High & Mighty Brass Band, Friday and Saturday, Carney's Main Room

The Story

Drawing inspiration from modern New Orleans bands like the Rebirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with Galactic and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the dynamic Brooklyn-based octet High & Mighty Brass Band mixes R&B, hip hop, Afro-beat and New Orleans-style funk that is loud and proud. Their live performances are both fiercely entertaining and refreshingly inspiring, connecting the band with each and every audience member. The rowdy brass bunch guarantees to keep things strictly on the good foot in their second appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. Led by drummer Evan Howard and featuring trumpeters Andrew McGovern and Gabriel King Medd, trombonists Frank Cohen and Nadav Nirenberg, sousaphonist Steve Duffey, guitarist Andrew Miramonti and singer Chauncey Yearwood, the High & Mighty Brass Band is definitely a party in progress. It’s no wonder why stars such as Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band and Trombone Shorty have chosen them to share the stage with this fiercely entertaining aggregation. 

The Sound

When this high energy good time brass band unleashes on upbeat numbers like “Acid Washed Jeans,” the edgy metal-brass anthem “Gypsy” and “Be Thankful for What You Got” from their 2015 album Krewe York: Part I, there is definitely a party in progress. They may even throw in a funkified rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “You Rascal You” to elevate the proceedings a notch.

Michael Kline