James Andrews, New Orleans’ “Satchmo Of The Ghetto”
James Andrews, New Orleans’ “Satchmo Of The Ghetto” Brings “Second
Line” to The Green Parrot
James Andrews, lead singer and trumpeter of The New Birth Brass Band
and The Treme Brass Band, one of the most talented and charismatic
figures on today’s New Orleans’ jazz scene will appear at The Green
The New Birth Brass Band is at the forefront of the recent New
Orleans’ brass band renaissance. The band fuses hip-hop, Mardi Gras
Indian chants, funk, and modern jazz with age old traditional sounds
Known locally as “Satchmo Of The Ghetto”, James’ music is a mix of
traditional New Orleans trumpet workouts, acid jazz-styled,
instrumental funk and gruff, soulful Louis Armstrong influenced
vocals. A member of a prominent New Orleans music family, no one is
more New Orleans than James Andrews. Jame’s lineage is thick with New
Orleans R&B legends such as his grandfather Jesse Hill and his great
uncle Papoose Nelson.
Hailed as one of the best young soloists on the current scene, he is
an intergenerational standard-bearer for the marching band tradition.
Combining funk and soul for an unforgettable music experience, Andrews
has absorbed all of his early influences and incorporated them into a
sound that is unmistakably his own. You can hear it as he takes the
lead in playing music that listeners can dance to, and preserving the
fun-loving street sound of the city of his birth.
His Treme neighborhood is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New
Orleans, and early in the city’s history was the main neighborhood of
free people of color. It remains an important center of the city’s
African-American culture, especially the modern brass band tradition.