After dinner, the Core DJ Retreat had another party, but it was at a strip club in South Jackson, and I don’t go to strip clubs, so I decided to head over to Hal & Mal’s, where the Southern Komfort Brass Band was scheduled to appear. I had heard this band at Underground 119 last year, and was quite impressed with them, as they are one of the few brass bands not from New Orleans to measure up to the standards of that city’s brass band tradition. I had not expected an opening act, but saxophonist Ryan Raziano proved to be a decent contemporary jazz musician, and his backing band was first rate indeed. Of course, the Southern Komfort Brass Band rocked the house, just as they had last year, and while they played some familiar brass band standards like “Do Whatcha Wanna”, they also played some tunes I have never heard done by a brass band, such as Sade’s “The Sweetest Taboo.” After a rousing set of music, they were followed by Jackson saxophonist Ezra Brown, who was celebrating his birthday. But I wanted to catch Dexter Allen at F. Jones Corner, so I headed out.
A good example of how the Southern Komfort Brass Band fuses New Orleans’ tradition with that of Mississippi is this cover of R. L. Burnside’s “Coal Black Mattie” at their gig at Underground 119 in downtown Jackson on 4/19/13
The Southern Komfort Brass Band perform a Dirty Dozen Brass Band standard at their Underground 119 gig in Jackson on Friday 4/19/13
The Southern Komfort Brass Band performs a combination of the Isley Brothers’ “Between the Sheets” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Big Poppa” at their gig at Underground 119 in downtown Jackson, Mississippi 4/19/13
The Southern Komfort Brass Band performs for the crowd at Underground 119 in Jackson, Mississippi on Friday 4/19/13
One of the trademarks of the Southern Komfort Brass Band is their tendency to do classic songs and then interpolate the rap song that used the older song as a basis, as they did here with Dennis Edwards’ “Don’t Look Any Further” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid In Full.”
Jackson, Mississippi’s Southern Komfort Brass Band performs to a standing-room-only crowd at Underground 119 downtown, 4/19/13