Kirk Joseph has earned his seat at the table of New Orleans’
greatest musicians and will surely claim his place in music
history as perhaps the greatest innovator of his instrument,
the sousaphone. For most, a mention of the sousaphone
conjures images of marching bands and drum cadences.
But in the hands of Joseph, the instrument comes to life in
ways that its namesake, John Phillip Sousa, could have
hardly imagined. During his long tenure with the
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joseph developed his innovative
approach to the sousaphone, replacing the instruments limits,
as perceived by his predecessors, with a rich musical
vocabulary. Never before had such a creative and stylistic
range been demonstrated. But the new standards set by
Kirk Joseph have prompted many since to follow his lead.
In between performances and recording sessions with
Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborn and a host of other
locally, nationally, and internationally known artists, Joseph
began working on his own material in collaboration with some
of New Orleans and the countries most talented musicians.
The result comes together as the
KIRK JOSEPH'S BACKYARD GROOVE, an assemblage
featuring the "creme de la creme" of local and national
Kirk Joseph's Website
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