Secret Six Jazz Band

The Secret Six Jazz Band took shape during the pandemic, when, with clubs shut down,  a core group of six musicians (members of the Smoking Time Jazz Band) took their instruments to parks, parking lots, on porches – anywhere to keep the music playing and keep up the spirits of their fellow New Orleanians. The Secret Six – named after abolitionist John Brown’s Secret Society of Six, amidst a backdrop of Covid fears and George Floyd-inspired protests – have developed into one of the city’s most exciting new traditional jazz bands, expertly handling stomps, blues, rags and hot jazz, including deep cuts from King Oliver’s Creole Orchestra, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five, 1920’s dance tunes, and songs of the New Orleans revival era. The Six have put several albums out, including the charming “Chicken You Can Roost Behind the Moon” and “Ed Polcer Relaxing with the Secret Six.”

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