TD Ottawa Jazz Festival

Banda De Los Muertos

NAC Back Stage

NAC Back Stage


Oscar Noriega - Clarinet
Jacob Garchik - Souzaphone
Michael McGinnis - Clarinet
Ben Holmes - Trumpet
Justin Mullens - Trumpet
Curtis Hasselbring - Trombone
Brian Drye - Trombone
Rachel Drehmann - Alto horn
Jim Black - Drums

Banda de los Muertos comes from Brooklyn, but their roots are far deeper. The group is an intriguing mix of musicians playing in the Sinaolese Banda style, which merged nimble Mexican folks tunes with the loping stomp of German polkas, thanks to German immigration to Mexico in the 1800s. Some of Muertos’ players are veterans of traditional Mexican styles, while others are straight out of the New York jazz scene. Founders Oscar Noriega, reeds, and Jacob Garchik, trombone, call the tunes, in a sense, staying loyal to their Banda ancestry but allowing the multifaceted influences of their large band come to a steaming, rolling boil that reminds listeners that “American music” is an adjective that can be widely applied to all the music of the Americas—in this case, working together in the service of expanding the tradition.

Here’s how to access the Back Stage:

Arriving by car/parking
Please park in P2 in the K, L, M sections. Exit near the Rideau Canal and follow the pink signs that say Back Stage and the helpful staff who will direct you.

Arriving by foot/public transit
We recommend you use the Mackenzie King Bridge entrance. Follow the signs to the NAC entrance then look for the pink signs for Back Stage. Helpful staff will be there to direct you.

Parking for patrons with mobility issues
Please park on P2 in the K, L, M sections and exit near the Rideau Canal. Pink signs and staff will help you get to the Back Stage.