Boomtown Brass Band performs the high-energy hot jazz of 1920s New Orleans, featuring the incredible interplay of guitar, banjo, tuba, saxophone, clarinet, cornet, and trombone. Boomtown is Houston’s only dedicated trad jazz ensemble, citing among its influences the Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven, King Oliver, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, Original Dixieland Jass Band, Jelly Roll Morton, Bix Beiderbecke, and Jabbo Smith, to name a few. Formed by bassist and tubaist Thomas Helton in the spring of 2015, Boomtown has become a crowd favorite in the Houston area, and is great music for listening or dancing. Boomtown Brass Band’s mission: keeping the origins of what is arguably the “only original American art form” not just alive, but dancing, singing, and celebrating.
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Photo at top by Yankar R. Gonzalez.