Cuando El Mundo Comenzó was our January 2015 release and what better way to celebrate the start of a new year than with a merengue whose title recalls the creation of
the world?

A few years ago, banjoman Patrick Mackey's brother took a trip with his wife to St Croix in the US Virgin Islands. While they were there, they heard a band called Jamesie and His Musical Kafooners playing traditional "scratch" music and bought a cassette. They gave the tape to Patrick who was captivated by one of the tunes which he eventually transcribed and arranged for Panorama.

Although the tune originates from St Croix, "Cuando el Mundo Comenzó" ("When the World Began") is a merengue which is the national music of the Dominican Republic. Check out Doug's stick pattern as he and Patrick set up the groove before Ben comes in on clarinet to run down the melody. After Steve joins in on tuba and Aurora takes over the lead at the repeat of the form (on alto sax), Matt (accordion) and Patrick lay down a montuno for Charlie to solo over on trombone. From there on out, the heat builds steadily until, by the end of the track, you'll hear the Panorama Jazz Band cooking just about as hot as they ever have.


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded November 11th, 2014 @ Gasa Gasa, New Orleans, LA.
Ben Schenck - Clarinet, Shaker
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Tenor Banjo
Steve Glenn - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drums

Arranged by Patrick Mackey and produced by Ben Schenck
Session engineered at Gasa Gasa and track mixed at Listen Up! Studios by Michael Seaman
Graphic design by Daniel Murphy and Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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