Welcome to Original Jass.

Tradition Never Goes Out of Style

The Swamp Donkeys play traditional jazz, blues, jass originals, vaudeville, modern jazz adaptations, and many other jazz and New Orleans-derived styles. They are extremely versatile. They have beginnings and educations in the authentic, New Orleans, grassroots music scene, playing local festivals and second lines, then growth into world-class music education programs, playing in concerts across the country. Their diverse sound is enormously accessible with their frontmen, the Louis Armstrong-sounding James Williams, and the audience-wooing, banjo-strumming Sam Friend. (Though James does plenty of audience-wooing himself!)

The Swamp Donkeys can play large and small venues, vast and intimate crowds just the same. They bring a remarkable, diverse appearance and sound to the stage, hailing from the south, north-east and -west; most definitely, this melting-pot of American musical culture brings people together from all walks of life.

Welcome to the most exciting, soulful, foot-tapping, New Orleans-style band to storm the country in years. Welcome to Original Jass.

James Wiliiams

Josh "Jams" Marotta

Wes Anderson 

Joe Goldberg

Joe Goldberg

Jon "ToeJam" Ramm

Sam Friend