Your Panorama track from June 2015 is from a video we shot in June of 2014 on the batture, just over the Mississippi levee, for a series produced by Hard Road Pictures for NolaVie called "Levee Acoustics." Our late friend and collaborator, Bill Deputy, was the sound engineer on the project and he made a mix of this waltz for us to release as part of this "track of the month" series.

"Si O No Vals" came to us via New Orleans tuba sheik (and Panorama's first-chair sousaphonist) Matt Perrine who had transcribed it for his band, Sunflower City, from the original recording by Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders.

Listen for the lovely birdsong counterpoint in your left channel at the beginning and during Charlie’s trombone solo as well as the other wild sounds of the batture throughout that Bill so expertly captured.

Also, do check out the video produced by Laine Kaplan-Levenson and shot/edited by Ian Cook and Jules Piecha. Just search the term "Levee Acoustics Si O No Vals."


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded June 8, 2014 on the batture near A Studio In The Woods in Lower Coastal Algiers, New Orleans, LA

Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Aurora Nealand - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Matt Schreiber - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Steve Glenn - Tuba
Sean Clark - Drums

Music transcribed by Matt Perrine, arranged by Ben Schenck
Recorded, edited and mixed by Bill Deputy
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Rosemarie Doumitt


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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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