Kirk Joseph

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Kirk Joseph at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Kirk Joseph (* 1961 in New Orleans ) is an American tuba player . Due to his particular mobility on the sousaphone , he is considered a pioneer of "modern sousaphone playing."


Kirk comes from a musical family; his father is the jazz trombonist Waldren Joseph . He began playing helicon while at Andrew Bell Middle School . He was particularly influenced by his Sousaphone colleague Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, who, according to Joseph, was the first to produce walking bass figures on the deep wind instrument.

At the age of 15, his brother Charles Joseph invited him to play a jazz funeral with the Majestic Band. In 1977 he was one of the founding members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band , which with him as a bass foundation revived the tradition of the street bands of New Orleans, while at the same time allowing them to enter more contemporary musical genres. He still belongs to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band , with whom he has been to Europe several times and has recorded numerous albums. He has also played with Treme Brass Band and the Forgotten Souls Brass Band . He also runs Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove as his own project . He is also on recordings with Nils Landgren , Elvis Costello , Dr. John , The Radiators and the Rebirth Brass Band .

Discographic notes

  • Live at Jazzfest 2012

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Blues Access No. 47, New Releases
  2. Sousafunk Synergy ( Memento of the original from September 30, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. The Times-Picayune , April 29, 2005 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /