Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tuba Skinny - "Rock Me" - Terra Blues 8/19/14 - MORE at DIGITALALEXA cha...

I found this video down at the bottom on Eddie Hunter's blog at: Chicken Fat
Thanks Eddie. Eddie and I take turns finding new tuba skinny videos on youtube as fast as we can.
We also compete to see who is their #1 fan. I think we are in a tie for that.
I have just read on their blog: ( tuba skinny) and their facebook page that the band is going to be in Australia from September 24th to 19th October. Hopefully back in New Orleans by November. Or even late October. Maybe that is when I will get to see them in person. I want to see and hear them in clubs in New Orleans but even more I want to hear them playing on Royal Street in New Orleans. They continue to play on the street.
They explain why they keep playing out on the streets everywhere they go.

Tuba Skinny, the New Orleans trad-jazz septet that emerged from the city’s fertile busking scene to hit the festival circuit, still makes a point of playing on the street as much as possible. In July, for example, when they played the Umbria Festival in Italy and the Fest-Jazz in France, they spent their off-hours in the old towns’ narrow, stone lanes, playing for whoever walked by.

“It’s important to every single person in the band that we keep playing on the street,” says Tuba Skinny’s founding cornetist Shaye Cohn. “If we stopped, something important about the band would be gone. We can take more risks and play more freely when we’re busking. No one’s telling us what to do or what to play when we’re on the street; no one’s telling us when to start or when to stop or how much we should talk. It’s our time and we do what we want to do. When people stop on the street to listen, it’s because they’re drawn to it. It’s not because they’re a tourist in a bar trying to ‘experience’ New Orleans music.
“When we travel, we try to busk a lot, because it connects us to the place we’re in. If we’re out in the open, people are going to pass by and react. People bump into you and say, ‘What kind of music is that? I never heard that kind of jazz.’ Which I can relate to because, at one point, I had never heard this kind of jazz either. You’re outdoors, which is nice, and it’s acoustic so we don’t have to worry if someone’s amplifier is drowning out someone else. Some spots are better: small streets with fewer cars and more pedestrians—which are easier to find in Europe than in the States.”