“Thanks again for your music – I’ve been a fan since stumbling across you all at French Quarter Fest several years ago and I never miss a chance to catch you when I am in town.” — Brendan visitor from Chicago
Acoustic Party Music of the World via New Orleans
Panorama has been bringing all sorts of music into all sorts of situations since the mid 90s, always with a strong New Orleans party vibe cultivated over years of entertaining locals and tourists alike in their native Crescent City. They have been playing weddings, funerals, parties, nightclubs, parades, concerts, corporate events and music festivals locally, nationally and internationally ever since.
The Panorama Jazz Band took shape in November 1995 when a friend asked New Orleans clarinetist Ben Schenck to organize a combo for her wedding. Originally a trio, the group gradually evolved by 2006 to include seven players (clarinet, alto saxophone, trombone, accordion, banjo, tuba and drums). The original concept was to perform New Orleans Traditional Jazz and drop in an occasional number from the Caribbean or Eastern Europe. Before long, however, the musicians in the band gradually became more fascinated by Jewish klezmer, the Creole biguines of Martinique and folk music from the Balkans and Latin America, occasionally dropping in music by Jellyroll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet or Fats Domino to remind listeners where the band is from.
In 1997 they began playing Mardi Gras parades, a project which eventually grew into a separate marching outfit, the Panorama Brass Band. That group has been active primarily during Carnival time in New Orleans as the official brass band of the Krewe du Jieux and the St. Anthony Ramblers as well as marching in such parades as Krewe of Muses, Knights of Babylon, Krewe of Tucks, Krewe of Morpheus and Box of Wine. The brass band does also perform in New Orleans nightclubs as well as for weddings, funerals, private parties and other events.
Beginning in 2003, Panorama began producing and releasing CDs to sell at gigs. Their discography now includes six albums plus over 30 digital-only singles released online monthly since May, 2014, through their Bandcamp subscription club, Good Music For You (Panoramaland).
Another Hot Night in February (Panorama Jazz Band, 2003)
Panoramaland (Panorama Jazz Band, Panorama Brass Band and vocalist Jane Harvey Brown, 2005)
Come Out Swingin’ (Panorama Jazz Band and Panorama Brass Band, 2009)
17 Days (Panorama Brass Band, 2011)
Dance of the Hot Earth (Panorama Jazz Band and recorded live, 2013)
Best of the Good (Selections from the Good Music For You Club – Panorama Jazz Band, Panorama Brass Band and special guests, 2016)
Panorama Jazz Band has held down a weekly gig at the world famous Spotted Cat Music Club on New Orleans’ Frenchmen Street since 2006. Since 2008 they have occupied the Saturday night 6-10pm slot there. For three and a half years before Hurricane Katrina they appeared weekly at Bourbon Street’s Seaport Café which went out of business after the flood. The Jazz Band has also performed annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival since 2000 as well as other local festivals. Other music festivals include Tønder Festival (Denmark, 2016), Hällevik Trad Jazz Festival (Sweden, 2016), Strænd Festival (Berlin, Germany, 2016), Istanbul International Jazz Festival (Turkey, 2010), Veracruz International Jazz Festival (Mexico, 2005 and 2006), Lotus World Music Festival (Bloomington, Indiana, 2012) and the Landfall Festival (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2012). Appearances at national theaters include The Grand Opera House (Wilmington, DE, 2015), The Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago, IL, 2012) The Franke Center for the Arts (Marshall MI, 2012) and The Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (Madisonville, KY, 2012).
Panorama Jazz Band:
Ben Schenck – Clarinet / Leader
Aurora Nealand – Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran – Trombone
Matt Schreiber – Accordion
Patrick Mackey – Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine – Sousaphone
Doug Garrison – Drums
Panorama Brass Band:
Ben Schenck – Clarinet / Leader
Aurora Nealand, Tomas Majcherski – Alto Saxophones
Dan Oestreicher – Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
Jack Pritchet, Reid Poole, Jenavieve Kachmarek – Trumpets
JR Hankins – Fluegel Horn
Jon Ramm, Colin Myers – Trombones
Shaye Cohn, John Gerken, Matt Schreiber – Tenor Horns
Mark Rubin – F Helicon
Steve Glenn – Sousaphone
Boyanna Trayanova – Snare Drum
Chris Davis – Bass Drum