Frenchmen Street Jazz Band to Debut This Evening

The Candlelight Lounge on N. Robertson Street in the Tremé neighborhood is the place to be at 7 PM tonight, July 25th, for the first ever appearance of a new group that features three familiar faces on the vibrant music scene of New Orleans.  Kenneth Terry, a trumpeter who has played with numerous groups over the years and was the first trumpeter to replace Kermit Ruffins in the Rebirth Brass Band, fronts the band along with trombonist Revert “Peanut” Andrews.  “Peanut” is a current member of the Rebirth and he hails from the legendary Andrews musical family that has been producing talent for generations.  The bassist is Julius “Jap” McKee, the longtime sousaphonist with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.  The Frenchmen Street Jazz Band’s repertoire draws from the deep well of traditional New Orleans jazz.  They will play several re-worked arrangements of brass band standards, but with a trap drum set and piano rounding out the group, they are clearly not a brass band despite the pedigrees of the three principals.  However, they do promise to have the crowd up and dancing.  The Candlelight Lounge is one of the last surviving live music venues in a part of the city that has been the primary incubator of musicians since the 1800s.


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