The New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund fills the financial gap left by cancelled gigs to support New Orleans’ brass band musicians, their families, and the tradition they carry during the COVID-19 crisis.
CONTRIBUTORS DONATE HERE
MUSICIANS APPLY HERE
New Orleans brass bands bring us together. They organize us into exuberance, bring us through our grief for loved ones passed, lead us down the street with high and fast stepping. While our venues are closed and our streets are silent, it’s our turn to organize for them. “New Orleans Brass Band Musicians Relief Fund” organizes funds to support the people who give life to this essential tradition. The funds go directly into the hands of New Orleans brass band musicians, so they can cover their basic expenses during this time.
NOBB Musicians Relief Fund is set up to accommodate the way gigging musicians often get paid - in cash, “under the table”, or as splits from a tip bucket. The nature of these payments means most musicians are unable to apply for unemployment or other relief funds. Most cannot provide bank statements that prove the income they used to have and the income they’re losing each day the COVID-19 crisis extends. For this reason, NOBBMRF is flexible and low-barrier. It’s not about providing prepared food or food boxes, it’s about supporting musicians the same way unemployment supports the “formal workforce”: cash grants. We believe this is the most efficient and effective way to support the New Orleans Brass Band community.
The busy March-May Spring season in New Orleans is key to enabling musicians to make ends meet year-round, using the buffer of the spring season to get through the slow summer months. While some of the gigs might eventually be rescheduled, many gig workers who rely on the Spring festivals, weddings, and celebrations to get them through those slow months are seeing a dip in their funds where there should be a peak. NOBBMRF aims to offer assistance to make sure musicians can provide basic necessities like groceries and rent payments for their families, starting with the month of April.
For every Sunday you’ve spent dancing down the street behind the band, for every wedding, funeral and celebration that’s been lifted up with brass music, for every time you’ve yelled “hey!” after the trumpet’s call, give back by stepping up with us to support the musicians who make those moments happen.
Please check out the new page on the website called Practice Tools. This page will contain various original resources for musicians to deepen their understanding and practice of music. As of today there is one sample PDF to get started but over time I will add new PDFs and videos exploring different aspects of melody, harmony, rhythm, practice technique, theory, and more.
All PDFs will eventually be compiled into an e-book called Melodic Intervals. Over the past decade I have been developing, practicing, and documenting various intervallic exercises for myself, and this year I have a goal of sharing these tools in the clearest and most logical way for students of any experience level to use.
Today's sample PDF is a chord scale sequence that I use to practice modes and chord types. I hope you find it useful. What kinds of music exercises would you like to see next?
If you're not familiar with the album Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio, please check it out immediately! It's one of my favorite albums of all time, and features "The Sound" Stan Getz backed by the most swinging band in history, the Oscar Peterson Trio (Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Ray Brown on bass).
The last track Blues For Herky is a fun 12-bar blues in C that contains some great language for guitar. You will find the first three choruses of the guitar part transcribed, followed by the three-chorus saxophone solo. All six of those choruses are written out in the key of C for guitar and the key of D for Bb instruments in a four-page PDF.
Head over to my transcriptions page to find this PDF along with many others for your study and enjoyment. Thank you.
Happy New Year everyone! Please enjoy the latest audiovisual project by upcoming rap artist Graphyti featuring the Young Fellaz Brass Band, New Orleans Saints hype song WHO DAT!
Lyrics by Graphyti
Music by Graphyti and Young Fellaz Brass Band
Recorded by Seth Bailin
Produced by Seth Bailin and Graphyti
Video edited by Graphyti
Musicians featured in the video: Graphyti, Rogerick Andrews, Kernell Andrews, Thaddeaus Ramsey, Roy Lancaster, Daimon Thomas, Seth Bailin, Justin Terrell, Revert Andrews, and Glen Joseph Andrews
Buy the song on iTunes
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Enjoy these two new offerings of sample-based audio collages. I do not own the rights to this music.
Young Fellaz Brass Band - Live on Frenchmen St.
Eight original songs. Recorded on a Tascam DR-03 in the summer of 2018.
Buy it on bandcamp
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I just finished two solo transcriptions of saxophone master Sonny Stitt playing the blues which you can download for free on my transcriptions page. I believe it's important to learn and analyze the musical language of the masters when studying any particular type of music. Thus, a study of Jazz saxophone would not be complete without digging into Sonny Stitt.
Bud's Blues is a recording from 1949 with Stitt on Tenor. It is a Bb blues, transposed to C for tenor sax. Stitt plays one chorus of the melody followed by four choruses of improvisation.
Cool Blues is a recording from 1958 with Stitt on Alto. It is an Eb blues transposed to C to alto sax. Stitt plays one chorus of the melody followed by six choruses of improvisation. Then, after laying out for 3 choruses for the piano, he plays two more choruses of improvisation and one last chorus of the melody.
Happy flashback Friday, y'all. On this day 5 years ago, The Party Band was celebrating the release of our debut album Transcendenta, at an all-day, all-ages, showcase of local music called Pure Cosmic Bop / Heavy Space Jams 4: The Meltdown. Big thanks to everyone that was involved, from all of the bands that performed, to the sound engineers who worked long hours to make the show go off without a hitch, to the venue crew for accommodating such a raucous collection of bands, to the fans who supported our kickstarter, bought merchandise, or just came out to the show. Lastly and most importantly I want to thank the band for putting in the time and energy to write, rehearse, perform, and record our original music.
Order a physical copy or download the Party Band's debut album here:
(CDs out of print but vinyl records are still available!)
Enjoy this video from Sunday Gras at Allways Cabaret. The Band is Sabertooth Swing and the personnel is: Dan Ruch - trumpet / Joshua Ratner - trombone / Seth Bailin - sax / Romain Beauxis - guitar / Spike Perkins - bass / Rob Montgomery - drums
Video shot and edited by Mike Parks
Since August, I have had the pleasure of working with the ReNEW SciTech Academy Marching Band as the Woodwind Instructor. The band is comprised of mostly first-year students between 2nd and 8th grade.
This carnival season, the students will be marching in 8 parades, playing a challenging repertoire which they hone at rehearsals every day after school.
The Sweet Sound of Uptown will appear at the following parades:
Friday, Feb 22 - Krewe of Excalibur - 7:30pm
Sunday, Feb 24 - Krewe of Femme Fatale - 11am
Wednesday, Feb 27 - Krewe of Nyx - 7pm
Thursday, Feb 28 - Krewe of Chaos - 6:15pm
Friday, March 1 - Krewe of Hermes - 6pm
Saturday, March 2 - Krewe of Iris - 11am
Sunday, March 3 - Krewe of Bacchus - 5:15pm
Fat Tuesday, March 5 - Krewe of Zulu - 8am
Documenting work and play as a musician and human in New Orleans, LA.