The Music of Tuba Skinny

Still mining the early jazz, blues and ragtime that have made them local favorites, this New Orleans combo is not only reaching further into the archives but also polishing originals that fit nearly seamlessly into the catalogue.

... the strength of these young trad jazz players remains their ensemble work. In tune after tune, the core instrumental sextet nails the classic New Orleans contrapuntal collective improvisation, instantly evoking another era while at the same time delightfully of the moment.
— CLEA SIMON (OFFBEAT, APRIL 2016)

Blue Chime Stomp

Released February 27, 2016

  1. Maple Leaf Rag 03:44
  2. Running Down My Man 02:58
  3. Oh Papa 03:43
  4. Blue Chime Stomp 03:37
  5. Broken Hearted Blues 04:40
  6. Me And My Chauffeur 03:49
  7. Variety Stomp 03:39
  8. Corrine 04:45
  9. Memphis Shake 03:18
  10. I’m Blue And Lonesome 04:18
  11. Soudan 04:00
  12. Midnight Blues 04:10
  13. Shake It & Break It 03:09
  14. Almost Afraid To Love 04:30
  15. Dear Almanzoer 03:23
  16. Chloe 03:44

Erika Lewis - Vocals and Bass Drum
Barnabus Jones – Trombone
Shaye Cohn – Cornet and Piano
Craig Flory – Clarinet and Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Doyle – Clarinet and Alto Saxophone
Tomas Majcherski – Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet
Max Bien Kahn – Resonator Guitar and 6 String Banjo
Jason Lawrence – 6 String Banjo and Resonator Guitar
Todd Burdick – Tuba and Upright Bass
Robin Rapuzzi – Washboard, Drumset

Track 4, Blue Chime Stomp, written by Shaye Cohn
Track 5, Broken Hearted Blues, written by Erika Lewis

Recorded on 4-track in April of 2015 at the Tigermen's Den in New Orleans
Engineered by Max Bien-Kahn
Mixed by Alex Hall
Mastered by Bruce Barrielle
Album Art by Shaye Cohn

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To call Tuba Skinny revivalists would be to miss the point. The New Orleans ensemble, often seen busking on Royal Street, have never conceded the death of the early jazz and blues they play... That’s a tribute to the masterful ease of these relatively young musicians who laze and weave around each other as if bebop never happened. Alternating solos and call-and-response vocals on this, their sixth release, the eight players here show a comfortable fluency in their pre-1940s idioms.
— CLEA SIMON (OFFBEAT, OCTOBER 2014)

Owl Call Blues

Released August 29, 2014

  1. Crazy About You 03:19
  2. Rosa Lee Blues 04:00
  3. Cannonball Blues 02:45
  4. Got A Mind To Ramble 02:48
  5. Short Dress Gal 03:17
  6. Owl Call Blues 05:14
  7. Too Tight 03:36
  8. Oriental Strut 03:09
  9. Ambulance Man 03:06
  10. How Do They Do It That Way 04:19
  11. Dallas Rag 03:25
  12. Untrue Blues 03:02
  13. Somebody's Been Lovin My Baby 03:53
  14. Willie The Weeper 02:57
  15. Travelin' Blues 04:02

Barnabus Jones - Trombone
Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard
Greg Sherman - Guitar
Craig Flory - Clarinet
Erika Lewis - Vocals / Bass Drum
Jason Lawrence - 6-String Banjo
Shaye Cohn - Cornet / Fiddle
Todd Burdick - Tuba

Track 6, Owl Call Blues, written by Shaye Cohn & Erika Lewis

Album art by Shaye Cohn
Layout by Sarrah Danziger
Recorded and mixed by Max Bien-Kahn in the Holy Cross, New Orleans, LA. Dec. '13 - Jan. '14.
Mastered by Bruce Barielle

Tuba Skinny just keep getting better—and better at capturing their lively early jazz, blues, and ragtime sound in the studio. On this, their fifth release (recorded in Tasmania), the septet mixes those early 20th century sounds with characteristic verve.
— CLEA SIMON (OFFBEAT FEBRUARY 2014)

Pyramid Strut

Released January 9, 2014

  1. Big Chief Battle Axe 03:27
  2. Lonesome Drag 03:12
  3. Freight Train Blues 02:55
  4. Pyramid Strut 03:37
  5. I Got The Cryin Blues 03:14
  6. Cold Morning Shout 03:51
  7. Hesitation Blues 04:23
  8. Skid Dat De Dat 01:40
  9. Mean Blue Spirits 05:44
  10. Gimme Some 03:28
  11. Sweet Lovin Old Soul 03:51
  12. Alligator Crawl 03:33
  13. Blood Thirsty Blues 03:32
  14. Deep Henderson 03:11
  15. Slow Drivin Moan 03:55

Todd Burdick - Tuba
Westen Borghesi - Tenor Banjo
Jon Doyle - Clarinet
Barnabus Jones - Trombone
Shaye Cohn - Cornet / Fiddle
Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard
Erika Lewis - Vocals / Bass Drum

Track 2, Lonesome Drag, written by Erika Lewis
Track 4, Pyramid Strut, written by Shaye Cohn

Album art by Shaye Cohn
Recorded and mixed by Chris Townend at White Light on the Mountain, in Tasmania. March 2013

This is shake your booty with a cold-one in your hand music. Their take on rarely recorded songs such as the sly come-on “Papa’s Got Your Bath Water On” or Skip James’ cold-blooded murder ballad “Crow Jane” are poignant, yet fun... kudos to Tuba Skinny for getting some of the great yet lesser-played songs of the New Orleans repertoire (particularly the Jelly Roll Morton tunes including “New Orleans Bump”) back into action.
— David Kunian (Offbeat September 2012)

Rag Band

Released June 23, 2012

  1. Climax Rag 03:48
  2. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water 03:16
  3. Papa's Got Your Bath Water On 02:35
  4. Russian Rag 02:57
  5. Tricks Ain't Walkin' 04:57
  6. Delta Bound 04:15
  7. Jackson Stomp 03:05
  8. Salamanca Blues 02:59
  9. Crow Jane 05:23
  10. How Can It Be 04:02
  11. New Orleans Bump 03:51
  12. Biscuit Roller 04:25
  13. Banjoreno 03:28
  14. Squeeze Me 03:30
  15. Treasures Untold 03:23

Todd Burdick - Tuba
Bobby Browne - Banjo / Guitar / Harmonica / Vocals
Barnabus Jones - Trombone / Guitar / Banjo
Shaye Cohn - Cornet / Piano / Fiddle
Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard / Bass Drum
Erika Lewis - Vocals

Special Guests: Jon Doyle on Clarinet & Tenor Sax
Ewan Bleach on Clarinet on Tracks 9, 12, 13 & 14
John James on Dobro
Sam Doores on Bass Drum
Cassidy Holden on Bass Drum on Track 11

Album art by Shaye Cohn
Recorded October '11 & April '12 in the Holy Cross, New Orleans with the help of Cassidy Holden and ourselves.
Track 14 recorded live at the Spotted Cat.

Garbage Man

Released January 14, 2011

  1. Broken Hearted Blues 03:45
  2. Any Kind-A-Man 04:04
  3. Frosty Morning 05:34
  4. How Do They Do It That Way 03:07
  5. Sweet Mama Hurry Home 03:42
  6. Mother's Son-In-Law 03:46
  7. Nobody's Blues But Mine 05:57
  8. Some Of These Days 04:30
  9. Weary Eyed Blues (free) 04:49
  10. Minor Drag 03:23
  11. Muddy Water 04:00
  12. Garbage Man 03:02

Todd Burdick - Tuba
Kiowa Wells - Guitar / Vocals
Erika Lewis - Vocals
Barnabus Jones - Trombone
Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard
Shaye Cohn - Cornet

Album art by Shaye Cohn
Recorded by Ian Turner.

Six Feet Down

Released February 14, 2010

  1. He Likes It Slow 03:06
  2. At The Jazz Band Ball 04:02
  3. Kitchen Man 03:57
  4. Jelly Bean Blues 03:31
  5. Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jellyroll (free) 03:22
  6. Do Your Duty 03:46
  7. Lonesome Road 03:28
  8. Weeping Willows Blues 04:26
  9. Vine Street Blues (free) 03:43
  10. Peace In The Valley 04:04
  11. Six Feet Down 03:24
  12. You Can Have My Husband 03:48
  13. Turtle Blues 05:07

Erika Lewis - Vocals
Todd Burdick - Tuba
Kiowa Wells- Guitar
Shaye Cohn - Trumpet
Barnabus Jones - Trombone
Alynda Lee - Banjo
Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard

Album art by Shaye Cohn
Recorded by Earl Scioneaux

Tubaskinny

Released May 13, 2009

  1. Careless Love 04:25
  2. You Let Me Down 05:18
  3. After You've Gone 05:31
  4. Chloe: Song Of The Swamp 04:35
  5. Slowpoke (free) 04:35
  6. Billie's Blues 03:19
  7. Avalon 03:36
  8. Rock Me 04:28
  9. Sugar In My Bowl 04:23
  10. Broken Hearted Blues 04:15
  11. Love Me Or Leave Me 04:28
  12. Gotta Give Me Some 02:57
  13. Good Ol' Wagon 04:58
  14. If You Don't I Know I Will 06:00
  15. Tight Like This 04:28

Erika Lewis - Vocals
Lulu - Violin
Todd Burdick - Tuba
Kiowa Wells - Guitar
Shaye Cohn - Trumpet
Barnabus Jones - Trombone

Art by Anna Powell