“They are the type of group that takes away any worry about the future of traditional jazz in the city that created it.”
Wade, Luquet, AllAboutJazz.com
“…the New Orleans Moonshiners, whose oeuvre is trad jazz with a twist of modern sensibility, made by young people who not only play jazz standards, but who are writing fresh new material… jazz is not only alive and kicking, its future is going to be better and brighter, and more accessible than ever.”
Jan Ramsey, offBeat Magazine
The New Orleans Moonshiners formed in early 2008 as a group of young musicians trying to get their feet wet playing traditional jazz. After months of playing on the street in the French Quarter for tips, the world-famous Donna’s Bar and Grill invited them inside to take the stage on Fridays. It was there that they learned the art of performing a live show and engaging their audience in what is quickly becoming an endangered musical form. New Orleans native Chris Edmunds, the Moonshiners’ banjo player and bandleader, wanted to keep the music fresh, however. He and other band members began writing original songs in the traditional style, as well as re-arranging old standards. The Moonshiners soon became fixtures with regular gigs all over town, such as Donna’s, Bacchanal Wine, Rock N Bowl, and the Spotted Cat. They have performed at festivals all over New Orleans such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo Fest, among many others. A favorite of the swing dancing community, the Moonshiners most recently performed in New York City at Lincoln Center’s “Midsummer Night Swing.” Their latest CD, "Frenchmen St. Parade” (2011), is a local favorite on New Orleans’ favorite radio station, 90.7 WWOZ, and was voted Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011 by the readers of Offbeat Magazine, while their 2010 release "I'm Comin' Home" was nominated. Young or old, people seem to agree: the Moonshiners’ energy is contagious.
Please visit the New Orleans Moonshiners Official Website at www.neworleansmoonshiners.com