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The Trémé Brass Band are the real life, everyday soundtrack for Trémé, one of the oldest black neighborhoods in the country and the setting for the acclaimed, eponymous HBO series.

Located just north of New Orleans’ French Quarter, Trémé is a real haven for brass-band music.

The band is Anchored by snare drummer Benny Jones, the band’s leader, and bass drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste - the sharpest looking septuagenarian you’ll ever meet. Jones and Batiste were both founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band thirty years ago, but neither wanted to tour full-time, so they formed a stay-at-home band that has become a kind of “finishing school” for an entire generation of up-and-coming New Orleans brass band musicians.

And on any given night in a backstreet barroom, a Trémé Brass Band set can take you almost anywhere with classic brass-band repertoire, like “I Found a New Baby,” “Joe Avery’s Blues,” or the hilarious “I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal, You).” With extended jams and virtuoso solos, they can swing the pants off audience favorites, like “Wonderful World” or a spirited “Darktown Strutters Ball” and “When the Saints/Mama Don’t Allow” medley.

This is classic, funky New Orleans brass-band music, recorded live in the studio, and just one listen will easily demonstrate why the National Endowment for the Arts has named the Trémé Brass Band as a national treasure and National Heritage Fellows.

 
 

 

I GOT A BIG FAT WOMAN

ALL OF ME

MONDAY DATE

I FOUND A NEW BABY

BACK OF TOWN BLUES

GRAZING IN THE GRASS

I’LL BE GLAD WHEN YOU’RE DEAD

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL

WONDERFUL WORLD

WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN /

MAMA DON’T ALLOW (MEDLEY)

 

 

     

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