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The Treme Brass Band
These are the real “down home” keepers of the local flame. No one works or plays harder than these cats, not even kids in rock bands 40 years younger. Some of the finest musicians in the New Orleans tradition make up this band, including two of New Orleans’ toughest, swingingest, most eternally hippest, simply most bad*ssest saxophonists in the world: Frederick “Shep” Shepard and Elliot “Stackman” Callier. Veterans of Fats Domino’s horn section since the ’70s, Shep and Stack are two of the most disarming, life-loving, 100%-every-time-you-touch-your-horn-giving road warriors still walking the face of the earth. Shep happens to be not just my teacher, but my fearless leader and hero.
Fats Domino band mainstay, Charmaine Neville Band anchor, and solo recording artist, Reggie is surely last year’s, this year’s, and next year’s leading candidate for Ambassador Of The Music, Department Of Saxophonia. A beautiful person, friend, and mentor, you can find Reggie and Charmaine Neville bringing “down home” to the people at Snug Harbor most Mondays.
Heir to a tremendous family musical legacy, Alan is another of New Orleans’ up & coming generation of young saxophonists, himself already on the scene with a number of New Orleans staples for years now. Previously with the Soul Rebels, Alan was long-time right-hand saxo to Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and owner of a very nice Super 20 with some very spiffy resos…. Alan doesn’t have a site right now – I think I used to have Big Sam’s site hooked up here, but I can’t remember. He’s one of my favorite people, though, so I’m leaving this plug up here for when he does get one. If you see this, Alan, hurry up and get one.
I haven’t gotten to see Kidd often since the storm, but I get a kick out of Mr. Jordan. For those who have not heard Kidd Jordan play, it’s time to change that. Kidd has been New Orleans’ ambassador to what was once called The New Music, and one of New Orleans most accomplished musical artists, for the past 40-50 years.
Sure, I could link some pages with mentions of Calvin here, but the link above takes you straight to the Lincoln Center Concert that was my first listen to Calvin on the radio, where I realized, really happily, that “Jr.” — if you are reading this, Sr., hello! — had developed a truly unique style. That is true of so few players these days, whose styles don’t seem to have a home, or really to come from one. Calvin’s does. Before I forget: Calvin, if you see this, your neck pouch is calling your name about once every couple of weeks, from its perch in the Martin alto bell on the wall.
When I was a kid, in NoCal, I remember the names of two bands that somehow floated into my mind in association with New Orleans: Queen Ida, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. I have no idea where or what Queen Ida was, but now that I know a little more about New Orleans music, it’s plain that The Dirty Dozen has been showing the world what New Orleans music is since long before the 1980s revival of trad jazz and local culture. They put the funk in the bucket long before anybody had packaged it up, and anybody worldwide really even knew the bucket existed.
Rising young Orleanian tenor man Devin Phillips cut his teeth with Los Hombres Calientes and is the newest addition to The Headhunters, stepping into Benny Maupin’s very deep and esteemed shoes. Can any one name the last time you were in the same room with Devin, and his horn was not out of its case? A smart, driven player, Devin just keeps getting stronger and stronger, scarier and scarier, in the best possible sense. At this writing, The Headhunters have been gigging around New Orleans not just with Devin but local legend Donald Harrison as well – an absolute, must-hear line-up. When in NOLA, Devin can also be heard Sunday nights with his own group at The Spotted Cat, on Frenchmen Street.
For updates on The Headhunters, you can also check out Herbie Hancock’s site at Verve: http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/artist.aspx?aid=2846
I only worked for Brice a couple of times, but when he was here he was one of New Orleans’ most accomplished tenor players.
I had to Google you, Khris, and see what was out there on YouTube to check out. For those that don’t know, Khris Royal is a scary, scary young alto player. If you are visiting New Orleans, and he’s not on the road, he is a “must not miss” altoist.
Cool cat out of the great Northwest, and a jazzman who has paid his dues to the blues, John is now a great New Orleans tenorman, manning the tenor seat with Ellis Marsalis and many others, while teaching a new generation of musicans.
I haven’t seen Derek too much from the storm, but among the young tenor players in town when I first arrived, he is one of a handful who seem to me to have gone very far (in music, not just geographically), over the years. He’s also cool to sit in the car and rap with about everything and nothing.
Aaron, glad to have a chance to work with you, finally. I am still not convinced that the story about you going into the shed for 2 years (I visualized literally a tool shed with a single bare lightbulb, or no lightbulb, when Shep would tell this story) and emerging a monster is not as true as the other version.
Dan is probably — for sure, not probably — the workinest baritone saxophonist in New Orleans under 70 years of age. That’s a lot of workinest.
“Bootman” is not just a first-rate saxophonist, not to mention educator and composer, but one of the finest persons I have ever had the privilege to meet. I’ve learned a great deal from “Bootman” not just about music and musicianship, but about how to balance gracefully, while walking a straight line. Bootman’s begun making a modified, souped-up Link himself — a piece worth looking into for Rock & Roll extroverts who like a HUGE opening and a deep sound that cuts at full blast, without wilting under pressure.
Another of the virtuosic local “Young Lions,” destined to be heard ’round the globe, and a practitioner of the lost art of “double cushion.” One of the most adept and expressive young players I’ve heard anywhere, and a gentleman through and through; if you want to hear what a person in total control of his horn sounds like, Quamon is your man. If you’re at JazzFest this year (2004), you can catch Quamon with Maurice Brown, probably the hottest horn duo in town.
North Carolinian Native Son whose life-ways could not be more beautiful, generous, or a greater “force for good.” One of the finest players in the country, according to no less than Saxophone Journal.
Local mainstay and keeper of the swing band flame, Embree has recorded with Fats, performed with Johnny Adams, and produced with ReBirth. If ever there was a contender for official, local Holy Trinity (Resumaeic Edition), that is one.
Hey, Geoff: I know we just met, but everybody says you are so BAD – seriously, people are saying some pretty great things about you, and this is very good – that I had to put a plug in here for your band. Thanks for the “American Spirit,” man – hopefully that will jog your memory and make you laugh. For those not from New Orleans, when you talk with local saxophonists about people that know the soul of the local good foot, Geoff’s is the name that is first on the list among young players who feel and can really play the funk.
links – reference & retail
An indispensably useful starting point for beginning vintage horn enthusiasts and buyers. Dumars is, to my mind, genuinely writing with saxophonists’, and budding saxophonists’ best interest in mind, and that alone makes this document a “must read” for beginning shoppers.
Another useful starting point for beginning vintage horn enthusiasts and buyers.
Good pictures of a wide array of vintage and hard-to-find horns. Very useful point of reference for photos.
Carroll’s website’s links page, with a useful list of links for all kinds of info on instruments and retailers.
links – mouthpieces
Mouthpiece designer & specialist Theo Wanne’s website. Vintage mouthpieces galore, and a wealth of information about not only vintage mpc’s but the set-ups that some of the greatest players have been known to favor. I own a couple of vintage Links refaced by Theo, and they’re truly killin’ pieces – thanks, no doubt, to Theo’s excellent finishing work.
I traded with a local saxophonist for some pieces from the guys, and was nicely surprised. They make good mouthpeices, very affordably.
Home of Ron Coehlo on the web, and RPC mouthpieces. Ron Coehlo’s pieces are of special interest to professional players, combining finess and power in ways not too many other mouthpiece specialists do. This guy makes good mouthpieces, very affordably.
Home of Keith Bradbury, aka MOJOBARI on the web. The most important quality in a craftsman is genuine care, and when it counted most (in the days after Katrina) I have personally witnessed great generosity on his part, in helping a friend of mine travel to safety.
links – online lessons, instruction, transcription, and more
RandyHunterJazz.comLots of scales, exercises, and general info for jazz and saxophone study. Also has a partner site for beginners.
links – local music & clubs
Simply the greatest radio station on earth, playing more music from all over the planet than any other. Website includes a link to “Realplayer” live web-broadcast.
Local New Orleans & Baton Rouge music magazine, with club listings, articles & more.
Links to many things local, including clubs & entertainment.
French Quarter home of Brass Band and Trad-Jazz music, and the Bob French-led Monday night jam session – one of a few local, open, sessions. Includes links to pages on local performers and bands. It’s true, what the webpage says about the barbecue. And the drinks make me wish I still did.
One of a few local clubs hosting top-billing straight ahead (and funkier) jazz shows. Just up the block from Donna’s, and much funkier than Snug Harbor, indeed. Very cool stuff downstairs, on weeknights on occasion. A number of younger musicians gig and jam here during the week. This club was recently purchased by Big Sam of Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and word is it has gone from plantation to musician’s haven. Here’s to you, Big Sam.
Long-running anchor of the straight-ahead scene, & where you’ll find most of the internationally renowned jazz players taking the stage locally. Pretty good menu, as well, and better acoustics than most local music venues. Not so funky.
This is the one I’m pulling for, not just because it’s close to my porch, but because New Orleans could use a jazz venue east of the Marigny. A very comfortable spot, on St. Claude, where you can find Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, Roland Guerin, Mark Whitfield, Henry Butler, and many other local luminaries on any given night.
James Booker’s old haunt, and the room with the most music around Gentilly and the colleges.
Longtime home of Zydeco & Cajun music in the city, and one of the few places around where you can still have a beer in your hand and score your strikes & spares (& lack thereof) at the same time.
Any place you can catch Michael Ray, Earl King, and Galactic in the same week must be…at the very least…minimally…so to say…pretty OK. If you’ve never been to New Orleans, or to Tipitina’s, a visit to the house that ‘Fess built is de rigeur.
links – Musician’s Resources
(new area – more to come soon)
Recently featured as the cover subject in Saxophone Journal, Wally is a North Carolina-based professional player whose website features a great booking and networking area (see the “links” area of his site) for North Carolinian musicians.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. If you don’t know what this is, and do any composing or arranging at all, find out NOW. Which reminds me….
If you do nothing else, the rest of your life, CLICK ON THIS LINK. If you don’t own your music, soon someone else will (if it’s worth owning). New Orleans is the US capital of exploited musicians; there are more broke musical geniuses here than probably anywhere else on earth. It’s easy to own your own music. Click on the link, print out a bunch of copies of the document, and copyright your stuff.
Never hurts, and might help save alot, to check here before finalizing a purchase.
Please feel welcome to email with requests to include a link to your site here. If you have a shop or online service, and I’ve heard bad things about it (with corroboration), however, I’ll have to leave the link off the site.