We Just Recorded a Live Album!

We performed at Snug Harbor on September 12, 2019 and we plan to release the music as a live album. Stay tuned!

GRAYSON BROCKAMP AND THE NEW ORLEANS WILDLIFE BAND, SELF-TITLED (PAYTONE RECORDS)

DECEMBER 27, 2017      OFFBEAT MAGAZINE

It’s difficult to effectively walk the line between modern jazz and gospel music in a way that comes across as genuine to both, but that’s exactly what Grayson Brockamp has done on his EP with the New Orleans Wildlife Band, co-produced and released by Nicholas Payton’s Paytone Records and featuring some of the older local young lions of jazz backing the justifiably acclaimed gospel singer/keyboardist Bailey Hinton.

Covering ground from the 1960s Blue Note recordings of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Elvin Jones to praise and worship music, and the blazing fast horn solos of big band bebop to heartfelt ballads treated with the sensitivity and reverence of hymns, all in a mere 16-minute release, is a daunting task that Brockamp makes sound easy, to say nothing of the world-class quality of his bass playing.

More impressive still are the organic stylistic transitions between the fast and slow, dense and sparse, quiet and loud, and even sacred and secular—all beautifully blended and blurred, never forced or jarring. The purposely unresolved chord at the end of the final song feels like an unanswered question, and leaves one craving the full-length album that I’m told is presently in the works.

By Nick Benoit

CATCH GRAYSON BROCKAMP AND THE NEW ORLEANS WILDLIFE BAND AT SNUG HARBOR

DECEMBER 11, 2017      OFFBEAT MAGAZINE

Bassist Grayson Brockamp and his New Orleans Wildlife Band will return to Snug Harbor on Thursday to play a taste of the music that has brought the young band their new found success.

 

Founded in the Fall of 2016, the band is the first release of Nicholas Payton’s, trumpeter and mentor to Brockamp, new record label, Paytone Records. They released their first, self-titled EP on September 28, 2017, showing their appreciation for Black music in America with a salute of strings, brass and buttery smooth vocals in the key of jazz and gospel.

 

Since the release, not only has Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band as whole enjoyed success, but individual band members have as well. Lead singer Bailey Hinton, with his voice that feels like you could spread it over your mama’s biscuits on christmas morning, performed at Serena Williams wedding reception. Saxophonist Ricardo Pascal was tapped to perform in New York with renowned pianist Marcus Roberts. Drummer Simon Lott and Pianist Shea Pierre round out the rest of the band.

 

If you miss the band on Thursday at Snug Harbor, you can catch them at 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Marigny Brasserie starting in January of 2018.

 

For the Snug Harbor show, the band will perform at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. You can purchase tickets for $15 here.

By Emily Carmichael