Whoever thinks that traditional jazz, such as the Roaring Twenties, is an antiquated genre performed by sprightly old people should see and listen to Tuba Skinny. A few years ago, the audience fell in love with this group when it came to Umbria Jazz for the first time.
Tuba Skinny was founded in 2009. These artists from New Orleans joined together in a stable group after their past as street musicians. Their mission is to breathe new life into early jazz, that incredible mix of blues, stomp, swing, vaudeville, and ragtime. It all started from what was played in New Orleans a century (and more) ago and gave Crescent City the title of the birthplace of jazz.
Tuba Skinny performs that repertoire, often brushing up almost forgotten songs, with a philological accuracy, starting from choosing the instruments, but also great freedom. That music is vital, alive, and surprisingly modern during their performances. Evocative music of history and a perfectly present-day one.