― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 01:51 (sixteen years ago) link
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (sixteen years ago) link
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 (sixteen years ago) link
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:52 (sixteen years ago) link
Speaking of which, what about brass bands from neither New Orleans nor Wisconsin?
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:17 (sixteen years ago) link
― christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link
― Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 22:29 (sixteen years ago) link
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 (sixteen years ago) link
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 5 September 2002 17:55 (sixteen years ago) link
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 (sixteen years ago) link
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 (sixteen years ago) link
or was it not so brass band-y?
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 00:48 (sixteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 04:42 (sixteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:31 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:57 (fourteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:07 (fourteen years ago) link
― Vornado (Vornado), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:18 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― don, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:22 (fourteen years ago) link
Yeah, remind me! I've missed you guys a few times now!
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:36 (fourteen years ago) link
New Birth Brass Band, D-BoyRebirth Brass Band, Hot VenomStooges Brass Band, It's About TimeSoul Rebels Brass Band, No More ParadesLil' Rascals Brass Band, Buck It Like a Horse
Also a word about Derrick 'Kabuki' Shezbie - he's the main trumpet player for Rebirth, and he was in New Birth as a teenager (he's all over D-Boy). He's SO MUCH LOUDER than any trumpet player I've ever heard, not to mention the fire. His sound is completely wide-open and really sums up the brass band sound for me (he takes the solo on the Rebirth tune I posted above).
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:45 (fourteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (fourteen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:49 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (fourteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (fourteen years ago) link
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (fourteen years ago) link
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (fourteen years ago) link
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (fourteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (fourteen years ago) link
― don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (fourteen years ago) link
― don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (fourteen years ago) link
In Tower Records I noticed in the new Downbeat magazine a nice article on New Orleans brass bands and more. The Stooges Brass band, Hot 8, and Soul Rebels are all here. I haven't checked to see if the article is online.
As a contributing supporter of afropop.org I get a weekly e-mail thing from them. This week they have a nice photo-essay by Ned Sublette(musician, musicologist and author of that immense book on Cuban music) on New Orleans. Sublette is living there for awhile and studying the Caribbean roots of New Orleans. He's got an interview with Donald Harrison and some others. I think you can check it all out at afropop.org
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:48 (fourteen years ago) link
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (fourteen years ago) link
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 20:34 (fourteen years ago) link
― Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (fourteen years ago) link
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:34 (fourteen years ago) link
I think one was called Yarl River Blues Band.
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:08 (fourteen years ago) link
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:10 (fourteen years ago) link
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 (fourteen years ago) link
From the April issue excerpt on Downbeat's website:
Next Generation New Orleans Brass BandsBrass Beyond The Streets
By Jennifer Odell
Philip Frazier honks his sousaphone on a chilly January Sunday on the corner of Daneel and 3rd streets. Musicians start to shuffle away from the crowd milling outside the Bean Brothers Bar and strap on horns and snare drums, ready to get their roll on. Dancers for the Undefeated Dicas Social Aid and Pleasure Club come around the corner and tubas, sousaphones, saxophones and bass drums fall in line as the Divas belt out The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.”
Winding past Mary’s Nightowl Bar, Candlelight Bar, Sandpiper and The New Look, the parading community group hits all of the Uptown neighborhood’s brass band stops. Ostrich plumes fan the air above the Divas in time with Frazier’s non-stop vamps. When the dancers slow down and form a circle, trading moves with kids, the band plays even harder, echoing braay swueals off the projects across the street. This is how brass band music was born.
But it’s growing up. And while playing the second lines and funerals remains important, many of today’s hottest brass players are concentrating more on polishing their CDs and getting national recognition than on stealing the show on Sunday afternoons. The current generation is following the successful business model created by the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth brass bands; updating a traditional sound to make the music relevant to a larger audience. And with each step forward, another cross-breed of the brass band sound is born. Mardi Gras Indian bands like Big Sam’s Funky Nation are based in funk, the Soul Rebels are purveyors of hip-hop and the Hot 8, New Birth and the Stooges hold down the street scene with their bebop-heavy takes on the traditional style.
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link
MARDI GRAS 2005: a photo essay by Ned SubletteAlso Check out Interviews with Joseph Roach, Donald Harrison, and Vicki Mayer by Ned Sublette
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:14 (fourteen years ago) link
― imbidimts, Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:30 (fourteen years ago) link
Right now, one cause for concern is the city’s recently proposed $40 million security plan. A statement from the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, a nonprofit advocacy group, noted that “many locations studied to create the plan, including Times Square, Beale Street [in Memphis] and London’s Soho, are widely seen as culturally ‘sanitized’ and ‘homogenized,’ packaged for easy and unchallenging consumption by visitors.”
One that is still being decided is whether bars should be forced to close their doors at 3 a.m. and make everybody come inside.
The proposal includes adding 200 high-definition cameras in 20 hot spots around the city and big signs that make it clear you’re being filmed. There are barriers, which are meant to stop a maniac with a vehicle from driving onto Bourbon Street
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:33 (two years ago) link
Jason Berry article on Deb Cotton, the blogger/ writer and more who was wounded at a 2013 second line and recently passed away http://www.myneworleans.com/New-Orleans-Magazine/August-2017/Deb-Cotton-Now-and-Forever/
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 05:20 (one year ago) link
Another piece on the late Big Red Deb CottonMaybe she was mentioned in obits back in May
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 05:26 (one year ago) link
So sad. No one's really stepped into that role of documenting the second lines and I miss it.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 22:16 (one year ago) link
I do see clips on Facebook live but that's so transitory.
Maybe she was mentioned in obits back in May
Don't know, but this is the first I'm hearing of it. Really sad.
― smug dinner-jazz atrocity (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 3 August 2017 14:56 (one year ago) link
On twitter @mattHintonPhoto (Matthew Hinton) has some pics up of the second line for Dolores Marsalis that was on the 1st I think
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:43 (one year ago) link
video clip too
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:44 (one year ago) link
Saturday the 5th in Houston: with Hot 8 Brass Band, Bayou City Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:54 (one year ago) link
Read that DJ Brice Nice lost his huge vinyl collection in the flooding that just hit New Orleans. Also, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club has suffered damage too. For others its been even worse
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 August 2017 17:24 (one year ago) link
RIP Arian Macklin, sousaphone player for the Stooges, Free Agents, and Youngblood Brass Band over the years. Also Herlin Riley's nephew.
YBB put up some live tracks, proceeds go to the family: https://youngbloodbrassbandofficial.bandcamp.com/album/rip-arian-macklin
― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:03 (one year ago) link
Hot 8 video for St James Infirmary. Good stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=273&v=wg43MWpLP7g
― "Celebration" encourages the listener to celebrate good times. (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:43 (one year ago) link
Not exactly brass band related, but well...
WWL first reported in 2015 that federal authorities were looking into Mayfield. He's said to have steered more than $1.1 million from the New Orleans Public Library Foundation's Board to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra over two years, while serving in leadership roles on both organization's boards and taking home a six-figure paycheck from the jazz orchestra.
He's also reported to have spent thousands in donations on travel expenses the library foundation says were not connected with library business, including $18,000 in hotel expenses in New York.
According to the station, the indictment against Mayfield and his longtime artistic partner Ronald Markham included four counts of wire fraud, 11 counts of money laundering and one count of obstruction of justice, among other charges.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:30 (one year ago) link
I've been snoozing on this Mardi Gras group the 79rs Gang
An album from 2015 and a 2017 single . On Bandcamp
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 04:56 (one year ago) link
Some friends are heading to New Orleans this coming weekend. Any second lines or great gigs on the 3rd and 4th? Not seeing any second lines listed yet on that WWOZ Taking it to the Streets calendar.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 06:10 (one year ago) link
I'm selecting some favorite brass band recordings for a little piece, and uploading a few that aren't on Youtube. Here's a cut from what is imo the best TBC record, which is not available online:
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 26 February 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:06 (one year ago) link
The Edna Karr High School Marching band from Algiers was featured in a new T-mobile commercial during the Oscars
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 03:33 (one year ago) link
Here's that piece w/some of my brass band picks & blurbs: https://www.theransomnote.com/music/8-tracks/8-tracks-of-new-orleans-brass-bands-with-chants/
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 12 March 2018 15:37 (one year ago) link
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 March 2018 03:51 (one year ago) link
Will be in New Orleans this weekend -- Charlie Sims memorial, French Quarter Fest, playing at the Blue Nile on Saturday, second line on Sunday.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:54 (one year ago) link
Jealous. Where is Donna these days, didn't she relocate to FL?
― No energy, only great chaos (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:57 (one year ago) link
She's been back in New Orleans
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 11 April 2018 19:57 (one year ago) link
Oh no, a Mother's Day incident
The Original Big 7 Social Aid and Pleasure Club's annual Mother's Day second-line had recently passed through the area, and one of the club's members, who declined to give his name, said the parade was ending when he heard gunshots.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:54 (one year ago) link
A man died and a 15-year-old girl was injured in a shooting on Mother's Day (May 13) in New Orleans, according to a news alert from the New Orleans Police Department. The shooting took place near the corner of Duplessis and Lafreniere streets, which is in the Gentilly neighborhood near Interstate 610, between Dillard University and City Park.
Police said the man, 35, died at the scene, and the girl, who suffered a graze wound to the leg, was taken to Children's Hospital where she was in good condition Sunday evening.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:56 (one year ago) link
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 15 May 2018 17:58 (one year ago) link
So sad . Brings back memories of that other one
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2018 23:45 (one year ago) link
I saw New Orleans writer/professor/director Jason Berry speak some years back when the EMP Pop Conference had a New Orleans session. Dude was impressive. He's now raising funds for a movie he's making
Why do we dance for the dead? This documentary explores the complex roots of the New Orleans jazz funeral, using burial traditions as a viewfinder on the evolution of the city. Writer-director Jason Berry, a distinguished cultural historian and director of an award-winning film on the Vatican, Vows of Silence, has been researching and filming brass band funerals and musicians’ interviews, since the 1990s....Our protagonist is Original Liberty Jazz Band leader Michael White, ...As the film unfolds, we meet an array of cultural torch-bearers, like Fred Johnson of Black Men of Labor. The galvanizing Deb “Big Red“ Cotton, a Gambit Weekly blogger chronicling the second line, emerges as a powerful voice the people. Cotton throws a focus on gun violence that has beleaguered some of the parades for Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, spawned by the old benevolent society funerals. When Deb is one of the people wounded in a gang crossfire at a 2013 Mother’s Day parade, her public forgiveness of the assailants -- visiting her shooter in prison – takes the story in a powerful meditation on mercy and redemption....
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 May 2018 15:01 (one year ago) link
Was in Houston where I saw a brass band playing on the corner outside the Houston Astros stadium. I immediately thought they might be all refugees from New Orleans. I was wrong. The Pink Sand Brass Band is predominantly made up of music majors from the Bahamas that attend Prairie View A & M, a historically Black university in Prairie View , Texas
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 June 2018 13:23 (one year ago) link
New Orleans pianist who died from cancer. He also photographed Mardi Gras celebrants, street scenes and the wreckage of his Mason & Hamlin piano after Katrina; his photographs were in the traveling exhibition “Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists.”
― curmudgeon, Friday, 6 July 2018 04:00 (one year ago) link
I like this video of the Big 6 Brass Band at a Popeyes in New Orleans. They get the employees to dance. Am following the band now on twitter, where they have tweeted and retweeted some good New Orleans stuff
― curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2018 17:34 (eleven months ago) link
They're the second line band to beat rn, the two sousaphone players in particular just rip.
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 14 August 2018 15:12 (eleven months ago) link
― adam, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:27 (eleven months ago) link
Just saw a review of movie doc One Note at a Time, that includes Uncle Lionel B and Hot 8 and Irma Thomas and more. Some of it is about how the Louisiana Musicians Clinic helps New Orleans musicians. Was apparently first show in 2016 there, but is getting wider distribution now.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 August 2018 03:42 (ten months ago) link
There's a documentary on Leroy Jones coming out too:http://www.theleroyjonesstory.com/https://youtu.be/iw4BKbn6k0M
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 August 2018 15:57 (ten months ago) link
New Youngblood covers EP too: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ICLCgbh6VBwO1VOnA7GZG?si=Zg59RI2TQaq6U_hoP8sxVg
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 August 2018 18:32 (ten months ago) link
That Youngblood Brass cover of Rihanna “Umbrella “ is nice if a tad too relaxed.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:49 (ten months ago) link
Hmmm, wonder if Jordan has some fave New Orleans releases for 2018?
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:08 (seven months ago) link
Man, I wish I did, but there's been a dearth of (good) brass band albums lately. The older bands either haven't been putting out much or I haven't been feeling it, like a certain band with a UK label (sorry).
The younger bands sound amazing on the street but aren't translating that to records for the most part. Big 6 put out a mixtape, but they sounded so much better at the second line: https://soundcloud.com/user-60647372/micheal-jackson-black-or-white
TBC posted a couple of nice singles (with Kabuki on trumpet, nice to hear him again), hopefully they'll put out a record next year:https://soundcloud.com/tbc-brass-band/mbk-we-at-celebration-hall-every-wednesday-night
On the traditional side, I like this Mark Braud album with Herlin Riley on drums, especially this cut. None of his stuff is on streaming services but this one is on Soundcloud for some reason. https://soundcloud.com/user-618715822/trouble?in=user-618715822/sets/living-the-tradition
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:30 (seven months ago) link
Oh and Youngblood Brass Band's new EP of covers that I posted above.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:31 (seven months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:43 (seven months ago) link
I'm playing at this in a few weeks, apparently the first brass band-focused festival in New Orleans (can that be true?):http://https%3A//scontent.feau1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/53057849_350201285583500_8500506784417447936_n.jpg%3F_nc_cat%3D105%26_nc_ht%3Dscontent.feau1-1.fna%26oh%3Da97824dbbda4e22de657c9373a76b097%26oe%3D5D28D511
TBC, Stooges, Hot 8, Cheeky Blakk, DJ Jubilee, second line dance-off, it sounds like heaven.
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:21 (four months ago) link
Oh well, it's this, but they haven't posted the full flyer/lineup on the site yet (just on facebook) -- http://nolabrassfest.com/
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:22 (four months ago) link
that is a highly new orleanian website
― adam, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:20 (four months ago) link
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:21 (four months ago) link
Amazing weekend, from playing at the brass band fest and seeing all the bands in one spot (+ Phil Frazier getting honored, that was emotional because he's not in the best of health), to playing a party with the Stooges BB, to the second line on Sunday.
Put some little bits up on instagram, there's a lot more on facebook etc.
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 March 2019 18:16 (three months ago) link
Hallelujah, a new TBC Brass Band studio album -- https://open.spotify.com/album/52NjIcq4D5sNpzwPIUpV4G?si=OPC3hr1ETLyVFMNnBhe1LA
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:39 (one month ago) link
Only tangentially related, and I'm not sure if this stuff is your thing at all, but Jordan have you caught Naughty Professor? One of my favorite discoveries at Jazzfest this year. Super talented musicians, and tight arrangements that go a lot of different places.
― While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 29 May 2019 15:32 (one month ago) link
ooooh, got to check out that new TBC album. ALso, Everytime I delve into Instagram posts, the 2nd line parade ones make me wanna get back back there
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:58 (one month ago) link
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:48 (two days ago) link