From the Mouthpiece On Back is a feature-length documentary about To Be Continued Brass Band’s courageous return to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a tribute to their unique blend of jazz and hip-hop that is carrying the torch for Brass Band Music.
In the summer of 2005, To Be Continued Brass Band, the youngest jazz band in New Orleans — and one of the last best hopes for survival of New Orleans’ legendary jazz traditions — is on the verge of going from The Big Easy to The Big Time.
Acclaimed music group The Roots takes an active interest in helping TBC try to make off the corner of Bourbon and Canal Street where they busk nightly and onto their dreams of recording an albumin. TBC’s future is as bright as the renowned Bourbon Street corner where they wow overflow crowds with their unique blend of jazz, brass, and funk.
But then Hurricane Katrina drowned everything they had — except their spirit. The band members rely on that spirit to persevere in their struggle to reunite and preserve the continuity of New Orleans and its one-of-a-kind music traditions.
Even TBC’s name is a metaphor describing its quest to help the Crescent City carry on in the face of an epic calamity threatening not only the city’s survival but also survival of the city’s singular musical heritage.
TBC’s struggle is, in a sense, the struggle of an entire community that mirrors obstacles faced by anyone trying to overcome adversity. Their courage, talent, and humor will inspire and energize you.
R.I.P. Brandon Franklin (1987-2010) On May 9, 2010, saxaphone player, member of TBC Brass Band, the heart of this film, father, and friend passed from this world to the next. You were a light in the darkness; your music touched, inspired and changed all who heard it. I know you are looking down on us from heaven. “I’ll fly away, oh Lord, I’ll fly away, when I die allelujah my oh my, I’ll fly away . . .” We miss you, B.
FTMOB is “terrific, “intriguing,” and the teenage jazz musicians are “charming as hell, funny, . . . and take everything that’s thrown at them with unimaginable spirit and focus.”
– Julie Tridle, Nolafugees.com
FTMOB is “an inspiring documentary” revealing the band’s “emotional journey since the storm and how their strong will and passion for music keep their dream of making a comeback on Bourbon Street alive.”
– American Film Institute
“Incredible . . .”
“If younger cats like us give up and stop playing our music, New Orleans will be losing a lot of its history.”
– Jason Slack, TBC Brass Band
“[TBC’s] music was extremely impressive, enough to get us thinking about doing a Paul Simon-type album that takes The Roots in a whole different musical direction. And their personal stories, with the social issues they brought up, got us to writing the darkest, most downtrodden, in-your-face and political music we’ve ever done.“
– ?uestlove, The Roots
“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago.”
– Louis Armstrong
Watch the trailer, we hope it inspires you to never give up on your dreams…it’s never over- it’s To Be Continued!