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The New Orleans Jazz Vipers: Frenchmen Street's Swing Music

The Early Swing music band with hard-driving acoustic rhythm, spirited horns, and a punk sensibility. Performing for over fifteen years on Frenchmen Street and in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers were at the vanguard of the Frenchmen-centric traditional jazz resurgence that took hold just after Katrina, and, a decade later, their work still represents some of the genre’s finest.
— Offbeat Magazine, 2015
Being New Orleans, many of the local musicians are among the world’s greatest..
— JazzTimes, 2015

Live and Viperizin'

The New Orleans Jazz Vipers are a Hot Swing music band with hard-driving acoustic rhythm, spirited New Orleans horns, and a punk sensibility.

 Think Count Basie meets The Washboard Rhythm Kings with a little Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong. Much of the Vipers' unique sound comes from the absence of the drum kit; the tenacious rhythm is driven soundly by the guitar and upright bass.

The Jazz Vipers originated fifteen years ago in the streets of the New Orleans French Quarter, and are pioneers of the Frenchmen Street swing renaissance.

Among other weekly performances, The New Orleans Jazz Vipers have held their weekly show at The Spotted Cat Music Club since the infancy of New Orleans’ vibrant Frenchman street music scene. They have been featured on the HBO show Treme playing their Grammy-nominated original tune "I Hope You're Coming Back to New Orleans" and their most recent album "Live and Viperizin'" has been selling rapidly both nationally and internationally. READ MORE...

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