13th 2009
The Jazz Session #109: Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Roger Lewis)

Posted under New Orleans & Podcast & Saxophonists


Saxophonist Roger Lewis is one of the founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Since the 1970s, Lewis and the band have played with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Elvis Costello. In this interview, Lewis talks about the formation of the band; how the Dirty Dozen decided early on to use all their musical influences to create their own sound; and why life on the road isn’t for everyone. Learn more at

The Dirty Dozen’s album What’s Going On? is a tour de force. If you’d like to buy it, you can support The Jazz Session by purchasing it via the link below:


3 Responses to “The Jazz Session #109: Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Roger Lewis)”

  1. Michael Anderson on 16 Nov 2009 at 9:26 am #

    Interesting – this never showed up in iTunes, nor in my RSS feed for the site. So I’m listening out of order ;)

  2. Jason Crane on 16 Nov 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Thanks for spotting that, Michael! I forgot to check the button that puts it on the RSS feed and sends it to iTunes!


  3. Michael Anderson on 16 Nov 2009 at 10:50 am #

    Welll … I didn’t let my feets fail me, just listened to it through the download!

    I have loved the DDBB since I first heard them, and remember when I first saw them live at Newport in ’84 – in what started as a rather quiet and staid audience, all of a sudden folks of all ages were up and dancing. And if you weren’t, either shame on you, or get over yourself! Such wonderful and fun music!

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