The Hot 8 Brass Band Lost Recording Series
Flag Gang – Super Sunday 2005
The Sound Before the Storm
Just about a year before the parade, the virtuoso Hot 8 trombonist, Joe William, got shot and killed for nothing nobody who saw can figure to be right if you hear the tales officials tell for the why of it. There were many witnesses. Shot 14 times inside his truck, while his hands were up and sticking out the window like they’d bullhorned him to do – the bright white light on him, the police all around him with their loud lights and trained guns and horseshit stories for why it was right for them to shoot him down dead like that. These are the kinds of things that can happen in New Orleans.