79rs Gang and The Yisrael Trio: Sinking City Records Jazz Fest Party

The 9th Ward Hunters and the 7th Ward Creole Hunters together are the 79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indian funk band, led by Big Chief Romeo and Big Chief Jermaine. They released their debut LP on local New Orleans indie imprint, Sinking City Records, in 2015, "Fire on the Bayou," available at Louisiana Music Factory.

From OffBeat.com, by David Kunian:
It is an accomplishment to be celebrated any time that a new Mardi Gras Indian record comes out—and doubly so when it is the younger generation of Indians stepping up to the mic with songs and tambourines.

So props and respect to Big Chief Romeo of the 9th Ward Hunters, Big Chief Jermaine of the 7th Ward Creole Hunters, and the diabolical masterminds at Sinking City Records.

As the 79rs Gang their record, Fiyo On The Bayou can stand up to the classics of the genre. It is a straight up Indian record with vocals and assorted percussion, including tambourine, bottle, congas and bass drum, among others.

The tribes behind the singers beat Indian polyrhythms that keep a steady, never faltering tempo. Big Chief Romeo and Big Chief Jermaine can work their voices to add a high, tense, slightly nasal bray that cuts above the percussion and rings out on the street.

There are a couple new songs here, including a signifying song called “Drama” where both chiefs sing about how great, tough and pretty their gangs are. It’s an exciting song where Big Chief Jermaine can barely contain himself when he sings, “On Mardi Gras Day we put them all to shame/I still can’t believe I got an Indian gang.”

There are also updates of “Shallow Water,” “Indian Red” and a version of “Two Way Pocky Way” called “Eh Paka Way.”

They do a great job of keeping to the themes of these songs while updating them to the current Indians, stories and places. There are tales of “On St. Joseph’s Night/we got trapped in a hole” and “laying that feather down/with needle and thread/don’t need no glue/you know it’s true.”

Their version of “Indian Red” is particularly moving as everyone’s unison voices blend in a powerful and affecting way.

All the songs here can be added to the soundtrack of Mardi Gras and will sound fresh whether waiting for parades on Saint Charles Avenue, partying in the Marigny, or while waiting for Indians to come out across town from Second and Dryades to Pauger and Marais.

Revered for superior musicianship and talent; The Yisrael Trio offers an impressive approach to music that inspires fans worldwide. The sibling trio mixes synth sounds with jazz and soul, which fuses into a cool neo-jazz vibe. Yirmeyahu, Yah’El and Yehosheba are Yisrael Trio a fascinatingly talented family that has emerged as the best young jazz band in the country.
As the founding members of the notable Neo Jazz Collective, the Yisrael siblings have adored fans in Birmingham, AL and abroad since 2004. They have performed with the likes of Linn Roundtree, Keiko Matsui, Frankie Beverly & Maze, SF Jazz Collective, Herbie Hancock, Quintin Gerard W. Wynton Marsalis and more. Other notable performances include Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival Birmingham, AL; Jazz in the Park Birmingham, AL; Preserve Jazz Festival Birmingham, AL; Jazz in the Park, New Orleans, LA and the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Yisrael Trio has brought neo-jazz to a new level in New Orleans after making a name for itself in Birmingham. The New Orleans’ music scene offers a bounty of jazz music, still they are breaking ground with a captivating, upbeat sound that redefines “feel-good music”.
Often compared to musical families like the Jacksons, The Yisrael Trio has matured in their talent before the public as musical prodigies. Prime examples and products of the Neo Jazz School of Music, there they were formally trained in multiple genres and styles. Dr. Lud Yisrael, founder of the Neo Jazz School of Music and father of the trio, began informally training each of them while they were still in the womb. Throughout their childhood he regularly prescribed jazz and classical music while they slept. Dr. Lud also a self-taught multi-instrumentalist introduced each to their respective instruments as they expressed interest.
Yirmeyahu, the eldest of the trio, grew up seeing his father play music and as early as nine years old he gained a passion for his father’s first love, the saxophone. Indeed naturally talented, he quickly developed as a saxophonist, drummer and composer. Yirmeyahu has contributed much to defining the sound of The Yisrael Trio as a composer as well as assistant musical director. In their latest release “Celestial”, Yirmeyahu has created a musical journey in what he describes as “traveling through the heavens”.
Yah’El, the youngest of the trio, was second in line to develop his inherited love for music. Seeing his father play piano, he begin playing it at seven. Eagar to perform in the band with his father and brother, Yah’El played his first gig at 8 years old for a Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert. The pre-curser to The Yisrael Trio began with the father son ensemble of Dr. Lud on bass, Yirmeyahu on Saxophone and Yah’el on piano. Yah’El, also classically trained, delivers skillful solos and exhibits effortless proficiency on the piano. As a composer for the trio, Yah’El has contributed works that can be described as nu-aged and spirited.
Yehosheba, the only girl in the trio, also remained true to her family heritage. In true family tradition, she saw her father playing bass and fell in love with it. She began playing bass at 13 and less than a year she replaced her father in the trio. A visual artist and musician, Yehosheba brings the elements of visual creativity and style to the trio. As a bassist, she delivers solidarity and remains the unwavering glue that keeps the band tight.
Love for music and the arts is indelibly The Yisrael Trio’s driving force. Although they have mastered most genres, they would describe what they do as SPIRITUAL MUSIC. The music comes from deep within their souls, down to their very spirits. The best attribute of The Yisrael Trio is their ability to share that spirit through music all while pleasing any crowd young or old.

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