The brass band tradition in New Orleans took root in the late 1800s and has been a mainstay of life in the Big Easy since at least the 1930s.
Formed in 2013, the New Breed Brass Band is adding fresh vigor to that tradition and picking up the torch from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Lil’ Rascals and other like-minded groups.
Nine members strong, New Breed fuses, jazz, funk, hip-hop and more.
It is co-led by snare drummer Jenard Andrews, the nephew of Big Easy music star Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and by tuba player Desmond Provost, the son of banjo and guitar ace Carl LeBlanc. New Breed trombonist Caleb Windsay is the son of noted singer Yolanda Windsay, while trumpeter Aurélien Barnes is the son of top accordionist and singer Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes.
It’s an impressive pedigree, even by New Orleans’ lofty musical standards. And while there will be chairs for the audience at New Breed’s Wednesday UCSD concert, it’s easy to predict that — once the group’s propulsive music kicks in — few attendees will want to remained seated for long.
ArtPower at UC San Diego presents New Breed Brass Band: 8 p.m. Wednesday. Price Center East Ballroom, UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. $35. (858) 534-8497 or artpower.ucsd.edu/event/new-breed-brass-band/