Feature Photo: A Mighty Good Time

Danny Evans and Louise Edwards

The High and Mighty Brass Band blasts a jazzy tune at a packed Cat in the Cream. Though the audience was sitting at the beginning of the nine-piece band’s set on Friday, nearly every attendee was standing and dancing by the end of the fun-filled performance.

The HMBB boasts a sound that combines classical big band jazz with hip-hop and R&B. The band covered a number of popular, recognizable tracks in its performance, displaying the influence of contemporary musical genres on its style. Audience members applauded raucously to fresh interpretations of modern hits like Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin Bout You,” as well as R&B classics, including Ginuwine’s “Pony” and LeVert’s “Cassanova.”

The HMBB’s instrumentalists all gave standout performances Friday. Sousaphonist Ray Cetta created a strong bass for the band’s loud sound. His huge lung capacity was especially impressive given his tall and skinny frame.

Composed of members from New York City, New Orleans and other cities worldwide, the HMBB has established a place for itself in both jazz and hip-hop, and its set Friday made it abundantly clear why. The band has shared the stage with Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and Rebirth Brass Band.