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To see a YouTube clip of Kenny Carr and the Tigers from a 2001 performance at the University of South Carolina,
go to Carolina Shout.

Kenny Carr and the Tigers, an African-American shout band, perform a unique form of music that fuses gospel and jazz. They have produced two highly-acclaimed recordings (one featured on NPR's All Things Considered) and perform in a variety of venues from concert halls to churches. Enjoyed by gospel, jazz, and classical music audiences, Kenny Carr and the Tigers perform throughout the Carolinas. For more information, contact:
Kenny Carr kc7music@hotmail.com


The Tigers preparing for their 2010 performance

"Today's trombonist cannot fail to appreciate the remarkable ability of Kenny Carr and the Tigers to move beyond technique immediately to the heart. Listen to how Kenny turns a single note into a flaming flower of expression and how the ensemble moves as one to push, prod and react to all that is going on. It is truly unforgettable." Douglas Yeo, Bass Trombonist, Boston Symphony Orchestra



"While I had previously listened to all of Kenny Carr and the Tigers' recordings, I was unprepared for their performance at the 2002 International Tuba and Euphonium Conference. Their playing was outright astonishing, and I was stunned by Kenny's virtuosity and inventiveness. I could follow the band's chord progression but I never knew where Kenny's melodic flights were taking him. And then, just like magic, there he was within a chord with the row trombones. His creative ornamentation with this unique shout band genre reminded me of Louie Armstrong's melodic innovation in jazz. At times, I think the recordings do Kenny and the Tigers a disservice. Their presentation, side-by-side, playing to the Lord, is a sight to behold! To really experience the Tigers is to hear AND to see them. After all these years of hearing about the Tigers, I finally was able to experience them-what a joy!!" Stewart Carter, Professor of Musicology and Trombone, Wake Forest University; Editor of the Historic Brass Journal, former editor of Historical Performance

An Introduction to Pentecostal Brass Shout Bands
Recordings by Kenny Carr and the Tigers
Upcoming and Past Performances


Kenny Carr rehearsing before the Tigers' peformance at the 2010 Vintage Band Festival
 

 

 

 

exploring the role of
early 19th century brass
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