MJ's Brass Boppers brass band is a New Orleans style singing and swinging Brass-line ready to second-line at the drop of a dime! We play to the tunes of traditional New Orleans melodies as well as modern songs put to a second-line feel.
Michael Jones (snare drum), born in Touro Infirmary - "dat dirty dirty south" New Orleans, LA. Studied & was schooled in Baton Rouge, LA. Many musicians helped along the way such as: Richard Amos (N.O. Holy Name Singers-bass), Charles Richardson (IDMR Lettsworth LA.-bass), "Dog" (N.O. Holy Name Singers-drums & bass), TOPCAT (SF), Michael Windsay (Topsy Chapman's Jazz Trio-drums), Derek Tabb (Rebirth), "The Jones Family", Russell Batiste (Funky Meters, PBS, Batiste & Friends) & many more! He has been seen with Ras Digital and The Roots Anthem Band, The Rodney Preston Project, Miles Ahead, Voices of Joy, Tristan Norton & The Slight Catch Band, R&B Singer song-writer Jon B & many other artists abroad! Likes basketball, outdoorsman, righteous cook, swimming, all music, barber skills, and most important fishing! "feel the rhythm" (M. Jones)
Harold "Homeboy" Wilson (bass drummer-percussionist), born and raised in the Treme, 6th Ward, New Orleans, LA. Original Grand MarshalL, played with numerous Brass Bands worldwide including Olympic Brass Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Bringing the traditional NOLA second line new wave to the Bay Area.
Naazir Magbool (trumpet), born and raised in Oakland, attended Xavier of NOLA, blowing the trumpet for 7 years and has touched stages with Soulit of Tokyo Japan, Corey Henry (New Orleans) of Galactic, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Russell Batiste and Friends & MJsBB! Mr. Magbool enjoys kickboxing, basketball, loves to help children and the community. He does volunteer work whenever he gets a chance.
Tom Salvatore (trumpet), is a professional trumpet player and music educator living in the East Bay. Although he has a diverse experience playing music across many genres, Tom has a love of New Orleans brass band and traditional jazz. Tom has earned a degree In music education from New York University and is currently a music teacher in the Emeryville School District. Tom has also completed corsework at The Music Conservatory of San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Listz Acadmey in Hungry. Along with Mjs Brass Boppers he currently performs with bluegrass music with Old Jaw Bone and the swing dance band The Rythm Rousabouts.
Greg Gomez (trombone), highly talented horn player, SF native as well as devoted GIANTS FAN! A music instructor of all Brass instruments and of vocal abilities also. He has shared the stage with numerous musicians: Pepe Gonzalez, Berkley Symphony, Bay Bones, David Hardiman (SF All-Star Big Band) & MJsBB! Mr. Gomez is a God fearing family man. He enjoys his wife and 2 daughters, while taking time to get in some horseback riding, 'lil golf, poetry readings and enjoy the lovely life of the BAY!
Mike Waters (saxophone), born and raised in California. Mike has been on the Bay Area Music scene for the past 20 years and currently plays with numerous Bay Area Bands including Kickin' The Mule and Jeff Magidson Blues Band.
"Big Chief" Ray Blazio is a Katrina survivor and is the acting chief of the Wild Apache Mardi Gras Indian tribe and returns to New Orleans every year to parade at Jazzfest. Blazio, also known as "Hatchet", founded the Wild Apache tribe in 1990.