Stooges Brass Band + John Papa Gros + Trash Magnolia ft. Sasha Masakowski + special guest 2018 Grammy Award recipient Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)

Stooges Brass Band

The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans. The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Brownout, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others.
The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of "Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band" (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. You can watch the results of this project here: The Red Bull Studio Sessions. The band also received the award for "Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011" at the Big Easy Music Awards.
The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues throughout the country and appearing at famed festivals such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, , Great American Brass Band Festival, and more.

The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada.

Whether they're second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.


Born in New Orleans, John "Papa" Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy. He's played it all — New Orleans funk, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop/rock, and he swirls those styles into a genre-bending gumbo that pays tribute to his influences while still pushing ahead into new territory. Like Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

After kicking off his career as an organist and pianist, for George Porter Jr.’s Runnin’ Pardners, during the 1990s, Gros formed the funk group Papa Grows Funk in 2000. The band held down a weekly performance at the famous Maple Leaf Bar for 13 years, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Fans and tourists crowded the bar every Monday night, looking for Papa Grows Funk to dish out a greasy, groove-heavy serving of Big Easy funk. The band delivered, releasing six critically-acclaimed albums, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Nola legend Allen Toussaint, and a 2015 live record that captured Papa Grows Funk’s last Monday night at the Maple Leaf Bar. Through touring around the world, they carried the torch of New Orleans' music scene to far-flung places.

Papa Grows Funk called it quits in 2013. Gros (pronounced "grow") kept playing music, landing work as a sideman for many Nola artists, including Better Than Ezra, Anders Osborne, The Metermen, Raw Oyster Cult, and Bonerama, and playing organ during a pair of all-star tributes to Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. Finally, Gros began focusing once again on his solo career, which he'd kicked off in 2004 with the album Day's End, and by prepping a second solo record that focuses on the full range of his musical influences and abilities.

He's been a sideman. A bandleader. A frontman. A solo artist. A singer. An instrumentalist. The roles have been varied, but the goal remains the same: to honor the music he's been living his whole life, and to add his own page to New Orleans' history book.

Trash Magnolia feat. Sasha Masakowski

Since beginning her career as a professional jazz musician in her early 20s, Sasha Masakowski has received vast acclaim from critics, fellow musicians, and general audiences alike throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her training from NOCCA as well as UNO's Jazz Studies Program have helped shape her cutting-edge, sophisticated style and the ease with which she presents herself on stage and captivates audiences worldwide. Her reputation as a daring, fearless improviser and charming, creative interpreter has lead to reviews such "Masakowski's marvelous voice...can be sly, sexy, exotic and arresting as she works her way through an incredibly diverse array of music that crosses cultural and stylistic lines in interesting ways " (All About Jazz, 2011). In 2009, after the debut of her first album Musical Playground, Sasha was awarded the prestigious Big Easy Music Award for "Best Emerging Artist of the Year," and has been nominated every year thereafter in categories such as "Best Female Entertainer,", "Best Contemporary Jazz Artist," and "Best Female Vocalist" from both Offbeat Magazine as well as the Big Easy Music Awards Committee. Her latest release, Wishes, has brought international recognition to Masakowski, and after a successful residency performance in the top nightclub in Beijing, China, she has recently returned home to to perform major festivals and nightclubs throughout the U.S., continuing to shape the American modern jazz scene with her eclectic influences and fundamental New Orleans passion and spirit.

Leo Nocentelli (The Meters)

Leo Nocentelli, Master Guitarist, Composer, the creator and innovator of Syncopated Funk wrote one of the most internationally noted Grammy inducted songs for the iconic and legendary pioneers of funk THE METERS, called Cissy Strut he is known as the most sampled guitarist of all time. In addition to being a 2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient he is also a four time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominee with The Meters. As well as many accomplishments and achievements with The Meters, Leo has performed, composed, recorded and toured with great and iconic artists such as; Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Allen Toussaint, Etta James, Harry Connick Jr. George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patti Labelle, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Jay Z & many more.



Leo Nocentelli is known as the "funkiest, fast fingered" guitar player of today and has been credited as one of the 50 top guitarist in the world. He has written more than 200 songs, many of which were recored by definitive artists such as, Peter Gabriel, Harry Connick Jr. George Duke, Etta James, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, The Neville Brothers, Z.Z. Hill, Albert Kings, Patti LeBelle, Ramsey Lewis, Otis Rush and Trombone Shorty. Leo is continuing to develop his style with varied elements that cover blues, rock, rap, jazz and hip/hop. Leo has performed from coast to coast including appearances at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He has also been involved in many international tours including Tokyo and Osaka Japan, Sao Paulo Brazil, as well as other European countries.



Leo's solo, musical compositions and contributions has continued to evolve with personal appearances on stages and Television shows alike. Some include Saturday Night Live along with the recognition and special guest invitations by the major musical directors of Jimmy Fallon with The Roots Band. Conan O'Brien Show with Jimmy Vivino and special guest invitation to perform live with Paul Shafer and the CBS Orchestra on Late Night with David Letterman and the Funk continues....

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