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.
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
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
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
what New Orleans music is since
long before the 1980s revival of trad jazz and local culture. They
funk in the bucket long before
anybody had packaged it up, and anybody worldwide really even knew the
Rising young Orleanian tenor man
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
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
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
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
Local mainstay and keeper
of the swing band flame, Embree has recorded with Fats,
performed with Johnny Adams,
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
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
Carroll's website's links page,
with a useful list of links for all kinds of info on instruments and retailers.
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
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.
online lessons, instruction, transcription,
Lots of scales, exercises, and
general info for jazz and saxophone study. Also has a partner
site for beginners.
A Fats Domino band alum who literally
learned the Rock & Roll idiom with his ear in the bell of Lee Allen's
Pete has one of the more formidable
rock resumees of any saxophonist anywhere. His site has articles,
instruction, and a forum where
any one from beginner to advanced can discuss directly with Pete, and peers,
and all questions relating to saxophones
and their study.
local music & clubs
Simply the greatest radio
station on earth, playing more music from all over the planet than any
Website includes a link to "Realplayer"
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
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.
- 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
Never hurts, and might help save
alot, to check here
before finalizing a purchase.
welcome to email with requests to include a link to your site here.
If you have a shop or online service, and
bad things about it (with corroboration), however, I'll have to leave the
link off the site.