Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Big Sam’s Funky Nation


  • July 1, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • CSPS Hall
  • $17 advance | $21 door

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Led by trombonist and vocalist Big Sam Williams, the band’s signature noladelic powerfunk masterfully combines a rock sensibility with jazz improvisation and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. As a young player, Big Sam was picked up by New Orleans institution the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a job he took on when he was 19 years old. He learned the brass band tradition as quickly as he learned the horn itself, and set out to put his own twist on the music. Since then Sam has not only taken over the New Orleans scene; the Funky Nation is a festival favorite across North America and Europe. Sam anchored the horn section for Allen Toussaint and Elvis Costello on their River In Reverse album and tour. He’s also appeared with Dave Matthews, Ozomatl  and Widespread Panic. The San Francisco Chronicle calls Sam “top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz. He turns the trombone into a brass machine gun, sputtering rapid-fire bursts against the big, fat grooves the band supplies.” Another critic simply raves, “He’s got the chops of Louis, the charisma of Dizzy, the oomph of the Dirty Dozen, and the understanding that it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing ― plus a whole lotta funk.”

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