Archive for the ‘Video’ Category
Not long ago, we got to interview Bruce Raeburn, the Curator of Tulane’s Hogan Jazz Archive. A student of jazz all his life (both his parents were musicians), Bruce gave us invaluable insight into the history and culture of brass band music.
We had a chance to go through some of the raw footage and put together this short video. It’s only two minutes long yet it taught us more about the history of New Orleans brass bands than we every learned about anything in an entire lecture.
Many thanks to Bruce, Tulane and the Jazz archives for allowing us to do this. The music you hear playing is by the Treme Brass Band. Buy their music here.
As we noted several times, we had the distinct pleasure of filming and recording the Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf this past Tuesday. In attendance was Frenchy, the Boston-born, New Orleans-based artist we interviewed back in 2009 and who’s made his name for making live portraits of musicians.
Our audio engineer, Michael Seaman, set up a time lapse to shoot from just before the band arrived through the first song and then he pointed the camera at Frenchy, who was painting a live portrait of the concert.
The audio you’re hearing is a preliminary, rough mix of the music we recorded from that evening. Michael hasn’t had a chance to really go through it all (he recorded every individual player as well as propping up room mics and stage mics) but we’re very excited with how it came out.
Last thing: Immediately after the show, tuba player Phil Frazier came over to Michael and asked to hear the uncompressed mix off of Pro Tools. After listening to the music for a couple seconds, he exclaimed “Is this the Rebirth? …God damn, that’s outstanding!”
Enjoy the video.
The first band we ever had a chance to talk to for Brass Roots was the Soul Rebels Brass Band. One of the preeminent New Orleans brass band since they formed in the mid-1990s, the Soul Rebels are one of the most innovative and exciting brass bands in the city, continually pushing the genres boundaries with every performance.
We had the pleasure to sit down with with the band over the course of several nights and talked with them about their history – as a band and individuals. Above are the band’s founders and only remaining original members: Derrick “Oops” Moss and Lumar Leblanc. Check out as they talk about their personal histories.
Over the course of two nights, Brass Roots sat down with Philip and Keith Frazier, the legendary brothers behind the Rebirth Brass Band.
As promised yesterday, we’re going to be rolling out all kinds of content for the foreseeable future. We start things off with an electronic press kit we put together for the Free Agents brass band — formed after Katrina by Ellis Joseph and Shannon Haynes in an attempt to reorganize some of the musicians scattered by the storm.
As its name suggests, the band is made up of “free agents” in the brass band community — talented artists who, for whatever reason, don’t find themselves in another band. But don’t let that fool you, the Free Agents are stocked with talent and consist regularly of former members of Rebirth, Soul Rebels and the Hot 8.
Because they’ve yet to reach a broader appeal, the Free Agents work tirelessly at second lines, parades, weddings, birthdays and funerals, establishing their name and building a reputation as one of the more exciting bands in the city. In many ways, the Free Agents are a throwback to classic New Orleans brass bands who lived day to day on the music they played.
Happy Friday, y’all! Like we said, we interviewed noted author Tom Piazza earlier this week and here’s a short clip with some of the funnier parts of the interview.
Want to know what Tom said about brass band music? Stay tuned for his extended comments in future Brass Roots videos!
We had the distinct pleasure of filming the Soul Rebels playing live at the Blue Nile back in 2009 and we put together this music video of their hit song “Rebel Roll”. Check out one of New Orleans hottest brass bands that will be featured in Brass Roots!
The Lady Buck Jumpers strut their stuff through Uptown, New Orleans to the sounds of the Rebirth Brass Band.
“Brass Roots” chronicles the history, people and culture that has encompassed modern New Orleans Brass Band Music.
Compiled from hundreds of hours of footage from interviews, concerts and New Orleans second lines, this documentary brings an unprecedented look into the lives of the musicians that create and preserve New Orleans’ signature sound.
Featured bands, artists and experts include: Rebirth, the Dirty Dozen, Treme, the Soul Rebels, Hot 8, Free Agents, To Be Continued, L’il Stooges, Glen David Andrews, Frenchy, Lolis Eric Elie and many, many more.
The history of the music and artists involved will be told within the context of New Orleans’ complex, and often troubled, history as an urban center in the American South. New Orleans has been plagued with corruption and violence, but throughout it all, brass band music and second line culture has persevered.
We aim to look at how brass band music serves as a cipher for passing down hundred-year-old traditions to younger generations, keeping the artistry, culture and character of New Orleans alive through music.