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Back on the Street

by Onward Brass Band

Traditional New Orleans style brass band featuring some of the top jazz musicians in New Orleans - Herlin Riley, Gerald French, Will Smith, Shamarr Allen, Tom Fischer, Louis Ford, Jeffrey Hill, Stephen Walker and James Wall.
Genre: Jazz: New Orleans Brass Band
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1. Ice Cream
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2. Avalon
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3. Why Don't You Go Down to New Orleans
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4. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
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5. Lord, Lord, Lord
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6. I'm Walkin'
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7. Bourbon Street Parade
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8. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
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9. Paul Barbarin's Second Line
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10. Royal Garden Blues
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Album Notes
The Onward Brass Band has a long history in New Orleans:

Onward Brass Band (c. 1886–1930)

This incarnation of the Onward Brass Band played often in its early history at picnics, festivals, parades, and baseball games. It was under the leadership of Joseph Othello Lainez, a cornetist, by 1887, and quickly became as popular as the longstanding Excelsior Brass Band and Pickwick Brass Band. After 1903, Manuel Perez led the ensemble. The group typically held between 10 and 12 players, with three cornets or trumpets, two trombones, two clarinets, an alto horn, a baritone horn, a tuba, a snare drum, and a bass drum. Perez changed the group's name to the Imperial Brass Band in the middle of the 1920s; it disbanded in 1930. Among the group's members were Isidore Barbarin, George Filhe, Lorenzo Tio, Peter Bocage, George Baquet, and King Oliver.

Onward Brass Band (1960–Present)

In 1960, Paul Barbarin and Louis Cottrell, Jr. revived the name Onward Brass Band for a new ensemble patterned after the old group. Barbarin led the group until 1969, after which time Louis Cottrell, Jr. took over. Placide Adams took over the band after the death of Louis Cottrell. Jr. in 1978 and was the leader until his death in 2003. The band reorganized in 2005 under the leadership of Kurt Nicewander. The band recorded albums in 1965, 1974, 2009 and most recently in 2018. It consists of eight to ten players, hewing strictly to traditional brass band music. Its members included Cag Cagnolatti, Kid Howard, Andrew Morgan, Joe Thomas, Louis Barbarin, Alvin Alcorn, Danny Barker, and Freddie Kohlman. Some of the active N.O. musicians who have appeared with Onward include Herlin Riley, Gerald French, Freddie Lonzo, Marc Braud, Leon "Kid Chocolate" Brown, Tom Fischer, Dwayne Paulin, Shannon Powell, David W. Hansen, Kirk Joseph, Ernie Elie, Dimitri Smith, Louis Ford, Christian Winther, Jeffrey Hill, Will Smith, Glen Finister Andrews Jr., Stephen Walker, and James Wall.

Producer comments on latest album - "Back on the Street"

It was a pleasure to produce an album with such a talented group of musicians. I am grateful to Kurt Nicewander for inviting me to be a part of the Onward Brass Band and for the encouragement I received from Gerry Adams. Nearly all of the musicians are native New Orleanians and many descend from long lines of musical families. They have busy schedules traveling around the world as band leaders and performing with renowned artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz.

Herlin Riley regularly is a featured musician at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Gerald French is from one of the pioneering families of Traditional New Orleans Jazz. Shamarr Allen is a composer, writer and producer and leads his band “Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs.” Louis Ford is a fifth-generation New Orleans musician. James Wall is an up and coming trombonist, originally from London, England. Will Smith can be seen leading the band at Preservation Hall. Tom Fischer has performed in Carnegie Hall and is one of the city’s most sought after clarinetists. When they are not on tour, members of the band frequently are heard in the French Quarter, on Frenchmen Street and around the city.

I had a basic idea for the album cover, but the talented artist Kevin Seward was masterful in bringing that vision to life.
As a 10th generation New Orleanian with roots in the Ninth Ward, I have grown up with an appreciation for Traditional New Orleans Jazz and I look forward to working with the Onward Brass Band for years to come as we work to keep the tradition alive.

- Joseph Wall



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