The New Orleans style jazz band, Milk Crate Bandits will be a Studio Live on April 13 at 8 p.m. Photo submitted

Authenic ’20s New Orleans-style jazz coming to Studio Live

Studio Live is presenting the New Orleans style jazz band, Milk Crate Bandits on April 13 at 8 p.m.

Since traveling to New Orleans in 2016 to record two EPs with Preservation Hall band member Kevin Louis, the Milk Crate Bandits have sold-out shows across B.C., toured with a Canadian trombone legend and released both EPs to critical acclaim.

In January 2018 the band’s debut EP, The Neighbourhood, reached number one on the CBFX FM Jazz Charts in Kamloops. Building on this success and a strong tour of BC in November 2017 the Milk Crate Bandits are hitting the road again.

Banjoist, vocalist and group leader, Jack Ray is reuniting with trombonist Brad Shigeta and young-guns Joseph Abbott and Noah Gotfrit to lead the Milk Crate Bandits on a five-date tour in April.

This line-up of the group boasts experience and youthful exuberance. Brad Shigeta has played with many of the greatest jazz musicians of last 50 years including Illinois Jacquet, Jack McDuff, The Ellington Orchestra and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks with whom he appeared on the soundtrack to The Aviator (2004).

The band’s shows are a celebration of classic and original New Orleans music; expect intimate acoustic moments, cheeky vocals, energetic horns and dance-friendly swing.

Advance tickets, $20 are available at Bop City Records, Courtenay and Rider’s Pizza, Cumberland or by e-transfer to At the door $25. Seating is limited so get your tickets early for what promises to be a fantastic show.

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