Step on up!!
Come one, come all!!
We got some NEW Dirty Bourbon Swag for y’all!!
Come check it all out and more tonight at Cliff Bell’s in beautiful Detroit!!
We hit at 10 pm!
See y’all there!
Man it’s been a while since my last post, but fear not good folks because I’ve been busy collecting and enjoying some amazing records during the “off season.” While browsing through a local antique shop on Magazine St. this was found ..
Yep, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band‘s first album “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now,” and it’s on vinyl! I about jumped out of my shoes when I saw this y’all! The Dozen are heroes in New Orleans for keeping the brass band scene alive back in the late 70s. We had the the good fortune to share the stage with them a few years back at the Green River Festival in Massachusetts, and it was definitely a check off the bucket list. We’ve been performing their original tune “Blackbird Special” for a few months now and it’s been a hit at our shows. This album features the original lineup with the traditional split kit setup and a track list of originals and covers that are sure to get you moving. Here’s a video of the title track performed live!
Tonight we’re in Detroit at the always wonderful Cliff Bell’s. Showtime is 9pm. See y’all there! ~Boots
Ladies and gentlemen,
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!
Throughout my time in orchestras and wind ensembles, I have noticed that there aren’t enough female low brass players. I am trying to change that, one city at a time…
Without further ado, the most beautiful globe trotting dental hygienist from Grand Rapids, Melinda!
P.S. Show tonight at the fantastic Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, Michigan. Music starts at 9 PM.
First night of our two day showcase at Cliff Bell’s in Detroit, MI! Show starts at 9:30. And now without further ado, the most beautiful keyboardist/oboist from Rosco Bandana, Emily!
Got some big cities coming up: Chicago on Wednesday (w/ Cliff Hines @ Martyr’s), 2 shows in Detroit this weekend (Cliff Bells Jazz Residency), three shows in NYC next weekend (Hill Country, Rockwood Music Hall & Brooklyn Bowl), then Baltimore, Richmond, Asheville, Chapel Hill & many more to follow. Hope to see you there, & please help spread the word!
03.27 Chicago, IL @ Martyr’s
03.28 Grand Rapids, MI @ Founder’s Brewery
03.29 Detroit, MI @ Cliff Bells
03.30 Detroit, Mi @ Cliff Bells
04.04 Washington D.C. @ Hill Country
04.05 New York, NY @ Hill Country
04.06 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
04.07 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
04.11 Rochester, NY @ Abeline
04.12 Lancaster, PA @ Burning Bridge Tavern
04.13 Baltimore, MD @ The 8×10
04.14 Thomas, WV @ The Purple Fiddle
04.15 Berryville, VA @ Barns of Rosehill
04.18 Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
04.20 Pittsboro, NC @ Shakori Hills Festival
04.25 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
04.26 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506