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Traditional New Orleans Jazz With A 21st Century Flavor


 

THE ORIGINAL
HURRICANE BRASS BAND

Traditional New Orleans brass band music for all occasions

 

 

 

 

" -- This, my friends, is why we come to French Quarter Festival -- " Chris Waddington

Read Chris Waddington's full review of OHBB @ French Quarter Fest:
"Leroy Jones tapped New Orleans brass band roots in a soaring show at French Quarter Festival 2013"

 

This band consists of some of New Orleans' finest and best known jazz musicians and is sure to spice up any event - festivals, weddings, conventions, birthday parties, crawfish boils, picnics, Mardi Gras parties, parades, dances, funerals...

Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, William Smith, Raymond Williams, Freddie Lonzo, Ronell Johnson, Lucien Barbarin, Rick Trolsen, Alonzo Bowens, Allen Dejan Jr., Brent Rose, Rob Espino, Dimitri Smith, Jeffrey Hills, Gerald French, Brian Lewis, Katja Toivola, Burnell Brunious, ... 

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Client comments
"Your band made our wedding fun, vibrant, unique, and very special to us. From the bottom of our hearts, all thanks go to you and your band. THANK YOU!!!!
We are looking forward seeing you perform again some time in the future. Already we are planning to spend our first anniversary back in New Orleans. We can't wait."
R.S. 

"Thank you for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!! You were the talk of the funeral. I really appreciate all that you and the musicians did to give my grandfather a great send off." S.T.

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Classy and reliable

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(504)982-2083

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Original Hurricane Brass Band

Original Hurricane Brass Band

Original Hurricane Brass Band

Original Hurricane Brass Band

Original Hurricane Brass Band

 

 

 

Leroy Jones (leader)

Rob Espino

Leroy Jones Rob Espino
Freddie Lonzo Lucien Barbarin
Freddie Lonzo Lucien Barbarin
Brent Rose Allen Dejan Jr.
Brent Rose Allen Dejan Jr.
Brian Lewis Katja Toivola
Brian Lewis Katja Toivola
William Smith Gerald French
William Smith

 

Gerald French

 

Original Hurricane Brass Band

 

Original Hurricane Brass Band

 

 

 

The Original Hurricane Brass Band

The Original Hurricane Brass Band was initially founded in 1974 by New Orleans trumpet legend Leroy Jones. Back in the day, the band was formed around the core of the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band and included, in addition to Mr. Jones, among others the legendary tuba player Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, trumpeter Gregg Stafford, trombonist (then snare drummer) Lucien Barbarin, bass drummer Charles Barbarin, clarinetist Joseph Torregano, tenor saxophonist Henry Freeman, trombonist Michael Johnson, trumpeter Gregory "Blodie" Davis, trombonist Charles Joseph and sousaphonist Kirk Joseph.

In those days the Hurricane Brass Band was an undeniable force on the local brass band and Second Line scene and contributed greatly to what is nowadays known as contemporary New Orleans' brass band music. The Hurricane Brass Band was one of the first bands to incorporate more modern elements into its repertoire and today's most popular brass bands like the Hot 8 and ReBirth can be seen as its direct descendants. When Leroy Jones moved on to work as the leader of his own Quintet in the late seventies, some of the Hurricane Brass Band's musicians proceeded to form the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. 

In October 2005, upon returning to New Orleans from Dallas where he was evacuated for six weeks, Leroy Jones was called to do one of the first post-Katrina Second Lines. The band that played the event was then appropriately named the Hurricane Brass Band and played a successful Second Line through New Orleans' historic neighborhoods. Since then the band, with alternating line-ups, has been performing for various events like the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo Summerfest, funerals and private engagements. The present combos include some of New Orleans' finest traditional jazz musicians; among them have been trumpet players Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, William Smith and Raymond Williams, trombonists Freddie Lonzo, Ronell Johnson, Lucien Barbarin and Rick Trolsen, saxophonists Alonzo Bowens, Allen Dejan Jr. and Brent Rose, sousaphonists Rob Espino, Dimitri Smith and Jeffrey Hills, and drummers Gerald French, Brian Lewis, Katja Toivola and Burnell Brunious.

 

" -- This, my friends, is why we come to French Quarter Festival -- " Chris Waddington

Read Chris Waddington's full review of OHBB @ French Quarter Fest:
"Leroy Jones tapped New Orleans brass band roots in a soaring show at French Quarter Festival 2013"

 

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Picture credits
Armstrong International - Armand "Sheik" Richardson © 2006
Café Brazil - Mr. Craps © 2007
Satchmo Fest 2007 - Stacey Morigeau © 2007
French Quarter Fest 2008 - Johan De Grande © 2008
French Quarter Fest 2009 - Johan De Grande  © 2009
French Quarter Fest 2010 - Lisa Mulvey, Stacey Morigeau, Johan De Grande © 2010

 

 

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Last updated: September 19, 2013