The Early Dirty Dozen Brass Band

I think we’re different than traditional New Orleans music. You know we wanted to play the music that we were growing up with. We were listening to avant-garde bands, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, things like that. We wanted to learn that kind of music and open up the music thing for some of the people. So they could hear something a little different and see how that works on the street. And basically, it just took off from there. -Roger Lewis, Dirty Dozen Brass Band

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