BeatRoute Magazine [AB] print e-edition - [November 2017]

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BeatRoute Magazine is a monthly arts and entertainment paper with a predominant focus on music – local, independent or otherwise. The paper started in June 2004 and continues to provide a healthy dose of perversity while exercising rock ‘n’ roll ethics.

DIRTY CATFISH BRASS BAND

to New Orleans and back with a few twists and turns

Although they’re based out of Winnipeg, the Dirty Catfish

Brass Band are devoutees to New Orleans jazz. Kyle

Wedlake, one of the band’s saxophone players, explains

their formation and different musical directions.

“The band came together through networking in the

Winnipeg music scene, just playing together in other bands and

shows. But the main catalyst was our keyboard player, Aaron

Chodiker, who went down to New Orleans for a festival in 2011.

He’d always been a big fan of that music, but was blown away

when he experienced it first hand and felt that kind of vibe and

energy were missing in Winnipeg.”

Since that epiphany, they’ve become the premier jazz

brass from the Peg headlining festivals across the prairies

along with a regular stint as the Blue Bomber’s house band

for their home games.

In addition to playing pumped-up traditional street swing

with horns a blaring, DDCB are very much part of the contemporary

brass movement that bands like Too Many Zoos from

New York and incorporate hip-hop, progressive jazz, Latino

rhythms and pop into their sound. In 2016 they released a sixtrack

EP of covers tunes, Big Shiny Brass, with a rousing version

of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”.

Cutting their teeth in one of best small clubs in Canada,

Winnipeg’s TImes Change(d), where shaking it off, kicking out

the jams is mandatory, Wedlake promises the band sweats up

a storm and gets down and dirty on any stage, big or small.

by B. Simm

DCBB romps through Alberta playing Wild Bill’s in Banff Nov.

5 & 6, The Slice in Lethbridge Nov. 8, The Vat in Red Deer Nov.

9, The Rec Room in Edmonton Nov. 9 and the Palomino in

Calgary Nov. 10.

44 | NOVEMBER 2017 • BEATROUTE ROOTS

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