Musician lineup finalized!!!
...and I feel like jumping up and down because I'm soooo excited about it. Here's the rundown:
Edward Lee (sousaphone) and Lumar Leblanc (snare) - The foundation of any brass band are these 2 instruments, so it was critical that I get the best. It's really a dream come true for to me able to hire these guys during a break from intensive touring with their regular band, New Orleans brass icons The Soul Rebels.
Chris Davis (bass drum) - I first met Chris (aka "Cakewalk") through his association w/ The New Orleans Bingo! Show and The Special men. He's one of the sharpest and most knowledgable drummers I know (really, there aren't many drummers that can tell you what keys old classics and standards are in). Bringing him in on bass drum feels almost like bringing a dragon to slay a mouse, but he's excited about it. With any luck I may be able to convince him to come out and play kit at shows w/ us.
Charlie Halloran (trombone) - One of my favorite trombone players, Charlie's been part of the trad jazz renaissance we've seen her since the storm. He's in-demand (the Squirrel Nut Zippers even took him out on tour), and plays with a lot of local favorites including Meschiya Lake and the New Orleans Six.
Khris Royal (sax) - Khris and I first met when we both ended up on tour w/ Tony Clifton 4 years ago. Since then, he's really made a name for himself, becoming a staple on Frenchmen Street w/ his band Dark Matter, and touring w/ the likes of George Porter, Jr. as well as reggae sensations Rebelution.
Satoru Ohashi (trumpet) - Satoru was on that Tony Clifton tour, too, and man can he blow a horn! Originally from Japan, Satoru attended both Berklee and Juliard before making his way down to New Orleans to delve into the city's unique local trumpet style. He played regularly with well-known brass band, the New Orleans Night Crawlers, and although he's moved to NYC in recent years, he'll be flying down to join us on Brassft Punk.
Wendel Brunious (trumpet) - Wendel and I have never actually worked together. I've made several records with both his brother, the late John Brunious, Jr., and his nephew, Mark Braud. I've seen Wendel perform several times, and I absolutely love the way he plays. Wendel's father, John "Picket" Brunious, Sr., played trumpet w/ the Tuxedo Brass Band and was on their 1958 release for Atlantic - which I believe is one of the earliest (if not the first) New Orleans brass band records to ever get a national release. There's something about this family trumpeting tradition that, to me, captures the essence of the classic New Orleans trumpet sound. There's an amazing character to all of their playing that's almost like an old secret family recipe. I couldn't be more excited to have Wendel joining us to sprinkle that flavor on these sessions.
Woo!!! I think I'm going to go find a trampoline!!!