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Euphoria Brass Band Brings West Coast Second Line Jazz To KPBS

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As part of the Midday Edition Summer music series San Diego's Euphoria Brass Band stopped by KPBS to share their special brand of funky west coast “second line” jazz and talk about how they started.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 If you've ever been to New Orleans, you've probably witnessed the brazee by you. Sound of bands marching down cobblestone streets to celebrate the life and homegoing of someone beloved. Well today, instead of the cobblestone streets, we're bringing in the New Orleans tradition to you from the KPBS studio. After seven consecutive nominations, they've recently won San Diego Music Award for best jazz euphoria. Brass band is here to share their special brand of funky west coast. Second Vine Jazz. Here they are with their song. Rosarito bus stop.

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Speaker 1: 06:48 Wow, thanks. That was euphoria. Brass band performing Rosarito bus stop. Euphoria. Brass band is j p Ball Ma on the baritone in Alto Sax. Drew Miller on the bass drum, Ron Bocce and on the snare drums. Steve Ebner on the trumpet. April west on the trombone. David Jackson on the tenor sax and Wayne Rice on the sousaphone. Welcome you guys [inaudible] page. I appreciate it. Now drew, how did you Foria brass band to begin?

Speaker 3: 07:15 Well, yeah, I have this long running show on jazzy 88.3 ksds uh, New Orleans radio show close to 20 years. Now. This gentleman here, Ron Potion had come west Post-katrina. He was living in New Orleans for about 19 years and maybe it's better off to let him tell you a little bit about what happened.

Speaker 1: 07:31 So I'm driving down the coast somewhere in Carl's bed and rebirth brass band is on the radio. I forgot for a moment I was in Carlsbad. It was just such a good feeling. I just, I got Drew's email, I hit him up right away and I said, let's get together, cause I got a lot of music. I'd love to share it with you from New Orleans. So we got together, had coffee and right at the end I said, man, I'd love to start a brass band out here. Andrew's like, I'll be your face. And on her man. I got this. So for people who don't know what is a second blind parade,

Speaker 3: 08:02 second line really comes originally from the jazz funeral tradition where the social aid and pleasure clubs, uh, formed early on. I'm talking late 18 hundreds to take care of their, their folk. You know, if someone was sick, they would pay their dues and that money would go towards helping this person with my hospital bills, medical bills, and then when someone would pass away when they die, uh, these funds again would be used for a celebration of life for the deceased. And so the second line, essentially in a jazz funeral procession, you have your first line, which is of course the deceased in the, in the casket, perhaps driven by a horse drawn carriage and the family members. So there's your first line right behind the family is the brass band and everyone else that friends and, and uh, uh, folks who knew the deceased and they make their way in a somber way playing, uh, the bands playing a dirge, something very spiritual, slow and, and mournful to the grave side.

Speaker 3: 08:58 They go through the process of laying the body to rest. They start their way back now from the grave side and folks come off as stoops off their front porches, out of their homes and anybody and everybody can jump into this second line parade that has now begun and they're stopping at watering holes, maybe some favorite bars of the person who had passed away. Now you see second lines going on every Sunday. It doesn't have to be tied to a funeral. They're doing it as community for getting folks to come together and enjoy life and the better things that are are in this, this crazy life that we lead. Any reason for a parade day. Arbor Day. Let's do it. Yeah, that's right. [inaudible] second line. Come on. So brass bands get involved and they start these uh, these wonderful precessions that could go on for four hours and stop at bars along the way and they get back into the streets and the people coming from everywhere to get involved in these things. Man, that's super cool. Brass band. Thank you so much. Thank you so much. Appreciate it. And you can catch the euphoria at brass band every Sunday at the Pendry hotel or on our website,

Speaker 2: 10:09 [inaudible].

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Maureen Cavanaugh and Jade Hindmon host KPBS Midday Edition, a daily radio news magazine keeping San Diego in the know on everything from politics to the arts.