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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 (nineteen years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

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

Brass Bands - C/D

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

Kermit Ruffins is now on tour...

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

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

Brass Fest happening now:

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 13 March 2021 19:43 (six months ago) link

Thanks, send some $ too

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 March 2021 20:00 (six months ago) link

I sent some I mean

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 March 2021 20:08 (six months ago) link

Sporty’s Brass Band

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 March 2021 22:37 (six months ago) link

Big 6 strong too, of course

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 March 2021 22:49 (six months ago) link

Mama Digdown getting love from the emcee for their smokin performances. Nice video ( plus predictable calls to show me your cheese Wisconsin)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 March 2021 23:42 (six months ago) link

I hadn't seen the video until it aired, I got emo seeing all that footage from last year.

Loved the Sporty's and Big 6 sets, I was dancing in my kitchen all day.

(the less said about some of the others, the better, lol)

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 14 March 2021 18:07 (six months ago) link


curmudgeon, Monday, 15 March 2021 18:37 (six months ago) link

NBC tv news story tonight: New Orleans Black community reeling from Covid

17 members of the Zulus died during the pandemic . So many Black New Orleans Covid deaths

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 March 2021 23:26 (five months ago) link

Dvr’ing that, .

In more upbeat news , saw a video clip on twitter of Big 6 playing on a porch in the evening sounding great. An Offbeat mag tweet

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 15:46 (five months ago) link


Keelian Boyd Sr., an artist and celebrated big chief of the Young Maasai Hunters, died Sunday of heart failure at the Ochsner Health Center in Chalmette. He was 37.

Boyd, a crane operator at Domino Sugar in Arabi, launched the Young Maasai Hunters tribe in 2018, emerging on Mardi Gras morning in a stunning purple suit with two perfectly suspended wings extending from the side of his crown. Before that he had been mostly behind the scenes in the Black masking Indian culture, also known as Mardi Gras Indians, as a "hook-up man," basically an advisor called in at clutch moments to help other Indians finish their suits

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 13:47 (five months ago) link

21st Century Brass Band released an album and it's hard:

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:31 (five months ago) link

Also 'I Wanna Go Back Outside' must be the first brass band tune about the pandemic

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 1 April 2021 20:34 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

"I Wanna Go Back Outside" by 21st Century Brass sounds good. Will check out the rest.

Not always crazy about Offbeat Magazine, but sometimes it has provided good coverage. They have a go fund me going

We are closing our Frenchmen Street office, where we've been located since 1998, because we can no longer afford the rent in this location. We are having to get rid of decades' worth of OffBeat Magazine copies, photos, posters, books and more so we can move to a smaller location within the New Orleans Jazz Museum at 400 Esplanade Avenue (located in the Old U.S. Mint). We need your help more than ever!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 April 2021 15:30 (four months ago) link

offbeat is brutally corny but i love the tireless/guileless energy that leads them to run like 1000 word reviews of some papa grows funk cd called "red beans and fais do do: live on dumaine st"

i will probably give them some money just for providing me free reading material for bus and streetcar rides for 15 years

adam, Thursday, 22 April 2021 17:03 (four months ago) link

In my early days of going to Jazzfest, pre-internet, you didn't know stages and times for acts until you hit town and picked up an Offbeat, so for providing me those few moments of joyous scribbling and highlighting they will always be a great memory.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 22 April 2021 17:17 (four months ago) link

WWOZ is doing a jazz fest in place through the weekend

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 April 2021 14:33 (four months ago) link

More sad news . Via a Ned Sublette email:

Terry Gibson, Jr., trumpeter with Sporty's Brass Band in New Orleans, died suddenly on the night of April 12 at the age of 29.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:28 (four months ago) link

Obit names all the bands Gibson was in , talks about his European gigs, and a brief mention of his backing Beyonce on a trip she made to New Orleans

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:32 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

article by someone unfamiliar with brass bands on new movie doc by writer Jason Berry on New Orleans and brass called City of a Million Dreams . I heard Berry speak once. Impressive guy

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:26 (four months ago) link

In 2018 Berry released a book with that title. Now comes the movie doc

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 May 2021 12:30 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Satchmo SummerFest from July 31 to August 1.

Jazzfest October 8 to 17th

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 04:05 (three months ago) link

French Quarter Fest in October will be Thursday through Saturday as city of New Orleans said it would be too hard to provide police for a Sunday FQF day and a Saints game

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 22:26 (three months ago) link

First official post-pandemic second line:

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 13:58 (two months ago) link

Yeah, I guess.

So the fall JazzFest has been announced and eh whatever.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 04:40 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Judy Cooper book on New Orleans social clubs and second lines


Judy Cooper, with essays by Rachel Carrico, Freddi Williams Evans, Charles “Action” Jackson, Matt Sakakeeny, and Michael G. White

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:34 (one month ago) link

2021 Jazzfest cancelled due to Delta variant Covid

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 August 2021 19:18 (one month ago) link

I'm scheduled to be there then, playing a wedding and some other gigs. We will see?

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 9 August 2021 19:20 (one month ago) link

Sorry. Was thinking many folks had already bought plane tickets, made reservations, etc but the unvaccinated were not thinking about that

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 August 2021 19:24 (one month ago) link

The cancellation of Jazz Fest is actually the second major blow of the past week; two days ago, we lost Charles “Action” Jackson, WWOZ radio host and one of the staunchest advocates and stewards of NOLA brass band and second line culture. Check out “Takin It to the Streets” on ‘OZ’s website if you’re not familiar with him, and spread the word about him if you are. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P.

thewufs, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 04:03 (one month ago) link

I'm gonna miss "It's your BOY!"

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:33 (one month ago) link

RIP, it changed the game when I could actually look online and see second line dates & routes, instead of having to text somebody in the band.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:41 (one month ago) link

Photos from a pop up second line for Action Jackson

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 18:50 (one month ago) link

New Orleans movie showing for free online via this fest only through August 18

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 01:48 (one month ago) link

Article about Congo Square and the Jason Berry movie doc City of a Million Dreams

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 August 2021 01:51 (one month ago) link

Good luck New Orleans

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 August 2021 04:05 (three weeks ago) link

Going to see Rebirth in Rhode Island on Wednesday. They'll be playing with heavy hearts, I'm sure.

TO BE A JAZZ SINGER YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SCAT (Jazzbo), Monday, 30 August 2021 11:46 (three weeks ago) link

Bennie Pete, founder and leader of the Hot 8 Brass Band, has passed. R.I.P.

thewufs, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no!

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

Hasn’t been officially reported yet AFAIK but a tuba-playing friend told me, and the news is going around facebook.

thewufs, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

I heard as well, RIP. It hasn't hit me yet but he was one of the kindest people I've ever met, just a big-hearted mountain.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 6 September 2021 16:33 (two weeks ago) link

Seeing it on twitter too. Googling I see he has had health issues since 2014. Had seizures then . So sad . In his 40s

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:35 (two weeks ago) link

Big 6 Brass band is struggling due to Hurricane Ida. Asking for $ to their Cash App on Instagram

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

Uncle Lionel’s brother, musician Norman Baptiste died back in August I see

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 September 2021 18:40 (one week ago) link

Norman Batiste

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 September 2021 18:41 (one week ago) link

We're doing a fundraiser on Friday, will be distributing proceeds to our New Orleans brass band community:

Same for everything from the Mama Digdown's and Youngblood Brass Band bandcamp pages.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 13 September 2021 18:43 (one week ago) link

Found this incredible archival footage of Hot 8 from 1996, almost 2 hours long, apparently digitized from Bennie Pete's VHS copy:

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 17 September 2021 19:01 (three days ago) link


curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 September 2021 05:09 (yesterday) link

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