[Dixielandjazz] brass band from New Orleans re-unites in Phoenix
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Sat Sep 17 12:21:31 PDT 2005
Hi Jazz Fans,
The New Orleans hurricane has left hundreds of musicians temporarily
homeless, broke, and with no instruments. One particular band, the Treme Brass
Band, previously one of the big three 2nd line brass bands in New Orleans has
been scattered to numerous states, shelters. Several of us have taken the
band under our wing, and they are in the process of temporarily relocating to
the Phoenix valley.
As of this morning, it looks like 8 of the 9 piece band will be arriving by
late Saturday (one you may have read about is already here...Kid Merv).
Bart SaltzmanI happened to have an acquaintance from Tempe who was in
Mississippi for the week helping in the cleanup in Biloxi with a crew from Az, and he
has agreed to rent a van and pick up five of the scattered, displaced
musicians that he have been able to locate, and bring them back to Arizona. A
church in Scottsdale has a team of volunteers who stepped up to the plate, and
has prepared a vacant 3 bedroom home for them for several months use. They are
also providing an entire wardrobe of clothes for all of them, and food.
We have managed to get loaner instruments for all of them.
The needs were as follows (professional quality):
2 tenor saxes
snare drum (deep kit style..no hardward as strap on to march)
bass drum (22-24inch) (light as they put on a harness and march with it)
sousaphone (may have fiber glass loaner..but need brass horn).
We have several gigs lined up for them already, and big performances planned
in locations such as the Chandler Center for the Arts, The Scottsdale
Center, and others, they have no instruments.
I believe the disaster relief funds will eventually come through with funds
for them to purchase replacement instruments, but that is a slow, painful
These guys are for real, they have been checked out with Irvin Mayfield and
Irvin's management team, and they are "good guys" and a great 2nd line band.
What an opportunity to bring a bit of the New Orleans legacy to the valley,
on a temporary basis, and have them share the traditions of New Orleans music
Note, you may not know what a 2nd line band is...check out
_www.rebirthbrassband.com_ (http://www.rebirthbrassband.com/) for an education. Note several
of the Treme band members have also performed with Rebirth and the Dirty
Dozen Band, too.
Bart Saltzman can be reached on 480-786-4424
If any of you can provide gigs for these guys contact me.....
AZ Classic Jazz Society Vice-President
AZ Classsic Jazz Festival Co-Director
Jazz Clarinet...52nd Street Jazz Band 602-810-5888 or 480-396-6798
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