Things are fairly quiet again this week for touring jazz acts coming through St. Louis, with tonight the notable exception as the Stooges Brass Band will be in town to perform at the Broadway Oyster Bar.
They're not as well known outside New Orleans as the Dirty Dozen, Rebirth or Hot 8, in part because until recently, they haven't toured as much, and in part because they've released only one recording, back in 2003. But the Stooges have been around since 1996, with former members including notables such as Troy Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Big Sam Williams of Big Sam's Funky Nation.
Like most of the contemporary NOLA brass bands, the Stooges incorporate a variety of influences, and their version of the tradition highlights beats in a hip-hop style. Their Facebook page describes them as Genre Funk, Hip Hop, Brass & all the things that make you GET DOWN," and you can see and hear exactly what that means by checking out the video and audio samples there.
Then on Monday, the Sessions Big Band will be back for one of their every-other-month gigs at BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups; and guitarist John Farrar and the Park Avenue Trio will hold forth for what's now a regular weekly gig at Evangeline's.