One of the most encouraging movements in the youthful end of jazz in recent years has been the rediscovery of fun in the music. And with it the back-to-the-roots movement that has helped renew New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans was always about more than dusty heritage, but that was how we had come to see it. Now its revitalisation is reflected in the music of players like Trombone Shorty and The Soul Rebels Brass Band, as well as in the TV series Treme, currently into its fourth series on Sky Atlantic.
But we don’t have to go all the way to New Orleans to feel that good time spirit, because we have The Young Pilgrims here in Birmingham, England, and they are spreading the fun even further with a new regular session on the third Friday of every month at The Sun At The Station in Kings Heath.
Called Pilgrimage, the session will feature The Young Pilgrims and a guest band from elsewhere in the UK, the first being Jack’D and The Situation Room on 15 May.
Chief Pilgrim Richard Foote urges: “Come join us for an eclectic night of rock induced, New Orleans inspired, brass band madness. This monthly night is curated by Young Pilgrims and will gather some of the country’s most exciting and creative bands for a night of unadulterated music shenanigans.”
Those shenanigans are due to start at 8pm on Friday 15 May and are likely to build during the evening, with an opening set from the YPs, the guest slot and and then a free-for-all late night jam session. Entry is £5.