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jordan -- is that yr actual email addy? (I'll do a trade for a copy of that mix).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Yep (change gmale to gmail obv.). That sounds good Julio, I'm sure you have some stuff I'd love to hear.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (fifteen years ago) link

Jordan is 100% otm re: high school bands. New Orleans has like the Delta Force marching bands--all the best music during Mardi Gras can be heard by avoiding the clubs (most of which are hosting jam bands anyway) and hitting the parades further Uptown (before the kids playing are all worn out).

I am also interested in Jordan's mix.

adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (fifteen years ago) link

by avoiding the clubs

But still go to Donna's and the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps and Cafe Brasil!

most of which are hosting jam bands anyway)

Oh god this is so horribly OTM.

I am also interested in Jordan's mix.

Send me your address.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:37 (fifteen years ago) link

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

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

Yas yas, that's what I like about the South. Alabama's Public TV used to broadcast an annual marching band contest, live from Bessemer High School's football field. That sound, across the stadium (and airwaves), not just horns but the drums, it moves me man. Reminds me that Bessemer is the disembarkation point of Sun Ra (and my father). As far as non-high school, don't forget Mississippi's late (and maybe last of a kind) Othar Turner. And I always suspected that those early N.O. parade bands, "soloing" in different keys simulanteously for *one* thing, were an influence on free jazz (Ornette Coleman had played in proto-R&B bands in his native Texas, and toured in a medicine show band, according to A.B. Spellman, and also lived in New Orleans in 1950 or so, when he could have heard some of those guys live, although there was no revival then, was there? And old guys don't usually have the wind to flip out, I know from my own brass, but his wife Jayne Crotez was known to have a killer collection of 78s.Think also of ASCENSION, esp. the better version, eventually relaesed with the *relatively* tamer, more familiar take. And Gary Giddins said that his Jazz History students hit a wall when they got to Air, etc. but loved Henry Threadgill's JELLY ROLLS, which I think was one of the earliest Free-to-Ur foldovers. And some of them got intoFree per se, with JR as their gateway. I was always fascinated by Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan's albums of spiritual and gospel, and notice elements of these primogen. influences in Ayler (listening to the boxset single-disc promo, for inst). Reminds me: don't know how widespread this trend is, but in the CD store where I was working last year, noticed a jazz X gospel trendette, coming from "Jazz" section *and* from gospel (and of course the latter's had crossover from Blind Boys of Alabama and Robert Randolph and the Family Band, but that's getting away from horns altogether)

don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (fifteen years ago) link

Erm, that would be Jayne Cortez, not "Crotez." Charlie Haden said that before anybody could borrow one of her records, they had to promise to learn to play the songs on it. (She eventually put out her own albums, like the killer early jazz-rap MAINTAIN CONTROL, with mebers of Prime Time, and Ornette as special guest on "There Are No Simple Answers." Again, off-topic, but great[and o course he does play a horn])

don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Fixed the link above for that Rebirth & Slim tune.

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

We have People TV in Atlanta, and last year I spent a lot of time taing random things off it, marshing band videos being one of them. The beats truly were crunk, and the dancing that accompanied them was straight out of the club.

Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Marching band videos? You mean like single songs, like pop videos? Whole concerts? Never heard of People TV, is that local to Atlanta?

don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Thanks for the links, Jordan. Also, on Public Radio's "Beale Street caravan," I just heard NRBQ with horns, live from Coney Island (the one in Cincinnati, not NY). They kept adding extra beats to "swing"; pretty funny. I'd forgotten, they used to have the Whole Wheat Horns, or maybe they're playing horns themselves, like Z Z Top. Reminds me of HIP-BOP-SKA, by the Skatalites, with guests like Lester Bowie and David Murray. Lester does some of this approach on James Carter's COVERSIN' WITH THE ELDERS, which also has Harry Sweets Edison on trumpet, Buddy Tate on clarinet, Hamiett Bluiett on baritone, and JC plays various reed instruments from his storied collection. It ain't Storyville but it ain't bad. Chicka-boom!

don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (fifteen years ago) link

three months pass...

In Tower Records I noticed in the new Downbeat magazine a nice article on New Orleans brass bands and more. The Stooges Brass band, Hot 8, and Soul Rebels are all here. I haven't checked to see if the article is online.

As a contributing supporter of I get a weekly e-mail thing from them. This week they have a nice photo-essay by Ned Sublette(musician, musicologist and author of that immense book on Cuban music) on New Orleans. Sublette is living there for awhile and studying the Caribbean roots of New Orleans. He's got an interview with Donald Harrison and some others. I think you can check it all out at

steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:48 (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

Rebirth did some foul-mouthed rhymes themselves the last time I saw them, but I bet it wasn't as good as what you saw Will.

steve-k, Friday, 27 May 2005 15:56 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, the Rebirth dudes were trading rhymes as well. The guys that got up there with them may have just been friends. I certainly didn't recognize them from the main CM roster and the tip came from some random, (possibly) clueless dude. Whatever the case, lily-white debs backing that azz up and suggestively carressing the trombone player's horn (heh) was a site to behold...

Will(iam), Friday, 27 May 2005 17:50 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
Revive. Hey Jordan and other brass band afficionados--

September 8, 2005
Jazz Musicians Ask if Their Scene Will Survive
By BEN RATLIFF, New York Times
New Orleans is a jazz town, but also a funk town, a brass-band town, a hip-hop town and a jam-band town. It has international jazz musicians and hip-hop superstars, but also a true, subsistence-level street culture. Much of its music is tied to geography and neighborhoods, and crowds.

All that was incontrovertibly true until a week ago Monday. Now the future for brass bands and Mardi Gras Indians, to cite two examples, looks particularly bleak if their neighborhoods are destroyed by flooding, and bleaker still with the prospect of no new tourists coming to town soon to infuse their traditions with new money. Although the full extent of damage is still unknown, there is little doubt that it has been severe - to families, to instruments, to historical records, to clubs, to costumes. "Who knows if there exists a Mardi Gras Indian costume anymore in New Orleans?" wondered Don Marshall, director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation.

"A lot of the great musicians came right out of the Treme neighborhood and the Lower Ninth Ward," said the trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, temporarily speaking in the past tense, by phone from Houston yesterday. Mr. Ruffins, one of the most popular jazz musicians in New Orleans, made his name there partly through his regular Thursday-night gig over the last 12 years at Vaughan's, a bar in the Bywater neighborhood, where red beans and rice were served at midnight. Now Vaughn's may be destroyed, and so may his new house, which is not too far from the bar.

On Saturday evening Mr. Ruffins flew back to New Orleans from a gig in San Diego, having heard the first of the dire storm warnings. He stopped at a lumberyard to buy wood planks, boarded up 25 windows on his house, then went bar-hopping and joked with his friends that where they were standing might be under water the next day.

The next morning he fled to Baton Rouge with his family, and now he is in Houston, about to settle into apartments, along with more than 30 relatives. He is being offered plenty of work in Houston, and is already thinking ahead to what he calls "the new New Orleans."

"I think the city is going to wind up being a smaller area," he said. "They'll have to build some super levees.

"I think this will never happen again once they get finished," Mr. Ruffins added. "We're going to get those musicians back, the brass bands, the jazz funerals, everything."

Brass bands function through the year - not only through the annual Jazzfest, where many outsiders see them, and jazz funerals, but at the approximately 55 social aid and pleasure clubs, each of which holds a parade once a year. It is an intensely local culture, and has been thriving in recent years. Brass-band music, funky and hard-hitting, can easily be transformed from the neighborhood social to a club gig; brass bands like Rebirth, Dirty Dozen and the Soul Rebels have done well by touring as commercial entities. Members of Stooges Brass Band have ended up in Atlanta, and of Li'l Rascals in Houston; there could be a significant brass-band diaspora before musicians find a way to get home to New Orleans. (Rebirth's Web site,, has been keeping a count of brass-band musicians who have been heard from.)

The Mardi Gras Indian tradition is more fragile. Monk Boudreaux is chief of the Golden Eagles, one of the 40 or so secretive Mardi Gras tribes, who are known not just for their flamboyant feathered costumes but for their competitive parades through neighborhoods at Mardi Gras time. (Mardi Gras Indians are not American Indians but New Orleanians from the city's working-class black neighborhoods.) Mr. Boudreaux, now safe with his daughter in Mesquite, Tex., stayed put through the storm at his house in the Uptown neighborhood; when he left last week, he said, the water was waist-high. He chuckled when asked if the Mardi Gras Indian tradition could survive in exile. "I don't know of any other Mardi Gras outside of New Orleans," he said.

These days a city is often considered a jazz town to the extent that its resident musicians have international careers. The bulk of New Orleans jazz musicians have shown a knack for staying local. (Twenty or so in the last two decades, including several Marsalises, are obvious exceptions.)

But as everyone knows, jazz is crucial to New Orleans, and New Orleans was crucial in combining jazz's constituent parts, its Spanish, French, Caribbean and West African influences. The fact that so many musicians are related to one or another of the city's great music families - Lastie, Brunious, Neville, Jordan, Marsalis - still gives much of the music scene a built-in sense of nobility. "Whereas New York has a jazz industry," said Quint Davis, director of Jazzfest, "New Orleans has a jazz culture." (Speaking of Jazzfest, Mr. Davis was not ready to discuss whether there will be a festival next April. "First I'm dealing with the lives and subsistence of the people who produce it," he said. [Since this article ran, they announced that the Fest will take place somewhere in Louisiana next April-steve k])

And most jazz in New Orleans has a directness about it. "Everyone isn't searching for the hottest, newest lick," said Maurice Brown, a young trumpeter from Chicago who had been rising through the ranks of the New Orleans jazz scene for the last four years before the storm took his house and car. "People are trying to stay true to the melody."

Gregory Davis, the trumpeter and vocalist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, one of the city's most successful groups, said the typical New Orleans musician was vulnerable because of how he lives and works. (Mr. Davis's house is in the Gentilly neighborhood; he spoke last week from his brother's home in Dallas.)

"A lot of these guys who are playing out there in the clubs are not home owners," he said. "They're going to be at the mercy of the owners of those properties. For some of them, playing in the clubs was the only means of earning any money. If those musicians come back and don't have an affordable home, that's a big blow."

Louis Edwards, a New Orleans novelist and an associate producer of the Jazz and Heritage Festival, said, "No other city is so equipped to deal with this." A French Quarter resident, Mr. Edwards was taking refuge last week at his mother's house in Lake Charles, La.

"Think of the jazz funeral," he said. "In New Orleans we respond to the concept of following tragedy with joy. That's a powerful philosophy to have as the underpinning of your culture."

In the meantime, Mr. Boudreaux, chief of the Golden Eagles, has a feeling his own Mardi Gras Indian costume is intact. He was careful to put it in a dry place before he left home. "I just need to get home and get that Indian suit from on top of that closet," he said.

steve k, Sunday, 11 September 2005 19:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Which brass band was that with Paul Simon on tv the other night?

steve k, Sunday, 11 September 2005 19:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Don't know; Simon's voice puts me to sleep, and by the time I woke up, they were about finished. Speaking of the Ninth Ward, saw Irwin Mayfield on CNN the other night: several members of his immediate family were still missing at that point, but he'd had the fortitude to compose "The Ninth Ward Blues," which he played solo. It was rather exhilarating, and (yes) searching.

don, Monday, 12 September 2005 01:23 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't know either, but apparently Rebirth is going to be part of a benefit concert airing on the 20th of this month, from NYC.

One of the weird side effects of this whole thing is that most New Orleans musicians are instantly on tour as of now, since that's the only way they can make some money. I sent a snare drum down to Rebirth last week and saw them play up here a few days ago, and we're playing a benefit show with the Stooges in a couple weeks too. Apparently Bill Summers and Davell Crawford played in Minneapolis tonight, etc.

Jordan (Jordan), Monday, 12 September 2005 02:30 (fourteen years ago) link

How can I get 'em to come to D.C.? I know folks who do booking around here and in Baltimore.

New Orleans r'n'b singer Marva Wright and her extended family are now in Maryland. I got sent an e-mail asking for clothes and stuff. The e-mail didn't say where her band is, or if she was gonna do any singing around here.

Steve K (Steve K), Monday, 12 September 2005 03:12 (fourteen years 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?):

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 (eleven 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 (eleven months ago) link

that is a highly new orleanian website

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


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

two months pass...

Hallelujah, a new TBC Brass Band studio album --

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

one month passes...
one month passes...

Friday September 20 at Gateway Pavilion in Washington DC it’s New Orleans vs DC— Featuring Big Six Brass Band of New Orleans, and DC’s own Proper Utensils feat. Jas Funk, Black Alley, and DJ Supa Dan. Plus New Orleans and Washington cuisine.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 September 2019 03:49 (five months ago) link

Oooh, I love a good battle

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:03 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

It was fun.

Brass and International band fest coming up in New Orleans looks good.

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 November 2019 19:00 (three months ago) link

who won

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 November 2019 19:33 (three months ago) link

No declared winner, and different styles , but I might give Big 6 a slight edge ( shhhh, don’t tell any DC locals I said that)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 17:12 (three months ago) link

Just saw the 2018 video of Hot 8 Brass doing Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart (again)”. It’s also on their 2019 Take Cover ep that appears to be available from bandcamp but not on Spotify

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:41 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

RIP bounce rap artist 5th Ward Weebie. I think there’s a second line for him tonight

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:16 (one month ago) link

Oh damn, really?

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:23 (one month ago) link

Had been in the hospital for a bit. Not sure what happened. Twitter was showing scheduled nightly vigils for him in the hope that he would recover

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:29 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

RIP Lucien Barbarin, trombonist for Harry Connick Jr, Preservation Hall, great-nephew of Paul Barbarin, etc.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:16 (two weeks ago) link

Just saw that. He got a second line ( video clip from someone is on twitter)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 February 2020 18:28 (four days ago) link

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 17 February 2020 18:42 (two days ago) link

I'll be there at the end of the month for a friend's wedding (currently working on booking a brass band, of course), and then back the next weekend to play the 2nd annual brass band festival:

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 17 February 2020 18:52 (two days ago) link

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