“Crescent City legends… wildly energetic” – NPR
Formed in 1977, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are the pioneers of the modern New Orleans brass band movement, recognized worldwide as an unstoppable musical machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have been featured guests both in the studio and on stage with artists including Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Dave Matthews Band, The Black Crowes and many others.
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 ’70s, 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.
The Red Hot Django Peppers is a local Twin Cities Hot Club band, that specializes in the music of Django Reinhardt. The group consist of guitarist and bandleader Ryan Picone, guitarist Ian Stendlund, violinist Danny Lentz and standup bassist Sean Roderick. Each member brings their own understanding and musicianship to create a truly remarkable and unique consort of musicians.
The Red Hot Django Peppers was featured at JazzFestLive on November 4 2021 for a sold out show at the legendary Dakota, which they now play regularly.
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