Dirty Dozen Brass Band | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

Dirty Dozen Brass Band 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Perhaps you already know that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, from New Orleans, uses instrumentation virtually identical to that of the swinging brass bands that have escorted funeral processions down the streets of that city since early in the century. America today sorely needs to be reminded that it possesses a parade march tradition that, like the samba parade music of Brazil, has nothing to do with war. But what's even cooler about the Dirty Dozen is their penchant for incorporating more recent jazz and pop strains. Their hybrid is one of the most interesting and successful musical experiments being conducted these days--even if their stabs at bebop don't always leave you bursting with new appreciation for the music, but rather gasping at the lung-busting technical difficulty of playing a fast-walking bass line on sousaphone (which helps illustrate why jazz bands switched to string bass in the first place). Occasional mixed results are certainly permissible in any experiment so audacious; no one can say these guys are afraid to take chances. Tonight and Saturday, FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt, Berwyn; 788-2118.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/David Katzenstein.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Renaldo Migaldi

  • The List: July 22-28, 2010

    The List: July 22-28, 2010

    Critics' Choices and other notable shows: Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, Juana Molina, Struck by Lightning, David Dondero, Natacha Atlas, and more
    • Jul 22, 2010
  • A Son of Sun

    A Son of Sun

    It's been 50 years since he recorded at Sam Phillips's legendary studio and more than 30 since he quit music to drive a limo, but rockabilly pioneer Hayden Thompson is getting back into the business.
    • Nov 29, 2007
  • Thomas E. Ricks

    • Sep 28, 2006
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Spirits to Enforce Berry Memorial United Methodist Church
November 08
Performing Arts
The Better Half Steppenwolf Theatre, 1700 Theatre
November 08

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories