DC Jazz Festival

It’s been a busy summer already and I’m just getting around to documenting my latest musical adventures. Today was a perfect, sunny day for a Jazz Fest, held on the Capitol Riverfront on the Anacostia River. The concert was the finale of a week-long festival in its 10th year and was focused on the jazz of New Orleans. I’ve never been there, but those boys and girls rock!

It opened with the  Crawdaddies, a 7 piece Cajun/Zydeco/Blues band out of Baltimore, followed by Irma Thomas, “The Soul Queen of New Orleans.” She belted out a rendition of “You can take my husband but stay away from my man” that was a crowd-pleaser.

Crawdaddies at the DC Jazz Festival

Crawdaddies at the DC Jazz Festival

Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas

But the best was saved for last, the Rebirth Brass Band, a 9 piece kick-ass street band from the French Quarter. A few of them once came by Wally’s with some emergency repairs when they were playing in Portland. I worked on a couple trombones and a trumpet. It looked like the lead trumpet player now plays a smoked nickel-plated horn with Saturn water keys and an elliptical tuning slide. They were raucously soulful and left everyone smiling, including yours truly.

Rebirth Brass band

Rebirth Brass band

About randyjmueller

Sr. Instrument Repair technician
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