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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

New Orleans music ushered in the 20th century with the wail of a joyful noise: collective improvisation, syncopated rhythms, eclectic stylings, and an infectious joie de vivre that was exhilarating. Indeed, thanks to New Orleans musicians such as King Oliver, Jellyroll Morton, and above all, Louis Armstrong, the 1920s became known as the “jazz age.”

Just like early jazz was an amalgamation of the music of its era, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's musical revolution was actually a reintroduction of the basic eclecticism that made jazz the most dynamic music of the 20th century.

Founded in April of 1977, the formation of the Dirty Dozen created a musical revolution in New Orleans. For over seventy-five years, the brass band tradition existed largely unchanged until this forward looking, bebop influenced ensemble completely changed both the style and the repertoire of brass band music.

As trumpeter and bandleader Gregory Davis points out, “The concept of the Dirty Dozen is to play and experiment with all types of music. We will take a song - and not worry about if it is a jazz song or any particular type of song - we'll just take a song and see what we can do with it as The Dirty Dozen.”

For over three decades the Dirty Dozen has been touring the world. They've played all the major festivals - Newport, New York, New Orleans Jazzfest, Playboy, Montreaux - and they have played one-nighters in no name venues in small towns you need a local map to find. If they didn't love the music, they couldn't keep up the pace, but, as their signature song exclaims, they roll on.

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July 07, 2018

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

July 23, 2013

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Celebrates 35th Anniversary At Newport Jazz...

June 22, 2013

Jazz This Week: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bonerama, "88 Squared," and More

June 20, 2013

Jazz This Week: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bonerama, "88 Squared," Dave...

June 06, 2013

Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Play Sunday, June 23 at off Broadway

May 24, 2012

Jazz This Week: Stanley Clarke Trio, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Dead...

April 13, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Perform Friday, May 25 at Old Rock House

March 28, 2012

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Sign With Savoy Jazz, New Album "Twenty Dozen"...

February 24, 2011

Jazz This Week: Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Jon Cleary, St. Louis Jazz...

February 20, 2011

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Gettin' Dirty with the Dirty Dozen Brass...

November 11, 2010

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: NYE Boston with Moe.

February 25, 2010

Dirty Dozen Brass Band | 02.13 | Los Angeles

November 19, 2009

Jazz This Week: Christian McBride and Inside Straight, Nellie McKay,...

November 17, 2009

The Jazz Session #109: Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Roger Lewis)

November 15, 2009

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Party Time with the Dirty Dozen Brass...

October 16, 2009

Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Play Thursday, November 19 at Broadway Oyster...

February 07, 2009

Seattle Times: New Orleans Sound Takes a Trip to Seattle, Courtesy of...

September 08, 2008

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Irving Plaza

December 03, 2007

Multi-Grammy Award Winning Blind Boys of Alabama Perform Gospel...

June 28, 2006

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band @ Fairfield Theatre Company

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