Take It To The Street: Brass Bands in New Orleans After 1980 Tour

New Orleans’ brass band tradition, rooted in the 19th century, took on new life toward the end of the 20th. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band began incorporating bebop, R&B, and funk into their style, bringing a new sound to the streets. The Rebirth Brass Band followed in their footsteps and added hip-hop to the mix.

By the 1990s, a new generation of bands and social aid and pleasure clubs led a second line renaissance. The brass band boom continued after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, despite musicians’ and club members’ displacement from neighborhoods like Treme that had been its historic incubators.

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