Dirty Catfish Brass Band’s aim is to inspire, create and instigate – but, mostly, they just want you on your feet. Undeniably tight, yet reckless as hell, Dirty Catfish Brass Band deals in powerful phrasing and performances drenched with rhythm. Invoking the sounds of the New Orleans brass tradition, the collective dares to reimagine the streets of a prairie city as one that is hot, alive, and brimming with soul. Based in Winnipeg, MB, the crew strives to surprise, challenge, tickle and pay homage to the New Orleans tradition by giving it a new audience in an unsuspecting locale. In true Louisiana tradition, these boys stick to the spontaneity of festivals, alleyway performance and all around late nights. The band doesn’t ask permission to play, and the crowd certainly doesn’t ask them to stop.
These highly trained musicians collectively hold 12 University degrees, having studied at McGill University, University of Toronto, Humber College, University of Manitoba, Brandon University, Virginia Tech, University of Southern California, New England Conservatory, School for Improvised Music, University of Miami, and The Banff Centre.
Formed in the fall of 2011, Dirty Catfish Brass Band has become a constant at local festivals and venues within Winnipeg and the surrounding area, performing at The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (2012 - 2017), Winnipeg Fringe Festival (2012 - 2017), Festival du Voyager (2012, '14, '16), Canada Summer Games Festival (2017), Dauphin’s Countryfest (2014, '16), Winnipeg Folk Festival (2013, '15, '16, '17), Saskatoon Jazz Festival (2016), Regina Folk Festival (2016, '17), Brandon Jazz Festival (2017), Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival (2016), Trout Forest Music Festival (2015), Harvest Moon Festival (2015, '17), Grey Cup Festival (2015), and Prairie Wind Music Festival (2014) .
DCBB has shared the stage with the likes of Galactic, The Bros. Landreth, JP Hoe, Royal Canoe, and ALFA. They have also had the opportunity to open for acts such as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Jon Cleary, Five Alarm Funk, and Delhi 2 Dublin. As a horn section they have been featured on recordings including Royal Canoe's 'Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit' (2016), Murray Pulver’s ‘Guest List’ (2015), Don Amero’s ‘Refined’ (2015), Steve Bell’s ‘Pilgrimage’ (2014), and ALFA’s ‘Harmattan’ (2014). In 2014 they teamed up with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to perform at all home games for the 2014, '15, '16, and '17 CFL seasons. As individuals, the members of DCBB perform regularly with The Ron Paley Big Band, The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, The Danny Kramer Dance Band, Moses Mayes, The Solutions, Dr. Hotbottom, The Winnipeg Jazz Collective, Begonia, The RCAF Band, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
With their second release, 'Big Shiny Brass' (2016), - a six track EP of covers - Dirty Catfish Brass Band give a nod to fellow Winnipeggers The Guess Who and explore their own influences over a collection of pop tunes via Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and more. While 'Big Shiny Brass' is filled with the spirit of the New Orleans brass tradition, DCBB makes a point to take the music in a direction of their own.
WHERE y'all FROM?
Although it's not everyone's hometown, all members of DCBB call Winnipeg home. Some of the boys were born and raised in Winnipeg; Aaron, Kyle, and Simon, and some others come from other small Manitoban towns; Graham from Selkirk, MB, and Cody from Brandon, MB. A few of the guys come from opposite ends of the country; Andrew from Vancouver, BC, Todd from London, ON, and Joel from Toronto, ON. Steve, hailing from Danville, Virginia, brings some international flavor to the band.
HOW'd you MEET?
Short story is, everyone met while playing in different groups in and around Winnipeg, but ties run deeper than just meeting on the local scene. Andrew, Cody, Graham and Kyle all met during their times at Brandon University. Some of these guys have known each other for close to 15 years. Aaron and Todd have also shared a long friendship while working a regular Tuesday night soul gig at a local club where their respective bands trade weeks.