“Hot Funky Butt Jazz” is set to play the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater.
New Orleans in the early 1900s was mysterious, steamy, black and white, restless and bursting open with a hot new sound that would change music forever – jazz. This new sound was an explosion of creative independence and a way to overcome the deadening weight of the Jim Crow South for outsiders with no formal education, no place in society and no rights.
Three celebrated New Orleans’ jazz musicians with deep Louisiana roots will join the 50-plus full-time actors with and without disabilities from Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio Nov. 2 – Nov. 18 to present “Hot Funky Butt Jazz.”
In “Hot Funky Butt Jazz,” Interact Theater’s performance company collaborates with New Orleans’ musicians Zena Moses, Jeremy Phipps and Eugene Harding — musical descendants of the earliest jazz greats — who channel their own experiences of tragedy and discrimination into the power of their music. Their storied connections to the past and present New Orleans world of music is telling. R&B singer Irma Thomas is the godmother of Moses; trombonist Phipps has toured with Beyoncé’s sister, Solange, and is a member of Saint Bell, New Wave Brass Band, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Da Truth Brass Band and others and drummer Harding has played with such artists as Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Glen David Andrews, Sharon Martin and The Revealers. Twin Cities-based performers Ivory Doublette, Sheridan Zuther, and Abebi Stafford are also part of the ensemble.
Tickets are $9 and each performance includes an audience engagement component. Tickets are on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at (612) 377-2224 or online at www.guthrietheater.org.