Derrick Shezbie

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Derrick Shezbie

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Contacts

Publicists:
Nuria Hunter

Record Label Contact:
Charles Tolman // Clubhouse Records

Radio Contact:
Groov Marketing // Mark Rini

GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter Derrick (Kabuki) Shezbie partnered with historian Charles Tolman in an effort to capture the spirit of Buddy Bolden and his revolutionary music within Derrick Shezbie and The Ghost of Buddy Bolden. The album is the culmination of heavy research and a reincarnation of the circumstances that Bolden would have created music in. Together, Shezbie and Tolman began the project by assembling a band in the manner similar to that of Bolden and released an album featuring an array of accomplished African American New Orleans musicians.
 
“It was important for us to get people who grew up playing in New Orleans and knew what is was like to play for a meal. That’s something Buddy and his people would have lived with every day. You don’t play, you don’t eat,” says Shezbie. “Only New Orleans musicians know what it’s like and we wanted to do his legacy proud.”
 
Tolman and Shezbie studied the performance venues where Bolden played and rehearsed in his footsteps. The band was assembled in one day followed by two days of rehearsals before recording the album in one day at Esplanade Studios in New Orleans.
 
“We wanted the process to closely mirror the experience that Buddy Bolden would have had in the recording process,” said Tolman. “We literally walked around the city looking for musicians at their hangouts and told them that we had a recording gig in three days. Bolden would have put a band together in this manner and they might have practiced a few times before a gig. It was important for the integrity of the project to keep the structure loose and as close to spontaneous as we could.”
 
The band for Derrick Shezbie and The Ghost of Buddy Bolden, consists of Louis Ford on clarinet, Carl Leblanc on guitar, Chris Severin on bass, Revert Andrews on trombone and Jerry Anderson (from the Barbarin family) on drums. The structure of the album reflects the tone and feelings of a Buddy Bolden concert from the 18th century. The fastest songs start the album before slowing down the tempo progressively as the album unfolds. Tunes such as “Careless Love,” “Make Me a Pallet,” “Hot Time in the Old Town” and “Ride on King Jesus” are all highlighted in the tribute.

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