Joe Cabral Thrio

  • 3:30pm / April, 10th 2016
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    Omni Royal Orleans Hotel Stage

The Joe Cabral Thrio is one of the most refreshing new groups on the New Orleans music scene. Cabral, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and conceptual artist, fronts the Thrio on baritone saxophone and vocals. His partners, Doug Garrison on drums and James Singleton on bass, are so closely involved in Cabral’s musical vision that the group’s performances often seem like spontaneous compositions.

Cabral and Garrison have been working together for more than 20 years in the Iguanas, and some of the Thrio material comes from that group’s repertoire. With Singleton joining them in glorious improvisational interlace that material takes on a new identity in this format.

The Thrio plays a vast repertoire including Cabral’s own “The Beep,” “El Huracan” and “Don’t Treat Your Baby Mean”; Iguanas material like “Sour Grapes” and “Te Espero Alla En El Bar”; deep cuts from New Orleans songwriters Alex McMurray, Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe and Al Hirt; recast pop tunes from sources a varied as The Flaming Lips, Amy Winehouse, Junior Brown, Burt Bacharach and Nick Cave; standards like the Rogers and Hart classic “Blue Room” and the Billie Holiday vehicle “I’m Just Fooling Myself”; and Latin American Cumbias, Sambas, Corredos and Tangos.

Cabral is a founding member of the Iguanas, which he describes as. “Chicano rock. It’s New Orleans R&B with a lot of different Latin influences — Norteno, Tejano and Cumbia.” He also plays regularly with Ed Voker’s Trio Mollusc and is a frequent participant in the improvisational music “Open Ears” series at the Blue Nile.
In addition to his work with Cabral in the Thrio and the Iguanas, Garrison is a much sought after session player in New Orleans and plays regularly with the Panorama Jazz Band, Aurora Nealand, Greg Schatz, Helen Gillet, Rob Cambre and Sarah Quintana.

Singleton leads his own groups in addition to his work with the legendary New Orleans jazz group Astral Project. He recently released an album as a leader, Shiner, and leads the James Singleton String Quartet. Singleton also plays in numerous other New Orleans-based groups.