Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 10 PM


Snug Harbor
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626 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA
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Master baritone saxophonist Roger Lewis joined Gregory Davis, Kevin Harris, and Efrem Towns over 30 years ago to form the legendary Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Lewis and the Dozen are known for playing everything from birthdays to funerals, and everything in between. Try to put this cat in one category, it just ain't possible. Roger Lewis is one of the most prolific horn players around. Known as "The Old Man" and "the most out there" of the band, he creates magic as well as a shakin' good time when on stage. "I always wondered how five baritones would sound," says Lewis, thinking about the inception of his project the Baritone Bliss in 2011. Since then, the group has performed sporadically when the all-star lineup is available, playing shows at Snug Harbor and at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. "It's the only group of its kind in the history of Jazz Fest to my knowledge," Lewis adds, echoing a sentiment Tony Dagradi boasted from the stage at Baritone Bliss' rollicking, bass-heavy 2011 performance. Lewis is quick to point out that even the group's serious-minded material "is music you can dance with," and notes that "the baritone is more flexible than some listeners may realize."