“One of the hottest young New Orleans bands in Europe”
The Bourbon Street Stompers were founded in Essen in May 1993 when we were still teenagers attending school. The current line-up has been playing together since 1996. Early on we were awarded the first prize by WDR – the biggest German radio broadcasting company – in the category “Best Up-and-coming Band” in 1995. This enabled us to record our first album A Tribute To Dixie. Still being a bit stunned we watched as things really took off after that. This spontaneous “ignition” encouraged us to pursue the track we had just discovered – our love of Jazz. Meanwhile, a growing bunch of fans promoted us with a countless number of concerts. Among these were numerous festivals and gigs in jazz clubs, on company jubilees or private parties. Further CD productions followed with our recordings of Second Stomp in 1997, Stompin’ Milestones in 1999, Those Struttin’ Syncopators in 2003, Caution Hot! in 2006, Live! in 2008 and Men of Steam in 2011.
But what sets this band apart from the average?
First of all it is the close friendship among the seven band members, which has been developing over the years and enables us to stand our ground against professional bands. Moreover, we wish to unleash this vital and infectious music and let it carry away our audience whenever we get together on stage. Throughout our stylistic development we have been constantly moving back towards the intrinsic roots of Jazz. In discovering New Orleans Hot Jazz from the early 20's and 30's, we admit that we were at first put off by the hiss and crackle of the old recordings, but fortunately we persisted in our diligent search. Hence, we take great pride in paying our utmost tribute to those great Jazz musicians who are widely considered as the creators of Jazz. To list only a few of them: King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Luis Russel, Ferdinand “Jelly Roll“ Morton, Clarence Williams or Duke Ellington. We wish to take a leaf out of their book.
Wherever this is going, we’d love if you strolled along with us “back to the roots”!