[FUNDING COMPLETE] New Orleans-born Craig “Sparky” Klein received his first trombone at the age of six from his musician uncle, Gerry Dallmann. His formal musical training began in grade school, under the guidance of Papa Jac Assunto, founder of the Dukes of Dixieland. After college graduation, his professional musical career began in 1979 when he started playing with a traditional New Orleans brass band, meeting and playing with some of the New Orleans greats, such as Kid Sheik Colla, Father Al Lewis, Danny Barker, Chester Zardis, Frog Joseph, and many more.
Craig’s extensive experience includes work with bands such as the Storyville Stompers, Olympia Brass Band, the O’Jays, George Porter Jr., the New Orleans Nightcrawlers, the Leroy Jones Quintet, Dave Bartholomew, Wardell Quezergue, and Harry Connick Jr. He currently can be seen around town and on the road with the Bonerama, the Storyville Stompers, the New Orleans Nightcrawlers and with Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show.
After the flood in 2005, Craig and friends decided that the best way to ensure the return of local musicians was to help them gut their flood-damaged homes and the Arabi Wrecking Krewe was born. Putting his own home repair on hold for a year, Craig and krewe cleaned, gutted and repaired a large number of homes allowing many musicians to return more quickly and bring their music home.
This new CD will be his first solo effort since New Orleans Trombonisms, which was released in 2004. It will be a mixture of original songs and covers and will include some of the more notable talent in New Orleans.
THR is excited to be able to help this multi-talented artist – and all around good guy – make to his latest musical vision a reality.
Name the CD Contest!
Use the comments below to suggest a title for Craig’s new CD! If Craig decides to use one of the suggestions below, the author of the chosen title will receive a signed copy of the new CD. If the author is also a contributor to the project, there will be a to-be-determined special prize awarded. Keep an eye on this space for the special prize announcement!
Opened September 9, 2010