The Jambalaya Brass Band is New York City’s ultimate New Orleans party band. Since 1998 they’ve been kickin’ it hard with a flavor straight from the streets of New Orleans, paying their respects to the unique musical traditions of the city by incorporating a special blend of R&B, funk, gospel, traditional jazz, zydeco, Latin, hip-hop, and bebop. The band will take you on a historical journey through the New Orleans brass band tradition – a joyous romp starting from the early beginnings with Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton, and Louis Armstrong, and ending up with their own modern sounds influenced by the Rebirth, Dirty Dozen, and New Birth brass bands.
Like the unique combination of a Parkway Surf & Turf Po’ Boy, the Outer Borough Brass Band deliciously melds the precision of jazz with the soul of the second line. Blending crisp technique and dirty funk, the OBBB delivers authentic Nola brass band grooves to the boroughs of NYC, augmented by a secret weapon: a barrelhouse piano that puts a rollickingly fresh spin on classic covers and throbbing… originals that sound as though they were written 30 years ago. Led by Loyola University New Orleans alum Joe Scatassa, the OBBB’s lineup is chock-full of ringers, Crescent City veterans, and NYC mainstays who have logged time with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Bonerama, Honey Island Swamp Band, New Orleans Nightcrawlers, Afroskull, and many others. After putting numerous unsuspecting hips in motion during their debut on Mardi Gras Day 2011, the Outer Borough Brass Band has quickly ascended to share the stage with the likes of Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, the Joe Krown Trio, and many other modern-day titans of New Orleans music. Hold your hanky high because the Outer Borough Brass Band is in town. Get ready to get down.