When the question is posed, “What comes to mind when you think of New Orleans?”, several things jump out at you …. the weather! the food! the people! and oh so importantly, the music! The birthplace of jazz … a glorious combination of African American field songs, the blues, southern Gospel music … mix in some military style rhythms and some ragtime along with a multitude of Afro-Cuban music styles …. Cajun favourites! … Dixieland! … Rhythm & Blues! … Zydeco! … you name it, it seems to have its origins in Crescent City in some way! The music of New Orleans is as diverse and delicious as its food, as hot as it’s weather and as cool as the beautiful people of NOLA.
Leap north just past the 49th Parallel to Toronto … one of the most diverse cities in the world in so many ways, with a music scene to prove it!! Five years ago, two friends and rhythm section comrades with a long standing presence in the Toronto Traditional Jazz scene decided to create a musical entity that would pay homage to the music of New Orleans but in a manner that reflected their own musical experiences and influences here in Canada … a fresh approach to not only traditional jazz but everything from the blues to second lines with original music and lyrics written to compliment a repertoire that possesses a common “gold, green and purple” thread of New Orleans weaving its way throughout.
Red Hot Ramble reflects the New Orleans music that inspires the ensemble, each performer adds their own flavour to the musical gumbo they create together. Roberta Hunt’s sultry, saucy vocals and romping piano stir the pot, Alison Young’s energetic saxophones engulf you in a jazz hurricane, while Glenn Anderson lays down the essence of a NOLA parade beat with his infectious drums, and Jack Zorawski’s ‘mean-streets’ bass grooves can’t help but conjure a stroll in the French Quarter. “Second Line Sundays” at their monthly show at The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar in Toronto, Ontario to the stage at the All Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope Ontario.
Red Hot Ramble keep New Orleans music and vibe alive! Dancers, revellers, bead catchers and music lovers keep it all stirred up!
Roberta Hunt (vocals)
Alison Young, sax
Jack Zorawski, bass
Jamie Stager, trombone
Glenn Anderson, drums