"One of the hottest young New Orleans bands in Europe"
(Advisory Board of the 21st Starbucks Birmingham International Jazzfestival 2006)
The "BOURBON STREET STOMPERS" were founded in Essen (Germany) 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 brodcasting 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 and "CAUTION HOT!" in 2006.
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. 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"!
Here we are: Those Struttin' Syncopators.