Anders Osborne

Anders Osborne

New Birth Brass Band

Sat, April 15, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

Official ID required for those who are 16+.

Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Anders Osborne
Anders Osborne
The depth of one's life is evident through their music. The more sorrow, laughter and adventure experienced, the more interesting curves and crevices are carved into an artist's songs. The miles traveled leave rich lines in the verses that only time, misadventure, and hard-won wisdom can produce. Anders Osborne is a map of intensely felt, passionately engaged living, a fractured but healing topography of heartbreak and hope for fellow travelers to explore.

Osborne's music is redolent of the blues bathed in West Coast sunshine and brotherly compassion, a torchbearer for rock 'n' roll with blood in it's veins and a heart in it's hands. His long awaited new full length, Spacedust & Ocean Views, offers up graceful songwriting and signature guitar work on one of the strongest releases in his storied career. A strong sense of place runs through the album. From an evocation of geography to a questioning of one's place in the universe, big ideas are condensed in thoughtful, smoothly swinging ways. It's the album his fans have been waiting for- one that only he can deliver.
"These twelve songs speak about places dear to me, places I feel something profound about, but there's also the presence of the universe," explains Osborne. "I think one of the main struggles we all face is the separation from unity. I want to understand how I can feel unified with the world and others, with the universe writ large. I can arrange the ideas intellectually but the feeling of longing remains. The whole thing is a mystery, sometimes a sad, baffling mystery and sometimes very enchanting, but overall I just don't understand and want to desperately. That's what this music is, an attempt to understand it all."

And what an attempt it is.

Producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Iggy Pop) uses Osborne's seasoned, searching voice like a river running through the song cycle. It's a distinctly human element that continually tenderizes the listener as his sinewy, emotionally charged guitar dances with longtime bassist Carl Dufrene, guitar foil Scott Metzger (Joe Russo's Almost Dead), and the shared drumming of Brady Blade and Tony Leone. New Orleans percussion master Johnny Vidacovich, bassist James Singleton, and pop-jazz legend Rickie Lee Jones join Osborne for the cosmically charged album closer "From Space." On the other hand, Spacedust's lead single "Lafayette" is a roots-fueled rocker- a track that finds Osborne simultaneously sticking to his guns and exploring new territory as an artist.

This special collection of compositions is the culmination of years of writing and touring. "This is the last chapter before something new emerges. I'm wrapping some stuff up and figuring some fresh stuff out," says Osborne, who's been moving beyond his complicated past for close to a decade. "Now my life is about a human experience in a larger sense. Now, I feel I'm standing on my own two feet, trying to be a grown man doing the right thing." In an ever changing musical landscape, Spacedust & Ocean Views firmly plants Anders Osborne as one of American music's elite guitarists and songwriters.
New Birth Brass Band
The New Birth Brass Band was formed in the 6th Ward living room of Mrs. Elaine Terry, mother of trumpet player Kenny Terry, in the mid 80's. The New Birth Family has grown over the years and various players have come and gone. This is a reunion of sorts, bringing many of the family back together.

The eight-member New Birth Brass Band are part of a long line in the New Orleans brass band tradition. But the group's relative youth means their music yields an eclectic set of musical genres. New Birth's members are all virtuosos who mix elements of blues, ragtime, gospel, funk, soul, rock and traditional Crescent City jazz into their sound. To date, the group has released one record, D-Boy, for the NYNO (New York/New Orleans) label.

The group was an offshoot of the Young Olympia Brass Band, a group formed in part by Milton Batiste in the 1980s. Lead trumpeter and vocalist James Andrews is joined on the recording by trumpeter Derrick Shezbie, (who's also carved out a niche for himself as a bandleader in his own right in New Orleans, ) tuba player Kerwin James, snare drummer Kerry Hunter, bass drummer Cayetano Hingle and trombonist Reginald Steward. Other musicians include Corey Henry on trombone and Mr. Action on percussion.

Andrews' background includes tenures in the Roots of Jazz Brass Band, formed by Danny Barker in the early 1980s. After a year as part of Barker's band, Andrews left to lead his own group, the All Star Brass Band, which included several of his brothers. Tuba player Kerwin James is the younger brother of Philip and Keith Frazier, who are part of the well-known Rebirth Brass Band.

Andrews has toured with everyone from Michelle Shocked to Wynton Marsalis, Danny Barker, Quincy Jones and Dizzy Gillespie as a sideman. His eclectic background is reflected on the recording, which includes covers like "Whoopin' Blues," "Jesus on the Main Line" and "Li'l Liza Jane."

The beauty of this hard-working crew is that they're mainstream enough to appeal to fans of traditional brass bands. Yet the eclectic range of styles incorporated into one of their live shows finds favor with younger fans as well.
Venue Information:
The Teragram Ballroom
1234 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 90017