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.


For over fifteen years The New Orleans Jazz Vipers have been a favorite of swing dancers the world over. They are an Early Swing band with hard-driving acoustic rhythm, spirited New Orleans horns, and a punk sensibility. Think Count Basie meets The Washboard Rhythm Kings with a little Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. Much of the Vipers' unique sound comes from the absence of the drum kit; the tenacious rhythm is driven soundly by the guitar and upright bass.

The Vipers have performed their weekly gig at The Spotted Cat Music Club since the infancy of New Orleans’ vibrant Frenchman street music scene. They have been featured on the HBO show Treme playing their original tune "I Hope You're Coming Back to New Orleans".

Line up[edit]

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers now feature:

  • Joe Braun - Sax
  • Craig Klein - Trombone
  • Kevin Louis - Trumpet, Cornet
  • Oliver Bonie - Baritone Sax
  • Molly Reeves - Guitar
  • Joshua Gouzy - Acoustic Bass


  • 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".
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • Going! Going! Gone (2015) recorded in New Orleans at Audiophile Studios.

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