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New Orleans, legendary land of jazz, remains to be as alive as in its greatest legends. The metropolis of Louis Armstrong stays abuzz a century after having seen the flourishing of world-famous and admired music reminiscent of jazz. In this fashion, Joe Lastie is certainly one of his many present treasures, a man who, with a vibrant smile, performs his drumsticks as if he might cheer up all of humanity shortly earlier than his extinction.

Lastie is a prodigy, a veteran musician of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the band that glorifies the legacy of Preservation Hall, the corridor situated within the French Quarter of New Orleans the place conventional jazz seeks to protect within the face of the frenetic advance of the commercialization of music. A musician amongst musicians, the drummer is the proprietor of an enthusiastic and technically impeccable model, so typical of the town's orchestras. In truth, he’s additionally a member of the Treme Brass Band and has his personal group, Joe Lastie's New Orleans Sound. With the latter, Lastie will drop by Spain on a tour of a number of cities within the month of July, with a primary cease on the Riquela venue in Santiago de Compostela on the third.

Lastie acquired his first drum equipment at age eight and from then on was destined to hold on the traditions of his prolonged musical household, which included his mom, his two grandparents, his aunt Betty, and his uncles Melvin, David and Walter. Popeye, a prolific drummer who died on stage whereas enjoying When The Saints Go Marchin’ In. Originally from New Orleans, the drummer grew up surrounded by music: vital musicians reminiscent of Ornette Coleman and James Booker attended his home.

Joe Lastie with Carlos Childe, at Preservation Hall in New Orleans.
Joe Lastie with Carlos Childe, at Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

His household moved to New York, the place he attended lessons with Clyde Harris and started to develop his model whereas regularly listening to conventional New Orleans jazz information that he discovered on the public library. Captivated by this music he returned alone to his hometown. As he has stated in an interview: “I came back carrying only a paper bag with clothes.” In NOLA, he was a part of the Desire Community Choir and started enjoying professionally alongside trumpeter Gregg Stafford till he changed the well-known Cie Frazier in The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Belonging to this beloved lineup in NOLA allowed him to satisfy certainly one of his desires: enjoying with Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.

Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Pete Fountain and Allen Toussaint are among the artists with whom Joe Lastie has performed. Big phrases.

Today, Lastie is without doubt one of the most vital lively drummers on the New Orleans music scene. His go to to Spain comes because of the Galician musician Carlos Childe, a singer, composer and banjoist and singer who often spends time in New Orleans, the town the place they each met. Childe's final album, Where Y’at, It can also be a set of songs typical of NOLA's conventional jazz repertoire. Therefore, the live shows are a feast of the purest essence of New Orleans, the town of sound.

Tour dates

3/7 Riquela, Santiago de Compostela.

4/7 Más Q Jazz Jazz Festival, A Coruña.

5/7 Rock And Blues Cafe, Zaragoza.

6/7 Jamboree, Barcelona.

11/7 Clamores Room, Madrid.

12/7 Club Matador, Madrid (members solely).

7/13 Invernadero, Madrid (non-public occasion).

7/14 Alicante, (location not but confirmed).

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