An Evening with Tuba Skinny at Martin’s Downtown

Martin’s Downtown | 214 State Street, Jackson, Mississippi, 39201

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An Evening with Tuba Skinny at Martin’s Downtown January 21 | Doors 8 pm | Presented By Rybolt Productions
Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has steadily evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—from spirituals to Depression-era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz—their sound evokes the rich musical heritage of their New Orleans home. The band has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long-lost songs, and their barnstorming live performances.
Before becoming Tuba Skinny, the core of the band played in an assortment of bands on the streets of the French Quarter in the years following Hurricane Katrina. Those bands, the folkie punk Dean Man Street Orchestra (which included singer-songwriter Alynda Segarra of the acclaimed Hurray for the Riff Raff) and Loose Marbles both had an enormous effect on the musical culture of New Orleans, particularly its burgeoning revivalist jazz scene. From the start, Tuba Skinny’s home was on Royal Street in the French Quarter, drawing huge crowds for their jubilant hipster take on trad jazz. They soon began touring the country and then even Europe, playing in clubs and busking around city centers.
“Still mining the early jazz, blues and ragtime that have made them local favorites, this New Orleans combo is not only reaching further into the archives but also polishing originals that fit nearly seamlessly into the catalogue…. the strength of these young trad jazz players remains their ensemble work. In tune after tune, the core instrumental sextet nails the classic New Orleans contrapuntal collective improvisation, instantly evoking another era while at the same time delightfully of the moment.”
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