The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at The Rhythm Room Last Night
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Photos by Maria Vassett
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
The Rhythm Room
The Dirty Dozen got their start in 1977 from the remnants of the then Tornado Brass Band -- which was previously known as the Hurricane Brass Band before being known as Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band. The band released their first album, My Feet Can't Fail Me Now, in 1984 after years of playing gigs in New Orleans, as well as some abroad. Over a dozen albums and numerous lineup shifts later, The Dirty Dozen are still gigging rather regularly in 2011 -- as they should be. The Dirty Dozen are one of the most influential brass bands to emerge from New Orleans, being one of the first brass bands to incorporate elements of funk, R&B and bebop with the traditional New Orleans style.
That traditional style was in full effect last night. There's just no escaping the allure of a brass band -- especially here in the desert. It's simply not everyday a band like the Dirty Dozen comes to town with their rambunctious style -- a mixture of modern funk and R&B with the more traditional New Orleans style. It did my heart some good to see a few hankies being waved when the band tore into more traditional numbers such as the New Orleans standard "When The Saints Go Marching In."
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