Tag Archives: brass bands

Where do the brass bands go?

Jazz Fest is over; the nitrous hustlers have been busted on Frenchmen; let’s hope they stay away. Frenchmen Street is still crowded. As I write this, and for most of this week, Bamboula’s on Frenchmen has been draped with a black tarp, presumably to block sunlight since there’s filming of a show that’s being presented [...]

First Listen: OffBeat Premieres “Show Me What You Got” From Soul Rebels’ New Mixtape

It is safe to say that New Orleans brass bands are on the pop culture radar. It is no secret that one of the key links to the roots of hip-hop, and dance music in general, lies within the brass-drum rhythms of Crescent City second line tradition. Releases such as the Hot 8 Brass Band’s [...]

Treme Culture Fest Revives Community, Music On The Streets October 18-20

The month of October is rapidly becoming New Orleans’ prime festival time, perhaps even giving April or May a run for the money. In addition to the New Orleans Film Festival wrapping up this week, this weekend’s festival offerings include the  Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival and the 50th Anniversary of the Free Southern [...]

It’s All About Music: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Looks Ahead

Nearly two years ago, a YouTube video went New Orleans-viral. Against a percolating sousaphone groove, five horn players—two trumpets, two saxophones and a trombonist—form a line under an impossibly low drop ceiling. Dancers crowd a tiny space in front of the band. There is no stage. The players look vaguely familiar; the melody of the [...]

The Original Pinettes Brass Band: Brass-Pop

It’s Friday night on Frenchmen Street, almost 10 p.m., and a crowd is starting to gather in strength at Maison. Christie Jourdain, snare drummer and leader of the Original Pinettes, stands at the front door greeting fans and checking out the scene while the rest of the band collects at the banquette in the back [...]

Euphoria Brass Band, Coast to Coast (Independent)

San Diego’s Euphoria Brass Band has a solid handle on modern brass band music in the Rebirth/Dirty Dozen mold. Maybe that’s because its founders, snare drummer Ron Bocian and guitarist/banjoist David Bandrowski, are ex-residents of New Orleans. On Coast to Coast, the group makes its stylistic leanings clear with a pair of Dirty Dozen tunes, [...]

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + the Hot 8 Brass Band at Wednesday at the Square: Photos

Yesterday was one of the biggest Wednesday at the Square concerts of the year, with New Orleans superstar Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue headlining the free show. Even Mayor Mitch Landrieu made an appearance, hanging out both back- and on-stage. The Hot 8 Brass band opened the concert. Next week’s performance, the second to last [...]

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band + The Breton Sound at Wednesday at the Square: Photos

One of the beauties of the Wednesday at the Square concerts is how it combines the varied styles of music available in New Orleans. Yesterday’s show was a perfect example, with guitar-heavy rock band The Breton Sound opening for brass band pioneers the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The concerts are presented by the Young Leadership [...]

YouTube du Jour: Stooges Brass Band with Mannie Fresh

In our current May issue we report on the Stooges Brass Band recording with producer Mannie Fresh. The two were paired up after the Stooges won the Red Bull Street Kings Brass Band Blowout competition in fall 2010, for which Fresh served as a judge. The prize was to record an album at Red Bull’s [...]

Blue Train Productions’ Brass Band Week Releases: Reviews

Producer/entrepreneur Ben Coltrane boldly goes where no man or label has gone before, releasing seven brass-band CDs in seven days, six by local bands and one by a Japanese band. Coltrane recorded a single band, To Be Continued, in 2009, then We Are One and Young Fellaz in 2010. Next year, the producer/entrepreneur intends to [...]