February 10, 2011

Hot Jazz and Hot Horses In The Big Easy

     Check out the trailer for this lovely documentary by Jonathan Bachman, who regularly shoots for Eclipse Sportswire. As the racing season heats up and Kentucky Derby Trail gets rolling, one of the many destinations to take in a prep race is The Fair Grounds in New Orleans. So if the Risen Star or Louisiana Derby are on your schedule, check out some of Bachman's hot documentary on smoldering jazz in NOLA. It will get you in the mood and maybe it will give you some ideas for what to do when you arrive in The Big Easy.

Brass Roots Teaser Trailer from Come See About Me on Vimeo.

From The Trailer:
     ""Brass Roots" chronicles the history, people and culture that has encompassed modern New Orleans Brass Band Music.
     Compiled from hundreds of hours of footage from interviews, concerts and New Orleans second lines, this documentary brings an unprecedented look into the lives of the musicians that create and preserve New Orleans' signature sound.
     Featured bands, artists and experts include: Rebirth, the Dirty Dozen, Treme, the Soul Rebels, Hot 8, Free Agents, To Be Continued, L'il Stooges, Glen David Andrews, Frenchy, Lolis Eric Elie and many, many more.
     The history of the music and artists involved will be told within the context of New Orleans' complex, and often troubled, history as an urban center in the American South. New Orleans has been plagued with corruption and violence, but throughout it all, brass band music and second line culture has persevered.
     We aim to look at how brass band music serves as a cipher for passing down hundred-year-old traditions to younger generations, keeping the artistry, culture and character of New Orleans alive through music.

     We asked the artist behind this documentary about their inspiration and this is what they had to say:
     “Brass Roots” was begun by Alejandro de los Rios and Jonathan Bachman, a writer and photographer living in New Orleans covering the Saints and the Hornets, while spending many nights rocking out to Rebirth, Soul Rebels, the Hot 8 or any other of the city’s hottest brass bands.
     With little to do in the summer months when the NBA and NFL aren’t playing games, Alejandro and Jonathan were anxious to do something other than sweat out the New Orleans heat. With a shared love for brass bands, the idea to film a documentary was made.
     Through friends, Alejandro and Jonathan met Michael Seaman, an audio engineer with experience in feature films, live recording and New Orleans music, and “Brass Roots” was born. Our aim is to chronicle the history, people and culture that has encompassed modern New Orleans Brass Band Music.

For more about the movie visit - www.brassrootsmovie.com


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