The New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans Brass Band is a seven-piece jazz band, performing ensemble music of New Orleans, which incorporate classic jazz standards and 30’s-40’s era small-group swing numbers.
The ‘Pelicans’ were formed in 1986 as an extension to the ‘New Orleans Pelicans’—a jazz band that Barry Wratten formed when he arrived in New Orleans to live in 1982. The current band came together in 2000, at the request of Musical Director Adrian Jackson, to open the Melbourne International Jazz Festival that year.
With a growing need for a larger street band, the ‘Pelicans Brass Band’ played the traditional carnival or ‘Mardi Gras’ that year, and from then on were called upon to perform for a host of celebratory occasions, such as at Eltham’s Jazz, Food & Wine Festival.
The music you will hear is not quite in the tradition of our strictly European and English derived brass band music, though it retains many elements of those traditions.
In New Orleans—which is often referred to as the northern tip of the Caribbean, rather than the southern end of the USA—the brass bands quickly absorbed the ‘Spanish Tinge’ or rhythms of the prevailing Creole culture, along with the more abandoned, looser marching style of the ancient African village processions.
Great music for all manner of dancing…‘Swing You Swingers!’