New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen plays in Keystone tonight
KEYSTONE – A concert representative of an almost 30-year career is what the Dirty Dozen Brass Band plans to bring to Summit County during its passage through Keystone. The band is playing at the Goat tonight, as part of its tour of the Colorado region.”Actually, we have a lot of material from the long of our career and it’s impossible to play everything. But we try to present a great variety of music,” said baritone and soprano sax player Roger Lewis. Such diversity is a characteristic of the band that plays a mix of traditional brass band marches, contemporary music, folk, blues and rock ‘n’ roll. “When you listen to our music, you can get three for one: It’s music to your mind, body and soul,” Lewis said.
The present Dirty Dozen Brass Band formation is quite different from the 1977 original when the band was born as part of the club scene in New Orleans. Lewis, however, and a few other musicians from the original lineup do remain – Gregory Davis on trumpet and vocals, Kevin Harris playing tenor sax and Efrem Towns on trumpet and flugelhorn. Terence Higgins on drums, Julius McKee on sousaphone and Jamie Mclean on guitar joined the group years later, replacing some of the band’s losses. Special to this year’s tour, Dirty Dozen has included Lemar Guillary on the sousaphone, occupying the place that used to belong to Kirk Joseph. “All of us have different backgrounds in music previous to the band. We started playing in junior and high school and from then on we’ve been doing the same thing,” Lewis said. Since its inception, the band has released ten albums and an anthology that reunites their favorite and most popular songs from the previous records.
Although busy touring, Dirty Dozen has just entered the studio to record a new album, two years after “Funeral for a Friend,” their latest release. Within the first three months of 2006, the band has already traveled across the United States, played in Australia and toured in Europe and Hawaii. Now, the New Orleans-based musicians have finally arrived in Colorado for concerts in Keystone, Salida, Steamboat Springs, Denver and Boulder. “We play a universal kind of music, so every race and nationality can enjoy it,” Lewis said. “During our tour, we try to bring joy to the audience. We want to have a good time and, also, want people to have some fun.”
Live MusicWhat: Dirty Dozen Brass BandWhen: TonightWhere: The Goat, Keystone
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