Brass Band

Leroy Jones

Fri, 08/04/23
Trumpeter Leroy Jones has embodied the spirit of New Orleans traditional jazz for over fifty years. His musicianship and dedication to forwarding the traditional jazz genre has won him an enthusiastic following around the world and induction into the New Orleans Jazz Hall o... Read more

Kid Merv

Fri, 08/04/23
Kid Merv is New Orleans music to the bone: as a youngster he played trumpet in the vaunted St. Augustine Marching 100 and the venerable Olympia Brass Band, moved on to form his own Young Olympians, which morphed into the funky Soul Rebels Brass Band. Born Mervin Campbell, K... Read more

Kermit Ruffins

Fri, 08/04/23
Trumpeter Kermit Ruffins embodies the exuberant spirit of Louis Armstrong and the New Orleans entertainment culture. He co-founded the Rebirth Brass Band and is perhaps best known for performing with his longtime group, The Barbecue Swingers. Born in 1964, Ruffins took up ... Read more

Jon Gross

Fri, 08/04/23
Jon Gross powers his tuba and sousaphone sounds with New Orleans-inflected energy and passion. Gross can be found with more traditional Crescent City jazz bands such as the Treme Brass Band, Loose Marbles and the Panorama Jazz Band, or exploring the outer edges of jazz in p... Read more

Hot 8 Brass Band

Thu, 07/20/23
The Hot 8 Brass Band brings a younger funk style to the brass band scene, incorporating influences ranging from the Dirty Dozen to bounce, hip hop, and R & B. The Grammy-winning ensemble offers up energetic, horn-driven original tunes interspersed with crowd favorites. A pr... Read more

Doyle Cooper

Wed, 07/19/23
Doyle “Red” Cooper took up the trumpet at age 10; by the time he turned 30 he’d played the Jazzfest nearly 50 times. Today he is a fixture on the trad jazz scene, playing trumpet or tuba, in his own Doyle Cooper Jazz Band or with the Storyville Stompers, the Red Hot Brass B... Read more

Derrick Freeman

Wed, 07/19/23
Derrick “Smoker” Freeman is a man with many hats: drummer, songwriter, and leader of the soul-funk Soul Brass Band, the hip-hop Smokers World, the power trio MFG, and the Band of Freeman. He performs with a kaleidoscopic cast of New Orleans musicians ranging from Angelika “... Read more

Corey Henry

Wed, 07/19/23
Corey Henry came of age in the historic Treme neighborhood, surrounded by street parades, brass bands, and a family that includes some of New Orleans’ most treasured musicians. Amidst that village, it’s no surprise that Henry has matured into one of the city’s more dynamic ... Read more

City of Trees Brass Band

Wed, 07/19/23
The City of Trees Brass Band was born in Sacramento, California, and bring their party-centric sounds to the Crescent City streets with energetic send-ups of classics like “St. James Infirmary” and “Buddy Bolden’s Blues.” Read more


Wed, 07/19/23
The Brass-A-Holics Go-Go Brass Funk Band combines the sensibilities of a New Orleans brass band with the funk grooves of Washington, DC’s -based go-go music, adds in electric bass, guitar and a full drum kit, and throws in a set list that can range from Louis Armstrong to J... Read more

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