Friday, 1 May 1987 / Münsterplatz, Basel
Festa New Orleans
The second festival edition began with a seven-hour Festa New Orleans. The following bands performed between 5pm and 11pm: The Jambalaya Six; The Back Yard, Tub, Jug & Washboard Band; Trevor Richards and the Ambrosia Brass Band.
Trevor Richards was the most famous musician in the New Orleans concert. During the course of his career he had played in a large number of famous jazz bands. In his own band, which took the stage in Basel in 1987, he had assembled some brilliant soloists. Charlie Gabriel, for example, became a member of the «Lionel Hampton Orchestra» in 1948, where he played the tenor saxophone. After working on the West Coast for 5 years, he became Joe Simon’s musical director. Afterwards he went on worldwide tours with Aretha Franklin and Dizzie Gillespie.
Ambrosia Brass Band
The Ambrosia Brass Band was from Milan and was a very popular band at festivals.