Martin Krusche, born in Munich Germany, studied music at the Herman Zilcher Conservatory. He came to New New York in 1993 on a DAAD scholarship and moved to New Orleans in '95 where he recorded with Nicholas Payton, Philip Harper, Michael Ray, Victor Atkins and many others as a sideman and as leader of his own ensembles. He produced four records which won him nominations for best local recording in 2000, best emerging artist 2007 and best contemporary CD 2008.
Michael Watson entered into a family of music lovers and legacies in 1985 in Canton, Ohio. From the time he picked up the trombone in 1994 to the time he went to Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio he has played in four All State Jazz Bands, The Grammy Jazz Ensemble with the top twenty-four high school musicians in the world at the 2003 Grammy Awards Party, and the Tri-C All Star Jazz band at the Tri-C Jazz Festival. In 2006, when his service in the the U.S. Marine Corps brought him to New Orleans, he became actively involved in the city's vibrant live music scene. In addition to his performances with the Marine Corps band at Mardi Gras parades and French Quarter Festival he has had the privilege to play with John Clayton, Jimmy Heath, , Joe Lovano, Dave Matthews, and Bonerama. Currently he is finishing his Jazz Studies degree at the University of New Orleans, after recently completing his active duty service, and performing regularly with The Lagniappe Brass Band, Bill Summers, Irvin Mayfield, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
Wes Andersonn, IV “The best way I can express myself is through my horn. When I play my trombone, it is sneaking a look into my heart”, quoted by Wessell “Quad” Andersonn, IV. The son of Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson III, Wes grew up in a musical household where jazz was played night and day. “You could compare jamming with my father to a normal father and son playing basketball,” Wes laughs at the memories. For the past five summers, Wes has spent his time learning and developing in various jazz bands and camps across the nations, as well as Italy, France, and Peru.
Dan Oestreicher remains preeminent among New Orleans baritone saxophonists. He has worked with such notable artists as Irvin Mayfield, the Subdudes, and Rob Mazurek, among others. Dan has been a full-time member of Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave. since 2008.
Jason Jurzak (sousaphone) was raised in a musical household with all forms of music surrounding him. His father, a well-known traditional jazz trombone player, instilled in Jason a love for the early styles of American music. A multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jason has traveled the world playing everything from reggae to ragtime, and his compositions can be heard on PBS, NPR, and radio stations worldwide. In 2007, his love of early jazz brought him to New Orleans where he has quickly become a popular musician in the Frenchman Street music scene and traditional jazz clubs around the city.
Paul Thibodeaux is born in Southeast Louisiana and studied music at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and the University of New Orleans. He is working and recording with Ed Petersen's The Test, The Other Planets, Big Rock Candy Mountain, The Cliff Hines Quintet, The Mark Weliky Trio, Alexis Marceaux Band, The Kirk Nasty, Lisa Lynn, and Sasha Masakowski's Musical Playground. Paul has taught drum/music theory at NOCCA, KIPP, Andy Hemel School of Music, and St. Bernard Middle School.