brass bands

Arts & Culture
7:02 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Which Came First: The Mockingbird Or The Musician?

Library of Congress

In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?

When New Orleans musicians want to say a certain thing, instead of words, they use a four note phrase.  

“It’s a bugle call or a band call to assemble,” explains Leroy Jones.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
9:49 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Rebirth Brass Band: Feel Like Funkin' It Up

Rebirth Brass Band at Underground Arts 1.11.14
Credit Wendy McCardle / wendymccardle.com

This is not John Philip Sousa's band music.

Don't get us wrong, Sousa is in the pantheon of them-who-haul-brass-through-the-streets, but we suspect the maestro might be surprised by the music today. Which, if you think about it, is good.

Otherwise, there would only be the old-timey brass band idiom and the genre would have lost touch with the people. Which is precisely where this music has always lived. With military bands and civic orchestras and parades and funerals and weddings, brass band music has always been popular music.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Inside The Arts With A Truckload Of Ink; The What Cheer? Brigade; And Esplanade Studios

The cast of A Truckload of Ink.
Credit Zak Moses

This week on Inside the Arts, we talk with playwright Jim Fitzmorris and actor A.J. Allegra about The NOLA Project’s latest productionA Truckload of Ink. It is an original work exploring massive changes at a New Orleans newspaper.

Plus, you’ll find out why a 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island calls New Orleans their sister city.  And then, we’ll tour what is now the largest recording studio in the state. 

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NolaVie
9:35 am
Mon August 5, 2013

The What Cheer? Brigade Brings A Different Kind Of Brass To New Orleans

The What Cheer? Brigade
Todd Seelie http://www.todseelie.com/

New Orleans thinks of brass band music as its own, the unmistakable mix of live horns and percussion, and the traditional brass band songs. But a 20-piece brass band from Rhode Island swept through town recently, with Balkan, Klezmer and Bollywood beats thrown in the mix. These Providence musicians call New Orleans their sister city, and play a different kind of brass when they're here.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Loyola to celebrate New Orleans brass brand tradition

Loyola University's main campus at dusk.
Loyola University New Orleans

The Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University will celebrate the Crescent City’s rich musical heritage with the second annual NolaLoyola “Beats of the Streets: The Brass Brand Tradition in New Orleans,” on Friday, Sept. 28. The full day of events is free and open to the public.

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