Opera House: Dirty Dozen Brass Band In Concert, 7/1

Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation celebrates its 14th annual Telluride Plein Air with Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in concert on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show time is 9 p.m. Tickets are selling fast. Ticket prices are $25 general admission on the floor; $35 reserved seats in the balcony. Get your tickets here or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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Celebrating 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated that into a blend of genres including bebop jazz, funk, and R&B/soul.

The group’s unique sound, described by the band as a “musical gumbo,” has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour five continents and 30 countries, record 12 studio albums, and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic and Norah Jones. Now, 40 years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world-famous music machine whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances.

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. At the time, the move was a joining of two proud, but antiquated Big Easy traditions: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance. The clubs provided proper funeral arrangements.

 

 

Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it today, would often follow the processions playing somber dirges. However, once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, those very same bands would burst into jubilant dance tunes and casual onlookers danced in the streets.

By the late 1970s, that tradition nearly died. Enter the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club. The ensemble was established in the late 1970s by Benny Jones along with members of the Tornado Brass Band.

The group was put together as a house band and, over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the name it is known by today: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

And again, the Dirty Dozen went on to revolutionize the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz.

DDBB has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands ever since.

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE and Just For Kids.

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