It is impossible not to fall in love with the Soul Rebels: Derrick Moss (Bass Drum), Lumar LeBlanc (Snare Drum), Julian Gosin (Trumpet), Corey Peyton (Trombone), Erion Williams (Saxophone), Paul Robertson (Trombone), Edward Lee, Jr. (Sousaphone) and Marcus Hubbard (Trumpet).
This talented eight-member ensemble takes the pride they have for their beloved Crescent City everywhere they perform. From their recent live set at this month's Celebrate Brooklyn to appearing at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall during their festival in 2011, The Soul Rebels can soon say that they have left their NOLA mark on every corner of the Earth.
Along the way, they have amassed quite a following, including some unlikely fans in the heavy-metal group Metallica!
With their unique brand of live musicianship, marrying the sounds of hip-hop, funk and jazz with yesteryear instruments like the sousaphone into their repertoire, The Soul Rebels are the much needed rabble- rousers" that our music scene needs.
Here is my interview with bandmembers LeBlanc and Williams backstage at this year's International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince, including footage of the festival's closing set.