As a saxophonist and improvisational musician, there’s so much to learn! From scale variations to rhythms to vocabulary to chord progressions to flashy extended techniques and on and on and on, any musician worth his/her salt will agree that it’s imperative to always push further and to break through your barriers. Of the flashy little tricks in my personal arsenal, though, one of the biggest crowd pleasers proves over and over to be the double saxophone. I have a hell of a good time doing it, but I’m far from the first!
Some of my biggest saxophone heroes have pulled it off, including Jeff Coffin and the legendary Rahsaan Roland Kirk, but the only other musician I’ve seen pull of the labor-intensive bari-tenor combo is the great Dana Colley of Morphine. Finding that band was a revelation to me as a musician and specifically as a baritone saxophonist, and it looks like we at the Dirty Bourbon River Show will have the honor of sharing the stage with the Vespers of Morphine (original members of Morphine with the slide bass and guitar stylings of the talented and capable Jeremy Lyons) on 5/30 at New Orleans’ own d.b.a!
I’ve seen them live, and it’s the real deal, people. If you’re in the area, do yourselves a favor and come check this show out, because I’m completely stoked for it! Not that you need any convincing, but if you want to see one of the videos that enlightened me to the greatness of the bari-tenor combo, dig this video from one of Morphine’s performances from back in the mid-90s. You’re welcome!
Also, tonight marks the end of our little run out in the Midwest, so if you’re in the area, come party with us in Detroit at one of the classiest of classy jazz joints I’ve ever been to, Cliff Bell’s! We kick off at 9:30 with three full sets of awesome. Be there!
The Dirty Bourbon River Show is proud to announce the newest member of their family, Sir Logan Van Meter:
Logan hails from Berryville, VA, and will be joining us as Band Consigliere. He is a honed jack-of-all-trades, and knows how to use a sword. Look out America.
In other news, whole bunch of new tour dates posted on the left sidebar. Kicking off April on the 6th w/ a free show at Loyola, leading up to Jazzfest on the 27th – Closing out the Lagniappe Stage at 5:25pm on the Clapton day. Super excited for that one.
That’s about it y’all. Happy April Fools Day. Party Hardy in your dad’s Ferrari. One Love – DBRS
A dark sex fiend specter is strolling into our midst, reeking of the pungent cologne of pumpkin spice and bad desicions… His or Her gait is marked by the crunch and shuffle of dead leaves… surely to mute the raucous stomp of dancing boots. Head is shrouded in the dark shadows of a brimmed hat… SURELY to cover His or Her shock of red, orange, and yellow locks, marking the year’s twilight and the end of summer. That’s right, Friends! Halloween is fast approaching, and we at the Dirty Bourbon River Show are here to help get the season of mischief, dancing, drinking, and general merry-making off on the right foot!
On October 25th we’ll be joined by our very good friends and local masters of sound, the Magnetic Ear, with special guest, Matt Perrine (sousaphonist and bass man extraordinaire), for our debut performance at one of New Orleans’ freshest new venues, Gasa Gasa! Feel free to dress, dance, and drink festively at this Fine Fall Friday Fete so you can get you prepped a week early for the musical extravagance of Voodoo Fest and Halloween in the Big Easy!
Gasa Gasa only holds about 200 people and we haven’t played in New Orleans since our Volume IV CD Release Party last May, so get your tickets fast, as the show may very well sell out. Here is a link:
Tonight we return to one of our favorite venues in the northeast, Brooklyn Bowl! It’s our one NYC show for this tour, so make sure not to miss out.
The doors open at 6pm so you have time to grab a drink and hang a bit before the revelry begins, then the Brummy Brothers take the stage at 8pm to kick things off. We’ll be hitting the stage at about 9:30pm and playing for as long as your feet will carry you! It’s only a $7 cover tonight, so get ready to drink and dance and make this the best Tuesday night of the season! See you soon, New Yorkers.