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The New Orleans Jazz Vipers April 18, 2007

Posted by The Typist in French Quarter, Jazz, Jazz Vipers, New Orleans, NOLA, Rebirth, Recovery, Toulouse Street.
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Ok, well, the video sucks. Bad camera holding and you can’t see them on stage. Too dark. And the wind noise on the camera and the bad sound board work, well. Screw it. I had fun. If you don’t know the New Orleans Jazz Vipers, get thyself down to the Spotted Cat some Friday night and discover the best time in New Orleans. No cover. Tip well.

These cats were one of two traditional jazz bands we caught on Sunday at French Quarter Festival. The other was the Andrew Hall Society Marching Band, who are a living diorama of a pre-Rebirth, traditional brass marching and concert band. They are Living National Treasures. I keep meaning to ask them if they are the same outfit as the Andrew Hall Society Jazz Band that used to play the Maple Leaf long, long ago on Saturday nights. Those guys were already old in the 1970s.

Anyway, just take a peek at the scene, then close your eyes and let the music carry you away to The day before yesterday and well into the distant decades at the other end of the 20th century. The Vipers are keeping the traditional jazz alive in New Orleans for the future.

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1. Robert Snow - May 2, 2007

Nice Video !Great Band !Bad Wind!.Never seen this one before.

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2. Robert Snow - May 2, 2007

Should have got more of a close up on the Bass palyer.He is really good looking.

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3. Paul Fayard - August 4, 2007

Gotta love da Vipers! I didn’t catch them at FQF but I hear them at the Spotted Cat whenever I can. I am working on a series of paintings and drawings of them performing there. You can peep at a few of the drawings at paulfayard.com if you like.

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