BRASS MONKEY BRASS BAND (BMBB) has brought their infectious energy and funky good times to the West Coast and beyond.
Brass Monkey Brass Band (based both in San Francisco and Los Angeles) is a powerhouse 7-piece in the style of New Orleans’ own Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Band, with the traditional lineup of tuba, saxes, trumpets, trombones, bass drum and snare. BMBB’s wide repertoire ranges from New Orleans classics like “When The Saints Go Marching In” to danceable favorites by a variety of artists from Led Zeppelin, Nirvana to Roger & Zapp, plus their own irrepressibly funky originals.
BMBB originally formed to play a Fat Tuesday show with in San Francisco in 1999. Word quickly spread about BMBB’s high-octane, highly danceable nights, establishing them as favorites on the SF club scene, playing The Fillmore, Bimbo’s 365 Club, Great American Music Hall, Elbo Room etc. Before long they were invited to play countless festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival, “New Orleans Day” at the Concord Pavilion with John Fogerty and Dr. John, Blues by the Bay (Eureka, CA), and the Rhythm & Roots Festival (Santa Rosa, CA). While the band’s musical chops earned them the coveted slot performing an impromptu set with Bobby McFerrin at the SFJAZZ Festival in 2002, BMBB’s universal appeal made the band the perfect choice for the San Francisco Giants to have the band play Opening Day at Pac Bell Park. In 2006, the band was asked to be part of a monumental night at the legendary Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, CA.). The “New Orleans Night” bill included the long awaited return of the original members of The Meters, The Neville Brothers, and Brass Monkey. In 2012, they were asked to appear in the the classic wedding scene of the Judd Aptow produced film, The Five-Year Engagement.
The band has put out three albums. BMBB’s debut CD, Live in Time and Space (2001 Weed Records), received national airplay on a wide variety of radio and the song “Saints” was the soundtrack for a 2002 Coca-Cola commercial. Their 2004 full-length recording, The Highest Good, featured their cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean” which has become a brass band standard. The long-awaited Sonic Ranch is the latest release from BMBB continues the wide-reaching writing, arranging and performing that pushes the New Orleans brass band format to the next level.
Kevin Stevens - snare drum & hi-hat
Eric Garland - bass drum & cymbal
Ed Ivey - tuba, bass & vocals
Dave Scott - trumpet
Mike Rinta - trombone
Joe Cohen - alto sax
Tom Griesser - baritone sax
Past Members Include…
Elton “Shyam” Bradman