Dirty Dozen Brass Band Tickets
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Take Their New Orleans Sound Around the World
There's no music in the world more infectious than that of a New Orleans brass band. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band have been carrying on the great polyglot New Orleans tradition for more than 30 years, modernising the city's iconic 1920s swing-jazz sound with the addition of influences from bebop and funk. A Dirty Dozen Brass Band show is a great way to spend a night dancing and enjoying some of the best brass-band music in the world.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are a touring group through and through. They have upcoming shows all over the world at a range of clubs and jazz festivals. Some notable upcoming gigs include dates at the Catalina Island Jazz Fest in Avalon, California and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday in Clearwater, Florida. They cross the pond for a UK date at London's Brooklyn Bowl and then cross on to the continent for a string of shows in France. They have some hometown New Orleans dates booked, of course, as well as a string of shows at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Wherever they're playing, they make you feel like you're in the best bar in New Orleans.
TriviaThe Dirty Dozen Brass Band were featured in the 2005 music documentary "Make It Funky," directed by Michael Murphy. Their performance was included alongside live footage from classic New Orleans musicians such as Allen Toussaint and The Neville Brothers. In the city, their annual Mardi Gras performances are infamous.
The band grew out of a youth music program started in 1972 by Danny Baker at the Fairview Baptist Church in New Orleans. They quickly transformed into a professional band, headed by the trumpeter Leroy Jones and calling themselves the Hurricane Brass Band. After that group began to fall apart, some of the musicians came together to establish the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in 1977.
The current dynamic lineup of the band features Gregory Davis on trumpet and vocals, Roger Lewis on baritone and soprano saxophones, Kevin Harris on tenor saxophone, Terence Higgins on drums, Jack Eckert on guitar, Efrem Towns on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Kirk Joseph on sousaphone. Almost all the members are original, meaning these guys have been playing together for close to 40 years.
The band made their first professional recording in 1980 and immediately began getting heavy radio play. Starting in 1984, they toured Europe and New York regularly and they haven't stopped since. A major milestone for them was their gig at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival in 1986; the set was later released as a live album. They signed on to Columbia Records in 1987, which led to their collaborations with a range of successful musicians from different genres, including Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse, Dizzy Gillespie and Norah Jones.
The band has released dozens of albums, both on major labels and independently. Their Columbia Records debut, Voodoo, brought them a great deal of attention and critical acclaim. It was followed by The New Orleans Album, which featured guest spots from artists including John Bartholomew and Elvis Costello. More recently, 2012's Twenty Dozen on Savoy Jazz was a well-regarded release in their timeless funk-meets-jazz style.
Fans with Dirty Dozen Brass Band tickets can expect a high-energy show with lots of audience engagement, and those lucky enough to be in the front will feel as though they're getting a personal show. Davis knows how to get the crowd going with lively greetings and clapping along when he's not playing the trumpet or singing. As a seven-piece group, they truly fill the stage and are known to play long, hour-plus sets. Their recordings are great but they can't compare to the experience of watching a huge genre-crossing group play their mix of classic soul covers and catchy jazz standards live.
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