The members of Tuba Skinny migrated to New Orleans independently of each other, all with the desire to play music. They met on the streets and began busking together then traveling around the United States, riding freight trains and making music wherever they would go. While on tour, hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Though the city was left devastated and flooded, most of them knew, without a doubt, that this was the place that they would call home.
In 2009 Tuba Skinny was consolidated. The band played in the streets concentrating their music to the roots of jazz and the blues of the south. Visitors and locals alike would come to the French Quarter and watch them play, and they grew their crowd. Not long after their conception they decided to fly to Europe, where they built bikes and rode through the French countryside drinking wine and stopping to play on sidewalks, in town squares, around campfires and at the beach. It was during this trip that they played a very a good rendition of Bessie Smith’s “St. Louis Blues” on the street at the request of a festival programmer and we’re subsequently invited to return the following summer to play at The Festival de Jazz in Vitoria-Gastiez, Spain.
Since this initial European trip, the group have continually been invited and re-invited to major European, Australian, New Zealand and USA festivals. They have seen the growth of their audience from word of mouth, the international swing dance community, uploaded youtube videos and their barnstormin’, dance driven live shows.
Swing dancers are clearly in their element with Tuba Skinny’s entirely acoustic dustbowl jazz and blues stuff.. there’s much thigh slapping, lady-twirling and jitterbugging heating up the place. This is a band to dance to.
AU Review, DARWIN