New Orleans Moonshiners

New Orleans Moonshiners

 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Moonshiners are one of the hottest bands out of New Orleans in the past 10 years. Playing old-timey traditional jazz in the funkiest way imaginable, they make jazz cool again. Young and old, everyone agrees: this band swings hard.


“They are the type of group that takes away any worry about the future of traditional jazz in the city that created it.”
Wade, Luquet,

“…the New Orleans Moonshiners, whose oeuvre is trad jazz with a twist of modern sensibility, made by young people who not only play jazz standards, but who are writing fresh new material… jazz is not only alive and kicking, its future is going to be better and brighter, and more accessible than ever.”
Jan Ramsey, offBeat Magazine

The New Orleans Moonshiners formed in early 2008 as a group of young musicians trying to get their feet wet playing traditional jazz. After months of playing on the street in the French Quarter for tips, the world-famous Donna’s Bar and Grill invited them inside to take the stage on Fridays. It was there that they learned the art of performing a live show and engaging their audience in what is quickly becoming an endangered musical form. New Orleans native Chris Edmunds, the Moonshiners’ banjo player and bandleader, wanted to keep the music fresh, however. He and other band members began writing original songs in the traditional style, as well as re-arranging old standards. The Moonshiners soon became fixtures with regular gigs all over town, such as Donna’s, Bacchanal Wine, Rock N Bowl, and the Spotted Cat. They have performed at festivals all over New Orleans such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo Fest, among many others. A favorite of the swing dancing community, the Moonshiners most recently performed in New York City at Lincoln Center’s “Midsummer Night Swing.” Their latest CD, “Frenchmen St. Parade” (2011) was voted Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011 by the readers of OffBeat Magazine, and is a local favorite on New Orleans’ favorite radio station, 90.7 WWOZ. Last year's release "I'm Comin' Home" was nominated for Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2010 by Offbeat Magazine. Young or old, people seem to agree: the Moonshiners’ energy is contagious.

Past Gigs:

Lincoln Center, Midsummer Night Swing, 2010
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, 2009 (Economy Hall)
French Quarter Festival, 2009, 2010, 2011
Satchmo Summer Festival, 2009, 2010, 2011
National World War II Musuem Swing Dance, 2009, 2010, 2011
Historic New Orleans Collection, 2011
Odgen Musuem of Southern Art, 2011
Botanical Gardens Concert Series, 2010, 2011
Fleur de Lindy Swing Dance, 2009, 2010
Dew Drop Inn Fall Series, 2010, 2011
Dusk at Degas, Edgar Degas House, 2010
Palmer Park Saturday Arts Market, 2009
Freret St Market, 2009
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, 2010
Bach Around the Clock, 2009, 2010, 2011


Voted Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011 by readers of OffBeat Magazine for "Frenchmen St. Parade."
Nominated by Offbeat Magazine for "Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2010."


"Frenchmen St. Parade" (2011)
"I'm Comin' Home" (2010);
"New Orleans Moonshiners" (self titled, 2009)

"Frenchmen St. Parade" (2011) voted Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011 by the readers of OffBeat Magazine.
"I'm Comin' Home" nominated for "Best Traditional Jazz Album of 2011" by Offbeat Magazine.
Songs played often on WWOZ FM, New Orleans

Set List

Repetoire is a mix of traditional New Orleans jazz and originals. Example set list:

You Are My Sunshine
I'm Comin' Home to New Orleans
Royal Garden Blues
That's a Plenty
Double Decker Rag
I'll Fly Away
Whoopin' Blues