New Orleans Band The Roamin' Jasmine at Isis Music Hall

Arts & Entertainment
Isis Music Hall
743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Taylor Smith
Apr 21, 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Roamin' Jasmine is a New Orleans Rhythm & Blues/Jazz band, with a non­traditional repertoire, including vintage Calypso, Classic 50's R&B, and even country/Americana tunes, all arranged to traditional jazz instrumentation. After two well ­received performances at the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, and one packed performance at 5 Walnut, Roamin’ Jasmine fans of Asheville were eager to have the band back for another performance. The group will be performing as a quartet as they often do in in their home city, featuring tight, stripped­ down versions of their New Orleans repertoire and some newly arranged original songs, written and arranged in collaboration with acclaimed Australian singer ­songwriter Lachlan Bryan. In addition to bandleader Taylor Smith on lead vocals and upright bass, the band consists of Georgi Petrov on guitar and vocals, Steven Pilcher on trumpet and vocals, and Marty Peters on tenor sax, clarinet and vocals. Expect lots of tightly arranged, powerful horn lines, whisky­tinged soulful vocals and hot rhythms that will make it difficult to not get up and dance!

“One of this season’s best finds was New Orleans buskers­turned­stage band The Roamin’ Jasmine. In crisp suits they performed a kind of lesser­known American songbook of gems, such as “That’s a Pretty Good Love” by Big Maybell, and vintage Calypso offerings. The band performed as if their horns and strings were on fire, but they were trying to be polite about it. Lead singer Taylor Smith’s voice sounds like it’s been dragged through a blackberry patch, at once thorny and sweet"

–Alli Marshall, Arts Writer and Editor at Mountain Xpress Independent news (Asheville, NC)

“There’s an art to making a quartet sound like a much bigger band and the Roamin’ Jasmine are masters of it...This is music to remind you that the New Orleans tradition is still very much alive and that even the most grizzled of Crescent City tunes, with their origins spread all over the Deep South and the Caribbean, can be reinvigorated to have both the character that comes with age and the effervescence of youth.”

­Rob Adams, Folk and Jazz Critic, The Herald Scotland