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The Hot 8 Brass Band Live at Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club - New Orleans, 2006

The Hot 8 Brass Band Live at Sweet Lorraine’s

On Lundi Gras, 2006 we captured The Hot 8 Brass Band playing Sweet Lorraine’s, New Orleans’ famous jazz club. Inside the club there were still leaks in the roof and water marks on the walls and a blasted floor and chairs stacked up on busted tables in the back as they were trying to get ready for business. But for our recording purposes the disrepair added an element indicative of the Katrina aftermath we thought the band would be able to swallow and blow out beautiful in their sound. We were right. The Hot 8 came in round midnight after playing the Zulu parade and the Zulu secondline parade (which we recorded), saw the room had a couple of drinks and a smoke, tuned up and electrified us all with their big sound. The Hot 8 sizzled the sound waves with two dazzling sets before they stepped off stage come 4 in the morning. This would be the last recorded stage performance by the snare drummer Dick Shavers.

Listen to “DO IT FLUID” – a full select track from
The Hot 8 Live at Sweet Lorraine’s album.


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Album Download Available for $10
(All proceeds will go to the Dinerral Shavers Fund)

Album Preview

1. Hot 8 Got Fiya (7:00)

2. Dr. Rackle (The Fine Tuner) (8:21)

3. Roll to the Calliope (7:54)

4. Kickin’ It Live (7:20)

5. Word On The Street (7:13)

6. Do It Fluid (6:59)

7. Crackhouse (7:12)

8. That Old Rugged Cross (3:52) Bonus Track – University Soundcheck

9. Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (5:00) Bonus Track – University Soundcheck, 1/1/06 Secondline Drum Track

In Memory of Dinerral Shavers,
Hot 8 Snare Drummer 1995 – 2006

In the ugly vortex of Katrina’s aftermath, Dinerral Shavers was murdered in New Orleans on December 28th 2006 by a 17 year old trying to kill Dick’s stepson – out chasing him passed the shotgun houses into the middle of Dumaine street with his gun drawn free firing at Dick and his whole family racing to get away in their car. One bullet shattered the back glass and struck Dinerral in the back of the head. He was able to drive his family four more blocks to safety. But passed from this world on into the next less than an hour later on a hospital bed.

All proceeds from the Hot 8 Live at Sweet Lorraine’s album are being donated to a fund set up for Dinneral’s 10 year old son D.J.

CONTRIBUTORS

THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND
• Bennie “Big Peter” Pete (tuba and band leader)
• Terrell “Burger” Batiste (trumpet)
• Harry “Swamp Thang” Cook (bass drum)
• Jerome “Baybay” Jones (trombone)
• Alvarez “B.I.G. AL” Huntley (trumpet)
• Dinerral “Dick” Shavers (snare drum)
• Raymond “Dr. Rackle” Williams (trumpet)
• Keith “Wolf” Anderson (trombone)
• Jereau “Cousin” Fournett (trombone)
• Wendell “Cliff” Stewart (saxophone)
www.Hot8BrassBand.com

PERSONNEL
• Recorded by – Masanori Yura and Nelson Eubanks
• Mixed by – Masanori Yura
• Mastered by – John P. Fischbach
• Photos by – Cheryl Gerber and Michelle L. Elmore
• Website Design by – Evan Clayburg

All recordings and images property of Melodius Thunk Productions and The Hot 8 Brass Band and may not be distributed or used for commercial purposes without express written permission.

All artists involved have donated their time
and resources to the Dinneral Shavers Fund.

Additional Parades Featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band and Dinerral Shavers:

» Flag Gang – Super Sunday Before the Storm
» Down By the Riverside Secondline

LUNDI GRAS, 2006

After the mesmerizing ’05 Don Hill’s Halloween live recording in New York City, we shifted gears, searching for that “just right juke joint” that’d be able to capture the feel of the New Orleans second line parade and set it free within the confines of four walls. The jazz club Sweet Lorraine’s, right on the other side of town, is the unofficial home of the Black Men of Labor Social Aide and Pleasure Club who were front and center in Melodius Thunk’s Down By The Riverside parade recordings featuring the Hot 8 Brass Band.

The energy they added to the parade with their footwork and moving tribute to the fallen hero – Mardi Gras Indians’ big chief of chiefs Tootie Montana – made that day and the recording historical. Sweet Lorraine’s took a beating during Katrina and had shuttered it doors for much of ’05 and ’06 but agreed to open its doors to the Hot 8 and Melodius Thunk to record this live album after the great success of the Down by the Riverside parade that previous Thanksgiving. Inside the club there were still leaks in the roof and water marks on the walls and a blasted floor and chairs stacked up on busted tables in the back as they were trying to get ready for business. But for our recording purposes the disrepair added an element indicative of the Katrina aftermath we thought the band would be able to swallow and blow out beautiful in their sound. We were right. The Hot 8 came in round midnight after playing the Zulu parade and the Zulu secondline parade (which we recorded), saw the room had a couple of drinks and a smoke, tuned up and electrified us all with their big sound. The Hot 8 sizzled the sound waves with two dazzilng sets before they stepped off stage come 4 in the morning. This would be the last recorded stage performance by the snare drummer Dick Shavers.

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