2011 Concert // Panorama Jazz Band - Way Down Yonder in New Orleans

June 28th, 2011

The Panorama Jazz Band, under the direction of clarinetist Ben Schenck, has been working steadily in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA) since 1995. As well as jazz (in the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet), this group has brought a New Orleans approach to various genres of folkloric music from around the world – especially Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. The instruments in the band (clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums) have been used to get crowds dancing for centuries and, despite the recent appearance of electrified and synthetic music, these young musicians still prefer natural, handmade sounds.

Their love of their home town and it's sonic environment brought them back to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and inspires every note they play. Their fascination with music from other cultures has given them a vast and varied repertoire and made them a favorite of New Orleans' music fans.

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Summer Arts through Culture Program: a cultural fellowship grant
for teen musicians.