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Hot 8 Brass Band

Founded in 1995, the Hot 8 Brass Band brings the passion of New Orleans from the streets to the stage with fire and a bevy of eight (or nine) trombones, saxophones, trumpets, snare and bass drums, all buyoed up by the immense sousaphone basslines of bandleader Bennie Pete. The band was nominated for a Grammy for its 2013 album, "The Life and Times of ... the Hot 8 Brass Band." Explaining the band's blend of genres to the Miami New Times, Pete said, "It ain't about one thing. It's almost like the city, like a gumbo. There's ingredients like jazz and funk. It's got all those and others mixed in. We just like to call it sampler music 'cause you get a little bit of everything."

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