Jazz in June 2013 Headliners: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Jazz in June 2013 Headliners: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Audience (II)

NOLA Comes to Norman

Excerpt: Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Jazz in June 2013

Dirty Dozen Brass Band (I)

Dirty Dozen Brass Band (I) — 30th annual Jazz in June festival

The city of Norman celebrated its 30th annual Jazz in June music festival a couple of weeks ago by shaking its hips to the funky grooves of New Orleans’ Dirty Dozen Brass Band Dirty Dozen Brass Band on iTunes. Led by Roger Lewis (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone), the band’s lineup also featured Gregory Davis (trumpet), Efrem Towns (trumpet, flugelhorn), Kirk Joseph (sousaphone), and Alvin Ford (drums). Substituting on tenor saxophone and Hammond organ, respectively, were Calvin Johnson, Jr. and Richard Knox.

The band’s set included numerous traditional New Orleans tunes, including Professor Longhair’s Tipitina Tipitina on iTunes and Mardis Gras in New Orleans Mardis Gras in New Orleans on iTunes, Jock-a-Mo a.k.a. Iko Iko Iko Iko on iTunes, and St. James Infirmary Blues St. James Infirmary Blues on iTunes, as well as crowd pleasers Me Like It Like That Me Like It Like That on iTunes and Dirty Old Man Dirty Ol’ Man on iTunes.

Dirty Ol’ Man (IV)

Dirty Ol’ Man (IV) — Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 30th annual Jazz in June festival

Audience participation was mandatory (not that anyone had to be strong-armed), with Towns inviting a bevy of bodacious beauties onto the stage to shake and shimmy. Bandleader Lewis kept to the shadows, mostly giving the limelight to his fellow players, but he finally cut loose on the aforementioned Dirty Ol’ Man, wiggling his hips like a 20-year-old and pantomiming the full lechery of the title character while simultaneously wailing away on the baritone. Twice, Towns thrilled the audience by playing the trumpet and the flugelhorn simultaneously.

About midway through the show, local trumpeter Stan Engle joined the band during a 22 minute medley ending with that old chestnut, When the Saints Go Marching In When the Saints Go Marching In on iTunes. Other highlights included James Brown’s Sex Machine Sex Machine on iTunes and the burlesque standard, Harlem Nocturne Harlem Nocturne on iTunes.

Just Like Rahsann Roland Kirk

Just Like Rahsann Roland Kirk — Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 30th annual Jazz in June festival

Established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band, the world famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized New Orleans brass band music by fusing elements of funk, R&B and bebop jazz with traditional styles. They last played Norman’s Deli in 2001. Here’s to hoping they won’t stay away so long in the future!

About the Featured Photograph(s)

Note

M-mount lenses do not provide aperture information to the camera body, either electronically or mechanically. Therefore, f-stop settings are approximate, and are probably wildly inaccurate. For what it’s worth, I usually shoot with my lenses wide open.

  • Audience (II)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:1250
  • 21mm
  • 1/30s
  • ƒ/4.8
  • 35° 13.4259′ 0″ N 97° 26.8574′ 0″ W
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band (I)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:1250
  • 21mm
  • 1/90s
  • ƒ/4
  • 35° 13.4259′ 0″ N 97° 26.8574′ 0″ W
  • Dirty Ol’ Man (IV)
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:1250
  • 50mm
  • 1/350s
  • ƒ/2
  • 35° 13.4259′ 0″ N 97° 26.8574′ 0″ W
  • Just Like Rahsann Roland Kirk
  • M9 Digital Camera
  • ISO:1250
  • 50mm
  • 1/1500s
  • ƒ/2
  • 35° 13.4259′ 0″ N 97° 26.8574′ 0″ W

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