Release: Feb. 1, 2016
GAMBIER, Ohio – The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will bring the sound of New Orleans to Ohio with a performance Feb. 12 at Kenyon College that’s sure to be upbeat, soulful, danceable and downright fun.
The public is welcome at the free Friday-night concert at 8 in Rosse Hall, 105 College Road.
The group, which led the resurgence of brass band jazz music in New Orleans when it formed in the 70s, plays an energetic mix of jazz tunes, originals and even pop covers, which have included songs by Michael Jackson and Marvin Gaye. The group performs around the world and with artists from Elvis Costello to Norah Jones to Dizzy Gillespie to Dr. John.
“This is a special opportunity to hear and experience a style of music that is filled with the spirit and energy of New Orleans, right here in Ohio,” said Professor of Music Ted Buehrer, who specializes in jazz.
The band’s music relies on worked-out arrangements but leaves room for solo and collective improvisation, hallmarks of traditional New Orleans jazz, Buehrer said.
The city’s brass bands that developed as jazz did in the 1920s would provide music for various functions around town, including parties, dances, parades, funerals and picnics, he said. When the Dirty Dozen Brass Band formed decades later, it updated the sound by adding an electric guitar or synthesizer and a more contemporary drum set to the traditional horns.
Plus, the group modernized the style of music, blending traditional jazz with blues, R&B and funk. The resulting sound became popular and led to the rise of several other New Orleans-based brass bands that play a similar fusion, such as Soul Rebels Brass Band, the Hot 8, Rebirth Brass Band and Trombone Shorty, Buehrer said.
For more information, contact Donna Maloney in the Department of Music at 740-427-5197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.