SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Exactly thirty five years ago born in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. Anchored by original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns and Kirk Joseph, the band has signed with Savoy Jazz who will help celebrate their auspicious anniversary with the release of "TWENTY DOZEN"—an all new eleven track album which will be released on May 1st. Produced by Scott Billington at The Music Shed in New Orleans, the album showcases the Dirty Dozen Brass Band's quintessential sound mixed with a heady Caribbean flavor. The band have confirmed a triumphant series of shows and events in their native New Orleans surrounding the Jazz & Heritage Festival, culminating in a very special album release/35th Anniversary reunion concert at the Temple on April 28th and a featured slot at the Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 3rd.
Born under the auspices of the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in 1977, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band are a seven member ensemble who started out as the house band and eventually broke through the boundaries of the traditional brass band to evolve into a highly lauded world-renowned musical force. With several incarnations throughout the years, the band now consists of Gregory Davis (trumpet, vocals), Roger Lewis (baritone, soprano sax), Kevin Harris (tenor saxophone), Efrem Towns (trumpet, flugelhorn), Kirk Joseph (sousaphone), Terence Higgins (drums) and Kyle Roussel (keyboard). Former member Jake Eckert (guitar) is featured throughout "TWENTY DOZEN".
Confirmed performances and events: 4/26/2012New Orleans LA, Tipitina's 4/28/2012New Orleans LA, The Temple, 35th Anniversary Family Reunion / Album Release Party, co bill with Big Sam's Funky Nation 4/29/2012New Orleans LA, House of Blues, support to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue 4/30/2012New Orleans, LA, Tipitina's, Instruments A Comin' Benefit 5/1/2012New Orleans, LA, Louisiana Music Factory, In-store performance 5/3/2012New Orleans LA, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 5/4/2012New Orleans LA, d.b.a. 5/5/2012New Orleans, LA, Joy Theatre, Preservation Hall Crescent City Revue w/ Dirty Dozen Horns
Savoy Jazz is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia, the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. SLG is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.