Jungle Funk – The Brasshoppers in Norway 2017

Here’s an epic 16min version of Jungle Funk from The Brasshoppers trip to Haugesund last month.

2:21 Scouse rapping – Tony Peers (The Brasshoppers)
4:24 alto solo – Paul Jones (The Brasshoppers)
6:14 tenor solo – Dan White (Huntertones)
8:37 trombone solo – Chris Ott (Huntertones)
11:13 trumpet call and response and solo – Jon Lampley (Huntertones)

We were joined on stage by some of the members of the Huntertones, a great band from New York who had played earlier in the evening. The trumpet player from the Huntertones is great but you should hear him play sousaphone – he’s off the planet!!! Look out for Jon Lampley doing anything on the sousa he’s mind blowing.

As ever it was a good trip to Norway, they do love the Brasshoppers in Haugesund. We played some great gigs and had one poignant moment when we played at the funeral of a guy who was fan of the band and had passed away the week before we arrived – it was an honour and quite moving.

Don’t forget to check out the free downloads on The Brasshoppers bandcamp page.

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Norway trip with The Brasshoppers

I’m back from a quite surreal trip away with The Brasshoppers. Having not done a gig with this band for the best part of 15 years I jumped at the chance to go back to Haugesund and the Silda Jazz Festival. I did this gig a couple of time when I was playing with the band regularly and since then they have been back pretty much every year and developed quite a following of enthusiastic Norwegian groupies. We spent the first few days laughing and generally having a good time which is what always happens with this band.

And then ‘it’ happened! The ‘it’ being when Snarky Puppy turned up at our Friday night gig. I’d already heard that they were at the bar at the back of our venue so I just got my head down and tried not to make too many mistakes. Before I knew what was going on I look up to see Michael League right in front of me shouting ‘I’m your fan’, to which I responded ‘er, no I think you’ll find I’m your fan!’ To cut a long story short they stayed to the end of our gig and we all got chatting afterwards which ended up with them inviting us to play on their encore at their gig the following evening!!! Yep that’s right I got to play on stage with Snarky Puppy.