*
banner

Brass Band of Battle Creek

A New Orleans Celebration
Conductor: Michael J Garasi
Featuring: Wycliffe Gordon, Doreen Ketchens, Herlin Riley, Al Ayoub, Steven Mead
W.K. Kellogg Auditorium
Battle Creek, Michigan
Saturday May 20th


Only a brass band like Battle Creek could pull off a concert collaboration like this – and with such panache.

In reaching out to celebrate the musical lifeblood of New Orleans, Michael J Garasi asked a great deal of his performers, with the majority of the celebrated roster of soloists performing with a brass band ensemble for the very first time. 

Ambition

The ambition was met in full and more on an evening as memorably intoxicating as a classic Basin Street Sazerac cocktail – from the opening fizz of ‘Amparito Roca’  to the melange of Tchaikovsky bombast meets exotic Gamelan percussion in Johan de Meij’s ‘Extreme Makeover’. 

The serenity of Saint-Seans ‘The Swan’  (played by Steve Mead) and the fun-time bar room antics of Louis Prima’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’  simply added to the piquant first half brilliance.

This was authentic jazz musicianship – distilled into shot glass measures and offered to one and all to be drunk with passionate appreciation; heady, rich and colourful, with a swagger of stylish exhibitionism and generosity of spirit that brought waves of joy flooding back in return from every seat in the packed auditorium. 

It was followed after the break by a stunning collaborative mix; Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Doreen Ketchens (clarinet), Herlin Riley (drums), Al Ayoub (banjo/guitar) generating a sense of inclusive exuberance. 

This was authentic jazz musicianship – distilled into shot glass measures and offered to one and all to be drunk with passionate appreciation; heady, rich and colourful, with a swagger of stylish exhibitionism and generosity of spirit that brought waves of joy flooding back in return from every seat in the packed auditorium. 

Imprint groove

The brilliant improvisations of Doreen Ketchens, the imprint kit-groove of Herlin Riley and subtle rhythmic colourings of Al Ayoub drew you into the musical heart of New Orleans, the band playing their part with subtle artistry, the MD controlling with deft nuance – a perfect counterbalance to the irresistible Wycliffe Gordon.

‘When it’s Sleepy’,  ‘Time Down South’,  ‘Bourbon Street Parade’,  ‘Means to Miss Orleans’ (a great vocal trip by Rich Kelly), ‘Bill Bailey’,  ‘Basin Street Blues’ and ‘South Rampart Street Parade’,  brought the Mardi Gras to downtown Battle Creek.

The standing ovations were many and fully deserved. Battle Creek is one heck of a lucky town to have this band at its artistic heart.

Hutton Kitzmiller

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Haverhill Silver Band - Waterbeach Brass - Spring Concert

Saturday 2 March • Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon, Cambridge CB24 9LQ


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: Midlands Regional Championships

Saturday 2 March • Corby Business Academy, Gretton Road, Corby NN17 5EB


Contest: Midlands Regional Championships

Sunday 3 March • Corby Business Academy, Gretton Road, Corby NN17 5EB


Contest: Yorkshire Regional Championships

Sunday 3 March • Corporation Street, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


West Midlands Police Band

February 27 • Are you a committed musician looking for new opportunities? We are currently seeking a competent 3rd Cornet player, BBb or Eb Bass player, and a Percussionist (kit).. Rehearsals on a Wednesday in friendly environment at Chelmsley Wood Police Station


Mereside Brass

February 20 • Mereside Brass (Rudheath, Northwich) are looking for a FRONT ROW CORNET, position negotiable. We are a friendly 4th Section band restarting contesting this year and with a sensible calendar of jobs and band social events. Come and give us a try!


Haverhill Silver Band

February 19 • Play Bb (or Eb) bass and want to compete at the Spring Festival and Whit Friday? . . Due to work commitments, Haverhill Silver Band (L&SC Champions 2022) have a vacancy for a talented Bb or Eb bass player to join us after the areas.


Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist


               

 © 2024 4barsrest.com Ltd