Calvin Johnson's Chapter: SOUL (New Orleans, LA) versus D-Madness Project


Calvin Johnson's Chapter: SOUL (New Orleans, LA) versus D-Madness Project

Fri · August 4, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Calvin Johnson's Chapter:SOUL
Calvin Johnson's Chapter:SOUL
Chapter:SOUL is New Orleans' newest funk innovation. A four-piece modern funk and soul band, Chapter:SOUL is a project from bandleader and tenor saxophonist Calvin Johnson Jr. The band formed after Calvin spent many months of touring with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, trading ideas with sousaphonist Kirk Joseph and realizing it was time for fresh ideas in the sound of New Orleans music. Calvin takes New Orleans funk and soul to a new level, with a combination of original compositions and re-imagined soul-jazz classics, spiced up with the raw energy of New Orleans street brass bands, and bounce rhythms. When Johnson is confronted after performances by ecstatic fans who are curious for of description of the new sound they just witnessed Johnson replies "thats NOLA future soul". Currently, the band features Calvin on tenor sax (run through a series of effects pedals), Kashonda Bailey on organ, keyboards, and synths, Terry Scott Jr. on drums and pads, and Julius McKee on sousaphone.

In October 2016, the band released its first mixtape, The Bible: Book I. The band has toured extensively throughout the West, South, and Southeast.

Calvin Johnson Jr. is a musician, composer, and actor born and raised in New Orleans. He is in the third generation of a long line of accomplished musicians, and has toured and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Jason Derulo, Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, Irvin Mayfield, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cedric Burnside, and Bob French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band. He has led bands and played as a sideman in numerous esteemed festivals and venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the White House, Kodak Theatre, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.

Kirk Joseph is a founding member of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Kirk is regarded as a "sousaphone pioneer," and credited with establishing the modern sousaphone sound that has changed the brass band sound and influenced many bands since the Dozen were founded in 1977. In addition to Chapter:SOUL, Kirk continues to tour the U.S. and Europe with the Dirty Dozen, and also leads Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove. The Dirty Dozen will be playing many times around New Orleans during this year's Jazz Fest.

Listen to Chapter:SOUL's music here:
D-Madness Project
D-Madness Project
Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
Venue Information:
305 E 5th Street
Austin, TX, 78701