By Andy J. Gordon
The Wednesday Jazz series at the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com) always features a wide range of eclectic artists. On August 18, 2010, fans had the pleasure of seeing a trio of New Orleans’ finest musical groups at the Bowl. Dirty Dozen Brass Band www.dirtydozenbrass.com, Preservation Hall Jazz Band (www.preservationhall.com/band/index.aspx,) accompanied by the Trey McIntyre Dance Project (www.treymcintyre.com/,) and the Neville Brothers (www.nevilles.com/) presented their uniquely New Orleans sensibilities to Los Angeles. It was a beautiful night of mild weather and energetic music.
Dirty Dozen opened the show. Their multi-horned arrangements combined elements of jazz, rock, funk, and soul. They played some of their classic songs like “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now.” Audience members were dancing in the aisles as the too short set came to a close. Next up was the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a group that has been touring the world since 1963 exposing audiences to New Orleans jazz. On this night they were joined onstage by the Trey McIntyre Dance Project, a group of dancers in wild animal, clown, and voodoo costumes. They joined the band with dance routines that incorporated elements of jazz, boogie-woogie, modern dance, and ballet. Their choreographed routines, synchronized with the fabulous music, left the crowd smiling and impressed.
Closing the show were the legendary Neville Brothers. Art, Aaron, Cyril, and Charles have led a multi-generation family of musicians that play masterful rock, blues, funk, jazz, and combinations of each throughout the world. The Nevilles played classics from their catalog like “New Orleans,” and “Fire On The Bayou.” They also did the Professor Longhair classic “Tipitina.” Aaron sang a heartfelt rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Charles had a few impressive saxophone solos, Art sang and played his always funky Hammond B3 organ, and Cyril took lead on a few vocals while playing percussion. The show ended with a raucous version of “Hey Pocky Way,” a song made famous by Art Neville’s earlier group, The Meters.
The spectacular summer evening at the Hollywood Bowl could not have been better. Jazz was celebrated with New Orleans style, and the Los Angeles fans in attendance were treated to performances by true masters.
Photos courtesy of Andy J. Gordon