Danny Barker tribute show tonight and gala/late night jam, 1/16

One of our truly legendary musicians is getting his own tribute show. The iconic musician, who played with all of the greats during a career in New York, returned home to find the brass band tradition withering and set about revitalizing it, will be honored this week with a couple of standout evenings .

Tuesday night, Snug Harbor is the place to be for the Danny Barker Birthday Tribute. An all-star band featuring musicians who were influenced by the late honoree will play two sets at 8 and 10 PM. Expect to see guitarist Steve Masakowski, trumpeter Gregg Stafford, trombonist Lucien Barbarin, drummer Herlin Riley, bassist Jesse Boyd, guitarist and banjo player Detroit Brooks, plus special guests.

On Wednesday evening, a seminar is scheduled for 6 PM at Café Rose Nicaud. Panelists include four culture bearers with intimate connections to Barker. This is a chance to learn more about Danny Barker and his contributions to the culture and the music of New Orleans.

Friday evening is a gala fundraiser at the Carver Theater to raise money for future iterations of the Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar festival. There will be a parade, a musicians’ meet-and-greet, and performances by the Bridge Trio, the U.N.O. Jazz Ensemble, Guitarmony featuring John Rankin, Todd Duke, and Phil DeGruy, a guitar trio, a banjo quartet, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds and much, much more.

After the extravaganza head over to Snug Harbor for a late night jam beginning at 12:30 AM featuring another amazing group of guitarists including June Yamagishi, Grant Green, Jr., Leo Nocentelli with Raymond Weber (drums), Donald Ramsey (bass) and Thaddeus Richard (keyboards).

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