Introducing...The N'AWLINS GUMBO KINGS
Every band has its story and the N’Awlins gumbo Kings have theirs as well. Until the summer of 2002, trumpeter Steve Howard, clarinetist, saxophonist, and arranger Mike Sizer and trombonist Brad Herring had never crossed paths. Well that’s not quite true you see because each member of this band has spent years working on Bourbon Street in the Big Easy, New Orleans with overlapping tours of duty, playing for the top performers and working in the top studios yet as crazy as it sounds never meeting. It took six “strangers” each relocating to the Dallas • Fort Worth area one at a time years later in order to come together as a group. That’s where the real story behind the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings begins.
One evening that summer in 2002 two turned up on the same gig in Dallas and during the breaks they talked about their love for New Orleans music. One thought led to another and the question popped up, “if we were going to put together a New Orleans Jazz band we’d need at least one more horn up front but who?” In harmony the response was “I know the perfect guy”. You guessed it, these two cats blurt out the same name at the same time that night and then there were three • Steve Howard, Mike Sizer and Brad Herring. The story is not much different in the rhythm section. When it came to the drum chair the same three-part harmony brought together New Orleans native and veteran drummer Bobby Breaux