New Orleans Po’Boys
The New Orleans Po’Boys were reminiscent of the renowned “George Girard and his New Orleans Five” that lit up Bourbon St. as a regular fixture in the 1950s at the Famous Door. The Po-Boys’ repertoire of both familiar and obscure New Orleans music was presented in a fiery and often humorous style. The virtuosity of each of the six members of the group yielded an unsurpassed ensemble blend, creative instrumental solos, and a wonderful contrast of vocal styles from the three vocalists in the group. Last but not least, Rick’s wife, Barbara organized and trained a credible band of 2nd line strutters that added to the audience’s complete enjoyment of each of the three sets. If you’re hungry for great New Orleans jazz, the Po-Boys are as good as it gets! Larry Fletcher, Executive Director, Gulf Jazz Society, Panama City, Florida
The “New Orleans Po’Boys” plays traditional New Orleans favorites as well as original tunes of mine.
Charlie Fardella, Trumpet/Cornet
Originally from New York, Charlie came to New Orleans in 1980. A sought after and consummate musician by any standard, Charlie has played annually at all of the festivals, as well as all of the Jazz Clubs in New Orleans, including Banu Gibson, The Louisiana Repertory Jazz Band, The Court of Two Sisters, New Orleans Vipers Jazz Band, The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings, The Razzberry Ragtimers, and The Palm Court Jazz Band. As well, he as toured with many other artists abroad.
A Louisiana native from a musical family, Bruce’s mother taught him piano lessons from age five to high school. Started playing the saxophone at age 9 and clarinet at age 12. He attended Southern University in Hammond La. where he studied with Alvin Batiste and UNO in New Orleans. He has played with many bands in New Orleans such as the Treme brass band, Storyville Stompers brass band, the New birth brass band, Jazz Vipers, Cottonmouth Kings, Palmetto Bug Stompers, Orleans 6, the Moonshiners, Leroy Jones, and the Irvin Mayfield big band. He has played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year since 1992, the French Quarter Festival and “Satchmo” Festival since they began. Bruce has played in every jazz club in New Orleans; the Preservation Hall included. He has extensively toured Europe and Asia with bands at festivals and programs with Louisiana tourism. He has met Presidents Clinton and Bush and has recorded on many artist albums both local and international from Rock to Jazz. Bruce won the National Endowment for the Arts “Heritage Award” with the Treme brass band in 2006 and was also given an award from Lieutenant Governor and key to the city in conjunction with that award. As well, he has taught kids through the Jazz National Historic park service and has been awarded from the Department of Interior for his contributions to the new Orleans community.
John Rodli, Guitar
John is the rhythm King Of New Orleans .He plays in the style of Danny Barker and Freddie Green.His strum is imitated by Many.He is also a first Class Singer and sings with a Passion known by few.He has played with many of New Orleans top Bands Including Tuba Fats,The New Orleans Jazz Vipers,The Palmetto Bug Stompers, The Hot Club of New Orleans, Linnzi Zaorski and Delta Royale to name a few. Like many musicians in New Orleans, Rodli is a consummate sideman and can be in almost any band any night of the week. He also plays in the New Orleans R&B band, “King James and The Special Men”.
Steve Braun, Bass
Steve originally hails from Louisville, Kentucky. He started playing the electric bass at fifteen. At 21 he began playing the acoustic bass and later attended McKneese University in Lake Charles, La. studying classical and jazz music. Two years later he went on to Loyola University in New Orleans to continue studies in classical music and jazz bass under the direction of Bill Huntington. While there he also held down the “bass” position for the jazz orchestra in the “Blue Room” at the Fairmont Hotel playing show productions on tour and backing jazz vocalists such as Rosemary Clooney and Eartha Kitt. This led to a gig with the Delta Queen Steamboat Line traveling America’s waterways playing Dixieland, from traditional to contemporary jazz, nightly shows and backing guest entertainers of early television, film and recording such as Steve Allen (original “Tonight Show” host), Mickey Rooney, Gary “U.S.” Bonds and “The Four Lads” among others. Other performers Steve has played behind include Shirley Jones, Suzanne Somers, Lola Folana and jazz notables Pete Fountain, Clark Terry, J. J. Johnson and Peter Erskine. He currently resides in New Orleans playing various musical venues throughout the city and abroad.
Benji Bohannon, Drums & Cymbals
Native Kentuckian Benji Bohannon has performed for over two decades with bands of all styles. Before moving to New Orleans, Benji has worked with the Climax Jazz Band, Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns, and Bria Skonberg. Benji can also be heard on some of the final recordings of “Riverwalk Jazz”, a national radio show featuring the Jim Cullum Jazz band of which he was a member. Currently, Benji works in New Orleans where he can be seen performing regularly with many different bands.
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