Jambalaya Brass Band

The Jambalaya Brass Band is New York City's ultimate New Orleans party band. They are available for performances with a s few as 5 pieces or as many as 9 pieces. Since 1998 they've been kickin' it hard with a flavor straight from the streets of New Orleans, paying their respects to the unique musical traditions of New Orleans incorporating a special blend of R & B, Funk, Gospel Traditional Jazz, Zydeco, Latin, Hip Hop and Be-Bop. They will take you on a historical journey through the New Orleans brass band tradition. It is a joyous romp starting from the early beginnings with Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong and ending up with their own modern sounds influenced by the Rebirth, Dirty Dozen and New Birth brass bands.

In addition to recording for the Warner Bros. film, Where The Wild Things Are, two commercials for Southern Comfort, an appearance on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, Treme Life a documentary by James Demaria, and the ColoursTV documentary film about Leah Daughtry (CEO of the National Democratic Convention 2008), they have played The 2nd Line Across the Brooklyn Bridge, A Jazz Funeral for Coney Island, Jazz Funeral for Allan Toussaint in NYC, Riverhead Mardi Gras Festival, Caesar's Atlantic City, The Hall @ MP, DBA New Orleans, Louisiana Music Factory, Harlem's Floradita, Radegast Hall and Biergarten, Treme Islip, WSME-FM Backyard BBQ, B.B. King Blues Club NYC, Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square, Sullivan Hall, 150th anniversary of Downstate Medical Center, Columbia Festival of Winds, Huntington Summer Arts Festival (opening for Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-chas), Good Day New York on Fox 5 NYC for Mardi Gras, Britney Spears' Super Bowl Party, Mardi Gras for the New York Knicks half-time show, a New York Liberty's half-time show at Madison Square, 52nd Street Americana Jazz Festival, Tribeca Blues, The Bayou Restaurant(Mt.Vernon,NY), Brooklyn Conservatory, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Mardi Gras Restaurant, Big Daddy's Restaurant, Chelsea Brewing Company, Jacques-Imo Café, Town of Hemstead Summer Concert Series, Summer Plaza Series (Brooklyn Arts Council), Prospect Park Halloween Event, Princeton University Reunion, Fulton Street Beat, Bloomingdales Department Store, Brooklyn To The Bayou a benefit for Tipitina's Artist Relief Foundation, Dinosaur BBQ-NYC, NYC Village Halloween Parade and has had Branford Marsalis sit in with them.

Our new CD Habana To New Orleans, produced by Ric Frank was released January 15, 2017. It was recorded at Pyramid Recording Studios in New York. Todd Hemleb engineered as well as mixed with Ric Frank. It has received airplay on over 80 broadcast radio stations as well as Sirius XM radio and was in the first round of balloting for the 2018 Grammys.

On The Funky Side, produced by Ric Frank, was released January 15, 2013. It was recorded at Mad Hands Studio in Teaneck, New Jersey, engineered by Mike Cullens and mixed by Mike Cullens at Mad Hands Studio. It has placed on the national charts CMJ report and Roots Music Report and is currently receiving airplay on over 50 broadcast radio stations.

It's A Jungle Out There, produced by Ric Frank and Larry Baeder, was released November 9. 2010. It was recorded at Pyramid Recording Studios in New York and two cuts were recorded in New Orleans at Ultrasonic Studios in August 2005 just before Katrina. Todd Hemleb engineered the New York sessions and Steve Reynolds engineered the New Orleans session. Todd Hemleb and Larry Baeder did the mixing at Pyramid Studios in New York. Special guests include Kirk Joseph, Charles Joseph, Dinerral Shavers, Raymond Williams, Roderick Paulin, Ajay Mallery and Women of the Calabash. It placed on the national charts: CMJ report, Roots Music Report, and Cashbox in addition to receiving airplay on 85 broadcast radio stations.


    Ric Frank - leader, tenor Sax, vocals, zydeco tie, percussion
    Ric has performed with Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ray Santos Caribbean Music Experience, Louie Ramirez, Henry Fiol, Treme Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias, Armando Manznero, Yolandita Monge, Bobby Rodriguez Y Nueva Compania , American Renaissance Theatre Chamber Ensemble, Johnny Allen, Michael J. Packer, Todd Wolfe, Dallas Fisher,'Tuff' Jeff Salen, Steve Tintweiss,Jerome Callet's Stratosphere Big Band and sits in regularly with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in NYC. Ric has received grants from, Meet The Composer, Van Horne Foundation For Excellence In Teaching and ASCAP Plus Awards and was inducted into the New York Bluse Hall of Fame.
    Ric plays the RS Berkeley Virtuoso VIT2005G   amd the Nadir Saxwind Dave Guardala Fibercarbon Fatboy Sky model mouthpiece

    Mark McGowanMark McGowan - trumpet, vocals, percussion
    Mark has performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Big Band, Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Duke Ellington Orchestra just to name a few.

    Steve GluzbandSteve Gluzband - trumpet, vocal, percussion
    Steve has performed with Ray Barretto, Henry Fiol, Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz(Grammy winning Ritmo en el Corazon), Larry Harlow, and the Alegre All Stars.

    Curtis Fowlkes - trombone, vocals, percussion
    Curtis is a co-founder of the Jazz Passengers and has also performed with The Lounge Lizards, Charlie Haden, Bill Frissel, Louis Bellson Big Band, Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Sheryl Crow, Don Byron, and leads his own group Catfish Corner.

    Ralph HamperianRalph Hamperian - tuba/sousaphone
    Ralph has performed/toured with Mingus alumnus Jaki Byard in duo, trio and big band settings across the country and in Europe, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra in many of the major European jazz festivals including JVC-Nice, on Broadway in Chicago, and with his own group Ralph Hamperian's Tuba D'Amore.

    Chauncey Yearwood- bass drum, cymbal, drum set
    Chauncey has worked with Bill Ware's Urban Vibes and Vibes Trio,High and Mighty Brass Band, Yah Supreme & Brohemian, and Peter Barr's Drums & Percussion, The Pimps of Joytime, Escort, Fu Arkestra, James Kinney and African Underground Allstars, Dj Concerned and Tha Itch at the Lovebeat party.

    Kevin RaczkaKevin Raczka-snare drum, cymbal, drum set
    Kevin has performed, toured or recorded with Antibalas, Valerie June, L:ee Fields, Breakdown Brass Band, Amayo's Fu-Arkistra, Ikebe Shakedown, The Underground Horns, Pitch Blak Brass, No Small Money Brass Band, The Hungry March Band, Zozo Afrobeat, ?uestlove, The Mandingo Ambassadors, The World Inferno Friendship Society, and ther Mephiskapheles.

  • Former Members and others that have performed or recorded with us
    Kirk Joseph, Charles Joseph, Roderick Paulin, Raymond Williams, Ajay Mallory, Dineral Shavers,Branford Marsalis, Darrell Walker,Shawn Edmonds, Joe Hrbek, Alex Harding, Matt Patuto, Julie Bluestone, Charlie Kolhmeyer, Brian Bonvissuto, Evan Barker, Wayne Goodman, Jose Davila, Andy Burns, Chris Lacinak, Dave Berger, Moses Patrou, Yorel Lashley, Michael Weisberger, Al Acosta, Kevin Blancq, DeShannon Higa, Benny Russell, Lily White, Bob Curtis, Brad Leali, Jason Marshall, Dimetri Moderbaker, Burny Pelsmajer, Bill Dunn, Mike Lewis, Mike Hackett, Chuck MacKinnon, Omar Kabir, Mark Mcgowan, Owen Nestor, Kenny Rampton, Ben Wolkins, Greisha Alexiev, Rob Garcia, Artie Simmons, Joe Daley, Daniel Jodacy, Allison LeBlanc, Tom Leith, Phil Shimmel,Martin Urbach, Brian Drye, Greg Erickson, Chris Rinaman, Earl McIntyre, Kevin Louis, Dorian Parreott, Matt Musselman, Dan Peck, Andrew Barker, Evan Howard, Satoru Ohashi, Andrae Murchison, James Zollar, Frank London, Robert Stringer, T-Bone Davis, Ethan Shorter, Staffor Hunter, Mark Williams, Walt Szymanski, Ron Caswell Taylor Floreth, Dave Butler, Sam Merrick Jakubu Griffin, Herbert McCarver III, Nadav Nirenberg, Greg Glassman, Herbert McCarver, James Williams, Terrance Andrews, Brevan Hampden, Jon Gross, Dave Gibson, Eddie Allen, Ben Stapp, Omar Kabir..

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