The kings of trill – the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Chelsea’s Café

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

February 2, 2007 



trill [tril] v. to execute a shake or trill with the voice or on a musical instrument


Mardi Gras is now less than two weeks away, and Louisiana is gearing up for the festival time of year.  To commemorate this special occasion John Bell of Red Sky Entertainment decided to treat the “Red Stick” to a hearty sampling of some second-line funk by one of New Orleans’s most renowned group of musicians, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.


The first course had Efrem Towns aka “E.T.,” Kevin Harris and the guys take a trip down memory lane to a song they first performed with Widespread Panic on Halloween 1998, Funkadelic’s “Red Hot Mama.”  This selection was an obvious choice due to the “Red Hot Mamas from Louisiana” in attendance that night.


Bill Wither’s “Use Me” had the band showing their improvisational chops by passing solos back and forth with the always tempo-driven trill to cap it off.


After a long enthusiastic jam, E.T. served up the main course and began to give that famous call of “Ahhhhhhhh…,” which was teased five times before satisfying the crowd’s yearning for that finishing “Ya!!”  The bass intro to The Meters’ “Cissy Strut” was a tribute to the group that gave NOLA funk a name and face.  This is what we needed to ease our addiction for the Big Easy festivities for just a few more weeks.


Over the course of the show, the guitar playing of Kipori Woods gave the Dozen a bluesier, Mississippi feel to the mixture than what Jamie Mclean brought to the table.


Finally for dessert, we enjoyed the presentation of two New Orleans anthems in “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”  This led to the celebratory chant of “Who Dat, Who Dat, Who Dat say goin’ beat dem Saints!!”


Laissez les bons temps rouler cher!