined by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education Manager Ken Druker for these lectures.

WHEN: January 11 & 12, 2008, 8pm

WHERE: Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th St., New York City. HOW: Tickets at $30, $50, $75, $95, $120

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:17 (twelve years ago) link

hosted by Bunk!

Jordan, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:18 (twelve years ago) link

i'm going down weekend after next.

Jordan, Friday, 11 January 2008 01:18 (twelve years ago) link

Went to the benefit concert for Dinerral Shavers at the Howlin Wolf last night and saw 7 - count 'em 7! - brass bands. Rebirth, Soul Rebels and the Free Agents played short sets to start. Then To Be Continued came on and blew me away. They've really got it together in the past year and have some great original songs w/intricate horn parts and vocals. (Gotta get that live CD-R that Jordan mentioned.) Da Truth has also improved a lot since I saw them playing on Bourbon Street a while ago. They don't quite have the great arrangements that TBC does, but maybe I should cut them some slack since the average age of the band members is about 19. The Stooges were next and they're back in a big way. They have a song called "Protect and Serve" that' about the murder of Hot 8 trombonist Joe Williams by the NOPD, and Shamarr Allen, who grew up with Joe in the 9th Ward, came onstage to rap a verse. A trumpet player in the Stooges said the song will be included on a new CD out in March. Hot 8 closed out the night. They're the band to beat right now, and are playing especially tight after all the touring they've been doing. Alright, I'm done gushing, and my ears are still ringing from all that brass.

mattsak, Saturday, 12 January 2008 16:10 (twelve years ago) link

aw now i regret being lazy and not doing anything last night. that sounds awesome.

jordan--y'all marching? or doing the usual donna's thing?

adam, Saturday, 12 January 2008 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

man, wish i could've gone to that show.

hey adam, the whole band isn't going this time. slight chance i might get a gig with another band for krewe du vieux, but otherwise we're just going to be hanging and seeing bands.

Jordan, Saturday, 12 January 2008 20:10 (twelve years ago) link

ps could you e-mail me? i don't have your # anymore.

Jordan, Saturday, 12 January 2008 20:13 (twelve years ago) link


adam, Saturday, 12 January 2008 20:56 (twelve years ago) link

i may be playing with the st00ges for the parade on sat.

Jordan, Monday, 14 January 2008 21:40 (twelve years ago) link

Very cool. Have the Lil' Stooges moved back to N'awlins from Atlanta (which is where I thought they were most recently based)? When they were last in DC they were moving away from being a straight-up brass band and were including a keyboard and stuff.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 January 2008 21:56 (twelve years ago) link

i don't know if they're still doing the electric band lineup sometimes, but it sounds like they're back in town and starting to work as a brass band again. let you know after this weekend.

Jordan, Monday, 14 January 2008 22:02 (twelve years ago) link

not in the video, but the audio from :30 - 1:30 is the stooges from krewe du vieux.

Jordan, Friday, 25 January 2008 16:05 (twelve years ago) link

One of the Stooges' trumpet players told me they've regrouped here but maintain a band house in Atlanta. They were all-acoustic when I saw them. They've also played several second line parades recently (including the one Jordan found on youtube). And they announced from the stage that they've got a weekly gig at a bar in N.O. East - I think they said on Downman Road.

I'm curious to hear the new CD. For a while they had a MySpace page w/hip-hop trax and no brass band songs, but now I can't find it. (Anyone better at Googling "Stooges" and not getting the punk band?) (Which is also great.)

mattsak, Friday, 25 January 2008 22:11 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, they're back as a brass band full-time now.

here's the myspace page you're talking about.

Jordan, Friday, 25 January 2008 22:16 (twelve years ago) link


Jordan, Friday, 25 January 2008 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

Just noticed that Hot 8 are gonna be near me soon--Reston, Virginia on the 9th of February and maybe Chick Halls in Bladensburg, Md on the 10th (the latter show is listed on the club's website but not on Hot 8's myspace site)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 14:30 (twelve years ago) link

I downloaded that new Blind Boys of Alabama record this morning. It's leans more to the BB's thing than to the New Orleans musicians' thing, but it's kind of a thrill to hear Shannon Powell, David Torkanowski, the Hot 8 etc. on a national release.

Jordan, Tuesday, 29 January 2008 16:36 (twelve years ago) link

I came across praise for New Orlean street band Loose Marbles (tuba plus numerous other instruments). Need to check out their youtube videos again. Was not wowed on first glance.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 February 2008 19:13 (twelve years ago) link


Jordan, Monday, 4 February 2008 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

these guys are so fucking annoying. i wish them ill.

adam, Monday, 4 February 2008 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

I saw these guys the other night here in Houston:

They had Damion from the Soul Rebels sitting in with them and an older bass drummer, but the other guys were all around 12-20. They started out pretty tentative but rounded in to shape well.

novamax, Monday, 4 February 2008 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

interesting. damion is so sick.

Jordan, Monday, 4 February 2008 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

NPR went New Orleans crazy for Mardi Gras yesterday. I heard the end of one feature that focussed mainly on Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews, and had a bleeped quote from his crazy yet talented cousin Glenn Andrews(sometimes member of Treme and various other bands). Then later another piece on krews and the parades. I haven't checked but both stories may still be available at the npr website.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 February 2008 12:38 (twelve years ago) link

Those NPR stories were by Joel Rose, a buddy from my American Routes days. The Trombone Shorty story w/Glen David and other Andrews is at...

And his piece on the Free Agents is here...

Spreading the word...

mattsak, Thursday, 7 February 2008 03:21 (twelve years ago) link

Joel Rose rules

gabbneb, Thursday, 7 February 2008 04:46 (twelve years ago) link

rebirth in the lower 9th:

apparently the free agents record is officially out, don't think it's available anywhere online yet though.

Jordan, Tuesday, 12 February 2008 16:14 (twelve years ago) link

So Hot 8 Brass supposedly played an underpublicized show Saturday night in a fancy theater in Reston, Virginia (a DC suburb)and then at the last minute Sunday allegedly cancelled their better publicized Sunday show in a honky-tonk divey club in a Maryland suburb of DC because
after they demanded dinner over the phone from Reston, which the club then reportedly offered, and a cab ride over (but where would you put the instruments) ...and a guarantee instead of the door deal that they had...the whole thing fell through with folks showing up at the club only to find the gig cancelled.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 00:51 (twelve years ago) link

The Madison Bumblebees gospel brassband were great at the Grammys...About 2 minutes in on the gospel medley with Aretha, the Clark Sisters and more

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:28 (twelve years ago) link

They're a South Carolina group who played at Jazzfest last year.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:40 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, i saw them. love that trombone shout choir shit.

Jordan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:41 (twelve years ago) link

too bad about that hot 8 show.

Jordan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:42 (twelve years ago) link

yo jordan could you post the tracklist for the brass band mix you sent me awhile back?

deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:45 (twelve years ago) link


deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

haha, i have no idea what it was! every time i make one of those i usually throw some different tunes together and don't keep the playlist. sorry deej.

Jordan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 15:02 (twelve years ago) link

i'm sure i could identify any track in particular if you gave me a hint, though.

Jordan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 15:02 (twelve years ago) link

ha i just wanted to rip them to my pod ... :( i'll just label them "brass band 1" "brass band 2" i guess

deej, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 16:57 (twelve years ago) link

at least in most of the songs they say the name of the song and the name of the band at some point!

Jordan, Wednesday, 13 February 2008 16:59 (twelve years ago) link

RIP. He regrouped after Katrina and then this...

Preservation Hall's trumpet player John Brunious dead at 67

Posted by Keith Spera February 13, 2008 6:30PM
By Keith Spera
Music writer

Trumpeter John Brunious, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's leader and senior
member, died Tuesday in Orlando, Fla., after suffering an apparent heart
attack. He was 67.

Mr. Brunious joined Preservation Hall around 1987, after substituting for
longtime trumpeter Percy Humphrey. With his shock of white hair and the
traditional white shirt and black pants of old-school New Orleans jazz
bands, Mr. Brunious tutored rapt tourists on jazz funerals, second-lines and
dirges before launching into "Just a Closer Walk With Thee."

But he was not a strict traditionalist. He learned traditional jazz as a
child from his father, John Brunious Sr., then focused on bebop and rhythm &
blues as a young man.

In recent years, Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe has steered
the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in fresh directions. After initial
skepticism, Mr. Brunious was generally game for innovation.

The band appeared at the rock-centric Voodoo Music Experience and Bonnaroo
Music Festival. "The only place we haven't been is outer space," Mr.
Brunious once said. "And they might be working on that."

He and Jaffe consulted on set lists and new ventures. Mr. Brunious did not
mind sharing the stage with Clint Maedgen, the spiky-haired leader of the
Bingo! performance troupe whom Jaffe recruited as a Preservation Hall guest

"Once he realized Clint had chops and had respect for the music, John took
Clint under his wing," Jaffe said. "John and Clint would spend hours
together going over lyrics and melodies. It was like going to school for

The band's, and thus Mr. Brunious', repertoire expanded to include such
non-traditional fare as The Kinks' "Complicated Life." In Preservation
Hall's 2006 video for "Complicated Life," Mr. Brunious orders a cup of
coffee to kick off a surreal ramble through the French Quarter.

"Because we're getting more new people in our audience, they can relate to
the old-time traditional jazz as well as 'Complicated Life,' " Mr. Brunious
said in 2006. "Because the music is always evolving, it's good to have new
songs in the band."

Mr. Brunious' trumpet and voice are featured on many latter day Preservation
Hall recordings. He sings lead on "Last Chance to Dance," the final song on
the CD that accompanied the Hall's 2007 limited edition box set, "Made In
New Orleans."

Mr. Brunious grew up in the 7th Ward. His father arranged songs for the
likes of Count Basie. At St. Augustine High School, Mr. Brunious performed
the difficult "Flight of the Bumblebee" for his junior recital.

A combat tour of Vietnam with the army interrupted his musical life. Back in
New Orleans, he contributed to recording sessions at studios owned by Cosimo
Matassa and Allen Toussaint. He played bebop alongside Ellis Marsalis and
drummer James Black at Lu and Charlie's, the Rampart Street nightspot at the
epicenter of New Orleans' fledgling modern jazz community.

Those experiences would inform his contributions to Preservation Hall.

"John represented that link between the old and the new," Jaffe said. "He
got me thinking about the evolution of New Orleans music. It all came from
the same place. It all became New Orleans jazz in the end."

Mr. Brunious endured the wrath of Hurricane Katrina and the botched response
to its aftermath. As the storm approached, he hunkered down in his
first-floor apartment on Elysian Fields Avenue in Gentilly. After the levees
broke, he plunged into the rising floodwaters to save, ironically enough,
his boat. He hoped to secure the boat and its new motor before they floated

As the water reached his 8-foot ceiling, Mr. Brunious escaped to a second
floor apartment. Eventually, a passing boat rescued him. He joined thousands
of storm victims at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

For five days, he survived on minimal food and water, and slept outside on a
chair. Finally, officials put him on a bus bound for Conway, Ark.

Jaffe located Mr. Brunious via the Red Cross and arranged to fly him to New
York. He received treatment for burns on his face and shoulders; a doctor
surmised he contacted acid from a car battery in the floodwaters.

Mr. Brunious was unable to perform at Preservation Hall's first post-Katrina
concert in New York because of a severe cough, another byproduct of polluted
floodwaters. But on Sept. 20, 2005, he joined the band at Radio City Music
Hall for a triumphant set at the "Big Apple to the Big Easy" benefit.

"The spirit of the music is so forceful that it makes you want to play it,"
Mr. Brunious later recalled. "When we finally got to play together,
everything was OK."

Mr. Brunious lost all six of his trumpets in his flooded apartment. After a
show in New Hampshire, a music teacher gave him a used trumpet. In May 2006,
the Tipitina's Foundation presented Mr. Brunious with a new silver-plated
Conn trumpet.

He settled in Orlando with his wife and stepdaughter, yet continued to tour
with Preservation Hall. Dental work forced him to sit out the band's
national anthem performance prior to the BCS Championship Game in January.

Jaffe said that, for the foreseeable future, Preservation Hall will fill the
void left by Mr. Brunious' passing with a rotating cast of trumpeters.
"We've faced this in the past," Jaffe said. "We'll continue on with what
we've always done. The next generation comes in."

In 1958, Mr. Brunious' father recorded an album for Atlantic Records with
the Young Tuxedo Brass Band in the yard of the family's 7th Ward home. In
April, Jaffe planned to recreate that recording session, with Mr. Brunious
playing his father's parts. Jaffe intends to go on with the project.

"Now it will be a memorial to John," he said.

A memorial service for Mr. Brunious is planned for Feb. 23 at Preservation
Hall, to be followed by a second-line.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 February 2008 16:24 (twelve years ago) link

He's on that Blind Boys album. I have him on this old Paul Barbarin record, although I wonder if that's him or his dad? And his son (?) Wendell is a killin' trumpet player.

Jordan, Thursday, 14 February 2008 17:30 (twelve years ago) link

Hey, the Dirty Dozen are on TNT right now backing up the introduction of the NBA players who are taking part in the skills, 3 point shooting and dunk competition as part of the NBA basketball allstar weekend in New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 February 2008 01:22 (twelve years ago) link

Christian Scott's trumpet rendition of the national anthem was nice. I wonder who'll be doing it tomorrow before the game.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 February 2008 01:31 (twelve years ago) link

Sunday, February 17: For the 57th Annual NBA All-Star Game, Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis has collaborated on the performance lineup. Connick is the musical director for the halftime show, featuring four original compositions performed by four pairs of pianists including Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Davell Crawford, Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Jonathan Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, and Connick Jr. and his Big Band. Marsalis is the musical director for the All-Star Player introductions, featuring compositions by Marsalis performed by the Rebirth Brass Band. Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty introduces the Western and Eastern Conference All-Star teams. Marsalis directs the U.S. national anthem performed by Stephanie Jordan and guitarist Jonathan Dubose. Deborah Cox performs the Canadian anthem.[14]

it is like mardi gras downtown this weekend

adam, Sunday, 17 February 2008 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

featuring compositions by Marsalis performed by the Rebirth Brass Band

this will probably be a little weird

Jordan, Sunday, 17 February 2008 02:49 (twelve years ago) link

so this is only on cable, huh? crap.

Jordan, Sunday, 17 February 2008 02:53 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder who that white guy guitarist trying to sing like a Neville brother was?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 February 2008 03:11 (twelve years ago) link

I didn't realize who Stephanie Jordan is---

Like other Katrina victims, Jordan is still rebounding from her losses," I had eight feet of water in my house, and lost everything - pianos, sheet music, my entire wardrobe, a singer's wardrobe." Shortly thereafter, she and her brother Marlon embark during the fall of 2005 as 'Jazz Ambassadors' on a European Tour sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Jazz at Lincoln Center to thank the people of Europe for their support of New Orleans and the Gulf Region following Hurricane Katrina.

Jordan is the fifth performer to emerge from a family of New Orleans bred musicians. As the daughter of saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Stephanie's musical roots run deep. Her siblings include flutist Kent, trumpeter Marlon, and violinist Rachel Jordan. from

by David Gladow Saturday February 16, 2008,

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 February 2008 04:21 (twelve years ago) link

TNT cable tonight--Dwight Howard dunking and brass blowing

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 February 2008 19:00 (twelve years ago) link

Kermit Ruffins & Trombone Shorty and Rebirth looked and sounded sharp playing in the background as the players were being introduced. They had this faux French Quarter backdrop with folks dressed up for Mardi Gras and dancing around...

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2008 01:49 (twelve years ago) link

i went over to a friend's house to watch. that was pretty tight, esp. when they gave trombone shorty some time to blow over 'do whatcha wanna'. kinda weird to see all those dudes in suits on national tv!

i guess they didn't air the rebirth halftime performance? that sucks.

Jordan, Monday, 18 February 2008 03:56 (twelve years ago) link

Were they supposed to be on at the half also in addition to the pianos duets thing?

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2008 05:16 (twelve years ago) link

think i'm interviewing Glen David Andrews tomorrow morning.

Tape Store, Monday, 18 February 2008 05:21 (twelve years ago) link

He can be real friendly or real cranky. I like his Louis Armstrong like vocals as well as his horn playing. As you may know, he's part of a talented extended music family. Good luck

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2008 06:06 (twelve years ago) link

Hey, thanks for warning me about the possibility of a cranky subject. I've been listening to his music recently; lots of it sounds joyful. He's performing in a local parade, so I was going to talk to him about NO parades, particularly in a post-Katrina NO.

But I don't know how he'll feel about Katrina questions...I'm sure every post-Katrina interview has revolved around the aftermath. I just hope he's not sick of discussing it. If he sounds annoyed, I'll switch subjects, I guess.

Tape Store, Monday, 18 February 2008 06:37 (twelve years ago) link

2 minutes

Tape Store, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:34 (twelve years ago) link

Hope it went well.

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:38 (twelve years ago) link

oh, i misread what adam posted, i thought rebirth was supposed to be on during halftime too but i guess not.

Jordan, Monday, 18 February 2008 18:15 (twelve years ago) link

longest 2 minute wait ever!

Tape Store, Monday, 18 February 2008 22:16 (twelve years ago) link

what happened?

Jordan, Monday, 18 February 2008 22:19 (twelve years ago) link

Did he blow it off...

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2008 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

still blowing it off, pr guy feels bad, still waiting, etc.

Tape Store, Monday, 18 February 2008 23:23 (twelve years ago) link

i've never met the guy but one hears hilarious and disturbing stories. good luck w/ the interview.

adam, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 00:22 (twelve years ago) link

He was nice and friendly to me at Jazzfest a few years back, but then didn't want to really talk a year later up here in DC. He had to be bleeped on that NPR piece I mentioned upthread, and somewhere I saw a posting from I think a former landlord of his badmouthing him.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 13:16 (twelve years ago) link

I hung around with him a bit during his brief stay in Houston. We had some interesting times.

novamax, Tuesday, 19 February 2008 15:42 (twelve years ago) link

free agents album is out

Jordan, Monday, 25 February 2008 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

I guess I will just have to pay Louisiana Music factory prices unless it is also available elsewhere for cheaper (or via paid download)

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 February 2008 16:50 (twelve years ago) link

nice rebirth second line vid:

Jordan, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 16:42 (twelve years ago) link

Hot 8 are over in Dublin tonight, Glasgow tomorrow, and Edinburgh the night after that (28th through March 1st) and they just did a bunch of dates in France and England!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 February 2008 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

Well Glen David Andrews did speak to Offbeat, if not to ILXer Tapestore. There's an interview in the latest issue, not sure if it's available online at their website or elsewhere. The ever-opinionated Andrews while stating he likes Hot 8, badmouths without naming names the younger more hip-hop influenced brass bands, while talking about how important it is to know you brass band music history, and how he now plays at Preservation Hall. Gotta run, I'll mention more later.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 March 2008 16:08 (twelve years ago) link

The Glenn D. Andrews Interview by John Swenson in Offbeat is online:

Here's part of it:

A lot of the older people have been sidelined since Katrina. You didn’t have to drown to be kept from being able to do what you were doing before. It seems like a big part of the social infrastructure that kept the traditional brass bands going is just gone.
They ran them off. I used to talk to [Olympia’s] Doc Watson all my days. I would just call him and talk to him; he ain’t here to do that anymore. There’s no Tuba Fats left in the Sixth Ward. Tuba Fats taught everybody and not just about the music. He took us to London every year to play, and he took us to Amsterdam.
I talk to Irvin Mayfield a lot. He says, “They know what you’re trying to do. They don’t like people that speak out.” You go against the grain, they stay away from you. Everything’s a clique. That’s why the city’s in the trouble it’s in.

(Q)With so many of the older keepers of the flame out of commission or out of the city, it falls on younger guys like you not only symbolize the new blood in the brass band sound, but now you’ve got to uphold the old tradition, too.

(A)When I saw the Olympia Brass Band for the first time I was like six, seven years old. I knew I wanted to be a part of that. I knew when I saw James (Andrews) at the World’s Fair I knew I was going to be playing with him. I grew up with it in the Treme, it was all around me. Ironing Board Sam. James Black lived around the corner. I grew up with the Olympia, the Pinstripe band all my life, and I realize that’s my niche. I love to sing the old tunes. Every Sunday when I get on the stand at Preservation Hall, I get a chill.

What’s your ideal repertoire for playing there?
I always try to play some Bunk Johnson, some Punch Miller, some Red Allen.

At places like Fritzel’s they play traditional jazz like classical music, note for note reproductions.
I’ve only seen one black musician play there in the 27 years of my life and that was Gregg Stafford. The best place you’re going to get down there [on Bourbon Street] is the Maison Bourbon; Jamil Sharif is there to commemorate the traditional music. That’s the thing about the tradition. You’ve got to know “Sunny Side of the Street” before you can know “Gimme a Dime.” You’ve got to know the tradition. And that’s what’s happening with these new brass bands. It’s the same thing with these Indian chiefs. Everybody wants to be the Big Chief now. There’s like 23 chiefs now; nobody wants to start off being the Spyboy.

So you see your role now, at 27 years old, as an older guy passing along the tradition?
People don’t respect the tradition. The young people don’t seem to respect much. If I’m playing at the Rock ’n’ Bowl, everybody wears suits and ties. Suits and ties. At Preservation Hall, if you don’t come out there with a coat and tie, you can go home. You could be the tuba player, somebody I need. If you don’t come with a suit and tie, you can go home. Tuba Fats told me that’s the way you run a band. You’ve got to pay them, make sure everybody’s looking good and professional and sounding good. Otherwise it’s going to fall on you.

You were also part of the brass band new wave with the Rascals and New Birth.
I did the song “Gimme a Dime, I only got 8” with New Birth. But that ain’t what I want to do. I’m through with that. The new shit dishes the old folks.

So you put that aside.
It’s violence. It’s not music. It’s one chord over the same groove over and over. No offense to the Hot 8. My brother Derek started that band. No offense to the Soul Rebels. I like all those people as people. I don’t want to listen to that. “That’s the street thing,” they say. “I’m trying to do something new.” How the hell are you going to do that if you don’t know where it came from? Do you know “Palm Court Strut?” Do you know who Danny Barker was? You need to find out about some of these things. You need to go by George Buck and get you a couple of them records.

What do you think the future is for brass band music?
There’s not enough cooperation among the younger brass band players. All the white players stick together. All these so-called retro jazz bands, I don’t hear anything I like down on Frenchmen Street outside of Snug Harbor except if it’s John Boutte. It’s sad.

If you’re going to play the traditional music do it the right way. The Storyville Stompers. They’re doing traditional music the right way. Rebirth works so hard and travels up and down that road, so they’re going to survive. Them and the Dozen are all right. Not all the individuals in those bands are all right financially, but those bands are all right as far as work. But I’ve got to worry about myself.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 04:26 (twelve years ago) link

Start w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band, then maybe that SoulJazz comp of New Orleans funk. Lot of cross over I think. So far as current bands are concerned, not sure since the city barely exists anymore. Early Dr. John is worth checking too.

U-Haul, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:20 (twelve years ago) link

so rong

Jordan, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:28 (twelve years ago) link

U-haul, try reading the thread and you will get ideas on the current status of things.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:37 (twelve years ago) link

So far as current bands are concerned, not sure since the city barely exists anymore.

fuck you

adam, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:39 (twelve years ago) link

btw i bought my ticket for april 25th, playing at donna's that night and at ray's boom boom room (w/bob fr3nch) on april 28th.

Jordan, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 15:41 (twelve years ago) link

I wanna go and stick around for Ponderosa Stomp

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 16:32 (twelve years ago) link

I'm psyched about the Trombone Shorty / Lazy 6 double bill at SXSW Thursday night, especially after reading that interview with G.D. All I've ever seen him play is the street stuff.

novamax, Tuesday, 11 March 2008 21:52 (twelve years ago) link

And the Ponderosa Stomp folks are doing a bill at SxSW also

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 11:22 (twelve years ago) link

The official Ponderosa site says in two places that the show is happening on March 14, 2007. Oops.

Went last year at SXSW and it was a really good show; don't know if I will make it this time around because of its location. Once you head down to the Continental you are kind of there for the whole night.

novamax, Wednesday, 12 March 2008 11:57 (twelve years ago) link

stooges second line vid. is that big sam on trombone?

Jordan, Tuesday, 25 March 2008 17:56 (twelve years ago) link

two weeks pass...

2008. Another year in which family and work is keeping me from the French Quarter Fest, Jazz & Heritage Fest, and the Ponderosa Stomp. Oh well.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 April 2008 13:58 (twelve years ago) link

thought y'all would be discussing this: the kid who killed dinerral shavers gets off scot free. ah, this broken ass city.

adam, Sunday, 13 April 2008 18:15 (twelve years ago) link

i heard about that, that's fucked up.

April 10, 2008

For many months now, we have found the motivation for an entire public awareness movement in one case that has meant a lot to us personally. Dinerral Shavers was our friend and our brother. His murder on December 28, 2006 inspired us to call on our leaders and our fellow citizens to do more for each other and for our city. For over a year now, Dinerral’s murder case has been the focus of our efforts to demand more from our criminal justice system in particular. During this time, we have seen a new Violent Offenders Unit formed at the office of the District Attrorney, and more experienced prosecutors take over murder cases. We have seen an ineffective District Attorney forced from office through public pressure. We have seen new levels of cooperation between police officers and prosecutors begin to slow the notorious revolving door at Orleans Parish Prison, in both directions.

This evening, we also had to watch as Dinerral’s murder case ended in what we must accept as justice, but can hardly embrace as resolution. The defendant in Dinerral’s case was found not guilty by a jury today. So ends the case that has focused us, inspired us, and channeled our energies for over a year.

But the end of Dinerral’s case cannot mark the end of our movement, or of the determination of all New Orleans citizens to raise our voices when we see injustice, inaction, and silence in the face of violence. We will continue to engage with our neighbors and our leaders: to hold our government accountable, but also, as Judge Jerome Winsberg wisely counseled at the conclusion of today’s proceedings, to look inside ourselves and hold ourselves responsible for the chaotic societal circumstances that are breeding violent crime, and which caused Dinerral’s death.

In his closing comments, Judge Winsberg expressed “shock” at what he witnessed during the trial. The way these children are living is not okay, he said, comparing inner-city New Orleans unfavorably with Baghdad. “It is appalling…it is shocking…” over and over said a judge who has presided over scores of criminal cases. The world our young people are living in came to terrifying light through the fearful testimony of witnesses, justifiably afraid; through the defendant’s assertion that he sells drugs in order “to help my family” (this forming part of the defense in this trial); through the repeated references to petty but clearly deadly turf wars being fought by children too young to drive from one neighborhood to another.

We should all heed Judge Winsberg’s call for citizen outrage at these situations, and at many other realities that were rendered more stark than ever over the course of this case:

That brazen intimidation of witnesses is such an ingrained part of the system that witnesses can be threatened while on the stand—and the juror who points out the threats removed.
That police investigations lack the rigor and thoroughness that can stand up in court.
That our standards for education and family are so low that our young people believe that living without parents, taking care of other people’s babies, and dropping out of school are normal modes of youth.

We are not satisfied to be leaving Dinerral’s case behind without a cleaner resolution. But at least we have seen real energy, real attention, and real concern directed toward an inner-city murder case. This, at least, we can take as a step forward—so long as our system commits to treating every murder case with this level of sincerity and seriousness.

“This is our system,” said Judge Winsberg today. “It’s the system we must live by.” We are asking each of you, on behalf of these confused young people, to get to know this system better so we can understand how to fix it. As painful as it is, go watch a murder trial. As reluctant as they may seem, reach out to a troubled young person in your neighborhood. As busy as you may be, take the time to attend a City Council meeting. Clearly, we citizens must continue the hard work of repairing our own city and creating a world for our children that makes some kind of sense.

Our anti-violence movement has been motivated by Dinerral Shavers’s death; many of our programs are influenced by the way Dinerral lived his life. One of these programs, our Youth Music Clinics, will have a final meeting for the spring this coming Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8pm at Sound Cafe. You are all invited to join us. Come show support for and solidarity with these young aspiring musicians as they try to find a positive path through the societal chaos around them.

Jordan, Sunday, 13 April 2008 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

holy shit:

Witness in Shaver's trial is shot to death

Jordan, Friday, 18 April 2008 16:10 (twelve years ago) link

That's horrible

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 April 2008 19:37 (twelve years ago) link

I read some online commenters blaming Shaver's son and wife. Saying stuff like 'they must know who did it.' What a sad mess.

Meanwhile its festival time and no matter how much money New Orleans makes, there's no guarantee that it will be anywhere near enough to help address the city's unending problems (without further support from elsewhere on the educational front, the economic front, the law and order and justice front) although it obviously can't hurt

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

on a lighter note, i'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of brass bands this weekend.

Jordan, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 18:14 (twelve years ago) link

Have a great time.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

this is kind of a weird article. there are a lot of little errors, and the premise is "why no new brass band cds?" when it ignores the free agents record, the pinstripes record, the original royal players thing that just came out, etc..

and since it even covers the new album that rebirth is releasing at jazzfest and the ones that hot 8 and the rebels are working on (and supposedly the stooges have a new album coming out for jazzfest too), it's kind of a negative approach to take for the article. i guess any brass band coverage is good, though.

Jordan, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

It's kinda odd that he starts with this 'nothing was happening in '07' lede, but then reluctantly must admit that well, there is stuff happening.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 23:13 (twelve years ago) link

Not New Orleans except in spirit and smarts(and studies, prob): a lotta good horns on Easy Beatles, a collection of wild Beatles covers from the Sixties (check

dow, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 00:33 (twelve years ago) link

Jordan, maybe you can give Offbeat writer John Swenson grief for his brass band overview Friday night down there at this Offbeat magazine event:

We're having a First-Day-of- Fest-Party at the Seahorse Saloon on the opening Friday of Jazz Fest from 7pm-9pm with music by the Free Agents Brass Band

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 April 2008 14:44 (twelve years ago) link

ha, actually i was planning on being there anyway.

Jordan, Thursday, 24 April 2008 15:16 (twelve years ago) link

oh shit, this dude put up 15 videos of a hot 8 second line:

Jordan, Thursday, 24 April 2008 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

A quiet Friday and weekend around DC is not like seeing all the action at the J & H Fest and at area clubs down there. There's finally "Ponderosa Stomp" at the Fest this year, in addition to the 2 nights at HOB Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll just look at those youtube videos and the Offbeat calendar issue I got in the mail and yearn (or maybe buy more cds since I'm not paying for airfare, hotel, food and stuff).

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 April 2008 14:00 (twelve years ago) link

From Alex Rawl's blog (he's an Offbeat Editor)who also spoke at the EMP Pop Conference- talking about New Orleans jazz fest

Susan Cowsill played the Acura Stage for the first time, and debuted two new songs (that I saw - I missed the start of the set), one that she finished that morning and the band learned before the show, and a stronger pop song titled "Dragonfly." Underused fiddle player Tom Maron joined her for the set, and she brought James Andrews, Craig Klein and Derek Huston out to add horns to "Crescent City Snow." I wasn't sure where horns went in the song, but they fit beautifully, adding texture and intensity more than punctuation, and Andrews' trumpet played the bright blare associated with New Orleans.

While at Cowsill's set, I had time to marvel at the horror of the new Grand Marshal area. The audience was backed up at least five yards - now approximately 10 yards from the stage - so that those wealthy enough to make the $450+ price tag had room to wander up and loiter comfortably during the show while fans were pressed against the railing. The area runs the width of the stage, so it's not just a pocket at stage center. It's a strip of prime real estate that has been turned over to the rich.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:03 (twelve years ago) link

Here's his site.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 April 2008 18:04 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder if any New Yorkers saw the following movie at the Tribeca Film Fest over the weekend (I also think there are a few showings coming up).

Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

Faubourg Tremé is a first-person documentary by New Orleans natives Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Eric Elie. Drawing on several years of pre-Hurricane Katrina footage, the film brings alive the history of Black New Orleans through an in-depth look at one historic neighborhood, the Faubourg Tremé. Executive produced by Wynton Marsalis and Stanley Nelson, the film follows journalist and first-time filmmaker Lolis Eric Elie, who sets out to renovate his 19th-century house in this now deteriorating neighborhood. Drawn to the architecture and its mix of old and new, Elie soon finds that the history of this place is the real story. This once vibrant neighborhood, he learns, was in fact the center of African American economic independence and political activism from slavery through Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. In recent years, the Faubourg Tremé, now more often referred to as the Sixth Ward, has suffered from blight, drugs, and crime, and even more recently was devastated by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina-the effects of which we see here in heartbreaking detail. Yet Logsdon and Elie bring an insightful perspective to the retelling of this community's past, particularly through its literary and musical artifacts.

I'm not crazy about Wynton's attitude on some subjects so I wonder what his exec producer role entailed, and I'm curious if he and hornman Glenn David Andrews who is in this, got along (maybe they had no dealings with one another).

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2008 14:20 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, Lolis Eric Elie is a Times-Picayune columnist

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:33 (twelve years ago) link

I don’t know how many of the happy hippy mud dancers or tourists at the Jazz and Heritage Stage at Jazz Fest Sunday understood what it meant when little Dinerral Shavers Junior took the stage holding his father’ s instrument, the snare drum, with his father’s band, the Hot 8. For a kid who didn’t look much older than seven or eight he did a creditable job. I just wish I’d gotten a decent picture. You can see a bit of a blur in one picture of one of the two young men from one of the marching clubs that joined the band on stage. Seeing those three young boys walking in their father’s steps was impressive and encouraging.

May the line of warrior drummers be unbroken in New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 14:36 (twelve years ago) link

Can anyone recommend for me a contemporary brass band album? I really enjoy this shit, especially live, but have the sinking feeling that I might not have an appetite for more than one CD's worth. So I want to make sure that I start out on the right foot. But there are sooo many places to go wrong - cheesy bands, over-produced or over-arranged bands, smooth bands, bad recordings, too MOR or too ramshackle, etc etc etc. So: help?

I have been listening to this New York City Live thing by the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which is pretty fine - love the energy, the melodicism and rhythm, - but it's also maybe a touch too safe, not quite hot/loose/free enough. I'm not looking for anything remotely avant garde but just a bit of uh i don't know, recklessness? My favourite brass band thing I've heard is the Hot 8's version of "Sexual Healing" (even though i usually hate that song). Love the way they play with the dynamics, the different timbres, and then the push of their voices. It feels just a tiny bit bittersweet, cracked around the edges. But I have no idea if the rest of their album/s follow through on that.

oh and for what it's worth i'm really into any band with a bit more of a rhythm section. bring on the brass-band-meets-go-go shit.

sorry that this isn't New Orleans-specific, but you guys seem like experts...

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 18:01 (twelve years ago) link

That tune is pretty representative of the whole Hot 8 record. It's hard to pick one representative brass band album, but if I had to it would probably be New Birth Brass Band's D-Boy. It's got a good mix of tunes and as a recording it comes as close to capturing the feel of a second line as anything out there.

Jordan, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 18:27 (twelve years ago) link

i saw some young, young bands this weekend, like trendsettaz and baby boyz. TBC can't really be considered kids anymore, and they sound unreal these days. way sicker than even a year ago.

Jordan, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 21:11 (twelve years ago) link

Jordan, did you happen to catch the To Be Continued Brass Band anywhere? They were playing at the beginning of Bourbon Street near Canal Thursday and Friday nights.

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 22:51 (twelve years ago) link

Gah, delete post. Just realized what "TBC" is.

Dan Peterson, Wednesday, 30 April 2008 22:52 (twelve years ago) link

Jordan: great to hear that there are young bands like Trendsettaz and babyboyz happening

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 May 2008 15:41 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, they've got a way to go, but it really does seem like there are more brass bands than ever before.

Jordan, Friday, 2 May 2008 15:48 (twelve years ago) link

Did anybody go to this:


THE PEOPLES COMMUNITY FESTIVAL (Because many residents of New Orleans Can’t Afford A Jazzfest Ticket)

Friday, May 2nd, 7pm To 11pm

1800 Deslonde (at Roman) LOWER 9TH WARD
*TBC (To Be Continued) BRASS BAND


curmudgeon, Monday, 5 May 2008 21:57 (twelve years ago) link


Dan Peterson, Monday, 5 May 2008 22:15 (twelve years ago) link

So the Tuba Fats tribute on the 2nd Jazzfest weekend had to compete with the Neville's return to New Orleans...

We left Jazzfest way before 7 yesterday hoping to avoid the mad exit rush, but stopped to check in at the Jazz and Blues tents before the final goodbye. What strokes of luck! The horn-packed jazz jam tribute to Tuba Fats blew me away with the clarity of each note, the passion, the friendliness of those onstage and the extremely low number of listeners in the tent (the rest still watching The Nevilles, of course).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 04:01 (twelve years ago) link

Five tuba players (including Lacen's young grandson, whose name I didn't catch over the joyful rumble) joined an all-star band combining members of the Rebirth and Pinettes brass bands, plus Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Glen David Andrews (who proved a spirited MC: "Put your hands up for tubas, y'all!") Shamarr Allen, ad hoc members of the Wild Magnolias and one very enthusiastic stage-diving, scaffold-climbing dancer.

The set ended with someone on stage officially announcing the conclusion of Jazzfest 2008.

Minutes later, though, Trombone Shorty was somehow on the Acura stage taking a cameo trumpet solo during the Neville Brothers' rendition of "Big Chief." Dave Walker, Times-Picayune

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 04:28 (twelve years ago) link

kid that killed dinerral shavers shoots some other dude. on canal st. specifically, at canal and st charles. during jazzfest. dumb motherfucker.

adam, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 12:26 (twelve years ago) link

Can the city get bullet-proof vests and new identities for the witnesses and potential jurors?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 14:14 (twelve years ago) link

i think it depends on whether or not nagin/a city councilperson/bill jefferson has a crony or family member to take an inflated no-bid contract for bulletproof vests and new identities.

adam, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 15:04 (twelve years ago) link


Back to the music---I love how the horn-playing Andrews cousins--David Glenn and Trombone Shorty--manage to appear on numerous stages at Jazzfest every year. Glenn David's in that Treme movie too.

I just found a postcard in my local bagel place for some hippie jamband fest in Virginia this summer that Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Ave band are gonna be at. That jam band stuff is not for me, but it may be a nicer paycheck for Trombone Shorty these days than just playing New Orleans clubs in the summer after the festivals have come and gone.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 May 2008 15:40 (twelve years ago) link

May 3rd article on police breaking up another brass band funeral procession--


The only squad car involved with the parade was the unit that followed the parade, Young said. He doesn't know anything about a second car, the one that allegedly dispersed mourners. "If there was another unit, we don't know about it," Young said.

Yet the marchers say a police cruiser ordered them to disperse and a Dillard University professor who witnessed the incident took a photograph.

Snuffing Saturday's parade was an "attack on the culture," the same culture that gave birth to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, said Wilson's longtime friend, Jerome Smith. He found the timing ironic: At about the same time that police had scattered an authentic funeral march, near Esplanade and Claiborne avenues, Jazz and Heritage Festival-goers were lined up behind a band at the Fair Grounds, ready to follow a second-line recreated for tourists.

Wilson, known to hundreds of protégés as "Coach T-Gully," was a fixture in the 6th and 7th wards because of his involvement at Hunter's Field.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 May 2008 16:12 (twelve years ago) link

new Rebirth!

Jordan, Monday, 12 May 2008 16:28 (twelve years ago) link

Louisiana Music Factory unfortunately sells too much stuff at list price--$17.99 for Rebirth.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 05:25 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, their prices are pretty ridiculous. the problem is that the only other option is usually to get it at a show.

(maybe it'll get on iTunes eventually, Rebirth is pretty good about that)

Jordan, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

TBC killing it:

Jordan, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 16:46 (twelve years ago) link

No brass involved but still worth checking out:

One of the most enduring artists and greatest icons of New Orleans, Irma Thomas, will be featured on the season finale of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the episode, the Extreme Makeover project is Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church, which was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. After the completion of the church, Thomas performs the gospel song “Singing Hallelujah” in its new sanctuary. She is accompanied by Hammond B-3 organist Dwight Franklin and pianist Diane Peterson, from the historic New Orleans First African Baptist Church. The episode airs Sunday, May 18 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 May 2008 16:13 (twelve years ago) link

more TBC:

Jordan, Monday, 19 May 2008 15:11 (twelve years ago) link

i'm digging the new rebirth, btw. it's short (~55 min) and a couple of the tracks are throwaways, but the long medleys are hot shit for real.

Jordan, Monday, 19 May 2008 17:42 (twelve years ago) link

apparently it's available here as a download:

Jordan, Monday, 19 May 2008 17:42 (twelve years ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 May 2008 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

you're going to pay $2 for 2/3rds of the album, admit it

Jordan, Tuesday, 20 May 2008 13:51 (twelve years ago) link

Apparently, there's a song on the new Dr. John cd called "My People Need a Second Line" with James Andrews and Trombone Shorty Andrews (Though, uh, Eric Clapton's name and others get the big type on the image in the link) see part-time New Orleans resident and jazz critic Blumenfeld's review below:

May 27th, 2008,crucial-caustic-postcards-from-new-orleans,451825,22.html

Dr. John and the Lower 911's City That Care Forgot
Crucial, caustic postcards from New Orleans

by Larry Blumenfeld

"This record ain't mad as it coulda been," Dr. John told me recently, sitting in his Harlem office. Fan-pleasing funky grooves aside, City That Care Forgot seems angry enough-more a connected set of rants than a collection of songs. But it's easy to underestimate the depth of outrage in New Orleans, the breadth of indignity and injustice endured in his beloved birthplace. Locals gave knowing nods and approving hollers when Dr. John tried out some of this material at this year's Jazz & Heritage Festival. Taken in full, these 13 tracks might incite more widespread outcry: He channels post-Katrina fury as capably as rappers like Juvenile have, and lays out relevant issues-local, national, and global-in ways that, say, Nancy Pelosi simply hasn't. If elected leaders lack Dr. John's political will, they also don't have his magnetic drawl or the bristling power of his Lower 911 band. Plus, he's built a strong coalition of the concerned here, including Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco, Terence Blanchard, and a number of local-hero New Orleans players.

"If ya wonder how we doin'/Short version is we gettin' there," Dr. John sings at one point, then changes up the lyric: "If ya wonder how we doin'/Short version is we gettin' mad." "Promises, Promises" sounds like a revival-tent version of "Down by the Riverside," its sing-song refrain nonetheless cynical: "The road to the White House is paved with lies." "Black Gold" takes on the oil-industry greed fueling everything from environmental catastrophe in the Gulf to endless war in Iraq. "Say Whut?" demands accountability for the botched Katrina response, and bites hard: "Say it's a job well done/Then you giggled like a bitch/Hopped back on the Air Force One." In "Dream Warrior," Dr. John imagines himself as an avenging samurai "sleeping with my sword" and proffers a conspiracy theory: "Lemme explain/About the second battle of New Orleans/Not about the loss, not even the devastation/About it was done with intention." Beneath this beats a bamboula rhythm, bedrock of local resistance music for centuries.

It's not all national headlines, though. "My People Need a Second Line" is a pointed response to an ongoing culture war over the brass-band-led funeral processions that define New Orleans musical tradition. It specifically references a moment when 20 police cars converged in Tremé (the oldest black neighborhood in the city), and two musicians were led away in cuffs. Dr. John explains the meaning of the jazz funeral via a doleful melody; then a snare-drum snaps and the tempo speeds up, signaling the second-line. "It's something spiritual/Ought to be kept out of politics," he chants as trumpeter James Andrews and trombonist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews-older and younger brothers of a storied Tremé lineage-play soaring variations on a hymn. Such songs, directed at us all, are dedicated to families like these.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 May 2008 15:10 (twelve years ago) link

I bet this was a good time

Rebirth Brass Band 25th Anniversary Celebration with Special Guests Kirk Joseph, John Gros, Trombone Shorty , Shamaar Allen, Kermit Ruffins, and DJ Captain Charles. More TBA

Friday, May 30, 2008 10:00 PM CDT
at The Howlin' Wolf

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 May 2008 15:17 (twelve years ago) link

The Rebirth 25th Anniversary show was great. Not so much for the named guests as the many, many graduates of "Rebirth University." I think every living band member who still resides in New Orleans was there and onstage. In addition to Shorty, Kermit, and Shamaar (rapping the hidden track from his solo CD), there was James Durant and John Prince Gilbert on saxes, Tyrus Chapman (singing "Let Me Do My Thing") and Keith "Wolf" Anderson on tbs. Plus everyone who is in Rebirth now. I know I'm forgetting someone. OK, and now that I think about it, drummer Ajay Mallery wasn't there and neither was trombonist Herb Stevens. But still amazing to hear Rebirth as a 15 piece! And most of them stuck on stage the whole night and played through 2 sets.

At one point they played their signature jazz funeral dirge for about 10 minutes and gave a shout out to all the members, friends, and family who have died over the last 25 years.

mattsak, Saturday, 7 June 2008 01:43 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

Saw an ad for a new Treme Brass cd. Haven't heard it yet.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 July 2008 12:33 (eleven years ago) link

saw hot 8 adventurously booked opening for indie-afropop novelty band extra golden the other week. took them a little while to get into it but they are prob most consistently good of the big name brass bands.

that new dr john record is pretty decent as far as late period phoning-it-in dr john goes.

adam, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:34 (eleven years ago) link

new treme cd is okay, i guess. good tracklist, but it sounds a little sterile and the dirty dozen sax players on it are annoying. corey h3nry is on trombone, but he doesn't really let it rip like he can.

Jordan, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:35 (eleven years ago) link

no one hits a slow groove like the h8:

Jordan, Friday, 11 July 2008 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

Farai Chideya talks with three notable musicians from the Crescent City: Irvin Mayfield, a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader; Irma Thomas, who is known as the queen of New Orleans soul; and Greg Davis, a trumpeter and member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one the most famous marching bands in New Orleans.

A 17 minute NPR interview

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 July 2008 01:18 (eleven years ago) link

apparently TBC is in spain? good for them.

Jordan, Tuesday, 15 July 2008 20:29 (eleven years ago) link

interview w/benny pete on boing boing tv:

Jordan, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:12 (eleven years ago) link

How about this ridiculous showdown between TBC and Glen David Andrews at Jackson Square? I wish the kids had been able to bring it, but they still make the older guys look pretty pathetic...

mattsak, Sunday, 27 July 2008 04:30 (eleven years ago) link

Kinda sad...

Hot 8 and Donald Harrison in Maine July 30th posting by Larry Blumenfeld

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 August 2008 17:09 (eleven years ago) link

Satchmo Summerfest

music starts Friday night with the Satchmo Club Strut. The event takes place on and around the Frenchmen Street corridor Friday, August 1 starting at 5 p.m. with opening ceremonies and the start of a second line with the Rebirth Brass Band at Washington Square. Over the course of the evening, 29 acts will perform including Irvin Mayfield, Lionel Ferbos, Ellis Marsalis, Charmaine Neville, Vavavoom, Good Enough for Good Times, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Twangorama, the New Orleans Saxophone Quartet and many more. During the Club Strut, writer Gary Giddins-who speaks Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Old Mint on Louis Armstrong's influence on Bing Crosby-will sign books at Faubourg Marigny Art and Books.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 August 2008 20:18 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

tbc doing a wedding:

Jordan, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

Good sounds in NYC today.

25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival Learn More Saturday, August 23, 2008 4:00 PM South Plaza Lincoln Center Out of Doors - free, no tickets required Battle of the Brass with The Pinettes Brass Band and The Hot 8 Brass Band 25th Annual Roots of American Music Festival Learn More Saturday, August 23, 2008 5:00 PM South Plaza Lincoln Center Out of Doors - free, no tickets required Featuring The Hot 8 Brass Band featuring Shamarr Allen; Betty Harris with the Marc Stone All Star Soul Band; The Campbell Brothers’ Sacred Funk featuring Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Horns; John Boutté & the Hot Calas; and Irma Thomas & the Professionals

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 August 2008 15:52 (eleven years ago) link

x-post. Wow that looked like fun--A Nigerian wedding with TBC.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 August 2008 15:56 (eleven years ago) link

looks like that tbc documentary is on dvd

Jordan, Friday, 29 August 2008 19:16 (eleven years ago) link

I don't like Galactic but I gotta give 'em credit for taking brass band guys on tour...this year they've got Shamarr Allen and Corey Henry

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 August 2008 04:31 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Jordan, Friday, 26 September 2008 18:15 (eleven years ago) link

Jordan, Friday, 26 September 2008 18:21 (eleven years ago) link

The second clip with everyone singing along to "Let Your Mind Be Free" is soooo great!

Dan Peterson, Friday, 26 September 2008 18:38 (eleven years ago) link

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 04:02 (eleven years ago) link

x-post. Wow, great stuff.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 04:06 (eleven years ago) link

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble from New York via Chicago I think

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 04:38 (eleven years ago) link

From Offbeat's weekly Beat e-mail


Cherise Harrison-Nelson reports that Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias and Chief Joe Prieur of the Red, White and Blue are in the hospital at Touro Infirmary. Prieur suffered a heart attack last week, and Dollis has been in poor health for the last few years. He's scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday. Dollis can't have visitors at this time, but cards, prayers and well wishes are appreciated.


Earlier this week, Kermit Ruffins re-signed with Basin Street Records, agreeing to a three-album deal. The first will be out this spring. "Kermit Ruffins was our first artist signed in October 1997, the first to record in November 1997 and the first CD release in February 1998," Basin Street owner Mark Samuels says. "It also marks the first new contract for Basin Street since October of 2003."

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 September 2008 05:22 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ordered New Orleans singer John Boutte's latest self-released effort Good Neighbor from Louisiana M. Factory and when Boutte finally brought them more copies, one was sent my way. He has trumpeter Leroy Jones playing (learned from Danny Barker and other old-timers years ago) plus two of the Andrews cousins--James and Trombone Shorty. He also has trombonist Craig Klein who plays with Leroy Jones. The cd is growing on me.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 October 2008 17:09 (eleven years ago) link

i'm not a big fan of that one, but i haven't listened to it much. the production (by the dude from soul asylum) is odd...i wish he just would've recorded his live trio (leroy + todd duke on guitar).

Jordan, Monday, 13 October 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

I didn't like it on first listen and agree with you on the production. Some of it sounds better to me on subsequent listens (that's why I said it was growing on me) but maybe that's me rationalizing.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 October 2008 17:47 (eleven years ago) link

tbc doing 'night shift':

Jordan, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 15:36 (eleven years ago) link

my band in switzerland:

Jordan, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 17:51 (eleven years ago) link

Both very nice. Wow, Switzerland.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 October 2008 22:22 (eleven years ago) link

Now this is sad. I did not realize awesome photographer Michael Smith died--and only 71. I have his book "A Joyful Noise" . I wish some rich folks would develop all those negatives of his--he has been taking amazing photos in New Orleans since 1969. Here's an excerpt from his obit

Photographer, 71, specialized in jazz Sunday, September 28, 2008By John Pope
Michael P. Smith, a photographer who spent three decades capturing vivid, vibrant images at jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indian ceremonies and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, died Friday at his New Orleans home of two diseases that destroyed his nervous system. He was 71.

A man of boundless energy who devoted himself to the culture he chronicled, Mr. Smith seemed to be everywhere at whatever event he was shooting. Fellow photographers joked that every good Jazzfest picture they took included the back of Mr. Smith's head.

Mr. Smith's subjects included Mahalia Jackson, Irma Thomas, James Booker, Harry Connick Jr., Professor Longhair and the Neville Brothers, as well as anonymous mourners, strutters and Indians whom Mr. Smith always managed to capture caught up in the moment.

"I don't think there's another photographer who has more sensitively documented very significant aspects of the second half of 20th century New Orleans culture," said Steven Maklansky, a former curator of photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Mr. Smith started concentrating on this kind of photography at a 1969 jazz funeral and kept at it, covering every Jazzfest through 2003. Though he showed up at subsequent festivals, silently cradling his camera, the degeneration of his nervous system had put an end to his career.

He built up a trove of more than 500,000 negatives, many of which remain unprocessed because he couldn't afford to have them developed, said Michael Sartisky, president and executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

"He did something that no other photographer had done: He captured the cultural landscape of the streets and did so with a vision of passion and beauty," said Jason Berry, who has written extensively about indigenous music.

This world provided a sharp contrast to the genteel environment in which he had grown up. A child of Metairie who was a star athlete, he was the son of a member of the Rex organization and the Boston Club, and he graduated from Metairie Park Country Day School and Tulane University.

Everything changed, he said in a 1995 interview, when he went to work as Tulane's jazz archive's staff photographer in the 1960s. He heard hours and hours of the music that had been created in New Orleans' bars and brothels, and he was hooked.

"He paid attention when many locals took that culture for granted or ignored it," said Bruce Raeburn, the archive's curator.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 04:58 (eleven years ago) link

Here's the rest--

He summed up his philosophy in three words: "Follow the music."

He was a founder of Tipitina's, the Uptown music club that has become famous worldwide. Mr. Smith's pictures have been collected in five books, and in magazine articles.

To supplement his income, Mr. Smith regularly took commercial jobs, such as shooting pictures for annual reports.

Mr. Smith's work has been shown in galleries, embassies and museums and at jazz festivals, and it is part of the permanent collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Louisiana State Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

In March 2007, the Historic New Orleans Collection bought Mr. Smith's archives, which contain more than 2,000 rolls of black-and-white film, tens of thousands of color slides and about 200 audiotapes. Collection spokeswoman Mary Mees declined to disclose the price.

"Michael P. Smith has defined the visual appearance of contemporary homegrown New Orleans music for people around the world," said John Lawrence, the collection's director of museum programs.

Mr. Smith's work is important, Lawrence said, because "it serves to document not just the musicians and their music, but the environment, social structures and neighborhoods that both create and sustain the musical traditions."

Mr. Smith received two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Mayor's Arts Award, the Clarence John Laughlin Lifetime Achievement Award from the local chapter of the American Society of Magazine Photographers and the Artist Recognition Award from the New Orleans Museum of Art's Delgado Society.

Survivors include a companion, Karen Louise Snyder; two daughters, Jan Lamberton Smith of Quail Springs, Calif., and Leslie Blackshear Smith of New Orleans; a brother, Joseph Byrd Hatchitt Smith of Port Angeles, Wash.; and two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 05:01 (eleven years ago) link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 05:02 (eleven years ago) link

Dude really deserves his own thread.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 October 2008 13:40 (eleven years ago) link

Just read that great "A Joyful Noise" book is out of print. But I think one he did, that I don't have, of Jazzfest photos from the 1st jazzfest onward, may still be in print. I haven't looked it up yet.

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 October 2008 12:19 (eleven years ago) link

RIP Cookie Gabriel (courtesy of the Offbeat weekly e-mail). Not that I think I know her music, or anything about her, but if she performed regularly at the old Dew Drop Inn I bet she deserves attention.


We were sad to learn of the passing of female vocalist
Evelyn "Cookie" Gabriel, who died of cancer
Sunday at age 73. Her biggest songs were "I Just
Can't Take it No More" and "No Sweeter Love Than
Mine," and she appeared regularly at the Dew Drop
Inn. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 October 2008 15:58 (eleven years ago) link

By Jeff Hannusch

Renowned New Orleans session musician, composer, and label owner George Davis died September 10, 2008, from heart failure at Lilburn, Georgia. He was 70.

“He was my mentor and the greatest talent I ever knew in my life,” says Deacon John Moore. “I feel like I lost the best friend I ever had. He could play guitar, bass, saxophone, oboe—he was gifted. For several years, he was the number one session guy in the city. Allen Toussaint and Wardell Quezergue used him all the time. George played on so many hit records. ‘Mardi Gras Mambo,’ ‘Workin’ in a Coal Mine,’ ‘Barefootin’,’ ‘Teasin’ You.’ He co-wrote and played on Aaron Neville’s ‘Tell it Like it Is.’ He wasn’t just talented; George knew the music business backwards and forwards. He was really a sharp guy. He was one of the only musicians I knew that retired from the business.”

Davis first played alto saxophone before switching to guitar. As a student at Booker T. Washington High School, he joined the Hawkettes that were led by Art Neville. He attended Southern University but dropped out in 1957 to go on the road with Larry Williams. By the early 1960s, he was playing with the likes of Earl King and Ernie K-Doe and picking up a lot of session work at Cosimo Matassa’s J&M Studio. Somewhat frustrated by the lack of financial security afforded local musicians, in 1966 Davis formed a label, Parlo, along with school teacher Warren Parker and fellow musician Alvin “Red” Tyler. Parlo’s first release was “Tell it Like it Is.”

By 1970, Davis had relocated to New York City where he stayed busy playing sessions with Sarah Vaughan, Duke Ellington and Buddy Rich among others. He also appeared in A Chorus Line and worked on soundtracks. After living in Florida for several years, Davis moved to the Atlanta area about five year ago. For more details on George Davis’s career, check out

Published October 2008, OffBeat Louisiana Music & Culture Magazine, Volume 21, No. 10.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 November 2008 19:39 (eleven years ago) link

The first post-election second line in New Orleans

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 November 2008 02:58 (eleven years ago) link

Jordan, Monday, 10 November 2008 15:55 (eleven years ago) link

Can we fly everyone up to take part in the inaugural parade in DC in January?

Back when Clinton was elected I recall seeing people's inaugural events (not just the expensive night time events for those who contributed big bucks) on the mall--Aretha Franklin, Al Green and others performed.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 November 2008 04:17 (eleven years ago) link

Got a promotional e-mail for a NYC showcase of "whirled" and jazz bands that will include Hot 8. Lots of promoters and folks from Universities with any money apparently go to this event, so it should get them some bookings all over the U S of A.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 November 2008 04:14 (eleven years ago) link

Ned Sublette comments on an article that discusses New Orleans's dwindling population but expresses a bit of hope because the city's not in the rust belt.

Ned Sublette on the article:

new orleans is at 72% of its former population, 63% of its former african american population. so there's a weird disconnect between a pull-quote like, "Many cities don't have a cultural heritage like New Orleans does," and the unequal population shrinkage that has direct implications for that culture. that demographic shift also has huge political implications within the state of louisiana (which voted 59% for mccain, 40% for obama, whereas orleans parish voted 81% for obama.)

It's time for New Orleans to admit it's a shrinking city, some say
by Gordon Russell, The Times-Picayune

Saturday November 22, 2008, 9:27 PM

curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 November 2008 23:03 (eleven years ago) link

From Offbeat magazine's e-mail:

Last year, the French Market honored the late
Tuba Fats (pictured) with "Tuba Tuba
Tuba," a day of tuba-centric music culminating
with a sousaphone orchestra organized by Kirk
Joseph. Friday, the French Market presents
"Tuba Tuba Tuba 2" from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
starting with two sousaphone-led processions at
11:10, one leaving from Conti and Decatur and one
from Dumaine and Decatur. They'll merge at Jackson
Square and St. Ann and continue to Battery Park
across the street from Jackson Square for a
sousaphone ceremony and performance. Afterwards,
the Kirk Joseph-led ensemble will second line
to the Barracks Street Stage, where music will
continue all afternoon with the New Wave Brass
Band (12:30 p.m.), Loose Marbles (1
p.m.), Tin Men (2 p.m.), Kirk Joseph's
Backyard Groove (3:15 p.m.) and Kirk Joseph,
Anders Osborne, John "Papa" Gros and
Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander (4:30 p.m.).
Sousaphone-oriented ensembles will be also
perform throughout the French Market.

Tuba Fats on Tuba Fats. -

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:28 (eleven years ago) link

Got a promotional e-mail for a NYC showcase of "whirled" and jazz bands that will include Hot 8. Lots of promoters and folks from Universities with any money apparently go to this event, so it should get them some bookings all over the U S of A.

Does the e-mail describe the other acts on the bill, and if so can you share?

gabbneb, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:36 (eleven years ago) link

(i'm assuming this is the globalfest thing with femi kuti)

gabbneb, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:37 (eleven years ago) link

Yep. globalFEST 2009 at NYC’s Webster Hall, January 11, 2009

Line-up to feature Calypso Rose, Chicha Libre, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Hot 8 Brass Band, Kailash Kher’s Kailasa, L&O, La Troba Kung-fú, Marcio Local, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Shanbehzadeh Ensemble, Tanya Tagaq, and Watcha Clan.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 16:40 (eleven years ago) link

anything else?

gabbneb, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:02 (eleven years ago) link

not enough music for you?

some know what you dude last summer (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:04 (eleven years ago) link

no, i mean any more content from the email. i know what the lineup is, i want to know more about it.

gabbneb, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:05 (eleven years ago) link

ayo Jordan have you ever heard these guys: Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?

not really a New Orleans brass band, but an indie band from NO w/ a brass section, played Baltimore last night and put on a great show.

dumb pseud (some dude), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:15 (eleven years ago) link

don't want to be a hater but:

i checked out that why are we building such a big ship band on myspace and they are lame

― some know what you dude last summer (Jordan), Thursday, November 20, 2008 11:24 AM (6 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

i'm sure they're fine for that indie old-timey thing, but if i think of them in relation to NO and second line bands then they look super corny.

some know what you dude last summer (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:20 (eleven years ago) link

lol, no i feel you, i can see how they'd be totally lame compared to the kinds of bands this thread is really about, but i liked their tom waits-y schtick and the soprano sax player was pretty sick.

dumb pseud (some dude), Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

My wife just got back from a business trip to New Orleans and saw the Treme Brass Band at Preservation Hall. She was raving about it. And I guess that place is about as funky as a music hall gets.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 17:54 (eleven years ago) link

no, i mean any more content from the email. i know what the lineup is, i want to know more about it.

― gabbneb, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 5:05 PM (2 hours ago)

Gabbneb, here's the press release from the rockpaperscissors publicists. I like Hot 8, Chicha Libre and the Occidental Brothers. Must admit i really don't know the others and have not yet youtubed and googled them.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 19:28 (eleven years ago) link

From the release:

The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International reflect the Windy City’s musical past and cosmopolitan present in their NYC debut, bringing a blend of Ghanaian highlife and Congolese rumba with the avant-garde jazz, house, and indie rock vibes that have put Chicago on the musical map.

Rio’s Marcio Local extends the legacies of influences like Jorge Ben and Banda Black Rio, standing at the crossroads of two great traditions in modern Brazilian music, Afro-Brazilian samba and’70’s soul, to create an undeniably cool and funky ode to political change and carioca life

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 19:34 (eleven years ago) link

thanx much

gabbneb, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 19:39 (eleven years ago) link

The new Offbeat magazine has some top 10s. I'll post some later (I don't think they're online). A fair amount of votes for Dr. Michael White and for pianist Henry Butler.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 December 2008 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

Soon come. So Rebirth is playing a Baltimore New Year's Eve/into New year's day show at the 8 by 10 at 3 a.m. I guess they have a jam band following.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

hippies love brass bands. we're playing a NYE show with a bunch of jam bands. :/

some know what you dude last summer (Jordan), Saturday, 6 December 2008 16:40 (eleven years ago) link

Actually I think I may have mentioned it upthread or chatted about it with someone that I just have to accept the fact that hippies/jamband types are more into brass bands and lots of old-school African-American music than indie types. Oh well (cuz my rock and rap listening seems more in line with indie types). Record collecting indie types will buy reissued Irma Thomas vinyl (and proabably brass band vinyl if there was such a thing) that's produced in a limited quantity but they don't wanna go see Irma or whomever in '08. Then there are the folks who will go see Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings (soul with horns)(who happen to play at punk n indie clubs and get reviewed by Pitchfork and such) but won't go to see similar such artists elsewhere. Eh whatever, that's their loss I guess. I need to stop whining about others before someone throws a rock at my glass house (and yes the Glass House was a legendary New Orleans spot where the Dirty Dozen played in the '70s and maybe '80s, but I never went there alas).

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 December 2008 17:58 (eleven years ago) link

Rebirth bandleader Phil Frazier has been hospitalized for high blood pressure and a possible stroke. I'll try to find out how he's doing today, but this Times-Picayune article mentions that he's taking a break from playing for the near future.

Also, though the article never mentions him by name, Phil & Rebirth are featured in this story about New Orleans rapper Soulja Slim, who was murdered five years ago. Slim's mom Linda Porter is Phil's wife and also president of the Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club.

mattsak, Sunday, 14 December 2008 16:37 (eleven years ago) link

Update on Phil: He is recovering in the hospital after a minor stroke. The band is wanting him to take at least 3 months break. Much love to Phil!

Jeffrey Hills - of Lil Rascals, Preservation Hall, and many more - will be subbing for Phil in the meantime. (That means Rebirth will have about half the Lil Rascals band: Jeffrey, Corey on tb, Vincent on sax, and occasional Rascal Derrick Tabb on sn).

mattsak, Sunday, 14 December 2008 21:46 (eleven years ago) link

So I guess they'll keep their tour dates including Baltimore on New Years. Hope Phil feels better soon

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 December 2008 22:17 (eleven years ago) link

aw man, phil seems like such a machine too, hope he gets better soon.

i think it's been awhile since any band has played under the rascals name? i've seen a corey henry-led brass band a couple times w/damien on sousaphone, ajay mallery, kabuki, wolf on tb, and terrence andrews but it was under the 6th ward all-stars or something.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Sunday, 14 December 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah - the Rascals took a hit when Eldo Andrews died and eventually split 4 or 5 years ago. They're are all spread out now in different bands. The one record they made is a monster. I've been coming back to that one lately, and New Birth's "Family," which I never spent enough time listening to, so its kinda new-to-me. (Great vocals from Glen David Andrews on both those CDs - his new live gospel album seems pretty good from the samples here: )

mattsak, Monday, 15 December 2008 00:54 (eleven years ago) link

I saw Rebirth at the Maple Leaf last night. I thought Jeffrey sounded really good, though Phil was definitely missed. Mostly it seemed like everyone else in the band had upper their game - the horns were tight.

Phil's sister said he his recovering but still needs to be in the hospital.

mattsak, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 21:51 (eleven years ago) link

Ned Sublette book reccommendations

Thomas Brothers’s Louis Armstrong's New Orleans (from 2006) might be the best music book I read this year. It contains as good an attempt as I’ve seen to reconstruct – albeit with a certain amount of necessary speculation – the social milieu and the process by which jazz emerged, with a coherent account of the uptown-vs.-downtown interplay. It’s a richly detailed portrait: “New Orleans during Armstrong’s childhood was overflowing with African-American venues for music. By one count there were ten to fifteen dance halls uptown alone; between them they produced a function every night. A step or two below the dance halls were the ubiquitous honky tonks. Then there were the outdoor venues of lawn parties in the city and dancing pavilions at Lake Pontchartrain, where, on Sundays, up to twenty bands took position for daylong performances.”

I also got around to Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll (from 2007), an essential work of rock and roll history that fills in some necessary gaps in reconstructing the emergence of that other great music that came out of New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 December 2008 04:23 (eleven years ago) link

Trombone Shorty and his band are playing some jamband place in NYC for New Years

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 December 2008 05:08 (eleven years ago) link

Offbeat interview with Shorty also---all about what's learned from touring with Lenny Kravitz!

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 January 2009 05:18 (eleven years ago) link

Is there gonna be a special second line parade today/tonight? Not that I'm there...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

in DC or NO? i haven't heard about one either way.

i'm driving down to NO in a few weeks though, for krewe du vieux.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:03 (eleven years ago) link


Glenn Andrews did a special show at Tips on MLK Day it seems. Larry Blumenfeld did an article on Glenn's ups and downs in life--
"I'll Fly Away" is among the ten stirring tracks on Andrews's new CD, "Walking Through Heaven's Gate," recorded in concert at Zion Hill Baptist Church--where Andrews was baptized, just down the street from the scene of that 2007 arrest. It's a powerful gospel album filled with the repertoire Andrews "learned while sitting in the third pew back," he says, and it testifies that much of what we celebrate as jazz culture grew out of black churches, in places like Treme.

many such contexts, the remarkable singing voice and commanding trombone sound (both powerful, direct, resonant, and with just enough rasp) as well as the disarmingly honest talk of Glen David Andrews have been consistent presences, sending out whatever the situation calls for--beauty, truth, compassion, anger, joy, or all of the above. In that, Andrews is both special and just one of a long line of blood relatives, neighbors and musical ancestors.

Andrews has made no secret of his struggles, whether thrust upon him or created by his own poor judgment. Yet through his talent and swagger, his passion and pride, and even his missteps, Andrews mirrors the city at large. "I'm trying to change how people look at me," he said recently, and I know in that sentiment he is not alone in New Orleans.

One recent sunny Monday, the morning after his live recording and the day before he headed off to a California-based rehab center, Andrews sat on a picnic table, his long legs dangling. It was the very spot of his funeral-procession arrest, now a grassy lot dotted with tables and benches. A freshly painted sign read, "Tuba Fats Square," in honor of a musician Andrews considers at the top of his long list of mentors: This was his community's response to that October evening--when 20 police cruisers flooded an intersection in order to bust up a procession and made the corner look more like a murder scene than that of a communal ritual.

"We were singing, lifting our voices to God," Andrews said. "You gonna tell me that's wrong?" He wondered about the future of the well his music draws from--the same one Marsalis and O'Connor will tap at the Kennedy Center tonight. "From St. Bernard all the way to the bayou, there was a bar on every corner with live music and a great juke box. That's just about disappeared," he said. "Still, to wake up or just sit here in the Sixth Ward in New Orleans is still to be blessed."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 03:35 (eleven years ago) link

That was last night and tonight-- Inauguration Party at Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., with Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Hot 8 Brass Band, and Soul Rebels. 10 p.m.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 January 2009 03:38 (eleven years ago) link

I hope Glenn Andrews gets himself straightened out at the Rehab center. Dude is talented (even if he's a bit opinionated in an ocassionally annoying way when he's dissing younger horn players)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 25 January 2009 04:06 (eleven years ago) link

Wall Street Journal article by Larry Blumenfeld

In November, the nonprofit Sweet Home New Orleans issued a "State of New Orleans Culture" report estimating that three-quarters of the city's 4,500 culture-bearers have returned since Katrina. But as Musicians Union President "Deacon" John Moore said, "It ain't easy in the Big Easy." Since Katrina, music bookings are down by nearly half (45%), average wages by nearly one-fifth (18%). Meanwhile, costs of living have risen 11%. "The scarcity of audiences and the continuing challenges of resettling have limited musicians' opportunities to make a living," explained Sweet Home Director Jordan Hirsch. As pianist Davis Rogan put it: "The music is back 110%. But the audience is only 50% back."

"Historically, musicians have been taken for granted here because it's so common and pervasive," said Scott Aiges, a director at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. "When we hear a brass band it's just another day. But these musicians are the working poor, making an average of $21,000 a year."

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 January 2009 03:54 (eleven years ago) link

driving down on wednesday, seeing soul rebels on thursday, playing at donna's on friday, rolling with the stooges on saturday.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Monday, 2 February 2009 20:04 (eleven years ago) link

Cool. Do you know anything about or have you heard Shamarr Allen's new brass/rock/funk/hiphop band and cd? It has me wondering if he and Trombone Shorty have both decided that they can better make a living doing a hybrid sound and traveling and playing before jamband audiences than they can with a straight-ahead brass band sound? Or maybe that's just what they want to do artistically and I am wrongly reading too much into it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 February 2009 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

Shamarr and the Underdawgs have been playing around town I think since Katrina. It does seem a lot like TB Shorty & Orleans Avenue - more geared towards the jam band crowd. Shamarr's even been playing guitar with them lately. It's not my thing but they seem to like that sound. Shorty draws much bigger audiences here in town, though maybe that will change after Shamarr goes on tour with Willie Nelson!

mattsak, Saturday, 7 February 2009 19:41 (eleven years ago) link

Yea, I heard about that. Interesting

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 February 2009 03:40 (eleven years ago) link

Saw Jordan cowbelling his heart out last night, twice. Getting psyched for the high school bands rolling with the bigger parades--O. Perry Walker in particular. They've been killing it since the storm.

adam, Sunday, 8 February 2009 18:13 (eleven years ago) link

Lil' Wayne did his recent New Orleans song on the Grammys with Robin Thicke and then they brought on Alan Toussaint, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Terence Blanchard. Lil' Wayne was chanting "Feet Don't Fail me Now". It was just the brass folks from Dirty Dozen not the expanded version w/ non-brass players they sometimes tour with

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 February 2009 04:57 (eleven years ago) link

Unrelated to that, while walking to the DC Convention Center earlier to take my kid to the Auto Show, we walked past a United House of Prayer Church and you could hear the gospel 'shout' brass band from the sidewalk. Awesome.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 February 2009 06:24 (eleven years ago) link

oh dude, i didn't know you were still in town, i would've given you a call.

it was a good weekend, i spent my birthday with the stooges @ rock bottom, played at donna's on friday, and rolled with the free agents for krewe du vieux. we had to start driving back before the rebirth second line on sunday, which hurt me deep in my soul.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:30 (eleven years ago) link

Sounds like a great birthday. How long does it take to drive from New Orleans to Wisconsin? Just curious. DC is too far to drive from to Louisiana if you ask me (though some people do it).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

it was about 14 - 15 hours from new orleans to cedar rapids, iowa (where the crews from minneapolis, madison, and chicago met up) and then another few hours home. a long-ass drive, but we had enough drivers to get a good rotation going.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

phil f. played the second line on sunday btw

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 16:02 (eleven years ago) link

He's on the mend. That's great.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 16:20 (eleven years ago) link

From Offbeat e-mail thing:

The Soul Rebels will record their show Friday night at the Blue Nile for an upcoming live CD. That likely means the show will be a) hot, and b) long. Funk band Dr. Gonzeaux will open. The Soul Rebels will spend Saturday night with Sparta, rolling in the parade on float 12: "Uranus." I assume that means the parade's theme has to do with astronomy and not words that make 14-year-old boys chuckle covertly to each other.

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 February 2009 05:16 (eleven years ago) link

i saw soul rebels at rock n' bowl on saturday and there was like no one there. they sounded great though.

might go see rebirth in chicago tomorrow...

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Friday, 13 February 2009 05:26 (eleven years ago) link

jordan let me know if u go, i might be checking it out too

what time does it start, do u know?

LOOK WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLA (deej), Friday, 13 February 2009 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

website says 10:00 but there's an opening band i don't really want to see. i'll text you when/if i go down.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Friday, 13 February 2009 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

History of the Zulus on their 100th anniversary and a preview of the Mardi Gras parade 2-24-09

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2009 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

Louis Armstrong was a member

At 8 a.m. on Feb. 24, give or take an hour or so, the raucous Zulu parade will roll down Jackson Avenue from Claiborne Avenue, then make a left on St. Charles Avenue and head toward Canal Street. The parade consists of about two dozen colorful floats, each with up to 50 riders. But the raucousness isn’t what alarms visitors — this is, after all, New Orleans, and this is, after all, Mardi Gras.

Rather, it’s this: Many of those on the floats and marching with them are in blackface. What’s more, many also wear fright wigs and grass skirts and are handing coconuts to clamoring parade watchers.

The scene looks like something from an old social studies filmstrip about stereotypes and how to avoid them, the kind of thing that crops up today mostly in news accounts involving students being expelled from school.

Complicating matters, most of those in the parade are black.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 February 2009 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

Jordan or others, any of you ever see Snooks Eglin? He just passed away.

from the Snooks thread:
R.I.P. He was great and unique and the manner of his death as described below is very sad.

New Orleans guitarist Snooks Eaglin dies at 72.Posted by Keith Spera, Music writer, The Times-Picayune February 18, 20092:30PM

Snooks Eaglin, the New Orleans rhythm & blues guitarist known for his dexterous finger-picking and boundless repertoire, died Wednesday afternoon.He was 72."He was the most New Orleans of all the New Orleans acts that are still living," said Mid-City Lanes owner John Blancher.Mr. Eaglin apparently checked into a hospital last week with high blood-pressure, then was released. He returned to Ochsner Medical Center on Tuesday, and went into cardiac arrest, Blancher said.

― curmudgeon, Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:38 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 February 2009 04:46 (eleven years ago) link

Mardi Gras coming soon

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 February 2009 22:33 (eleven years ago) link

free hot 8 download at tru thoughts:

i'm just glad they've definitively hit the studio again!

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

Mardi Gras is today/Tuesday but there's some sad news with it.

Keith Spera article
Antoinette K-Doe, the irrepressible widow of rhythm & blues singer Ernie K-Doe who transformed the Mother-in-Law Lounge into a living shrine and community center, died early Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack. She was 66.

"It was her personal mission to keep his memory alive," said Ben Sandmel, who is writing a biography of Ernie K-Doe. "But she also did so much for the community. It's a huge loss for the whole musicians' community of New Orleans."

Born Antoinette Dorsey, Mrs. K-Doe was a cousin of rhythm & blues singer Lee Dorsey. She had known Ernie K-Doe for many years before they became a couple around 1990.

At the time, the singer's best days were far behind him. After a string of hits in the early 1960s, most notably "Mother-in-Law," his career, and life bottomed out. By sheer force of will, she helped him return to the stage and transform himself into an icon of eclectic New Orleans. The couple married in 1994.

"She had him on a short leash," Sandmel said. "She cleaned him up and opened the lounge to give him a place to play."

Ernie K-Doe died in 2001. But thanks to his wife, he maintained a schedule of public appearances via a life-size, fully costumed, look-alike mannequin. Mrs. K-Doe referred to the mannequin as "Ernie."

As the mother hen of the Mother-in-Law Lounge, she presided over one of the city's most diverse, funky-but-chic watering holes. With its vibrant, larger-than-life exterior murals and adjoining gardens, the Lounge stood out on an otherwise rough stretch of North Claiborne Avenue.

As the Ernie mannequin looked on from its corner throne, Mrs. K-Doe served a mix of neighborhood regulars and hipsters from across the city. The Lounge was a favorite haunt of such non-traditional musicians as Mr. Quintron, the Bywater avant-garde keyboardist, inventor and marching band impresario.

The Lounge badly flooded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina's levee breaches. In advance of the floodwaters, Mrs. K-Doe dismantled the mannequin, stored the pieces in plastic bags, and stowed them in an upstairs closet. In the months after the storm, she revived the Lounge with the aid of an army of volunteers and financial support from contemporary R&B star Usher.

Mrs. K-Doe suffered a minor heart attack during Mardi Gras 2008, but recovered. On Thursday, she rode in the Muses parade with the Ernie mannequin. She served as the honorary queen of the Cameltoe Ladysteppers marching organization.

Today she had planned to don the traditional Baby Doll costume and parade through the streets of Treme before returning to the lounge for what is always a busy day. She helped revive the tradition of the Baby Dolls marching organization, and was happy to see others take up the mantle.

Michelle Longino, a founder of the Bayou Steppers Social Aid and Pleasure Club, received Mrs. K-Doe's blessing to costume as a Baby Doll and come out with Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux on Mardi Gras morning.

"She told us that we needed to be proper Baby Dolls, not nasty Baby Dolls," Longino said. "Today we're going to call ourselves the Antoinette K-Doe Baby Dolls in her honor."

Around 3 a.m. Mardi Gras morning, Mrs. K-Doe awoke in her apartment above the Mother-in-Law Lounge and complained of feeling hot, said Gary Hughes, the husband of her adopted daughter, Jackie Coleman. She went downstairs and apparently suffered a heart attack on a sofa in the lounge.

Hughes, who was staying in the apartment at the time, said paramedics arrived quickly but could not revive Mrs. K-Doe.

Today's festivities at the Mother-in-Law Lounge will be in her honor.

"Mardi Gras was her holiday," Hughes said. "She loved Mardi Gras. We're going to run the lounge as if she was here and do it up this one last time for her."

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 February 2009 00:30 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Writer Ned Sublette will be speaking at Hunter college in NY on march 25 -- Maybe about New Orleans (or Cuba or Afro-Latin-Caribbean influences).

in other news, my new book, the year before the flood, is set to come out at the end of august, from lawrence hill books, the same company that published my two previous books. i just finished uploading the pictures. we're going to have a full-color (!) glossy 16-page insert of pictures this time. i hope to be doing some traveling to support the book in the fall. -from Ned's e-mail list

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 March 2009 13:02 (eleven years ago) link

Damn, another death-R.I.P. pianist/singer Eddie Bo.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 March 2009 13:05 (eleven years ago) link

so apparently john scofield just put out a new orleans gospel record with george porter, jon cleary, john boutte, and shannon powell.

meat of beef (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 March 2009 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

They're busy touring for this--but no John Boutte on tour. Nice review in the NY Times.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 14:17 (eleven years ago) link

Trombone Shorty's doing the jam band circuit now with his band Orleans Avenue. That means a Baltimore gig but not DC.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 14:18 (eleven years ago) link

the main thing that bothers me about that scofield record is that shannon powell only plays drums on one song, and the other guy (bonnie raitt's drummer) is not a new orleans drummer, nor does he try to be. if i don't think of it as a new orleans album though, it's nice, i like all the other dudes on it.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 14:24 (eleven years ago) link

just heard the hustlers brass band album. it's real stripped down, it's basically five guys from the soul rebels + wayne on bass drum (used to be with the stooges, plays percussion for trombone shorty now) playing non-soul rebelsy brass band music. there are a few hot cuts for sure.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 7 April 2009 14:27 (eleven years ago) link

Anybody go to the French Quarter Fest? I'm missing that, and Jazz Fest which of course starts next weekend and then the Ponderosa Stomp (not to mention that French-language music fest out in the Bayou that usually has lots of cool zydeco and African bands)

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 April 2009 12:57 (eleven years ago) link

nope, going down this weekend for jazzfest though (playing two nights at donna's & possibly some other stuff).

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 20 April 2009 14:12 (eleven years ago) link

btw i only recently realized that the woman who puts up all the best second line videos on youtube has a blog:

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 21 April 2009 18:56 (eleven years ago) link


curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 April 2009 00:26 (eleven years ago) link

French Quarter Fest - it was a great festival this year - weather was awesome. We (The Jack Brass Band from Minneapolis, MN) brought a band down and we we're asked to play the festival (so we also lined up gigs on WWOZ, at Louisiana Music Factory, and a couple others). Problem being, we didn't get to see everyone we wanted (haven't perfected cloning technology yet). Some great acts we saw included portions of Forgotten Souls, Original Royal Players, Soul Rebels, Storyville Stompers, Treme, Original Hurricane, Leroy Jones, Trombone Shorty). Treme was without a lot of the regulars, as they were on the road - but they had some young guys playing that were barely teenagers, including a trumpeter (John Michael) that was very impressive. Weather and food were fantastic. We also went to a downtown secondline - where we saw the Hot 8 - and caught a club show with the Stooges as well. Now we're sleepy and back home in MN - missing the beautiful weather, food and music.

The JBB, Friday, 24 April 2009 16:35 (eleven years ago) link

Someone who's down there for Jazz Fest (both weekends! I'm jealous, that means they can do Piano night; the Ponderosa Stomp and more) siad the new Rock n Bowl is an improvement over the old one.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 April 2009 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

Geoff Himes, longtime music critic and Jazzfest goer, is blogging Jazzfest for the Los Angeles Times. Here's a post on Rebirth.

The Rebirth Brass Band, wearing identical green “Rebirth” T-shirts, stood in the bright Saturday sun on the second day of this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The front line of three trumpets, two trombones and a tenor saxophonist was backed by a rub-board player, a bass drummer, a snare drummer and a tuba player -- the giant golden bell of his horn emblazoned with the band’s name.

With no stationary instruments such as a keyboard or a trap-drum set, these musicians were ready to go marching off in a parade -- the job description for a New Orleans brass band.

The group, which first played the festival as teenagers in the mid-'80s, is as much a jazz band as a parade band. You could tell by the way the horn players peeled off one by one from the jaunty R&B vamp of “Gemini Rising” to blow adventurous solos.

Like jazz virtuosos everywhere, though, they faced the challenge of holding the attention of an audience that was less interested in virtuosity than in party music. When Phil Frazier, Rebirth’s co-founder and tuba player, noticed the focus of the scantily dressed, beer-can-clutching crowd leaking away, he cued the band to switch to the sing-along title chant of “Who Took the Happiness Out?”

This got the crowd bouncing to the original vamp. Eventually, however, the players started slipping off again into jazz solos against the party groove. But as soon as the crowd’s energy began to sag, it was back to the chant. Back and forth it went for the whole set, even when co-founder and ex-member Kermit Ruffins rejoined the band to add his trumpet to the mix. The danceable grooves and exuberant catch phrases kept the music from growing too cerebral, while the inventive improvisation kept it from becoming too repetitive.

As a solution to the challenge of jazz artists connecting to a non-jazz audience, the New Orleans brass band format is more aesthetically satisfying than, say, smooth jazz. Instead of diluting both the jazz and the R&B, these musicians complicated both aspects and still made them mesh. Rebirth didn’t invent this approach, but they’re doing it better than anyone else in the city right now.

They proved once more that people will dance to a jazz band if you give them half a chance.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 April 2009 23:04 (eleven years ago) link

I wonder if WWOZ archived the Jazzfest shows they streamed over the weekend?

New Birth April 30th.

AT & T is streaming some of the final weekend I think on a link off the official NO Jazz & H site

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 April 2009 23:29 (eleven years ago) link

Sounds like the weather was good for the 1st weekend of Jazzfest. Piano night tonight, Ponderosa Stomp Tuesday & Wednesday.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2009 11:41 (eleven years ago) link

Spent yesterday listening to Louisiana CDs, cooking a big pot of jambalaya and wishing I was at Jazzfest. Discovery of the day: The Wild Magnolias second album, "They Call Us Wild," which I picked up used several years ago but somehow never listened to. Deep jazz-funk grooves from Willie Tee and his brother Earl Turbinton (clavinet and ARP on this is wicked!) and Big Chief Bo Dollis at the top of his game.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Monday, 27 April 2009 13:51 (eleven years ago) link

I saw a sickly but trying Big Chief Bo last summer in DC with the latest version of the Wild Magnolias. I should seek out those old efforts.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2009 14:28 (eleven years ago) link

Big Chief had just been in the hospital and many were surprised he was even there, is what I mean.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2009 14:29 (eleven years ago) link

The first two Wild Mags have been repackaged as a 2-CD set with outtakes etc. I've heard Bo has not been in good health. One of the last times I saw him was when "Life Is A Carnival" came out, end of the 90s. Tiny room (Funky Butt on Rampart) packed like sardines; completely ass-kicking.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Monday, 27 April 2009 14:53 (eleven years ago) link

that rebirth writeup is kind of annoying.

i'm back from new orleans, i'll try to recap after i get a few hours sleep.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 27 April 2009 19:06 (eleven years ago) link

Yea, see what you mean about the Rebirth writeup. Maybe he was trying too hard to make the article accessible to an outsider.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:17 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, it's no big deal. stuff like this bothers me but only as a brass band nerd:

When Phil Frazier, Rebirth’s co-founder and tuba player, noticed the focus of the scantily dressed, beer-can-clutching crowd leaking away, he cued the band to switch to the sing-along title chant of “Who Took the Happiness Out?”

no, that's their arrangement of the tune, that they play every single time.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:31 (eleven years ago) link

anyway, i had a blast playing with mahogany brass band at the fest. we had other gigs fri and sat so i didn't get to check out many other bands on those nights, but caught a lot of tbc on sunday as well as shannon powell's regular gig (unfortunately there aren't any second lines scheduled until after jazz fest). here's a video i took of tbc playing some al green the other day:

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 April 2009 16:37 (eleven years ago) link

Listening to New Birth Brass Band streaming live from Jazzfest as I type!

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:12 (eleven years ago) link

Aw man, I forgot about that even though I posted about it above. Doh!

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 May 2009 04:31 (eleven years ago) link

Jon Pareles look back at this year's Jazzfest in the NY Times---the Andrews cousins, etc.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 May 2009 15:22 (eleven years ago) link

He also blogged a bit from there

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 May 2009 15:26 (eleven years ago) link

Good news...

Looks like HBO will be doing the "Treme" series. Should be a great opportunity for the culture and music - not to mention New Orleans - some attention. Part of the show's theme is about the musicians - and at least in the pilot they were using several brass band musicians.

The JBB, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 14:25 (eleven years ago) link

Yea, David Simon's been making the rounds doing interviews about the state of journalism and his various projects and I heard him discuss this briefly on public radio WAMU in DC. He's a big fan of New Orleans r'n'b. He goes to jazzfest every year and flew a group up to play his son's Bar Mitzvah.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 May 2009 14:39 (eleven years ago) link

The series' first-season story will begin several weeks after Hurricane Katrina and follow its characters -- based on real-life models Kermit Ruffins, Donald Harrison Jr. and Davis Rogan, among others -- at least through the first Mardi Gras after Katrina. Each subsequent season of the series would advance the story one year further from the storm.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 May 2009 04:29 (eleven years ago) link

I know they also used some local musicians in the "brass band" - including Trombone Shorty and Keith Frazier....not sure who else was included...but an article I came across also said Kermit plays himself in the show. This could have some great economic impact for NOLA in general, and the brass bands specifically...It sounds like they are trying to be as real as can be - it's always frustrating to see actors holding instruments with the wrong hands, etc - but they're doing the right homework and bringing in the right people to make it work....kudos to Simon and HBO.

The JBB, Friday, 8 May 2009 15:37 (eleven years ago) link

..............Hanging in the balance ever since the levees failed is the very existence of neighborhoods like Tremé, which is fast gentrifying (a 52 percent post-Katrina citywide rise in rents doesn't help). But such places have long sanctified what Jazz Fest sells.

....The second-liners and Indians were fewer in number this year, and their traditions are embattled beyond the Fair Grounds (the clubs have twice taken the city to federal court). But they were there, and things would've been a good deal less sacred were they not

Leroy Jones, the hometown trumpeter most deserving of wider acclaim, reassembled nearly all of the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band in tribute to banjo player and bandleader Danny Barker, and to a moment when a fading tradition was rejuvenated. Jones's carefully restrained, sweet-toned playing was featured in five other bands, which gets at one of Jazz Fest's great pleasures: the chance to hear favorite musicians in varied formats. Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (playing trumpet, too), and drummer Herlin Riley popped up on stage after stage.

Then there's the festival beyond the festival: beefed-up local gigs in between weekends. Trumpeter Terence Blanchard showcased a new edition of his quintet that gleamed with promise at tony Snug Harbor. Fellow trumpeter Michael Ray re-created Sun Ra's well-arranged psychedelia at the rough-hewn Zeitgeist. Pianist Henry Butler stormed through his former city, reasserting his primacy-in-exile at each stop. And Riley proved that no one hits harder, hipper, and more correctly nearly everywhere, and especially at the Blue Nile, with alto saxophonist Donald Harrison in organist Lonnie Smith's band.

The Fair Grounds is removed from the harsh realities outside its gates, but listen closely, and you'll get the news you need. "This is for all the people who are trying to bring charity back," singer John Boutté announced between tunes. He meant the larger virtue, by way of the latest local hot-button issue: the fight over Charity Hospital, the city's largest health care provider for the uninsured, which has stood vacant since Katrina.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 May 2009 04:28 (eleven years ago) link

Working musicians in New Orleans face steep enough challenges: Since Katrina, bookings are down by nearly half, while the cost of living has risen 11 percent, according to one recent survey.

...Tuba player Bennie Pete turned down a slot at the modest "Jazz & Heritage" stage for his Hot 8 Brass Band, requesting a bigger-draw tent based on his group's raised profile and international tours: "The festival has an opportunity to help lift up the local musicians," he said. "We want something to aspire to-not just surviving in the streets."

Yet despite hard times and spurred in part by disaster, local musicians have broadened their creative pursuits. Trumpeter Shamarr Allen's new CD is titled Box Who In? "Lately, I'm covering Ornette Coleman and Jimi Hendrix as often as Sidney Bechet and Duke Ellington," Christopher noted. Clarinetist Michael White, an authoritative if often buttoned-down traditionalist, wore a T-shirt and the smile of a pleased mentor while playing with the Hot 8 at Sound Café. And at the Jazz Tent three days later, he sported a colorful West African shirt with Fatien Ensemble, in collaboration with Seguenon Kone, whose balafon and dundun drums bespeak his native Ivory Coast. The group played a new tune of White's, "Ancestral Reunion," then a rhythmically realigned version of "St. James Infirmary."

"I think life as I knew it ended with Katrina," White had told me. "And I'm on to another one now."
-Larry Blumenfeld

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 May 2009 04:30 (eleven years ago) link

three weeks pass...

From Keith Spera's obit

RIP Sam Butera, the hard-driving, hard-swinging New Orleans saxophonist who was Louis Prima's longtime musical partner, died Wednesday in Las Vegas following a long illness. He was 81.

A prodigy, he turned pro at 14, serving as the human jukebox for strippers on Bourbon Street. "I worked at every joint on that street," he recounted. "You name it and I worked it. All those girls wanted to do was mother me."

At 18, he was voted the "Outstanding Teenage Musician in America" by Look Magazine at Carnegie Hall in New York. After graduating from Holy Cross High School, he considered Notre Dame University scholarships for music and track and a career in mechanical engineering. Instead he hit the road with big bands led by Ray McKinley, Tommy Dorsey and Al Hirt.

By late 1954, he'd cut several records under his own name. He often performed at the 500 Club on Bourbon Street, which was owned by Prima's brother Leon. Looking to staff his new band at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, Prima scouted Mr. Butera at the 500 Club and offered him a job.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 7 June 2009 22:45 (eleven years ago) link

More bad news from Offbeat magazine's weekly e-mail:

I was sorry to hear that Marva Wright has had a stroke (read down for more information) and shocked to hear that the lovely Lionel "Uncle Lionel" Batiste had been mugged last week outside of his residence on Frenchmen and Royal Street. Mr. Batiste is fine, but did receive a minor cut on his head, and of course, the violation of being mugged. What are these stupid thugs thinking anyway?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 June 2009 14:37 (eleven years ago) link

FFS, is Uncle Lionel not one of the most recognizable persons the Marigny/Quarter/Treme? There's an extra-hot wing of hell reserved for anyone who would mug him.

And be well, marva.

Such A Hilbily (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 11 June 2009 14:59 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, that's messed up. i wonder if he fought the muggers off with his sword cane.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:01 (eleven years ago) link

Jordan's band is on tour folks-

Jordan, I'm gonna plug your band, Mama Digdown's tour here:

June 16th - Dick's Den, Colombus OH
June 17th - Bertha's Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore MD
June 18th - Chick Hall's Surf Club, Hyattsville, MD (outside Wash. DC)
June 19th - Turntables on the Hudson @ Water Taxi Beach, Queens, NY
June 20th - Mermaid Parade, Coney Island
June 20th - Flatbush Farm, Brooklyn, NYC
June 21st - Rose Live Music block party, Brooklyn NYC

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 June 2009 12:08 (eleven years ago) link

I missed Rebirth Saturday at the Washington Monument grounds. Heard they were great. Missed Dr. Michael White too, at a paid gig with Pacquito D'Rivera.

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 June 2009 13:43 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, i was checking out the d.c. city paper and it looks like there's been all kinds of new orleans music going on there.

thanks for the hype. i hope we have time to do a little busking at dupont circle on the 18th as well.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 15 June 2009 13:51 (eleven years ago) link

And if you don't busk there, head down to Wilson Plaza near the Reagan Building where they have live music most days from noon to 1:30. You can busk once the gig ends maybe for workers and tourists... Or maybe do both. After Wilson plaza, jump on the subway and head up to Dupont Circle...

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 June 2009 14:49 (eleven years ago) link

Did you do any busking? How did the NYC shows go?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

great! the rest of the shows were well-attended and hittin'. we did busk at dupont circle the day after the chick's show, made some gas money and sold some cds for sure. thanks again for your help.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 June 2009 17:39 (eleven years ago) link

tbc brass band has a studio album out, on this weird little l.a. label. it's all good, but at least four tracks are straight, unadulterated fire.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Friday, 26 June 2009 14:29 (eleven years ago) link

So I guess I gotta give in and pay $15.99 plus postage for it. Have not checked to see if cheaper downloads are for sale anywhere.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 June 2009 05:17 (eleven years ago) link

As far as regional bands go, Primate Fiasco in Western New England do some mean Dixieland, though mixed in as it is with all kinds of country-blues-psychedelia, so it's not for the purists.

Stefanthenautilus, Saturday, 27 June 2009 05:22 (eleven years ago) link

(that's keith, not phil btw)

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Thursday, 2 July 2009 18:29 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

I'm gonna miss Rebirth at the State Theatre in Virginia next week when I'm out in Oakland for work. I might go see hornman and Satchmo voice imitator (and cousin of Trombone Shorty) Glenn Andrews and band band do a mostly unpublicized show for free out in suburban Reston, VA Saturday night.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 August 2009 16:05 (ten years ago) link

August 16th at the Kennedy Ctr. Millennium Stage for free (and weebcast) -The Marine Corps Band's Dixieland Ensemble performs selections from the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands, New Orleans' street music, and original charts


curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2009 13:58 (ten years ago) link

the typo is mine

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2009 13:58 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I keep missing Rebirth. I was up in NYC with my son and they were playing a late show at a club.

Interesting article Ned Sublette forwarded around about the current population in New Orleans. Here's an excerpt from "The changing face -- and faces -- of New Orleans" by Sarah Carr, The Times-Picayune Sunday August 23, 2009, :

Smith laments the loss of a more vibrant Treme, where children as young as 2 were exposed to the city's musical traditions. Four years ago he said he often saw youths on Dumaine Street forming makeshift bands with pots, pans and bottles.

As the children grew, older musicians provided instruments and training.

"You don't see the grouping of kids making the magic of sound as part of play, " Smith said. "You don't have the relationships that produced Louis Armstrong, that produced Trombone Shorty."

Smith said the city "still showcases the big nickel events, like Jazzfest.
But the bottom, where all that comes from, has been very compromised."

Participation in Tambourine and Fan, the youth club Smith formed in 1968 to preserve New Orleans' cultural traditions, has dropped from more than 500 children before Katrina to about 200 now.

He points to his own 17-year-old grandson, who became fascinated with brass-band music before he was big enough to hold some of the instruments, as an example of what might be lost.

Before Katrina, he played in the band at Thurgood Marshall Middle School.
But he's stopped playing, for now.

"When people ask why, he'll say he isn't comfortable, " Smith said. "So much of what he left isn't here anymore."

Even Perry, who moved to New Orleans just a year before Katrina, has experienced a similar feeling. Welcomed to the city in his first months by a friendly, stable community of coffee drinkers at CC's on Esplanade Avenue, he walks in now and sees "so many new faces, I never know where they have settled, or if they've settled, or if they're here for one week."

He believes, however, that an intangible sense of place will continue to define both New Orleans, and those who live here, as it has for centuries.

"There are no clean slates, " Perry said. "As soon as you settle in a place, you hit an air of culture, of history, of politics. That mitigates all your plans. It shapes you."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 03:05 (ten years ago) link

4 years since Katrina. Harry Shearer is mad Obama is not pledging more money for restoring wetlands and fixing levees --
Obama supporters chided me, back in January and February, to "give him some time, he's only been in office for a month/two months/three months." I guess they knew what I didn't, that the presidency gets easier as you go along, that progressively fewer surprises get dumped on your desk as time passes. Obama's remarks about New Orleans during the campaign were anodyne boilerplate, and what he's giving us now is more of the same. He won't even do the obligatory photo-op in the city on 8/29; he told the Times-Picayune he'll come down "before the end of the year". He didn't say which year.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 August 2009 22:01 (ten years ago) link

Rebirth Brass Band visiting Hull in 2 weeks. I am totally on it.

fun is for people who can't cope with life (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 12 September 2009 15:00 (ten years ago) link


curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 September 2009 14:26 (ten years ago) link

Ned Sublette is having book release events for his new effort--"The Year Before the Flood: A Story of New Orleans." Today (Wednesday) at 5:30 p.m. at Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St.; Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mother-in-Law Lounge, 1500 N. Claiborne Ave. (with live music); and Friday, 5-7 p.m., at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road.

below is from another blog (oops I forgot the link)
The party will be at the Mother-In-Law Lounge in New Orleans: Thursday, September 24. It's going to be the best party ever: live music, two hours of open bar and yes, there will be gumbo.

We've hear talk from friends in New York that they want to come down for it. We'll have a party in New York too, but we'll only have one party at the Mother-In-Law, and you really don't want to miss it.

The Mother-In-Law Lounge, from which the Soul of New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians, Antoinette K-Doe. Godmother of the Baby Dolls -- RIP -- directed all good things for her City.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 17:11 (ten years ago) link

The Year Before the Flood" is not a "Katrina book," but rather a reminder of what life was like "the last year the city was whole," Sublette said, here in the place he calls the northernmost point of the "Saints and Festivals belt." And when he writes of a post-Katrina second-line, with the crowd chanting "Reee-birth!" he says, "Were they supporting the band, or shouting to their city? It was the same thing."

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 17:12 (ten years ago) link

I wonder who's running things over at Mother-in-Law now that Antoinette's gone (RIP).
Also, who's making the gumbo?

Fetchboy, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 17:13 (ten years ago) link

Both good questions.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 September 2009 17:19 (ten years ago) link

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:07 (ten years ago) link

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:10 (ten years ago) link

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:12 (ten years ago) link

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 September 2009 18:16 (ten years ago) link

Those parades (and Rebirth) are awesome.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 October 2009 03:27 (ten years ago) link