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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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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

aw that's sweet, i hope yall had a good time!

adam, Tuesday, 10 March 2020 18:45 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Phil Frazier of Rebirth Brass has coronavirus. Virus Has spread a lot in New Orleans area

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:10 (seven months ago) link

Ronald Lewis , 9th Ward founder of House of Dance & Virus died at 68 from the coronavirus. Also New Orleans bounce dj Black n Mild (Oliver Stokes) died at 44

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 March 2020 15:17 (seven months ago) link

Phil just can't catch a break. :(

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:18 (seven months ago) link

Putting this here because no one else will care: a few months ago I picked up a $1.99 copy of Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton (on Verve, 1997) and man I love this. It helps that I saw Doc at Jazzfest around that time, but it’s a super lovely mix of ballads and swingin’ tunes, with my new favorite version of “Stardust.” I’ve returned to it again and again. Best two bucks spent recently.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Friday, 27 March 2020 01:45 (seven months ago) link

That sounds great

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 March 2020 05:03 (seven months ago) link

I didn’t know there’s a Grammy for best jazz solo, but Doc won it in 1998 for his solo on “Stardust.”

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 28 March 2020 13:08 (seven months ago) link

Soothing music for troubling times.

A perfect transcript of a routine post (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 28 March 2020 13:23 (seven months ago) link

Saw DJ Soul Sister retweet that Ropeman has died. He held the ropes in many New Orleans second lines

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 March 2020 17:36 (seven months ago) link

Club d.b.a. for sale. Sealed bids only . C’mon folks . One of us has to win the lottery and then we can all own it

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 April 2020 03:56 (seven months ago) link

Aw, man... depressing.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 11:45 (seven months ago) link

DBA was such a godsend when it opened, one of the few places to get a craft brew when Abita was pretty much the only game in town. I consumed many Anchor Liberty Ales there. I agree, Frenchmen Street is a much crazier place than it was twenty years ago, but I hope they can continue.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 13:11 (seven months ago) link

Damn. Ellis Marsalis at 85 . RIP

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 April 2020 01:36 (seven months ago) link

wow. RIP

budo jeru, Thursday, 2 April 2020 01:41 (seven months ago) link

Oh, no! RIP. He closed out last year in the jazz tent at Fest with all his sons, but I didn’t go. Opted for Al Green.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 2 April 2020 02:08 (seven months ago) link

Complications from Corona. Fuck.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 2 April 2020 02:10 (seven months ago) link

No second lines allowed now.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 April 2020 12:30 (seven months ago) link

RIP Ellis, never did get to see him play.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 2 April 2020 13:40 (seven months ago) link

On a lighter note, someone got Derrick "Kabuki" Shezbie to record a Buddy Bolden-themed trad album (his first solo record in 26 years):

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:37 (seven months ago) link

Contrast with this gem where he's all of 13:

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 3 April 2020 14:40 (seven months ago) link


Can I get a late pass for just starting to follow on Instagram @polonolaphotography and @akasharabut


curmudgeon, Monday, 6 April 2020 20:19 (seven months ago) link

Stafford Agee, trombone player for the Rebirth Brass Band — which received a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Album in 2011 — said that while he was able to ride out March on his savings, now he’s worried how he’ll pay the bills and support his four children.
“My ‘riding out’ is done,” he said. “I’m rode out. … We’re in another month now.”

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 April 2020 20:07 (seven months ago) link

The article notes Agee in the past has done contractor and electrical work to pay bills but he isn’t getting that kind of business now either. The article does say that Phil F of Rebirth is feeling better.

Also from W Post article:

Three days a week on the sidewalk outside his closed club, Howlin’ Wolf, Kaplan distributes a couple hundred takeout containers of food to musicians and hospitality workers.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 April 2020 20:12 (seven months ago) link

WWOZ is doing virtual French Quarter Fest (and will do virtual Jazzfest the next two weeks.) Some great in-studio performance video so far: Pinettes Brass Band, John 'Papa' Gros backed by Naughty Professor, and Honey Island Swamp Band.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Friday, 17 April 2020 18:13 (seven months ago) link

I listened to some of the WWOZ Jazzfest in place. Irma sounded great. I missed some brass bands. Will have to check the archives.

More sad news: Big Al Carson, blues singer On bourbon street and was also a tuba player with some trad brass bands at 66. Photo on link is old. He reportedly had lost a bunch of weight.


curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 19:47 (six months ago) link

Cross-posting this here (glad to see the New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund has raised some money):

Mama Digdown's Brass Band finally finished the Bill Withers tribute we recorded after he passed, it took awhile to figure out recording in our separate homes and putting a video together:

All proceeds go to the New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund:

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 16:45 (six months ago) link

Alfred "Uganda" Roberts died this morning at the age of 77. Roberts first came to prominence in New Orleans music as the percussionist with Professor Longhair.

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 21:36 (six months ago) link

x-post -- Nice Mama's Digdown Bill Withers tribute

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:26 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Thank you, thank you and thank you again for your donations to the New Orleans Brass Band Relief Fund!! As part of a final push for donations to this fund, we’re bringing ya’ll a special Brass Band Blowout livestream tomorrow, June 28th at 8PM CT. We’ll be featuring six of the best of New Orleans brass: Slow Rollas Brass Band, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Young Pinstripes Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, New Orleans Nightcrawlers and Rebirth Brass Band. Tune in on the NOLA Brass Fest Facebook page

curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:32 (four months ago) link

The above is tonight

curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 June 2020 19:19 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Another recorded-at-home track from us, inspired by hearing the Soul Rebels play it way back in the day, proceeds go to Roots of Music:

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 21 August 2020 16:47 (three months ago) link


curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 August 2020 05:54 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Junior Robertson died at 91 . He owned the bar Junior’s Place that was later called Little People’s Place.

Bass drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste often played the bar’s ashtrays like drums and other men would pick up the cowbell or washboard and sing along. Patrons danced to Robertson’s favorite blues records played on the jukebox or to classic hits played by DJs like Verna Mae Jones and record producer Walter Moorehead. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band played there in the mid-1970s, as did Benny Jones with his earliest incarnation of the Treme Brass Band. It was a stop for every downtown second-line parade on Sunday afternoon and the home base for the Downtowners Social Aid and Pleasure Club

curmudgeon, Sunday, 6 September 2020 05:36 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Can New Orleans clubs ( especially Black-owned ones) survive without federal aid

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 20:57 (one month ago) link

Damn, this is a funeral for TBC Brass Band's cowbell player, apparently stabbed to death :(

(also a rare all-trombone front line, and they're crushing)

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 19 October 2020 21:41 (one month ago) link

Oh no

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:40 (one month ago) link

Cowbell Keem was 37.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 October 2020 02:39 (one month ago) link🕸/

I've been snoozing on this Mardi Gras group the 79rs Gang

An album from 2015 and a 2017 single . On Bandcamp🕸

just found out about these guys through Spottie’s 11 favourite songs of the moment, fuck. they have a new (well, it’s been out for 5 months) album out, Expect the Unexpected, and it’s absolutely fantastic!

“79rs Bout to Blow”:


Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 22:38 (one month ago) link

have no idea how this compared to their earlier stuff, will check that out later.

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 22:44 (one month ago) link


Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Friday, 23 October 2020 22:45 (one month ago) link

btw, the post I quoted is from curmudgeon, from January 2018.

49rs Gang aren’t a brass band obviously, so I’m not even sure this is the right thread to discuss them - but maybe it is, thru the NO / Mardi Gras connection? Is there a more suitable thread?

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Saturday, 24 October 2020 07:02 (four weeks ago) link

damn, *79rs* Gang. I just woke up!

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Saturday, 24 October 2020 07:03 (four weeks ago) link

Really digging “About to Blow,” thanks!

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Saturday, 24 October 2020 15:43 (four weeks ago) link

Yes and “trouble” has that Mardi Gras Indian feel

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 October 2020 21:09 (four weeks ago) link

I'm into it, I love the Indians music (especially when played by the brass bands, and a lot of brass band musicians are also involved with the Indians). It's always tough when people 'produce' this music because it's so perfect in its stripped-down form, but this record does a good job of keeping the energy and not overdoing the production. I like it a lot better than the funk band version of Indian music tbh (those Wild Tchoupitoulas records etc).

This one has musicians from Da Truth and Soul Rebels, with Derrick Tabb on snare:

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 26 October 2020 15:49 (four weeks ago) link

He raised some $ via a Go-Fund Me. Club had been shut down for violating Covid restrictions

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 November 2020 04:54 (two weeks ago) link

TBC live set on Offbeat's fb page:

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 18 November 2020 00:57 (five days ago) link

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