London's finest New Orleans style brass band
"Music full of energy, hip swinging, bluesy and fun..."
The Brass Volcanoes are a jazz band consisting of brass, saxophones and drums. They are all professional jazz musicians who work together to create fabulous arrangements of popular and less well known tunes on the spot: ideas, solos and riffs are thrown around the band so that no two performances are ever the same. The music is filled with energy and life which draws the audience and makes you want to be part of it.
The Brass Volcanoes are inspired by a long tradition of Brass Bands from New Orleans as well as other parts of the world: expect flavours of the Balkans, Latin America, the Caribbean, Kletzmer, all with their own London twist. We play a mix of original songs unique to the band, arrangements of popular songs, Mardi Gras and jazz standards, funk classics...
We play on stages, in parks, on streets, for parades, for parties, in bars... wherever!
True to the New Orleans brass band spirit is the desire for everyone to have a good time through the excitement of creating and listening to great live music
We receive so many kind comments after we play. It makes it all worthwhile to know we have made someone's day - it's why we play. Here are a few comments that have been sent to us. It seems we are doing something right!
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for being involved in this year's Virgin Sport Hackney Half.
What you and the other musicians delivered was above and beyond our expectation and bought smiles to so many faces around the festival village and on the race course.
We very much look forward to working with you again soon!
Abi, Pieto, Becca and all the Progress team"
"Your stamina was astounding and you won the crowd over within the first couple songs. The band's playful spirit and riotous tunes were too much for even the most reserved punters to resist and before long the whole room was a kaleidoscope of joyous dancing movement." - artistic director, Americana Arts Company
"I absolutely adore these guys, and they are amazing live. If you are interested in some downright funky New Orleans/Latin spicy jazz then check them out"
"Thanks soo much for playing at our wedding, it really made it special... everyone loved you guys. Julie from Turkey Mill said she'd never seen an entrance like that (and she's seen few!)… the best Wedding March I've ever heard even if Wagner might not have liked it…ha ha."
" you were all completely awesome! thank you so much for coming down to our little backwater. everyone loved you all and we want to get you back. " - Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre
"...an amazing performance on Saturday. The combination of heat and walking for 2 hours, I was so so impressed. The standard of the music was astounding, and you really did give us an event to remember... " - Pride March through London
"It was a fantastic evening - I have never seen the village hall so energised." - Roman River Arts Festival
"Thanks guys! This was absolutely brilliant, one of the best live performances I've ever been to ! Hope to see you again soon..." - Alexander, Birmingham Jazz Festival
"The band were absolutely fantastic. They really made the day.
I didn't get a chance to thank them in person so please pass on my thanks. If there Is there any way to leave a review or anything we can do to help promote them please ask. Worth every penny!!
"Thankyou so much for Saturday- the guests absolutely loved it! They
have been raving about you guys since!"
"We absolutely loved the band, as did many of our guests who continue to ask who you guys are :)
Thanks for adding to the fun. We had such a wonderful night."
"Thanks to you guys for playing so long and so beautifully.
I loved the music (I was standing alone watching for half the time) and everybody else did too – people were talking about it this morning in the office actually.
I loved 'Over in the Gloryland' – it is one of my favourite bluegrass songs too and I was singing it after you left.
So, thanks for playing and hopefully you all enjoyed yourselves too. I did not see you leave otherwise I would have given you all a warm goodbye."
"Apologies that this is coming to you so late - but I wanted to thank you for being absolutely incredible on our wedding day. When I think back to the day itself, one of the most memorable moments for me was arriving at the venue in the open top car with you guys playing "I love you baby" - we felt like we were in a movie. So many people asked me for your details after the wedding, so I am certain you will be getting many more bookings from them!
Also I wanted to thank you for performing such an incredible repertoire - EVERY song choice was perfect.
I didn't even get to meet you properly on the day - but I am certain that we will work together in the future.
You guys are so talented and I feel so lucky to have you perform at our wedding.
Thank you again
Lauren & Joe"
You guys were brilliant.
It really made the occasion special and was exactly what dad wanted!
Thank you so much
"Please tell all the lads how amazing they were and how perfect they made our day. Everyone was very surprised and it made our walk through the park so special.
Thank you so very much
"You were all amazing on Monday and absolutely smashed it – everyone was asking who the hell you were they were so impressed – thanks a lot to each and every one of the band and especially to you. Cheers, Steve"
"You guys played a blinder... and played sets in just the right way in the circumstances, so a huge thanks.
There were a lot of musical people at the event, and you and Rose who did the food shared the majority of the plaudits for what you did.
Cheers again, and hope to see a bit more of your music being performed sometime.
All the very best