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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Roger Lewis, pictured second from right.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Makin’ it do what it do for 35 years

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Baritone sax player and Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Roger Lewis has made a 35-year career out of making the New Orleans brass band tradition vibrate at a different level. His group brought club music—bebop, swing and blues, that is—to streets previously filled with repertoires of hymns and proto-jazz, essentially modernizing the brass band.

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