Dirty Dozen Brass Band Tickets for Sale

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of the oldest bands hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana. This famous brass band was formed in 1977 by Benny Jones along with members of the Tornado Brass Band. Together they went on to become the best known of the New Orleans-style brass bands. This youth generating band ultimately grew out of the youth music program established by Danny Barker at New Orleans' Fairview Baptist Church. It was in 1972 when Barker started the Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band, with only one goal that is providing young people with a positive outlet for their energies. Soon band got the required recognition and also gained local popularity and transformed itself a professional outfit led by trumpeter Leroy Jones and changed its name to the Hurricane Brass Band. But that enthusiasm was hampered as the opportunities for brass bands were drying up and Jones left the band to play mainstream jazz and, after a brief period as the Tornado Brass Band, the group fell apart.

But despite this fall few committed musicians such as trumpeter Gregory Davis, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph, trombonist Charles Joseph, and saxophonist Kevin Harris from the Tornado band continued to rehearse together into 1977. Later they were joined by Ephram Towns and Roger Lewis on saxophone and Benny Jones and Jenell Marshall on drums. Now the band was in full flow and got the mainstream success. The success was measured when one of their tours was tagged as a hit. That tour's tickets were booked well in advance and people enjoyed their superlative performance. Seeing their success the popularity of brass band music in New Orleans was at a low ebb, and paying gigs were rare, a circumstance which influenced the early development of the band.
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After few years of hiatus, band again made a banging entry and in 1980, Jerry Brock made his first professional recording of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, where he played "constantly" on WWOZ. Apart from that he also prepared a press kit for the band. Furthermore, in 1982 he also arranged a concert for them at a club called Tipitina's, which was the first time they had played at a "white club" in New Orleans. But it was in 1982 when band saw the live international audience, when Kidd Jordan recommended the band to the organizers of the Groningen Festival in Holland. And in 1984 band's popularity finally took off and promoter George Wein booked them on a tour of southern Europe, and when they returned to the United States they secured engagements at two clubs in New York, Tramp's and the Village Gate, where their original short bookings were ultimately extended to six weeks. This was their real success as majority of the tickets were booked well in advance and the show was complete sold out. Currently, band is gearing up for their new album due to release next summers.


My Feet Can't Fail Me Now
Mardi Gras in Montreaux
Voodoo (Columbia) Featuring Dr. John, Dizzy Gillespie and Branford Marsalis
Open Up: Watcha Gonna Do For the Rest of Your Life? (Columbia)
This Is Jazz
Ears To the Wall
Buck Jump (Mammoth) Featuring John Medeski
Medicated Magic (Ropeadope) Featuring John Bell, Dr. John, Olu Dara, Norah Jones, DJ Logic, and Robert Randolph
We Got Robbed: Live in New Orleans
Funeral For a Friend
This is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band