Listen to the first single How Far I'll Go from the upcoming album Was I Only Dreaming by Vile Impulse on bandcamp.
Thank you Chris Floyd for asking me to be part of your project.
Like pretty much every music festival in the world after March this year, HONK! Fest was cancelled due to the social shutdown following the COVID-19 fiasco. But this did not prevent the organizers of HONK! from bringing together brass bands from all around the world for a week-long online festival.
I helped produce and curate content from the New Orleans HONK! Fest community including The Young Fellaz Brass Band, the Red Flame Hunters and Original Big 7 Social Club, and New Creations Brass Band. I shot and edited mini-documentaries and performances with the Red Flame Hunters, Big 7, and Young Fellaz Brass Band, and hosted a live panel discussion on New Orleans Culture with members of the New Orleans brass band community.
Enjoy the videos above and be sure to check out the rest of the HONK! United festival here: https://www.youtube.com/user/honkfestival/videos
The Young Fellaz Brass Band prepare to release their new untitled album in early 2021. Featuring 12 original songs and totaling 70 minutes in length, this album has been in production since the summer of 2019, and will be the strongest Young Fellaz work to date. The album is entirely self-produced at saxophonist Seth Bailin's home studio in the 9th ward of New Orleans.
Video shot and edited by Seth Bailin.
Keep up with the band on Instagram.com/youngfellazbrassband
Recorded, arranged, and produced by Alijah Jett the Musician
Mixed and mastered by Seth Bailin
Alijah Jett - bass drum, snare drum, percussion, keyboard, vocals, tuba, trombone, trumpet.
John Perkins - Trumpet on track 1
Tyrus Chapman - vocals on track 4
Big Chief Hollywood - vocals on track 6
Seth Bailin - saxophone on track 4
The album is available on all major streaming platforms: Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and more.
Written and performed by Graphyti
Beat produced by Seth Bailin
Mixed and mastered by Seth Bailin
Find "Us" on all major streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, and more.
Glen David Andrews (New Orleans, USA) - Vocals
Judith Slack (New Orleans, USA) - Vocals
Kathy Boyé (Montauban, France) - Vocals
Max Oestersötebier (Reitberg, Germany) - Vocals
Shailaja Grace Guillory (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - Vocals
Eunice Love (New Orleans, USA) - Vocals
Dom Pipkin (London, UK) - Piano
Barry Stephenson (New York, USA) - Bass
Revert Andrews (New Orleans, USA) - Trombone
Revon Andrews (New Orleans, USA) - Trombone
Christian Altehülshorst (Reitberg, Germany) - Trumpet
Finlay Milne (London, UK) - Trumpet
Seth Bailin (New Orleans) - Saxophone
Mixed and mastered by Seth Bailin
Video edited by Seth Bailin
Produced by Glen David Andrews
Download the song here:
April and May is usually the busiest time of year for a New Orleans musician. Wedding season is in full swing and festivals happen every weekend, the biggest of which is the 7 day phenomenon known as Jazzfest. Over 650 bands perform across 14 stages each year at Jazzfest, from local brass bands and youth groups to international headliners like Bruce Springsteen and Chaka Khan.
This year, however, the fairgrounds were quiet and empty. Frenchmen St is eerily quiet and litter-free. The windows to all the clubs in the french quarter which usually have music and people spilling out are boarded up and blacked out. The tourism industry in New Orleans came to a grinding halt in March during the COVID-19 pandemic while the nation is on a stay-at-home order. Walking around the city has an uneasy, unnatural feeling of being suspended in time.
I started taking pictures of the stores and clubs that are all closed, and then of signs that you would never have thought would have existed last year: "6 feet y'all," "playground closed," "out of business," "stay safe," etc. As the camera roll on my phone grew with pictures of an upside-down New Orleans, I began to put music to the images. The ballad that I hummed most while biking around was "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans," because I surely did and still do miss what makes New Orleans great: live music, parties, human connection, cookouts, and celebrations.
As Glen David Andrews and I were recording his new album, I told him about my idea to play saxophone over all these pictures. He said, "let me sing on it," and the rest was history. Joe Boucha played piano, I played saxophone and recorded/mixed the song, and Glen David sang on top. We hope you enjoy this representation of what New Orleans looks and feels like in Spring 2020.
Purchase the single here:
Donate to the New Orleans Brass Band Musician Relief Fund here:
Glen David Andrews - Vocals
Revert "Peanut" Andrews - Trombone
Glen Hall - Trumpet
Glen Finnister Andrews - Drums
Jesse Smith - Guitar
Herbert McCarver IV - Sousaphone
Joe Boucha - Organ
Recorded and mixed by Seth Bailin
Purchase/stream the record at glendavidandrewsband.bandcamp.com
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.
Current projects: Radical Health Zine, the New American Songbook, Pathways with Joseph Campbell.