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Hansen's Garden District Band

The Garden District Band (Trio to Hot-Groove Nine) performs original compositions (instrumental and with lyrics) along with selections from the Great American songbook, classic standards, very old New Orleans traditional jazz, big band hits, bebop, Latin/Jazz to funky New Orleans street beat or second line songs in a very creative and highly improvised setting. The band performs instrumental and with vocals. Band members include (and have included) professional musicians from varying ethnic and origin backgrounds including African American, American, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and South American citizens and include or have included male and female performers.

Since 2006, over twelve years, Hansen has produced, recorded, mixed, mastered and released ten albums (CD/digital recordings) that are distributed and sold world-wide through CDBaby and digital partners that include Amazon music, iTunes and almost every digital music outlet. A number of these albums were Mastered by George Horn and Anne-Marie Suenram at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA, mixed by Chris Finney, and mixed/mastered by Benjamin Mumphrey at Studio in the Country. The recordings feature talented jazz improvisers who perform with Hansen’s Garden District Band on their nightly performance.

Hansen’s Garden District Band (Trio) has performed seven nights a week since 2006 at Houston’s Restaurant in New Orleans. Hansen, on drum-set, features an amazing selection of highly skilled artists performing on piano and bass. Guest performers on vocals, guitar, flugelhorn, trumpet, French- horn, percussion, “bones,” trombone, saxophone, clarinet and accordion have sat-in performing one song to an entire evening. These impromptu guests have added a heightened level of improvised and musical creativity for the performing musicians and listening guests. A few of these guests have included Dave Bartholomew on trumpet, vocalists Germaine Bazzle, Eileina Dennis (UK), Michaela Harrison, Phillip Manuel, pianists Davell Crawford, drummer Peter Erskine (three songs), and hired to perform a full night; Dan Haerle, Dianna Witkowski and drummer Ed Soph, to name a few.

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