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Big Sam's Funky Nation at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium Led by former Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams, the Funky Nation is a hard-hitting blast of high-energy urban funk from the Crescent City that has audiences across the country out of their seats from the first note. The great-grandson of pioneering New Orleans trumpeter Buddy Bolden, Williams has an unmatched musical pedigree that he put to work of as a member of Dirty Dozen while still in his teens, sharing the stage with the likes of James Brown, Dave Matthews, Karl Denson and Widespread Panic. He formed his Funky Nation band shortly thereafter, and collaborated with rock icon Elvis Costello and New Orleans songwriting royalty Allen Toussaint on their 2006 GRAMMY-nominated The River In Reverse album and subsequent world tour. Additionally, Williams made recurring appearances on HBOs smash series Treme and appeared with U2 and Green Day for the re-opening celebration of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. But he saves his deepest, most danceable work for the Funky Nation, which peppers their brand of brass funk with roaring guitars, deep bass grooves and deadly drumming all showcased brilliantly on their newest Hypersoul release, Evolution. The San Francisco Chronicle called Williams the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz these days, and this show will leave no doubt.Artist PersonnelBig Sam Williams trombone, vocalsAndrew Da Phessah Baham trumpet, vocalsJoshua Connelly guitar, vocalsJerry JBlakk Henderson bassChocolate Milk drumsArtist Websitebigsamsfunkynation.com"the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz these days is Sammie "Big Sam" Williams " San Francisco Chronicle"The man can blow some bone and incite a crowd. He doesnt allow anyone to kick back and observe. He demands interaction and loyalty to the groove " JazzTimesShows You Might Also Enjoy... Mar 18: Red Baraat > Buy Tickets Mar 19: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble > Buy Tickets May 26-29: Preservation Hall Jazz Band > Buy TicketsSave
Label: Hypersoul Records
Manager: Hypersoul, LLC
Bio: Big Sam's Funky Nation have established their presence on the forefront of the New Orleans music scene. Trombone powerhouse and band leader "Big Sam" Williams, formerly of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, has been celebrated as "the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz" by the San F...See Full Bio