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Friends, Panorama appears to have survived another Mardi Gras in New Orleans (although it's still too soon to say for sure). It was a fun, raucous 17 day ramble, ecstatic at times, stressful at times, through a physically and psychically demanding parade and gig schedule. Now it's over and today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of a welcome period of purification, introspection and quiet being. What better way to welcome in the Lenten season, sacred in the Catholic tradition, than with a lovely Hassidic melody?

"Joshua Yaakov," from the pen of Hassidic clarinetist Andy Statman, is a tune which, according to Panorama bass man Mark Rubin, sings of "an intense yearning for spiritual union with the creator." Mark, who plays a sweet F helicon on this track, has also worked extensively with Mr. Statman and tells that "we can never, in this life, reach that moment of communion with the divine so we find ourselves continually climbing, striving, and then receding." Mark explained all of this to the rest of us before rolling tape and we tried to play the music in that spirit.

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from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released March 1, 2017
Recorded December 28, 2016 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA

Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Tomas Majcherski - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Mark Rubin - F Helicon
Doug Garrison - Drums

Music composed by Andy Statman (PD) and arranged by Ben Schenck (Snack Daddy Music)
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles

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Panorama Jazz Band / Panorama Brass Band - New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana

"New Orleans' genre fluid jazz band"

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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