The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers, pioneers of the Frenchmen Street music scene and winners of the 2016 Audience Award.

Dates: 23.6 - 1.7.2017

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers

Rhythm, swing, typical New Orleans saxophones and trombones, and a broad vocal range: The New Orleans Jazz Vipers’ unique sound comes from the absence of the drum kit, while their tenacious rhythm is driven soundly by the guitar and acoustic bass. Originating fifteen years ago in the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, the band has since become an institution of Hot Swing music on Frenchmen Street, the jazz mecca of New Orleans. In 2001 they became the first jazz band to play at the now world-renowned Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen Street. The deep-rooted lineup of the Jazz Vipers have been members of countless popular New Orleans bands such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bonerama, Harry Connick Jr., The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and The Duke Ellington Orchestra, to name just a few. They have been featured on the HBO series Treme performing their Grammy-nominated original tune "I Hope You're Comin’ Back to New Orleans.” The band’s most recent album Going! Going! Gone is their fifth major release, and features the Soul Queen of New Orleans, Ms. Irma Thomas as a guest artist. Winners of the 2016 Audience Award, this year the Vipers perform at the festival with a slightly modified band, together with the band founder, alto saxophonist Joe Braun

From: New Orleans

Style: New Orleans Jazz 


Joe Braun, alto sax
Craig Klein, trombone
Earl Bonie, sax
Oliver Bonie, baryton sax
Molly Reeves, guitar & vocals
Joshua Gouzy, bass