Troval Jefferson: “In the band, they have maybe five or six instruments. When you’re on the street, each one of them will give you a different tone. With the tuba, you want to jump higher. With the trumpet, you want to get on your tippy toes. With the trombone you want to hop and skip—and with the saxophone; it’d give you the jitters. Once you get the sound of the music, with all the combined instruments, you want to move—and you have to move.”
The Pigeon Town Steppers, along with many of the city’s parading social aid and pleasure clubs, will be featured in Lily Keber’s upcoming film Buckjumping.
Rollin’ Joe: “It doesn’t matter how you can move as long as you can buck it. Everything we do is considered footwork. There are no names for the moves we do, unless somebody say, ‘One day, I spun around and kicked my leg up and I call that the helicopter.’ I like to pop a wheelie and spin around, things like that, but there’s no name for it. I just do it.”
Catch them at Jazz Fest where they’ll parade on Saturday, May 5 at 3:30 p.m.