Jazz Education, Inc and Warehouse Live present the Houston International Jazz Festival: Showdown Throwdown Texas vs Louisiana.
Hot 8 Brass Band, Bayou City Brass Band, To Be Continued Brass Band
Hot 8 Brass Band – This storied NOLA hip-hop/jazz/funk collective are Grammy-nominated, spotlighted in Spike Lee’s award winning documentary, “When the Levees Broke,” and were also the featured subject of “The Hot 8” documentary. In December 2015, they released a remix compilation album of their viral hit cover of Marvin Gaye’s iconic “Sexual Healing” and in May 2016, released their “Can’t Nobody Get Down” EP. Hot 8 are planning a 2017 world tour in conjunction with a new full-length album release in Q1 of 2017.
Bayou City Brass Band – Brass heavy funk band. The Bayou City Brass Band combines the influences of jazz, r&b and hip-hop music into one unique sound.
To Be Continued Brass Band – To Be Continued Brass Band, also known as TBC, is a jazz band formed in 2002 by young men who grew up in the 7th and 9th Wards in New Orleans, Louisiana. They sought to avoid the life that befell many of their friends and classmates involving drugs and violence by creating a jazz and brass band. The band started at Carver Senior High School in New Orleans where the band’s eventual leader and tuba player, Jason Slack, borrowed instruments from Carver’s band director. The band received permission from Carver’s principal to play a set on the school grounds. The school’s reaction simply was “wow,” and the TBC Brass Band was on its way.
With no manager and no guaranteed gigs, the band began performing on the streets of New Orleans, establishing a regular presence on the legendary corner of Bourbon and Canal in the French Quarter. The band quickly became popular with hordes of fans flocking regularly to dance with the group on their established street corner stage.
In early 2005, Grammy-Award winning hip-hop group The Roots learned of TBC and took the band under its wing, inviting TBC to play with them in concert.
In the summer of 2005, The Roots began working with TBC. The Roots’ Questlove Thompson stated that TBC’s “music was extremely impressive”. According to Thompson, TBC “took us back to our roots working out on South Street at Passyunk [in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania], when we were praying that somebody like a Kenny Gamble would come along to discover us.”
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, destroying the band’s homes and instruments and scattering them throughout the U.S. Six months later, band members returned to New Orleans, renting hotel rooms with money made performing on the streets just to be able and to be together again playing music in their hometown. A feature-length documentary movie about the band was produced entitled ‘From the Mouthpiece on Back’. The hip hop group ‘The Roots’ are co-executive producers and award-winning actress Kerry Washington narrates the movie. The American Film Institute has called the movie “inspiring,”, and other reviewers have deemed the movie “incredible,” and described its teenage jazz musician subjects as “charming as hell, funny, . . . and take everything that’s thrown at them with unimaginable spirit and focus.”
Today, TBC continues to play its amazing music in New Orleans as well as touring internationally. TBC music is spreading globally, delighting fans with their unique melodic brand of brass jazz music. In addition, TBC is one of the top requested bands in the time-honored New Orleans tradition known as “the second line”. The band has become a staple on the second line parade scene, leading hundreds of dancing paraders through the streets on any given Sunday in this only-in-New Orleans tradition.
MORE JAZZ FEST 2017 EVENTS:
Kick Off Party
Friday, August 4, 2017 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
at Chillum Lounge & Grill
Mayor’s Scholarship Jazz Brunch
Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
at Wortham Theater Center
501 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002
About the Festival:
Since its inception, in association with August Jazz Month Houston, the Houston International Jazz Festival has placed Houston in the spotlight as the site of the nation’s only Jazz Festival focusing on international Jazz musicians.
All proceeds from the festival go toward funding Jazz Education Inc.’s educational programs, Jazz & Poetry Series and Summer Jazz Workshop. The Jazz and Poetry Series serves more than 20,000 elementary school children, and through two locations, the Summer Jazz Workshop trains over 100 teenage musicians yearly.