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Kid Merv & All That Jazz
Mervin Campbell aka Kid Merv has played music since his childhood. A former member of the famed Olympia Brass Band, Kid worked under the auspices of Milton Batiste. He comes as a quartet, quintet or more. They perform all the familiar traditional New Orleans Jazz tunes and more in his own style.
is a jazz trumpeter, singer and composer from New Orleans, Louisiana.. He has been heavily influenced by Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan and Eddy Jefferson. Ruffins accompanies a large portion of his songs with his own vocals.
He's a favorite here in the Big Easy as a music performer and as an actor for his self portrayal in David Simon's/HBO Series Treme.
From a quartet to a 17 piece swing orchestra, Kermit can capture an audience from the moment he steps on to the stage till he walks off. Everyone loves Kermit.
Since 1978, Astral Project has been New Orleans most exciting, inventive and respected modern jazz group. Its a co-op band comprised of world-class improvisers, hailed by fans and critics around the world.
True to the original spirit of jazz, Astral Project creates real tunes -- memorable melodies -- while giving the musicians freedom to incorporate influences from all sources. The group shifts direction like a flock of birds in flight -- with an ease so uncanny it seems to verge on telepathy. It¹s the that can come only from special individuals who have spent decades improvising together.
Band members are: Tony DiGradi, Sax; Johnny Vidacovich, drums; Steve Maskakowski, guitar; Jim Singleton, bass.
Born in New Orleans on July 28, 1965, Marsalis was destined to a life in music. “I remember my dad (Ellis Marsalis) playing piano at the house, and me laying underneath the piano as a child, listening to him play. After briefly trying bass and drums, in sixth grade I gravitated towards the trombone, which was an extension of my personality. Early on my influences and inspirations included J.J. Johnson, Curtis Fuller, Al Grey, Tyree Glenn and Tommy Dorsey.” Marsalis attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts high school, was classically trained at the Eastern Music Festival and Tanglewood Institute, and majored in both performance and audio production at the Berklee College of Music.
Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor…” (Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times), he is “…one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.) In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.
Delfeayo's quintet to big band together with his laid back sound or danceable jazz makes any corporate event special.
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Mark Brooks Jazz
Mark Brooks is one of New Orleans most talented, versatile, and sought after bassist. Mark attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, where he pursued a music degree along with one of his close friends, Branford Marsalis, who later as well as Mark moved on to further his professional career. Mark has played and toured with an array of artist, just to name a few, Mark has worked with Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Henry Butler, Charles and Aaron Neville’s Ensembles, Lou Rawls, Fats Domino, Ellis Hall Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Harry Connick Sr. Mark is known for his diversity with the different styles of music ranging from Rhythm & Blues, Contemporary Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Blues, and Gospel.
Born into a rich and vibrant musical family, as well as city, Calvin was raised among the unique styles, rhythms, customs, cultures, and musical sensibilities of New Orleans. The grandson of saxophone/clarinet/arranger great George “Son” Johnson Sr., who taught many New Orleans legends such as Alvin Batiste, Kidd Jordan, Ellis Marsalis, and, Nat Perrilliat at the Grumswald School of Music. George Sr. also had sons who were musicians and carried on the legacy. One son, Ralph Johnson, went on to tour and record with Dr. John, Preservation Hall, the Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, and Jerry Butler to name a few.
Calvin has performed, recorded, and toured 4 continents with artists such as Harry Connick Jr, Aaron Neville, Mystikal, Mannie Fresh, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the Rebirth Brass Band. Currently Calvin leads his own band, Chapter Soul, a New Orleans funk band that showcases his writing, saxophone, and vocal skills. They can be heard in New Orleans every Thursday night at the Balcony Music Club on Esplanade Avenue.
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Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, has the most recognizable face in the city. An evening of his musical prowess, music critics, affection ados, or novices are testiment of his
smooth yet infectious stroke based in solid fundamentals. Often admired by guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performer, songwriter, and session men of our time.