Brass Volcanoes

Energetic brass jazz band for hire

The Brass Volcanoes are a funky, energetic brass / jazz band from London formed and led by Graham Hughes. Brass and saxophones backed by drums and a sousaphone play a repertoire (including many original compositions) conjuring up the sounds from New Orleans, Latin America, Caribbean, Eastern European, funk, blues, jazz and more.

One of the most entertaining and enjoyable gigs I've ever been to

Birmingham Jazz Festival
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London’s finest New Orleans style brass band

“Music full of energy, hip swinging, bluesy and fun…”

The Brass Volcanoes are a jazz band consisting of brass, saxophones and drums. They are all professional jazz musicians who work together to create fabulous arrangements of popular and less well known tunes on the spot: ideas, solos and riffs are thrown around the band so that no two performances are ever the same. The music is filled with energy and life which draws the audience and makes you want to be part of it.



The Brass Volcanoes are inspired by a long tradition of Brass Bands from New Orleans as well as other parts of the world: expect flavours of the Balkans, Latin America, the Caribbean, Kletzmer, all with their own London twist. We play a mix of original songs unique to the band, arrangements of popular songs, Mardi Gras and jazz standards, funk classics…

We play on stages, in parks, on streets, for parades, for parties, in bars… wherever!

True to the New Orleans brass band spirit is the desire for everyone to have a good time through the excitement of creating and listening to great live music.

A few quotes about the band…

“ you were all completely awesome! thank you so much for coming down to our little backwater. everyone loved you all and we want to get you back” – Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre

“saw you in Victoria Square earlier today, you rocked the place! One of the most entertaining and enjoyable gigs I’ve ever been to, and have said so on my page. Will definitely catch you again some time :)” – Birmingham Jazz Festival



“They made my day with their enthusiastic, infectious vibe.  Thanks a lot” – Keswick Jazz Festival

“Loved, loved, LOVED this gig tonight – you were all amazing! X”

“Was privileged to see The Brass Volcanoes album launch this evening at The Crypt in St Martin In The Field. I absolutely adore these guys, and they are amazing live. If you are interested in some downright funky New Orleans/Latin spicy jazz then check them out”

“…, it was absolutely brilliant having you there and the music was fantastic. It was a highlight of a wonderful day for us…”


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