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In 1977, the Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Thirty years later, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John and the Black Crowes. The city of New Orleans even has an official Dirty Dozen Brass Band Day.

• 2012 Off Beat Magazine Best of the Beat Award Nominee - The Dozen's Kirk Joseph nominated for Best Tuba / Sousaphonist - second year in a row.
• 2011 OffBeat Best of the Beat Award Nominee: Kirk Joseph nominated for Best Tuba / Sousaphonist
• Featured in NFL Season Kickoff festivities in New Orleans. The Dirty Dozen joined Trombone Shorty and Dave Matthews Band during the NFL Opening Kickoff 2010 pre-game concert, broadcast live on NBC. The Dozen, Trombone Shorty and Kermit Ruffins collaborated with DMB on the Talking Heads' classic "Burning Down the House" while the Mardi Gras Indians danced on stage.
• The Dirty Dozen"s "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" was featured in Episode 8 of HBO's Treme
• 2009 Best of the Beat Nominee for Best Brass Band, presented by Offbeat magazine, an award they have won a number of times in the past. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Kirk Joseph is nominated for Best Tuba / Sousaphonist for the 2011 Awards
• Honored with Music Heritage Award at the 2009 Big Easy Music Awards



Jacob Jeffries, hailed "a superb singer-songwriter-keyboardist" by the OC Register, may just be the best-kept musical secret in south Florida. With Jacob on lead vocals and keys, the talented quartet create a unique musical blend of piano-driven rock and roll described by Miami Herald/Metromix as "bursting with hook-filled melodies and dramatic, instantly likable vocals," that grab at your soul and refuse to let go which, paired with the young songwriter’s surprisingly insightful lyrics keep audiences out of their seats and singing along show after show.

Since 2006 the young, independent foursome has been getting the good word out ceaselessly writing, recording and hitting the road with four U.S. tours of the northeast, southeast and midwest, and regularly playing the NYC, Atlanta and South Florida music scene. Some of the band's stops on the road include appearances at the NAMM Conference for Baldwin Pianos in Anaheim, CA, BMI's Leaf Lounge during the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, and at SXSW for BMI's Acoustic Brunch and the Red Gorilla Festival in Austin, TX. During these extensive tours the Jacob Jeffries Band has played alongside a range of established artists such as The Click Five, Vertical Horizon, Benjy Davis Project, Trevor Hall, Anthony Hamilton, Tim Reynolds, Sons of Bill, Priscilla Ahn, and Jennifer Knapp, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and Dashboard Confessional.
Declared "(one) of Miami's best and most buzzed-about independent artists, singer songwriters," by the Miami Herald, the Jacob Jeffries Band have released a series of albums engineered and produced by Grammy Award-winning producers Sebastian Krys and Dan Warner and published by Warner Chappell. The latest album released - Waiting for the Piano Movers – Fall 2009, is a Live CD/DVD recorded at the renowned Full Sail University, one of the premier media arts schools in the world. The band's debut recording — Life As An Extra — Spring 2008, was a more intimate recording featuring Jacob's lyrics and voice. The second release — Wonderful — Fall 2008, bridged both albums as an electric studio recording featuring the full band. Each album is evidence of the band's progressively richer and more complex sound, delivering heartfelt songs with the energy and precision of well-seasoned musicians.

Jacob Jeffries, considers among his musical influences Ben Folds, the Beatles, Tom Petty, Gavin Degraw and Jellyfish. When asked about how the Beatles helped shape him as a musician and songwriter he explains, "they took simple concepts, simple musical and lyrical ideas, and made them so interesting to listen to and dissect; they made me want to write songs that would get trapped in peoples heads." Currently the band consists of talented members Jimmy Powers Eric Jackowitz and Joshua Diaz. They prepare to hit the road again, equipped with an arsenal of new songs from their newsest album due out in May, Tell Me Secrets, to unleash on a growing army of faithful fans.

The Jacob Jeffries Band was named 2008's "Best Live Band & Best New Release" by the Broward-Pam Beach and Miami New Times, and were selected to perform in, and won the Florida Grammy Showcase — the Jacob Jeffries Band's hard work and dedication have begun to pay off and south Florida's best kept secret is getting out. As the New York Times affirmed of the south Florida musician, "it's going to take one little person like Jacob to open doors to all those other Jacobs down there."


Special live performance by the Miami Heat Dancers and Jimmi Hart. Appearance by Miami Heat Mascot, Bernie.