Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dirty Dozen

This morning, after shuffling through the depths of my Ipod's many forgotten tracks, I rediscovered a past obsession.  The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a revolutionary band influenced by the traditional New Orleans brass band style.  Founded in 1977, the group was the house band for The Dirty Dozen Pleasure and Social Club and began incorporating elements of funk and bepop into their music.  Today the Dirty Dozen enjoy global success and are praised for their energetic and innovative performances.  I've attached two videos- the first is an interview with one of my favorite volcalists, Norah Jones, about her collaborations with the band and the second is the tune "Junko Partner" from their album Medicated Magic.  Enjoy!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bollywood Brass

I came across a fascinating brass band per Mr. Mannings post.  Combining elements of popular Hindu film music, traditional Indian wedding music, and Punjabi rhythms the Bollywood Brass Band has enjoyed years success in London and throughout the world.

Specializing in wedding ceremonies, educational outreach programs, as well as numerous recordings and tours the group has become Britain's first Indian style brass band.

The dohl is a distinctly Indian influenced drum that is featured in the bands performances.  The attached video showcases some of the bands most popular excerpts.......and looks to be a very lively juncture!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time to get started!

Hi all!

I've recently started my first blog.....I've heard much about them but I never thought I would have one of my own.  The point of this page will be to explore new genres of brass ensembles, literature and anything new and exciting happening in the brass world.