"Made up of young devotees whose balance of spunk and funk keeps the heart of traditional jazz beating..."
-- The New Yorker
"...one of the zingiest of the new hot jazz bands from the Crescent City..."
-- The Wall Street Journal
“The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional ‘Jass’ Band is a brand new combo, already drawing crowds in New Orleans as well as in the New York area.”
-- Will Friedwald, vanityfair.com
"'Hot' attitude and soloistic derring-do…. [Their] energy transforms something old into something new with commitment and intelligence."
-- Ted Panken, Jazziz
Tradition Never Goes Out of Style
We play Jass - the bridge to Jazz that brought together its influences. We play that stuff that you can't help but smile about when you hear it. The Swamp Donkeys play traditional jazz, blues, jass originals, vaudeville, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They are extremely versatile. They have beginnings and educations in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, then growth into world-class music education programs, playing in concerts across the country. Their diverse sound is enormously accessible with their frontmen, the Louis Armstrong-sounding James Williams, and the audience-wooing, banjo-strumming Sam Friend. (Though James does plenty of audience-wooing himself!)
The Swamp Donkeys can play large and small venues, vast and intimate crowds just the same. They bring a remarkable, diverse appearance and sound to the stage, hailing from the south, north-east and -west; most definitely, this melting-pot of American musical culture brings people together from all walks of life.
Welcome to the most exciting, soulful, foot-tapping, New Orleans-style Jass band to storm the world in years. Welcome to Original Jass.
Wes Anderson IV, Tuba
Sam Friend, Banjo and Vocals
Joe Goldberg, Clarinet
Jams Marotta, Drums
Jon Ramm, Trombone
James Williams, Trumpet and Vocals
Produced by Sam Friend
Manager: Oren Krinsky
Recording Engineer: Rick Nelson
Recorded at Marigny Recording Studio in New Orleans, Louisiana
Mixed and Mastered by Bill Moss