New Orleans Brass Bands S/D

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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 (two years ago) link

I do see clips on Facebook live but that's so transitory.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 22:16 (two years ago) link

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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

video clip too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 August 2017 17:44 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

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:

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 14 September 2017 17:03 (two years ago) link

Hot 8 video for St James Infirmary. Good stuff:

"Celebration" encourages the listener to celebrate good times. (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:43 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

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 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

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 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

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 (two years ago) link

three weeks pass...

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 (two years ago) link

good choice

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 03:06 (two years 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:

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

four weeks pass...

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

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 (one year ago) link

New Youngblood covers EP too:

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

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 12:49 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:08 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link


curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:43 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

that is a highly new orleanian website

adam, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:20 (one year ago) link


change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 21:21 (one year 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

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