When: Fri., Feb. 5, 10 a.m. 2010
Fresh off shows in New Orleans and filled with the carnival spirit of Mardis Gras season, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band brings New Orleans jazz to Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday, February 12. Much like Joe Oliver and Louis Armstrong brought New Orleans jazz to Chicago in the 1920s, when Mama Digdown’s Brass Band formed in the Madison 15 years ago, they put the genre on many Midwesterners’ radars—and earned great respect from their New Orleans peers. Green Mill regulars, the band promises one wicked bash featuring its new CD, We Make ‘Em Say Ooh. Mama Digdown’s first release since 2006 lets loose with mostly original tracks that epitomize the genre—loud riffing horns, rhythmic swagger and back-and-forth chants. “Mojito,” in particular, so instantly ignites the spirit that other brass bands in New Orleans—and even Great Britain—are already performing it.