Brass Roots is a documentary seeking to chronicle the history, people and culture surrounding contemporary New Orleans brass band music.
Begun in 2009 by three friends living in New Orleans, this project originated from our shared love of New Orleans brass bands, second lines and their rich history of tradition and culture. In the past 18 months, we've compiled hundreds of hours of footage from interviews, live performances and second lines in order to gain a deeper understanding of New Orleans' signature music genre.
Already, we've spoke with: members of the Dirty Dozen, Rebirth, Treme, Soul Rebels, Hot 8, Free Agents, To Be Continued, and Stooges brass bands. We've also interviewed musicians Leroy Jones and Glen David Andrews; rappers Mannie Fresh, Jay Electronica and Dee-1; artist Frenchy; writers Lolis Eric Elie and Tom Piazza; and Tulane professors Bruce Raeburn and Matt Sakakeeny.
Our goal is to finish our film by September 2011 so that we can submit it to film festivals and hopefully premiere in early 2012.