TD Victoria International JazzFest Presents: Twin Bill: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio & Cha Wa
Prepare to feel the dance-ready vibrations of both bands when they hit the stage
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“Get on board and bring a friend as [DLO3] generate the fiery funk/soul/jazz heat.” – American Songwriter
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio—or as it is sometimes referred to, DLO3—specialize in the lost art of “feel good music.” The ingredients of this intoxicating cocktail include a big helping of the 1960s organ jazz stylings of Jimmy Smith and Baby Face Willette; a pinch of the snappy soul strut of Booker T. & The M.G.’s, The Meters, and sprinkles Motown, Stax Records, blues, and cosmic Jimi Hendrix-style guitar. It’s a soul-jazz concoction that goes straight to your heart and head makes your body break out in a sweat.
The band features organist Delvon Lamarr, a self-taught virtuosic musician, with perfect pitch who taught himself jazz and has effortlessly been able to play a multitude of instruments. On guitar is the dynamo Jimmy James who eases through Steve Cropper-style chanking guitar, volcanic acid-rock freak-out lead playing, and slinky Grant Green style jazz. Dan Weiss’s smoldering pocket-groove drumming locks in the trio’s explosive chemistry.
“A grand gumbo of singing, chanting, intoxicating rhythms, & some deep funk grooves that are simply impossible to resist” – PopMatters
From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts, you don’t need a firm understanding of Mardi Gras Indigenous or brass band culture to feel the dance-ready vibrations of Cha Wa’s new music. Cha Wa is a Grammy-nominated, 7-piece Mardi Gras funk band based out of New Orleans. The name Cha Wa is a slang phrase used by Mardi Gras Indigenous tribes, meaning “we’re comin’ for ya” or “here we come.” My People, the band’s follow up to their Grammy-nominated album Spyboy, was also recently nominated for a 2022 Grammy for “Best Regional Roots Music Album.” With singer J’Wan Boudreaux and drummer/founder, Joe Gelini, the album is a distillation of generations of New Orleans Indigenous and African expression. Not only does Cha Wa’s music reflect their culture; there’s also a more serious, social message at work in their music, for example the song “Visible Means Of Support” is about some band members experience with the ‘50s-era Jim Crow vagrancy law used primarily to arrest African-American men. But it also never fails to remind us how hard-won that joy was and still is: not least in the funky title track, with its declaration, “My people, we’re still here.” Catch Cha Wa’s TD JazzFest explosive debut this year on the outdoor stage at Bullen Park!
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