Our daytime events feature two remarkable documentary films, New Orleans style street food, and, of course, music!
The day kicks off at 10 a.m. when Gregory Davis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Gregg Stafford of the Young Tuxedo Brass host a screening of Jerry Brock’s 1987 film, “In That Number: the New Orleans Brass Band Revival.” Both Davis and Stafford appear in this film and will share their thoughts about the last 25 years of brass band music. It will screen at Loyola’s Monroe Library in Multimedia Room 2.
At noon, attendees can hear 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 represent the next generation of brass band music in New Orleans.
At 2 p.m. return to Multimedia Room 2 to see Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall present "New Orleans Jazz on Film," a program that includes 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,” explains Jaffe. “It exists on the streets as a part of everybody's daily life.”
The night opens 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 will be 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 transports its audience to the streets of the second line.
Closing out the evening will be 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.