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Dirty Catfish Brass band celebrating New Orleans music

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The Dirty Catfish Brass Band out of Winnipeg  show their love for New Orleans, not to mention pop music.
 They return to the Slice, next Wednesday, Nov. 21.The Dirty Catfish Brass Band return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 They were at the slice almost exactly a year ago and tenor saxophonist Kyle Wedlake is excited to return and share the band’s love for New Orleans jazz music.
“ We’ve got to headline a lot of great festivals this year including the Winnipeg Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Fringe Festival,” Wedlake enthused.

 The band formed back in 2011, inspired by a couple of the members’ visits to New Orleans, who brought back their enthusiasm for the raucous jazz down south.

“So it’s been seven super years,” he said.

“ Most of us  have degrees in jazz performance. There’s a core of us in the band but we play with a lot of different musicians. There will be seven of us in Lethbridge,” he said.
“We’re inspired by a lot of New Orleans bands, jazz bands and funeral bands. But unlike most New Orleans jazz bands, we have a frontman (Aaron Codiker), he said adding, like most New Orleans style jazz bands, they all have shout along with gang vocals.

“ There is still a lot of shout along vocals and gang vocals,” he said.

But there is also a lot of funk and soul music and pop music,” he continued.

 They have released two albums — the six song EP “Brass Riot” in 2014 and “Big Shiny Brass.”
“It’s our play on the Big Shiny Tunes compilations in the ’90s, so we did some of our favourite pop tunes like Burton Cummings ‘These Eyes,”’ he said.

They have a big night of fun planned for Wednesday.
“We’re playing two sets. There will be a lot of fun, a lot of improvisation, songs from the albums and music we haven’t recorded yet,” he said.
In addition to having a regular gig  at the Times Changed in Winnipeg, the Dirty Catfish Brass band play with a lot of other Winnipeg musicians including guitarist Joey Landreth, JP Hoe and many more.
The Dirty Catfish brass band play the Slice, Wednesday, Nov. 21 beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15

— By Richard Amery L.A.Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 November 2018 17:10 )  
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