Remembering: NolaLoyola 2012, Beats of the Streets: The Brass Band Tradition in New Orleans

Our daytime events featured two remarkable documentary films, New Orleans style street food, and, of course, music!

The day kicked off at 10 a.m. when Gregory Davis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Gregg Stafford of the Young Tuxedo Brass hosted a screening of Jerry Brock’s 1987 film, “In That Number: the New Orleans Brass Band Revival.” Both Davis and Stafford appeared in this film and shared their thoughts about the last 25 years of brass band music. 

At noon, attendees heard a free concert by the Baby Boyz Brass Band in Loyola’s Residential Quad while enjoying affordable lunch options from food vendors. This talented ensemble of young musicians represents the next generation of brass band music in New Orleans.

In the afternoon, Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall presented "New Orleans Jazz on Film," a program that included rare archival film footage of noted New Orleans jazz legends. Ben is the son of Hall founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe and plays in the world famous Preservation Hall band. He also teaches music at the New Orleans Center for the Creative arts. “Music in New Orleans isn't just something you hear in a classroom or a theater,” explained Jaffe.  “It exists on the streets as a part of everybody's daily life.”

Our evening program featured a night of traditional jazz and hot brass.

The night opened at 7 p.m. in Loyola’s Roussel Hall with the Loyola Faculty Jazz Band.  Over the years, students ranging from Ellis Marsalis to members of the band Galactic have passed through the doors of Loyola’s College of Music. The talent of the band’s members is a reflection of Loyola’s commitment to maintaining the city’s rich musical heritage.

They were followed by the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. Led by Gregg Stafford since 1984, but with roots stretching back to 1938, Young Tuxedo represents the essence of tradition in New Orleans brass band music. Donning L-7 Jazz Band Caps, the Young Tuxedo Brass Band transported the audience to the streets of the second line.

Closing out the evening was a performance by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. For the last thirty-five years, the Dirty Dozen has been at the forefront of the evolution of brass band music. Led by Greg Davis, it has played all over the world for lovers of authentic New Orleans sound, and like many local musicians, served as ambassadors of the city’s culture during the crucial years following Katrina. More recently, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band appeared in season two of HBO’s Treme.