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The Brass Queens of Brooklyn

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In the late 1970’s, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band updated the sound of the traditional jazz brass band by mixing in bebop, funk, r & b and soul. That group inspired myriad other ensembles, each with their own distinct approach and musical personality. Jump into the rabbit hole and you’ll run across bands like Lucky Chops, No BS Brass, Red Baraat and of course some of the great New Orleans groups like the Rebirth Brass Band or Preservation Hall.

The Brass Queens are an all-female brass band that formed in Brooklyn three years ago. This weekend, they will be making their second appearance at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. This segment features a conversation with co-founders Ally Chapel and Alex Harris.

Peter Solomon is WESM's Music Director and host of Morning Jazz Unlimited, weekdays from 9 am to noon on WESM. He joined Delmarva Public Media in August 2021 after 22 years as a jazz host for an NPR affiliate in Richmond, Virginia.