● 19.30 – 22.00
The kings of Treme, that ever-so telegenic TV series. This bunch of unruly agitators create contemporary urban street music, without making many concessions and without any conciliatory ambitions. The goal of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is to keep alive the memory of the music that could be heard in New Orleans before that devastating hurricane Katrina swept it all away.
The band formed 42 years ago, thanks to a music programme for kids that Danny Barker launched in Fairview Baptist Church in New Orleans. Their music drew on blues, jazz, soul and other contemporary styles from their culture. And, just as they were then, so they have remained, although over the years they’ve added some funk and rock, which helps to bring their music right up to date.
Twelve musicians who lay down a really solid beat, with extraordinary melodic ideas that move decisively from euphoria to sobriety, striving to strip away any hint of the conventional from their compositions. And yet, the best thing about this band is not only that what they do always sounds new, which it does; it’s how they turn the audience into a natural accomplice right from the moment they set foot on the stage. A blast of energy and imagination.
Components Roger Lewis: baritone sax, voice Kevin Harris: tenor sax, voice Gregory Davis: trumpet, voice Kirk Joseph: sousaphone TJ Norris: trombone Julian Addison: drums, voice Takeshi Shimmura: guitar