Stanton Moore can’t sit still. In person, his hands are in constant motion, and musically, he’s drumming with Galactic, releasing his own album—III, recorded in Preservation Hall with Robert Walter and Will Bernard—or playing in duos or trios with the crème of New Orleans musicians. At his November 18 show at Tipitina’s, Moore will unveil yet another musical incarnation—a brass band he put together with Kevin O’Day.
“It’s called the Midnight Disturbers, which comes from a Danny Barker story about these minstrels who lived on Claiborne Avenue before they had the overpass,” Moore says. “They would go around at night door to door and knock on people’s door and play a tune and ask them for money.” The line-up includes Trombone Shorty and Jamelle Williams on trumpets, Big Sam and Mark Mullins on trombones, Skerik and Ben Ellman on saxes, and Jeffrey Hills on tuba.
Moore is keeping busy at Tipitina’s this fall. Not only will he perform with Galactic, his trio and the Midnight Ramblers, but he will be hosting many the Tipitina’s Foundation workshops for students along with Johnny Vidacovich. The workshops take place Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and are free to students.
“I’m really excited about it because it gives those kids all over town an outlet to play with these great musicians,” Moore says. Last month, students got the chance to share the stage with Bonerama, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove and Theresa Andersson. “It’s not just going to be jazz and funk workshops. We’re going to have brass band workshops, we’re going to have Mardi Gras Indian workshops, and there’s actually a bluegrass workshop coming up.”
Published November 2006, OffBeat Louisiana Music & Culture Magazine, Volume 19, No. 11.