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Hot New Orleans Jazz & Swing

"'Play it like you mean it!' seems to be the underlying principle...the band is delightfully unified at the highest level." -Michael Steinman, Jazz Lives 

The Messy Cookers Jazz Band is one of the hottest traditional jazz and swing groups in New Orleans. Formed by trumpet player and leader Alex Owen, the band is dedicated to playing traditional New Orleans style jazz. The Messy Cookers have played at a variety of great venues throughout New Orleans including the Ace Hotel, The Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel, The Maison Dupuy Hotel, Three Muses, Bamboulas, Bacchanal Wine, and Fritzel's European Jazz Pub. The band has also played a variety of private events, and can provide great early New Orleans jazz for any type of event!

The band can play as a duo, trio, quartet, quintet, or as a full 6-piece band.  In addition, we can put together brass bands for second lines!  


Our Newest Recording

Swing That Music

Swing That Music

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The Band

Live on Frenchmen St.

Live on Frenchmen St.

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Hot New Orleans Jazz & Swing


The Messy Cookers Jazz Band was founded in 2012 by Alex Owen, a trumpet player who was looking for an outlet to play traditional jazz in New Orleans. In forming the band, Alex rounded up some of the finest musicians he could find, and began to find work with his band. By the spring of 2013, they were working regularly at the Maison on Frenchmen street, and at other venues throughout the city.

In August of 2013, the band recorded their first CD “Swing that Music”, and in July of 2015, the band recorded their second CD "That's my Home".  The newest CD features great musicians in the traditional jazz circuit in New Orleans, including Steve Pistorius, James Evans, Albanie Falletta, John Eubanks, Andy Reid, and Benny Amon. The CD was reviewed by Michael Steinman in his well-known blog "Jazz Lives". Read the full review here

 The Messy Cookers play regularly throughout New Orleans, and have traveled regionally to Shreveport, LA, Rosemary Beach, FL, Natchez, MS, and Mobile, Al. The Band plays great New Orleans jazz for any type of venue or private event, and can play as duo, trio, quartet, five-piece, or 6-piece band! 



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