The Gumbo Gumbas are “A delicious medley of authentic New Orleans Jazz with a side of Creole. We play live music that will make you happy and want to jump for joy. We get our influences from the city that started it all in American music, New Orleans and blend the elements of jazz, zydeco, R&B, country and rock into a big old fashioned southern stew. Our mission is to spread the vibe of NOLA up to the north. There are so many people who have not visited this great music city and we want to expose as many people as we can to the magic that is New Orleans Mardi Gras.” Free Downloads!
The Gumbo Gumbas play original compositions and traditional music from the early 1900’s. Our influences are Louis Armstrong, Louie Prima, the great swing bands of the 30’s & 40’s. Along with playing the classic songs of that time period, we offer a history lesson to our audience by talking in-between numbers and telling stories pertaining to the music and the history of New Orleans when the songs were first composed. The music is cross generational, fun to dance to and great to listen to. Our show is great for community concerts and educational institutions as well as dances and special occasions like weddings and birthday parties.
Did you know that Louis Armstrong was not allowed to stay at the hotels he headlined prior tho the civil rights act? Do you know what Zydeco music is or how it was that West Africans somehow became Indians? These are some of the topics discussed and embedded in our music. Katrina had an extraordinary effect on New Orleans culture. The Gumbo Gumbas explore this effect as well as the Italian contribution to the gentility of a region so diverse and full of rich heritage.
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