One expression often heard in New Orleans is “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (“let the good times roll”) and that’s what you’ll certainly have if you catch this Crescent City-born and bred horn octet live. Although their home city’s jazz and brass band sensibilities remain at the heart of everything they do, The Soul Rebels incorporate elements of funk, R&B and pop into their musical approach, creating a vibrant cocktail of styles which provides a refreshing modern twist on New Orleans’ traditional sounds.
An energy-packed set from this brass-powered ensemble combines a slew of catchy originals, such as Turn It Up, My Time and 504 (an ode to the fighting spirit of New Orleans and its people following Hurricane Katrina), with fantastic covers of tunes as diverse as the Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) and Stevie Wonder’s Living for the City.
Last seen in Paris at the La Défense Jazz Festival 2013 and supporting bassist Stanley Clarke at the Bataclan two summers ago, The Soul Rebels are back with their own headliner show, bringing a genuine taste of Louisiana’s musical gumbo to the French capital.
The Soul Rebels at New Morning. June 24 at 8:30 pm. 7 & 9, Rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris. Tel: +33 1 45 23 51 41. Tickets: €25