Stooges Brass Band

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Not to be confused with The Three Stooges or The Stooges. ‹See Tfd›
Stooges Brass Band
Also known as Stooges Music Group
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Hip Hop, Funk, Brass Band, New Orleans R&B, Second Line, Soul, Jam Band, Jazz
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Trombone Shorty, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Mannie Fresh
Website www.stoogesbrassband.com

The Stooges Brass Band is a New Orleans, Louisiana, brass band. The group was formed in 1996 after band leader Walter Ramsey saw a performance by the Rebirth Brass Band.[1] The Stooges Brass Band is known for incorporating elements of hip hop, funk and R&B into a more traditional brass band framework. The band has played the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, and South by Southwest. In 2012, they were selected by the U.S. State Department to tour Pakistan, and became the first American band to play in Hyderabad.

Biography[edit]

The Stooges Brass Band started in 1996 when band leader Walter Ramsey combined members of two rival high school marching bands.[2] After seeing the Rebirth Brass Band play, Ramsey was inspired to experiment with merging hip hop, funk, and R & B, influences into a traditional New Orleans brass band framework. The band name evolved out of their stage antics, when one of the band members referred to the rest as “a bunch of stooges.” [3] Early members included Trombone Shorty, ’Big’ Sam Williams, Drew Baham, Ellis Joseph, Sammy Cyrus, and Dwayne Williams.[4]

Over the next decade, the Stooges Brass Band gained a reputation in local clubs and second line parades. Early successes included recording with Jessica Simpson, and production work for ESPN.[5]

Red Bull Street Kings Competition[edit]

In October 2010, the Stooges Brass Band won the Red Bull Street Kings competition. The event featured four prominent brass bands in an elimination-style competition.[6] Red Bull flew the band out to their L.A. studios to record an EP and video music series with hip hop producer Mannie Fresh.[7] The event was covered by the Documentary Channel, who released a documentary in 2011.[8]

2011-2012[edit]

In April 2011, the Stooges Brass Band won the Best Contemporary Brass Band award from the Big Easy Music Awards.[9] The band began touring more aggressively in 2012, playing Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Essence Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Series, South by Southwest, and others. In June 2012, the band was selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as cultural ambassadors on a tour to Pakistan. They performed in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and Hyderabad. They became the first American brass band to tour the country, and the first American band to play Hyderabad.[10]

Discography[edit]

  • 2003 – “'It’s About Time”

"Street Music" (vinyl only release?)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cotton, Red (2010-12-30). "Walter ‘Whoadie’ Ramsey, Leader of the Stooges Brass Band". Gambit Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  2. ^ Ferguson, Jon (2011-06-09). "The Stooges Brass Band: New Orleans Power". Lancaster New Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ Cotton, Red (2010-12-30). "Walter ‘Whoadie’ Ramsey, Leader of the Stooges Brass Band". Gambit Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^ Cotton, Red (2010-12-30). "Walter ‘Whoadie’ Ramsey, Leader of the Stooges Brass Band". Gambit. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Jon (2011-06-09). "The Stooges Brass Band: New Orleans Power". Lancaster New Daily. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  6. ^ "Stooges March on as Red Bull Street Kings". Red Bull USA. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  7. ^ "New Orleans Brass Band The Stooges Brass Band with producer Mannie Fresh". Stooges Brass Band website. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  8. ^ Stooges Brass Band (2012-05-25). Brass Bands of New Orleans - Red Bull Street Kings. 
  9. ^ Allman, Kevin (2011-04-25). "The 2011 Big Easy Music Awards: the winners". Gambit. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  10. ^ Spera, Keith (2012-06-28). "Stooges Brass Band recently brought the funk to Pakistan". The Times Picayune. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 

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