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Dirty Dozen Brass Band – 40th Anniversary
New Orleans Party Machine
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About Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Forty years into their career, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band and the Black Crowes.
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late 1970s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“the preeminent voice of traditional New Orleans street music” -All About Jazz
“the Crescent City legends still play a wildly energetic blend of jazz, R&B, funk, and more.” -NPR
“New Orleans’s most original modern band” – Robert Christgau
“the vigor and enthusiasm with which the Dirty Dozen attack this set of traditional gospel tunes is nothing short of astonishing… this is a band that has fully digested Dixieland to the extent that it’s refracted into a stunning array of sonic motifs” – Paste