Wendell Brunious and Mark Braud present a Tribute to John 'Picket' Brunious, Sr. Doors at 4:30, Show at 5:00.

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Join Wendell Brunious and Mark Braud as they pay tribute to John 'Picket' Brunious, Sr. Doors at 4:30, music at 5:00 PM.

Wendell Brunious

Born on October 27, 1954, Brunious was born into a Louisiana Creole family, the son of Nazimova 'Chinee' Santiago and John 'Picket' Brunious, Sr., a trumpeter who studied at Juilliard and played with the Onward Brass Band, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, and Paul Barbarin, and who arranged for Billy Eckstine and Cab Calloway. Brunious' brother John Brunious, Jr. was another notable New Orleans jazz trumpeter and a predecessor as bandleader of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. His nephew is Mark Braud, a successor as bandleader of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Brunious sang in Chief John and the Mahogany Hall Stompers in the 1960s, a group in which his father was also a member. He began on trumpet at age 11 and played at Paul Barbarin's funeral. He studied at Southern University (where he played with Danny Barker) and played dance music in clubs on Bourbon Street in the middle of the 1970s.

In 1976, Brunious substituted for his father in Albert "Papa" French's band for Mardi Gras, and by 1979 was playing regularly at Preservation Hall with Kid Thomas Valentine. He was named leader of the group upon Valentine's death in 1987. He has also played with the Eureka Brass Band, Lionel Hampton, Linda Hopkins, and Sammy Rimington. He played with Louis Nelson in 1986-89, and did recordings with the Caledonia Jazz Band of Norway. His first record as a leader came in 1986, which featured Nelson, Rimington, and Barry Martyn as sidemen. He later played with Dr. Michael White, Chris Barber, Papa Don Vappie, Bob Wilber and the Pfister Sisters. He remains a regular performer at Preservation Hall today.

Mark Braud

Trumpeter and vocalist Mark Braud is the quintessence of the New Orleans spirit. His energetic interpretations of melody craft a freshly unpredictable spin on the tradition of jazz and the down-home, honest grooves of New Orleans.  Born in New Orleans, Braud comes from a family of world-renowned musicians. Traditional jazz, R&B and the great American songbook inspire his engaging music. Braud has been a member of Harry Connick Jr.'s band since 2001 and is in the band on Connick’s syndicated television show, Harry.

 He served as the leader of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from 2008 to 2016.  He has also played with a who's who of the music industry, ranging from the Treme Brass Band, the Marsalis family, and the Blind Boys of Alabama, all the way to the Foo Fighters, John Oates, Tom Waits, My Morning Jacket, Mos Def and Erykah Badu.