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 it out of the city’s scariest neighborhoods and onto their dreams. 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.