a string and brass band, playing really old dance-music from New Orleans
Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with several singers and vocal harmony. Most of our repertoire was obtained by digging up forgotten songs from the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, and from even earlier 19thc sheet music.
We've borrowed the phrase 'string and brass band' from the descriptions of the earliest dance and jazz bands. And in that tradition we feature violin and mandolin-banjo as melody instruments along with clarinet and baritone saxophone. We've also designed a foot-operated tuba that allows one person to play tuba and six-string banjo simultaneously. Our typical 5 members can be increased to 8 or 10 if requested.
2018's concert series in W.Europe represents the result of active playing, traveling, and research over the past ten years - of living, partying, and peforming in New Orleans - and finally arriving at an ensemble sound that comes as close as we've ever been able to acheive to that of the earliest N.O. jazz and dance bands.
Frog&Henry's members also play with The Hokum High Rollers, The Loose Marbles, Tuba Skinny, The Cable Street Rag Band (click links to listen).
Some of our influences: The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Frenchy's Stringband, Lionel Belasco, Leecan & Cooksey, Sara Martin, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds and others (click on links to listen).