Blue Note Entertainment Group to Celebrate 1st New York Brass and Heritage Festival, 1/7-12
Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced its first-annual NEW YORK BRASS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL, a celebration of New Orleans music and culture January 7-12, 2014. Artists including THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, KELLER WILLIAMS AND THE TRAVELIN' MCCOURYS and more will take to the stage at Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, The Highline Ballroom, Lucille's Bar & Grill, and Drom, bringing a mix of New Orleans jazz-fusion, blues and brass for six nights of unforgettable Southern comfort.
"New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, so paying tribute to the city by showcasing both renowned and up-and-coming artists under the Blue Note banner was a natural fit for us," said Steven Bensusan, President, Blue Note Entertainment Group. "Given the success of our annual Blue Note Jazz Festival in June, we thought bringing a bit of the Big Easy to the Big Apple would be a great way to heat things up for New Yorkers in January."
The NEW YORK BRASS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL will highlight both the legendary artists and up-and-coming stars from and inspired by the Southern jazz scene. Specific highlights include:
- New Orleans institution, The Rebirth Brass Band, will take over the Blue Note Jazz Club with a four-day residency beginning January 7th, performing two shows each night (8:00 PM and 10:30 PM) and culminating with a special NEW YORK BRASS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL after-party on January 10th (12:30 AM). Formed in 1983 by tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. Committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show, The Rebirth Brass Band's signature brand of brass funk has won over several generations of music lovers, and in a post-Katrina world, their name and music has become the soundtrack to their musically rich hometown.
- On January 7th, New York City's best live blues bands will congregate at Lucille's Bar & Grill for a night of all-star music (8:00 PM and 10:00 PM). Featuring The Harlem Blues Project and a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, the night will include performances from legendary American Blues musician Bill Sims, Jr., New York Blues Hall of Famers Michael Hill and Jerry Duggar and more.
- New Orleans brass band ensemble The Dirty Dozen Brass Band will headline at The Highline Ballroom on January 10th (8:00 PM). Formed in 1977 by Benny Jones with members of the Tornado Brass Band, The Dirty Dozen revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into traditional New Orleans jazz, and have been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands ever since. With an appetite for musicological adventure, a commitment to honor tradition while not being constrained by it, and a healthy sense of humor, The Dirty Dozen have brought the world an unexpected blend of R&B, jazz, funk and Afro-Latino grooves, combined with some Caribbean flavor, and even a little Rihanna. Joining The Dirty Dozen is Red Baraat, a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound - a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. In 2013 Red Baraat released Shruggy Ji which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts. At the same time, Red Baraat occupied three of the top ten selling records on iTunes North American World Music sales charts. In June, Red Baraat issued Big Talk, a platter of songs recorded during the Shruggy Ji sessions, which also included remixes by friends and bandmates from TV on the Radio and Antibalas.