New Orleans Jazz Vipers

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The New Orleans Jazz Vipers at the Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen Street, 2013

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are a five-piece swing band from New Orleans, Louisiana.

History[edit]

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are a five-piece swing band playing music by Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dicky Wells, Benny Carter, and Count Basie.

In 2009, The original Jazz Vipers split into two separate bands.

Line up[edit]

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers now feature:

  • Joe Braun - Sax
  • Craig Klein - Trombone
  • Dave Boswell - Trumpet
  • Matt Bell - Guitar
  • Joshua Gouzy - Acoustic Bass


Achievements[edit]

  • Their CD Live on Frenchmen Street won Offbeat Magazine's 2004 Best of the Beat Award for Best Traditional Jazz Album.
  • They were named Best Traditional Jazz Band at the 2005 Big Easy Awards.
  • In 2010, the New Orleans Jazz Vipers were shown in the HBO series "Treme", with Joe Braun playing himself.
  • Later that same year, the "Treme" soundtrack compilation, which includes the Vipers playing Joe Brauns' original composition "I Hope You're Comin' Back To New Orleans", was nominated for a Grammy award.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • The New Orleans Jazz Vipers (2002) recorded in New Orleans at Truck Farm Studio with Andrew Gilchrist as the engineer.
  • Live on Frenchman Street (2004) recorded live at The Spotted Cat located on Frenchmen St. in New Orleans.
  • Hope You're Comin' Back (2006) recorded in New Orleans. Includes the band's first self-penned number "Hope You're Comin' Back To New Orleans", a post-Katrina plea for people to come back to New Orleans to live or visit.
  • Blue Turning Grey (2013) recorded in New Orleans at Word of Mouth Studio.

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