The Magnetic Ear is a six piece ensemble with tenor and baritone saxophones two trombones, sousaphone and drums. Our mostly original music is inspired by New Orleans style second line and funk, Eastern European brass band music and African music. We also cover anything that suits our taste for hip, danceable party music. The Magnetic Ear has just recently released its third CD and has been touring the US and Europe. Locally we play all venues from Tipitina's, dba, Blue Nile to Snug Harbor, Saturn Bar, Bacchanal etc as well as the annual festivals, like Satchmo Fest, French Quarter Fest, Congo Square Rhythm Fest and more. The Magnetic Ear has been awarded grants by sweet Home New Orleans, the Musicians Clinic and the Midatlantic Arts Foundation and has garnered nominations to the Off Beat Awards as best emerging artist 2007 and best contemporary CD of 2008. The CD release party for our newest production 'Alien of Extraordinary Ability' was broadcast live by New Orleans' own WWOZ radio station on September 8th, 2010.