The Frog & Henry Jazz Band
A string & brass band, playing really old dance-music from New Orleans.
Formed in New Orleans as a collective of several street performing groups, Frog & Henry perform and record old dance and jazz music from the early 1900's on brass and string instruments, with nearly every instrumentalist contributing to vocals. Most of their repertoire is dug up from forgotten songs dating to the dawn of recorded music, in the form of early dance tunes, or from even earlier 19th century sheet music.
Their annual UK tours have introduced them to early English dance bands, whose song selections and arrangements have been appearing regularly within their repertoire on tours elsewhere in the world, and on their most recent albums.
They borrowed the phrase 'string and brass band' from the descriptions of the earliest New Orleans dance and jazz bands; and in that tradition they feature violin and mandolin-banjo as melody instruments alongside clarinet, alto and baritone saxophone.
They've also designed and built a foot-operated tuba that allows one person to play tuba and six-string banjo simultaneously.
A typical F & H concert will feature a 6-piece band, where each musician plays at least two instruments: violin/cornet, reeds/piano, tuba-machine/6-string banjo, mandolin-banjo/tenor banjo, guitar/tenor banjo, washboard/drums.
Frog & Henry's members also play with Tuba Skinny, The Cable St Rag Band, Smiles and Chuckles Stringband, James McClaskey, The Hot Teapots, Tuba Machine.
Some of their influences are: The Dixieland Jug Blowers, Frenchy's Stringband, Lionel Belasco, Leecan & Cooksey, Sara Martin, King Oliver, Johnny Dodds and others.