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Thursday, July 2
Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Beginning his career as a student of Big Easy saxophonist Kidd Jordan, Big Sam Williams has developed into one of New Orleans’ most prized brass players. A founding member of the Stooges Brass Band and a contributor to the great Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the trombonist is a master of the New Orleans street style, where jazz meets blues, marching songs and a few tumblers of bourbon. In 2010, Williams inked himself a deal as a recurring character on HBO’s Treme, helping export his exciting genre to the masses (or at least everyone who’s on my friend’s dad’s HBO Go subscription). Recently, Williams also found out he is the great grandson of Buddy Bolden, the un-recorded schizophrenic and innovator of ragtime. $12-$15, 11pm, Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s, (210) 812-4355

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