Saturday, June 12, 2010

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase:
Spotlight on the Funky Butt Brass Band

With no major touring jazz acts scheduled to visit St. Louis in the next couple of weeks, it seems like a good time to turn our video spotlight on some local talent. And what better way to enliven a muggy early summer weekend than with the Funky Butt Brass Band, six Gateway City musicians offering their take on the classic New Orleans sound?

Up top, you can see an excerpt from a performance last year at the North City Farmers Market, in which the FBBB offers their rendition of "Mama Don't Allow."

Down below are three clips from their gig this past March at Jazz at the Bistro. First up is a medley featuring a bit of "Blue Monk" segueing into the blues standard "Stormy Monday" and finishing up with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain."

Videos three and four feature guest appearances from trumpeters Sean Jones and Marcus Printup, who were in town that weekend to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Sheldon a couple of blocks away. Jones and Printup stopped by after their concert was done to join the FBBB's performances of "It's All Over Now" and, inevitably, "When The Saints Go Marching In."

You can find out more about the Funky Butt Brass Band by visiting their website or MySpace page.

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