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New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Hit NYC This Week!
(Published: January 06, 2015)

B.B. Kings to APAP
w/ vocalist Alia Shawkat

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band return to New York City this week with a whole mess 'o music featuring vocalist Alia Shawkat of the TV series Arrested Development. The band will be showcasing classic jazz duets with Alia and band member James Williams. While in NYC, the Swamp Donkeys will be recording their third CD, which will feature Alia.

The Album Announcement Party will be held Jan. 16 in New Orleans at Blue Nile Upstairs.

Jan. 6 - B.B. Kings - opening for bluesman Joe Louis Walker
Jan. 9 - APAP Showcase - The Cutting Room
Jan. 11 - The Red Rooster Harlem
Jan. 12 - The Back Room

Many of the Swamp Donkeys' songs are popular originals. Powerhouse songwriter, Sam Friend, was featured recently on NPR's "Song Travel with Michael Feinstein."

Charismatic lead trumpeter and vocalist, James Williams, was recently featured on tour with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Irvin Mayfield, receiving standing ovations for his vocals with the orchestra across the country.

The European tour last year was very successful, pleasing packed, enthralled crowds across the continent, especially at the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Ascona Jazz Festival. They're definitely heading back to Europe this summer, where they received critical praise from Paris Match.

The Swamp Donkeys hit it out-of-the-park with a "Game of Thrones" theme song viral video last summer, garnering nearly a million views.

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The first two releases have gained international airplay. Their first CD, entitled "Swamp Donkey," consists of a dozen standards from the early 20th century canon-rendered in a newly invigorated version of traditional "jass." The second, "Donkey Business," showcases original music written, produced, and arranged by the band, with many songs-including the new hit, "I Can't Stop Logging on Facebook"-from rising singer-songwriter Sam Friend.

The New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional "Jass" Band are comprised of six musical virtuosi-all in their 20s-who play traditional jazz, blues, "jass" originals, vaudeville, modern jazz adaptations, and other jazz and New Orleans- derived styles. Fronted by the magnetic trumpeter-vocalist James Williams (who has been repeatedly compared to Louis Armstrong) and by Sam Friend on banjo, the band consists of the electrifying Wes Anderson IV (son of jazz legend Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson) on trombone, "Tuba Steve" Glenn joins the band on tour on tuba and the rollicking (and perennial heartthrob) Josh "Jams" Marotta on percussion. A couple of highly-lauded musicians on clarinet and saxophone also join this tour and special recording, including the likes of Adrian Cunningham and Marcus Miller.

The Swamp Donkeys, who have played throughout the U.S. (last summer selling out sets at the Blue Note in New York City and filling up B.B. Kings club to the rafters), before embarking on their European tour. Both of the new albums are available at your favorite music stores, including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many others.

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"Recalls the New Orleans music of roughly a century ago, with youthful, high-spirited aplomb." --Nate Chinen/New York Times

"Young devotees whose balance of spunk and funk keeps the heart of traditional jazz beating."
--The New Yorker

"One of the zingiest of the new hot jazz bands from the Crescent City"-The Wall Street Journal "A brand new combo, already drawing crowds in New Orleans [and] New York." --VanityFair.com

"'Hot' attitude and soloistic derring-do.... [Their] energy transforms something old into something new with commitment and intelligence." --Jazziz

MANAGER Oren Krinsky: 504-421-6250

PR Scott Thompson: 203-400-1818

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Photo: Kaitlin Hanrahan

More Information: http://www.swampdonkeyjass.com/

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