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      Brass bands have been a part of the New Orleans culture for well over a hundred years playing that funky swinging style of music that always makes you want to dance. It came from many years of many different influences that culminated in N.O. It goes back to the days when N.O. was the only plac... read more

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      Brass bands have been a part of the New Orleans culture for well over a hundred years playing that funky swinging style of music that always makes you want to dance. It came from many years of many different influences that culminated in N.O. It goes back to the days when N.O. was the only place that allowed slaves to get together and sing and dance on Sundays. They called it Congo Square and its like sacred ground. The military bands were a huge part of the scene all around the country so the Euro military band mixture was in there too with the instruments used. Over many decades these two mixed together with some Spanish Caribbean influences. The N.O. brass band sound has changed over the last 30 years or so with the Olympia Brass Band starting off playing some R & B and the Dirty Dozen changing forever the direction of this indigenous N.O. music

      The Nightcrawlers have been together since the early 90's. It started as a bunch of musical friends who would band together to rehearse songs that some of the guys would write. Sort of a writers workshop experiment. The band never had a name or even any gigs at that time. It was basically an idea that Tom McDermot, a wonderful N.O. piano player from St. Louis, had after he had written some arrangements for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The band set up a recording session to take place at a club some of them had been playing at. It was the Toulouse Theatre and Tim Stambaugh from Word of Mouth studio brought his mobile recording studio. He brought it over to set up and record the band at the club. It is now called One Eyed Jacks. John Maxwell, the owner who kindly opened the club early am for the band to record, said "what's the name of the band?" We never even thought about it up till then. Then John says,"yea, I know yall as Nightcrawlers cause dat's the only time I see ya. There's a good name." And it stuck.

      Some of the personnel have come and gone, but the band is still here and has become one of the cutting edge brass bands that plays lots of original songs and pushes the brass band limit. Some one described it as aerobic funk. It's New Orleans, its funky and it swings.

      The Crawlers have 3 recordings that are out (New Orleans Nightcrawlers and Funknicity on Rounder records and a live record put out by the band called Live At The Old Point). It's been many years since that Old Point record was releases. The band is always popping when they get together so more music is coming.

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