Even today such broadcasts are hard to find in most parts of the country.Now with Sirius and XM, digital cable/satellite, fiber optic, and the spread of internet streaming radio among public broadcast stations, shows previously available to those only in the market served by that station can be hear anywhere in the world where a decent web connection is available.It just makes just makes you want to jump in and join." Brass band traditions run deep.
There's nothing like hearing a brass band up close for experiencing the essence of New Orleans and its music. Funk and R&B drums and horn lines are played with wild abandon, producing instant bootybouncing parties in the streets.
The contagious rhythms inspire listeners to fall into a "second line" parade of dancers behind the band.
Snare drummer Jenard Andrews says that as young musicians in New Orleans, the guys who would later make up New Breed Brass Band followed the paths of "what was going on around" them on the streets, eventually forming their own krewe.
"We grew up with the second line, that was pretty much what we saw as kids, and we just started playing our instruments as part of our culture.
After wading through a vast ocean of questionable all-time five-man units over the years, I feel compelled to drop some sanity into the discussion.
Now in its 10th year, the Brantford International Jazz Festival has grown to be one of the largest and musically diverse festivals in the Brantford and Brant County region attracting upward of 28,000 people.In Durango, Colorado, that is, this young ragtime artist with a broadcasting degree obtained in California went on the air at KDUR at Fort Lewis College, a low power FM radio station, with a weekly 2 hour show of ragtime music.This was my third broadcasting gig, my first two having been in news and as a morning-drive sidekick for a rock station (there aren't many people driving mornings in this small town).Moved inside, the musical ruckus has an undeniable energy vibe that clubs and concert stages can't confine, as the best brass bands expand on the idea of "jazz" as creative freedom.That part of New Orleans' cultural heritage is alive in modern groups like the nine-piece New Breed Brass Band, opening for Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Mayor's Concert at the Clay Center, June 22.The bands would often play funeral dirges as they followed the procession.