Since January 1998, A La Carte Brass & Percussion has performed
monthly at Washington DC's only acid-jazz club, STATE OF THE UNION. In
September 1998, the band performed at the nationally acclaimed Ford
Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival, along with jazz greats, Dianne Shur,
Michael Brecker, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and many others. A
compilation CD from the stars of this festival includes A La Carte's
1997 funky recording of the Neville Brothers hit, "Hey Pocky
Way"' (Go Go and Gumbo, Satchmo 'N' Soul, Wildchild Records).
The band recently recorded a CD live at the State of the Union for Union Records. We were fortunate to have Shaun Murphy of Little Feat join us, as well as Priest da Nomad, freestylin' MC extraordinaire! This CD also includes a selection from our performance at the Ford Montreux Detroit Jazz festival. The new release should be available this summer. Stay tuned for news about our big CD release extravaganza!
Since its formation in 1990, the A La Carte Brass and Percussion Band has earned quite a reputation. By combining the sound of a traditional New Orleans brass band with the percussion section of a Latin salsa band, the group harmonizes a variety of indigenous American music styles. New Orleans Creole music, hip hop, junkyard go-go, traditional American jazz and rock are fused in original compositions and arrangements of popular tunes.
Mike Joyce of The Washington Post writes of the band's first CD "Boogeyin!" (released in December 1994 by Wildchild!, a subsidiary of Mapleshade Records) that for "all the band's brassy exuberance and Afro-Cuban thrust - the very qualities that make "That Mellow Saxophone" and Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder" so hard to resist - the album is graced by arrangements that blend the soulful and the sublime."
The band has opened for many national acts, including Art Neville and the Meters, the Radiators, Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton, Little Feat, and Dr. John. The band has played at The Barns of Wolftrap, and at the nationally acclaimed Birchmere Club in Virginia.
on any of the photos on this page will result in a drastic expansion.
We just got a bunch of new photos of A La Carte Brass &
performing live at the "State Of The Union" club in Washington DC, March 1998.
Check out some more PHOTOS from the same show.