New Orleans Brass Bands S/D

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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

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 (one year ago) link

good choice

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:

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 (eleven months 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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