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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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) link

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

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

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

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

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

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

Brass Bands - C/D

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

Kermit Ruffins is now on tour...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jordan is SO SO SO OTM about Hot 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nice. I will be there next week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Murphy
USA, 2005, TBD

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

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

At the SILVER PLAZA in Downtown Silver Spring

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was a jaw harp solo though.

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

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

Will(iam), Friday, 27 May 2005 14:01 (fourteen years 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

one month passes...

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

again?! :(

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

three weeks pass...

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

four weeks pass...

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

one month passes...

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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

love it

adam, Tuesday, 14 August 2018 16:27 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

There's a documentary on Leroy Jones coming out too:

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 August 2018 15:57 (eleven months ago) link

New Youngblood covers EP too:

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 August 2018 18:32 (eleven months ago) link

That Youngblood Brass cover of Rihanna “Umbrella “ is nice if a tad too relaxed.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:49 (eleven months ago) link

three months pass...

Hmmm, wonder if Jordan has some fave New Orleans releases for 2018?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:08 (eight 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:

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:

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.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:30 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link


curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:43 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...

I'm playing at this in a few weeks, apparently the first brass band-focused festival in New Orleans (can that be true?):

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 (five months ago) link

Oh well, it's this, but they haven't posted the full flyer/lineup on the site yet (just on facebook) --

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 20:22 (five months ago) link

that is a highly new orleanian website

adam, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:20 (five months ago) link


change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:21 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Hallelujah, a new TBC Brass Band studio album --

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 28 May 2019 20:39 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

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