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The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
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June 11, 2014 After more than 35 years together, the Crescent City legends still play a wildly energetic blend of jazz, R&B, funk and more. Hear them play four songs, including a nine-minute crowd favorite.
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August 5, 2013 2013 marked three dozen years since the first incarnation of the group coalesced to resurrect a then-disappearing tradition — and infuse it both bebop and funk. Hear their danceable Newport set.
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Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Brian Blauser/Mountain Stage
December 31, 2012 Hear the group reinvigorate the sound of New Orleans jazz, recorded live in West Virginia.
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Kirk Joseph of Dirty Dozen Brass Band on sousaphone.
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April 26, 2011 Many things make New Orleans a one-of-a-kind music town, but one is the tuba, the monstrous brass instrument worn like a python squeezing its victim.
Second Chief "Lil Bo" of the Wild Magnolias.
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March 8, 2011 The traditions of Mardi Gras are a huge part of New Orleans' cultural identity. Hear five artists whose music you might find playing on the streets of the Crescent City during Mardi Gras.
Drummer Benny Jones Sr. is the leader of the Treme Brass Band. He also has an awesome hat.
April 19, 2010 William Claiborne, the first American governor of the Louisiana territory, believed New Orleans was ungovernable due to the citizenry's preoccupation with dancing. Two centuries have passed, and that much hasn't changed. Hear five songs from New Orleans' modern brass-band tradition that are bound to make you move.
February 7, 2008 The Dixie Hummingbirds came together in the '20s to sing gospel music. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band rose in the '70s to dance in the Crescent City streets. At the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, they sing, praise, and parade together.
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December 28, 2006 Another favorite story from 2006 was our visit with New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band after Hurricane Katrina.
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August 28, 2006 In the year since Katrina struck, the musicians of New Orleans have struck back with their art, celebrating the city's life before the storm and bemoaning its fate. We have chosen ten songs that convey their spirit, their spunk and their commitment to Crescent City.
August 22, 2006 Tony Cox talks with members of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The New Orleans mainstay has a new CD that pays tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims.
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