Emphasizing old New Orleans-style ensemble playing, a stomping rhythm section, and a genuine love of the hot, bluesy, no-frills melodies that once poured forth from New Orleans’ dance halls, Shotgun Jazz Band makes music that is both immediate in its influences and timeless in its appeal.
To date, Shotgun Jazz Band has recorded 4 albums; Algiers Strut 2011, their enthusiastic live release, One Drink Minimum 2012, and their official full-length debut, Don’t Give Up the Ship 2013. Their latest effort, Yearning, was voted by Offbeat Magazine as #8 in the “Top 50 Louisiana Album Releases of 2014”, and was also nominated Best of the Beat’s “Best Traditional Jazz Album” of 2014. Recorded at New Orleans’ historic Luthjen’s Dance Hall by Earl Scioneaux III, Yearning features Marla Dixon on trumpet, James Evans on reeds, Charlie Halloran on trampagne, Ben Polcer on piano, Twerk Thomson on bass, Justin Peake on drums, and John Dixon on banjo. While the band’s lineup tends to be fairly consistent, on any given night it may also feature incredible musicians such as Orange Kellin, Tommy Sancton, Haruka Kikuchi, Charlie Halloran, Craig Flory, Michael Magro, Walter Harris, Tom Saunders, Ben Polcer, Aurora Nealand, Robin Rapuzzi, Barnabus Jones, Shaye Cohn, Peter Loggins, Benji Bohannon, and Jon Gross. On special occasions, even Barry Martyn comes out to play.
These days Shotgun Jazz Band is as equally at home playing for tips and smiles on Royal Street as they are playing for dancers and fans at clubs, courtyards, and weddings. SJB currently enjoys residencies at The Spotted Cat Music Club, Three Muses, & Maison Frenchmen, and may also be found at Mimi’s in the Marigny, Allways Lounge, Fritzel’s European Jazz Club, DBA, Sbisa’s, 21st Amendment, Marigny Brasserie, and, if the weather is nice you might find us down at Royal & Toulouse. SJB has also been featured at Preservation Hall, Dew Drop Social & Benevolent Jazz Hall, WWOZ’s Traditional Jazz radio show as well as the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and has participated – and is scheduled to participate – in several festivals, both in New Orleans and across the country.