“We understand if you can’t make it to jazz fest–not every dope festival can fit the wallet. But to skip out on this cost-free set of hot horn funk would just be wrong.” – Okayplayer.
In the spirit of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, let this part Mixtape, part audio documentary take you on a trip through New Orleans Brass & Funk.
The music and culture in New Orleans is so exquisitely intertwined, that one cannot separate them apart….especially the brass band sound which is directly tied to cultural elements that date back well over 100 years.
This is a sampling of some of the sounds of the city that has truly moved my spirit since my first visit to New Orleans for the 2005 Jazz Fest. Here, we’ve reinterpreted and presented this music in a way that is new and fresh (thanks to a very technically challenging mix by my good friend and DJ, Frank Foreal), yet still pays proper respect to the culture and the folks that create this music.
This is truly a project of passion for me. As a matter of fact, I have so much love for New Orleans, it can be challenging to find a way to accurately translate and explain my feelings for this place…
Thus, I found the best way to express my affection is through music and this project, “Let’s Go Get ‘Em”, is my personal love letter to the city of New Orleans.
Derrick Ah Sam