SF's homegrown North Beach Brass Band plays early New Orleans jazz, iconic show tunes, electrified funk and cool reworkings of classic pop songs.
Led by SF brass man Ed Ivey, the band's features sax, trumpet,
trombone, bass drum, snare drum and tuba. NBBB celebrates the Big Easy sound playing straight-up brass band classics in the spirit of Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Meters and Kid Ory.
NBBB does it all, from Louis Armstrong to hits by James Brown, War, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Booker T & The MGs, Hugh Masakela, The Meters and more. The band will take your requests in advance to personalize your event.
Ed and his crew were absolutely amazing! We loved having them at our event. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.
North beach brass band played my wedding this past weekend for the ceremony and cocktail hour. They were incredible. So easy to work with and loved by the guests. They created such a festive atmosphere. I can not recommend them more.
We booked the North Beach Brass Band for our wedding celebration. From the initial contact all the way through till the end of their performance, it was a great experience. Communication was fast, clear and easy. They are talented musicians and entertainers! Having them as part of our celebration made the event even more special and memorable. We would highly recommend booking them!
Response from North Beach Brass Band:
Thanks for your review, we had a blast and I think doing a second-line procession from Cliff House to the beach was a very fun move. The crowd loved it.
I hired this talented group for an outdoor brunch party and they were absolutely perfect. Every guest commented on how much they loved them and I'd hire them again in a second.
I contacted Ed and his North Beach Brass Band to perform a jazz funeral for my dad. Ed was kind, and flexible, and he helped make the vision of my dad's memorial a reality. The band performed perfectly. The procession couldn't have gone better. They brought joy to a difficult day for me. I highly recommend them.
Ed and the rest of North Beach Brass Band were just amazing. They were super accommodating to our needs, showed up early, were incredibly nice and personable, and really added something special to our event. Not to mention they had by far the best rates. I cannot wait for another opportunity to have them play for us.
This wonderful band was so flexible and responsive and even helped in our planning by recommending the best spot for a pop-up band surprise on our wedding day. They are very experienced and friendly. Great value, too! Our guests loved the surprise and the great music. We even ended up having our first dance spontaneously right there on the sidewalk, inspired by their fabulous tunes, and by the end strangers had gathered and all our guests were dancing, too. It elevated our wedding celebration. Recommend 100%! 👌🏻
80th Birthday and everyone is still talking about how great the band played during the evening,
Response from North Beach Brass Band:
Thanks very much, Rosalyn, the band really enjoyed the birthday party. We appreciate it!
North Beach Brass Band is an outstanding band. Did a great job everyone danced and deeply enjoyed themselves. Amazing band. Book them and you will not be disappointed. They know just what to do and how to do it!
We had these guys play at our 10 year wedding anniversary up in Navada City, CA which worked out perfectly. Ed was very professional and easy to work with as we organized the event. Totally recommend them
Ed Ivey and the North Beach Brass Band are some extremely talented musicians. We had a New Orleans themed wedding, and this band brought it to life. Not to mention, Ed is such a cool person to work with. He brings such great vibes and friendliness to the event. He was always responsive and professional. We're now sincere fans of their music (they have more than one band) and we will be checking out some of their gigs in the near future! Thanks guys!
I hired North Beach Brass band for my wedding last fall. It was a challenging environment, on a boat, and it was raining! But they were able to wing it beautifully and made the day so special with their fantastic music. So fun and happy and upbeat. In fact friends hired them for a birthday party the following weekend they liked them so much. Ed was very responsive while we were planning, he always emailed or called back quickly. I would recommend them for any event that you want a fun, upbeat vibe!
our team loved North Beach Brass and they added a great vibe to our holiday party. Highly recommend!
Response from North Beach Brass Band:
Thanks very much, Deanna and team, we loved the venue and had a great time. I think we created a few more brass band fans for sure!
What to Expect
Brass bands are the most versatile act you can add to your event. North Beach Brass Band can play totally "unplugged" for pre-ceremony music, or make a splashy surprise entrance at a party. Want to march your wedding guests from altar to cocktails? No one can resist a parade!
For dancing, North Beach Brass Band is the perfect antidote to boring cover band. We do reworked versions of classic rock songs in the brass band style, sing dozens of New Orleans anthems, and the brass band converts into to a full-strength soul / Motown act with addition of electric guitar and lead singers.
San Francisco's homegrown North Beach Brass Band is a traditional
brass band playing early New Orleans jazz, iconic show tunes and
electrified funk and wry reworkings of popular pop songs.
Led by tuba man Ed Ivey, the band's lineup consists of sax, trumpet,
trombone, tuba, bass drum, snare drum and often guitar and piano. NBBB
celebrates the Big Easy sound with an array of straight-up brass band
classics in the spirit of Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dr.
John, The Meters
and Kid Ory.
This versatile group of San Francisco's best brass players do it all, from
Louis Armstrong's favorites to danceable versions of great hits from
artists like James Brown, War, Hugh Masakela, The Meters, Jobim, Miles Davis and dozens more.
NBBB is also proud to conduct brass band classes for young musicians
every Saturday at Bird School Of Music in San Francisco. The band will
feature student players from the class at this concert!
Additional Booking Notes
North Beach Brass Band is a self-contained unit traditionally composed of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, tuba and the traditional New Orleans two-man drum corps of bass drum and snare drum.
The band can play all-acoustic with no audio system or electricity needed or we can bring a complete audio system including lights.
NBBB is comfortable playing in any space including outside events.
Past Booked Events
|September 15, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|July 25, 2018 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm||Cocktail Party|
|May 11, 2018 • 8:30pm - 10:00pm||Birthday Party|
|April 22, 2018 • 10:00am - 12:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|April 01, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Easter Party|
|March 04, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|February 15, 2018 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Parade|
|January 23, 2018 • 2:00pm - 2:15pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 23, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday Party|
|June 24, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Anniversary Party|
|June 22, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 03, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|May 06, 2017 • 7:00pm - 7:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 28, 2017 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Mardi Gras at Biscuits & Blues SF|
|February 04, 2017 • 10:30am - 12:00pm||Launch Party|
|December 15, 2016 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|October 28, 2016 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
|October 16, 2016 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|August 20, 2016 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Jody & Zeke Wedding|
|April 09, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 18, 2016||Corporate Event|
Mercy Mercy Mercy
I Feel Good
When The Saints Go Marching In
Jesus On The Mainline
Mardi Gras In New Orleans
Bourbon Street Parade
St. James Infirmary
Kid Jordan's Second Line
Feels So Good
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
Mo Better Blues
Look a Py Py
Days of Wine and Roses
Down by the Riverside
Influences & Inspiration
Louis Amstrong, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dr. John, Tom Waits, The Radiators, Rebirth Brass Band, Miles Davis, War, Roy Hargrove, John Philip Sousa, Solomon Burke, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Tito Puente, Michael Jackson, Journey
North Beach Brass Band works well with any standard sound system having at least eight channels of inputs for microphones.