Winston Turner, founder of Brass-A-Holics, brings new kind of funk to New Orleans – Brass-A-Holics

Winston Turner, founder of Brass-A-Holics, brings new kind of funk to New Orleans

The article was originally written by Maria C. Montoya, The Times-Picayune

This week in Lagniappe’s Q&A we talked to Winston Turner.


WHO HE IS: Before founding the Brass-A-Holics Go-Go Brass Funk Band, the trombonist was a member of the Pinstripe and Soul Rebels brass bands.

WHY YOU’VE HEARD OF HIM: In 2010, the Brass-A-Holics started popping up everywhere. The eight-member band is known for sets that include everything from latest pop hits to traditional jazz to D.C. go-go grooves.

WHAT’S HE UP TO: The band is busy working on its first CD. By the end of May, the band hopes to have released the first three singles with videos. By next year, the group hopes to be invited to play the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

WHERE TO SEE HIM: Hear the band at the Blue Nile Friday night at 10, at Le Bon Temps Roule Sunday at 10 p.m. and at 12 Bar Wednesday at 9 p.m. For more information, visit

Q: What is your name about? Are you a go-go or funk band?

A: We wanted to try something different. Lot of folks don’t believe brass bands can make a crossover into pop music. We do. We’re not what people expect. Sometimes I’ll wake up in a Louis Armstrong mood, Journey mood or maybe even a Lil’ Wayne frame of mind.

Q: What are your influences?

A: I would say I was differently influenced by marching bands, growing up playing in high school and college. I also am a big fan of the ’80s. I am really into Journey and all the big acts of that time.

Q: Your bandmates are so diverse. Was that intentional?

A: Nah, it’s funny how it just worked out that way. We’ve got an international spectrum of people who just really jelled together. We all came together strictly based on music ability.

Q: Where’s your favorite late-night spot to eat?

A: The Trolley Stop. I am in love with the place because of the people there. Being a musician, you’re always hungry after a set and the treatment there is so good.

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