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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 (twenty years ago) link

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

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

Brass Bands - C/D

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

Kermit Ruffins is now on tour...

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

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

I'll be there 15th - 18th. Not much I want to see listed but will check with the brass bands, and going the second line for sure.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:33 (eleven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

How was your visit Jordan?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

So the March 2022 Big Ears Fest is gonna have an event of sort coordinated by Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz with Sporty's Brass Band and Haitian bands

As the living embodiment of the acoustic New Orleans jazz tradition, the generations of Preservation Hall had learned as much as they could about the music from the city itself. In recent years, exploratory travels into Cuba and Haiti have led to acclaimed documentaries and albums where the band delves deeper than ever into its native soil. The glee of discovery is palpable as they find roots that lead all the way to West Africa, to France, to many diasporic places.

In 2018, they joined Regine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire to inaugurate the annual Krewe Du Kanaval in New Orleans. A celebratory tribute to the parades, costumes, and music of Creole culture, it will be tailored to The Mill & Mine by Ben Jaffe, the creative director of Preservation Hall. Taking place in and around the venue, the immersive, episodic experience brings together Haitian music heavyweights from across the festival for an experience replete with unique sets and decorations; drumming, dancing, and chance encounters; and DJs deepening the NOLA-Haiti connection. In addition to Preservation Hall, the lineup includes 79rs Gang, who fuse Mardi Gras Indian music with hip-hop; Lakou Mizik, the leading acoustic Haitian roots-music revivalists; RAM, the globally renowned group that electrified vodou music; and Sporty’s Brass Band, one of the best second-line units in New Orleans.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:12 (eleven months ago) link

That Big Ears fest is in Knoxville, Tenn

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:13 (eleven months ago) link

It was really good, thanks. Saw Sporty's Brass Band at Bullets (crushed it), 21st Century Brass Band at the Music Box Village for a brunch gig (a curious but well-intentioned outdoor art space), and TBC at the Treme Hideaway (Derrick Tabb's place) (crushed it). And Treme BB outside Vaughan's, that was nice and wholesome (Corey Henry on trombone). Caught up with Donna, who's writing about about Donna's and brass band history. Learned a lot as always. Never going to Verdi Mart again in my life (was never a fan anyways), but Quarter Grocery is standing strong.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:31 (eleven months ago) link

Oh man, I somehow misremembered that Donna had passed away. So glad that's not the case!

I had plane tix and a hotel reserved for beginning of October, but then Ida went through ands Sun Country cancelled my flight.

I'm working my way through Jazzfest sets on WWOZ's Festing in Place, and TBC is one of the best things I've heard so far. The way they weave rap and pop hits into their songs reminds me of DC gogo.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 17:16 (eleven months ago) link

what does vaughan's smell like inside now that you can't smoke anymore?

adam, Thursday, 28 October 2021 15:46 (eleven months ago) link

Lol, I didn't go inside this time since there was a whole scene outside, although I did last time and it was pretty pleasant actually.

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:06 (eleven months ago) link

Listening to a Trombone Shorty set on OZ and toward the end there was a a rapper throwing down some great hard James Brown style funk. Had to do some research, as I am unfamiliar with 99% of rap created since "Bust A Move." Turns out it was Mystikal doing "Shake It Fast" (sic) and it's on youtube. I like it way better than the original recording.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 29 October 2021 15:00 (eleven months ago) link

Playing with the inimitable Swamp Thing:

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 29 October 2021 20:39 (eleven months ago) link

Nice .

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 November 2021 15:38 (eleven months ago) link

RSVP for next Saturday’s (11/20 2:30pm CT) virtual @WordsandMusicNO event feat. @khdpoetry, whose article, "Oh Casanova," is in @64parishes; @RebirthBB’s Keith Frazier; Michael Ferguson, former music dir of LeVert; and Marc Gordon of LeVert. I’ll moderate the conversation. Free

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:21 (ten months ago) link

That’s a cut and paste of a Dj Soul Sister tweet. Panel will address how that r’n’b song became a brass band fave

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:23 (ten months ago) link

More press emails to me. Rebirth and Davell Crawford and others are also part of this thing

NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans is a landmark virtual fundraiser event showcasing never-before-seen performances and more by some of New Orleans’ most iconic artists and legends, all benefiting community-based nonprofits dedicated to fostering the music culture of New Orleans. Powered by the digital fundraising platform Fandiem, NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans is set for November 19 and 20, beginning both nights at 9 PM (ET)/8 PM (CT), free to view exclusively via

NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans will feature electrifying live performances from an array of New Orleans artists, spanning up-and-coming talent, rising stars, and undisputed musical royalty including Irma Thomas, The Revivalists, Big Freedia, Galactic, Tank and the Banga

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 16:20 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

OST SPOTTED: the hot 8 joy divison cover in venom: let there be carnage

adam, Monday, 20 December 2021 02:47 (nine months ago) link


I watched a Sporty's Brass Band IG Live recently that was great.

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 December 2021 03:11 (nine months ago) link

RIP Sandra Jaffe who helped preserve jazz @ Preservation Hall (along with her husband who had died in 1987)

Preservation Hall was integrated at a time when there were still Jim Crow laws that banned the mixing of races. Mrs. Jaffe was once arrested there, along with Kid Thomas Valentine’s band, for flouting the ban on integration.

“The judge banged his gavel and said, ‘In New Orleans, we don’t like to mix our coffee and cream,’” Ben Jaffe said, recalling what his parents had told him. “She burst out laughing and said, ‘That’s funny — the most popular thing in New Orleans is café au lait.’”

more from article- In 1961, Sandra and Allan Jaffe stopped in New Orleans on their way home to Philadelphia from an extended honeymoon in Mexico. They heard music playing all around them in the French Quarter and stepped into an art gallery on St. Peter Street where a combo was playing traditional jazz.

The Jaffes, then in their 20s, were transformed by what they heard. They came back a few days later to hear the combo again. The gallery’s owner, Larry Borenstein, told them that he was moving his business next door and offered to rent the couple the modest space (31 by 20 feet) for $400 a month.

“We didn’t even think twice about it,” Mrs. Jaffe told the alumni magazine of Harcum College, from which she graduated, in 2011. “‘Of course,’ we said, and that was the beginning of Preservation Hall. We never left New Orleans.”

Preservation Hall — which serves no alcohol, seats 50 or so on six benches and had no air-conditioning until 2019 — has celebrated jazz for 60 years in a city widely regarded as its birthplace. It defied segregation laws in the early 1960s. It survived Mr. Jaffe’s death in 1987, and it survived Hurricane Katrina. The coronavirus pandemic shut it down, but it reopened triumphantly in June.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 January 2022 19:21 (nine months ago) link

Backstreet Cultural Museum struggles and is displaced but is trying to raise funds for new Treme locale and/or in Treme a "yearlong lease on a back house on the African American Museum’s campus. While Ms. Francis-Dilling is still trying to raise funds to make the deal possible, she is hoping to reopen in the new space early next year."

In two small rooms, the Backstreet Cultural Museum chronicled life and death in Black New Orleans.

One was filled entirely with elaborate beaded and feathered suits that debuted on Mardi Gras mornings and were designed by makers known as “Mardi Gras Indians” or “Black Masking Indians.” The other featured solemn photographs of jazz funerals and memorial T-shirts, displayed in a handmade wooden case, that honored lives lost to gunfire. A rudimentary stand held a red tuba played by Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a jazz musician who traveled the world performing but played for tips in the French Quarter any time he was home.

But over the past 16 months, the museum has suffered cataclysmic losses. In late August 2020, Sylvester Francis, its founder, fix-it man and visionary, died of appendicitis at age 73. The following months saw a string of venerable artists and performers whose work was featured in the museum succumb to the coronavirus. And then, a year after Mr. Francis’ death, winds from Hurricane Ida uprooted three immense pecan trees that crushed the back roof of the museum’s rented home, the former Blandin Funeral Home in the city’s Tremé neighborhood.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 January 2022 19:25 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 22:11 (eight months ago) link

I have only watched the first minute or so (so far) and it is great-- the music, the dancing, the costumed folks

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:21 (eight months ago) link

I had missed that item about Backstreet Cultural Museum moving, and hadn't known that Sylvester Francis passed. I was there when it was a pretty new thing, early 2000s, and he was so warm and engaging. That place is amazing and certainly needs to find a new home.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:29 (eight months ago) link

Was just reading about an event that took place in New Orleans this weekend put together by Los Angeles professor Josh D Kun. In 1884 a 75 piece Mexican band that played Afro-Cuban danzones and European sounds came to New Orleans to play at a World's expo type event. Sheet music was made and circulated and their appearances according to Kun became another factor in the New Orleans music sound. With Project New Orleans , Kun set up an exhibit with photos and such re the above history plus he set up a gig that took place Friday night (he shared some clips in Instagram stories-More jazz than funky street brass band, but figured I would post it here rather than jazz thread ): Here's his description in an IG post.

The third component is what brings us here today. I shared all these histories with this brilliant group of local musicians whose own histories span migrations from Morocco, Ghana, and Honduras and connect to histories of Garifuna freedom struggles, African-American migration “up south” and drum legacies of musical liberation in Congo Square. I invited the great Nicholas Payton to imagine a musical response to these histories that the 8th Cavalry Mexican Military Band is a part of: migration, exile, and diaspora, but also indigeneity- there are arrivals, and there are those who were already here. The suite he created is Bulbancha ’84. Please welcome Nicholas Payton, with Oscar Rossignoli, Amina Scott, Mahmoud Chouki, Weedie Braimah, and Herlin Riley.”

curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 January 2022 00:15 (eight months ago) link

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 20:06 (eight months ago) link

another nice secondline

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 01:07 (seven months ago) link

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The Backstreet Cultural Museum has found a new home on the grounds of the New Orleans African American Museum in the Treme neighborhood. After Hurricane Ida wrought extensive damage upon the museum’s longtime location in the former Blandin Funeral Home, executive director Dominique Dilling-Francis was forced to find temporary storage to safeguard the extensive collection of artifacts that tell the story of Black traditions in New Orleans, including Mardi Gras Indian suits, Baby Doll outfits, second line attire from social aid and pleasure clubs, photographs and related ephemera.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum has signed a one-year lease for a small, blue house at 1114 North Villere Street while it continues to search for a larger, permanent location.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 February 2022 03:55 (seven months ago) link

Mardi Gras is coming

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 February 2022 03:59 (seven months ago) link

Historic Dew Drop Inn is reopening in March. Some traditional jazz bands announced but no brass groups yet.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:50 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...

That tornado looked nasty

ALthough I did see in an email-

Feed The Second Line checked on culture bearers that we know live in the area (NO East, Lower 9, Chalmette) and luckily everyone is ok!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 March 2022 16:47 (six months ago) link,from%20a%20Black%20local%20perspective.

An exploration into effects of gentrification, COVID -19, and other issues The Culture faces in New Orleans, through the eyes of the youngest Black Masking Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in the city.

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 16:56 (six months ago) link

I think Big Chief, Black Hawk movie doc just debuted last night

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 16:57 (six months ago) link

Brooklyn Writer John Swenson who contributed to late 70s rock guidebooks and later got a 2nd home in 1999 in New Orleans and wrote about New Orleans music has died of cancer. His 2011 book “New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans” chronicled the role that some musicians played in the city’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina.

Some of us had some issues with his New Orleans and Louisiana music coverage ; but thee was plenty to praise as well

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:45 (five months ago) link

Not gonna make it to Jazz Fest or French Quarter Fest, but at least (as I think I mentioned above) I follow Sporty's Brass Band on IG and see some good video clips there.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2022 13:23 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

It's Jazzfest, everybody. I'm not there this year either, but WWOZ is playing some highlights of past fests until they go live at the fairgrounds at 11:00. Great mix of mostly local jazz, brass band, blues, gospel and Latin so far. I sometimes bitch about what this fest has become over the years, but just hearing Snooks Eaglin's voice pop up made me happy.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 29 April 2022 15:00 (five months ago) link

Those were the good ol days when I saw Snooks at Jazzfest.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 April 2022 03:21 (five months ago) link

The late music writer John Swenson, a former editor and frequent contributor to OffBeat, will be memorialized with a concert The Broadside on Saturday, May 14, as a benefit for The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.

The memorial will be held from 6-10 p.m. and features a stellar lineup of New Orleans musicians, including James Andrews & The Crescent City All-Stars, Ed Volker, Debbie Davis, Davis Rogan, Helen Gillet, 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Joe Cabral, Andy J. Forest, Michael Skinkus, Dayna Kurtz, Don Bartholomew and the Bartholomew Boyz and others.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:38 (four months ago) link

Elvis Costello re New Orleans and Dave Bartholomew tribute with Dirty Dozen Brass Band that he's doing at Jazz Fest

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:40 (four months ago) link

Cool set going on right now with Stanton Moore, David Torkanowski, James Singleton, and Jason Marsalis (joined later by Skerik.) I'm trying to place their opening number, it sounded like maybe Vince Guaraldi (if anyone's inclined to check it out on the WWOZ archive.)

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 6 May 2022 19:02 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Polo Silk Terrell the pictureman exhibit opens July 16 @ New Orleans Museum of Art. Plus he'll be part of another exhibit in September. He's on IG @ PolaNolaphotography

}For more than 30 years, Terrell has taken photos at night clubs, hip-hop and bounce shows, block parties, second lines and Super Sundays, capturing Black New Orleans life in an unparalleled way through countless Polaroids and film shots.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 July 2022 16:38 (two months ago) link

Saw a nice video clip on IG of Big 6 Brass Band early Monday evening gig in DC with go-go bands, that I unfortunately missed.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 July 2022 19:48 (two months ago) link

I've been in a big summer brass band mode

I've been going deep into my NOLA second line youtube holes, to get in the mood for the La Fete de Marquette gigs this weekend. Here's a short thread of the fire I've been injecting directly into my veins:

— CHANTS (@ChantsWI) July 14, 2022

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 July 2022 20:30 (two months ago) link

nice 2011 footage there

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 July 2022 03:26 (two months ago) link

“You fall into it” is how the choreographer and educator Michelle N. Gibson, who grew up in New Orleans, put it in a recent interview. “Nobody teaches second line.”

Except that Gibson does teach it, or her take on it. She teaches some of the history in her one-woman show, “Takin’ It to the Roots,” which she is bringing to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the Berkshires, on July 29-30. For the past few years, she has also been giving second line classes: workshops called New Orleans Original BuckShop in which she presents what she dubs her “second line aesthetic.”

Gibson is careful to specify that what she teaches is her own second line aesthetic, “based on my training and how I want to share it,” not second line as New Orleans natives like herself experience it. “You can’t expect to have that,” she said. “You have to live it.” She said that she sees herself as an intermediary between her New Orleans community and academia, inserting herself into conversations about New Orleans culture and insisting on “reverence to the origins and the people it actually belongs to.”

For the Jacob’s Pillow performances, Gibson is converting “Takin’ It to the Roots,” originally designed for theaters, into processional form: Audience members will follow her to sites around the campus that represent Congo Square and the Black church. The second line at the performance’s end is standard, though. “I always take people out of the theater into the streets,” she said. “There’s not going to be a show that you attend with Mz. G that we’re not going to eventually go outside.”

There will of course be a brass band with her, the NOJO 7, drawn from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.®i_id=37355772&segment_id=99428&user_id=062566bcd9872d3bfa0c4b1ac1e046b4

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 July 2022 04:25 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Music industry vets buy Chickie Wah Wah, embark on extensive renovation of Canal St. venue
They hope to reopen the club by October. Say they will book roots music and jazz

Will they book New Orleans brass bands

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 August 2022 13:03 (one month ago) link

Offbeat editor on changes New Orleans should make to improve the city for bands and the public

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 August 2022 22:11 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

This was a solid Hot 8 lineup and set (with great sound, as far as filmed brass band sets go)

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 13 September 2022 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

Really vibing on this Rebirth show from 2013 too, when Kabuki and Derrick Tabb were still in the lineup

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 September 2022 17:24 (two weeks ago) link

I'll be playing a brass band festival in Asheville NC next weekend, looking forward hearing sets from Da Truth BB and Big Sam.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 16 September 2022 17:25 (two weeks ago) link


September 24 in New Orleans Red Bull Brass band competition w/

The four competing brass bands are Kings of Brass, Big 6 Brass Band, Sporty’s, and Young Pinstripe Brass Band.
Southern hip hop artists Treety, Alfred Banks, Stone Cold Jzzle, and $leazyEZ will also perform with the brass bands.

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 September 2022 13:46 (one week ago) link

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