Red Hook Ramblers
Since 2005, the Red Hook Ramblers have earned acclaim for perfecting their own unique brand of hot jazz, lending the music a modern sensibility that reveals equal reverence for Louis Armstrong and punk rock. Known for their energetic live shows, which typically includes genre-bending originals as well as jazz standards, the Ramblers have expanded and updated the sound, look, and attitude long associated with traditional dixieland bands.
The Ramblers’ original songs blend in the classic repertoire, pulling early jazz into the 21st century. Their unique style has allowed them to gain a wide fan base and perform wildly diverse shows that are at home in rock, jazz, and burlesque clubs.
In June 2012, the Red Hook Ramblers were selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center to open their 2012 New Orleans music celebration, headlined by Ellis Marsalis, Jonathan Batiste, and Henry Butler. In past years, they’ve headlined the Louis Armstrong House Museum’s celebrations of Satchmo’s birthday, toured Switzerland in 2009, and opened for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. In 2010, they were named the National Football League New York Jets’ Home Game Hype Band, performing at each home game at Meadowlands Stadium. Since 2011 the band have scored hot jazz soundtracks to silent films by Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. The soundtracks have been performed in a series to sold-out crowds in Brooklyn’s famous Jalopy Theatre and received critics’ praises.
The Red Hook Ramblers have established themselves as in-demand live burlesque musicians through residencies at The Slipper Room, Galapagos Art Space’s Floating Kabarette, The Rum House and The Way Station, as well as appearances in other neo-vaudeville productions, working closely with world-famous burlesque performers. They are currently headlining a series of shows sponsored by Catdaddy Moonshine with the performer Rosie 151. Additionally, the Ramblers infectious rhythms are wildly appreciated among swing dancers and are featured in regular appearances at Boston’s Swing Central. The band was featured performing in TLC’s Four Weddings program in 2012.
The six-piece band has released an album of all-original hot jazz songs titled Something More Sinister, and have released two EPs of cylinder recordings from sessions at the Edison Museum of Orange, New Jersey, recorded on a 1908 phonograph. Their recordings have been featured in commercials and films across the globe.
“Brooklyn’s excellent Red Hook Ramblers make vintage jazz that conjures a delicious speakeasy vibe: You’re just a step away from flappers, fancy shoes and illicit booze.” – Time Out New York Magazine
“Said to be Brooklyn’s premier Dixieland band, the Red Hook Ramblers are animated and larger than life, and are as delightful to watch as they are to listen to. United by their collective passion for the time-honored musical genres of classic jazz, blues, spirituals and ragtime, the Ramblers take pride in performing this compelling music of a by-gone era.” - Brooklyn Independent Television, Neighborhood Beat
The Red Hook Ramblers are:
Jason Benjamin – Cornet, Vocals
Chris Cortier – Trombone, Vocals
Janelle Reichman – Clarinet, Vocals
Chris Johnson – Banjo, Piano, Vocals
Joe Exley – Tuba
Curt Garey – Drums