Smokin’ on Some Brass is a Brass, Funk and Soul Collective of some of New Orleans’ most talented musicians. Founded by Jazz saxophonist, Quay Frazier, the band has taken the New Orleans music scene by storm, producing a unique sound that incorporates three popular musical genres in a way that is redefining contemporary brass band culture.


The Collective

Quay Frazier


Quay Frazier, founder of Smokin’ on Some Brass, is a New Orleans saxophonist, vocalist, and music producer. Formerly a teacher with the New Orleans Jazz Institute, Quay received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. He is a member of Corey Henry and the Treme Funktet, touring extensively with performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Brooklyn Bowl, and the Toronto Jazz Festival, to name a few. A former member of Delfayeo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Quay performed weekly at the legendary Snug Harbor. He has shared the stage with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Charmaine and Cyril Neville, Lil Wayne, Ike Stubblefield, and Tony! Toni! Toné! Quay has had several guest appearances in film and radio, performing on NCIS: New Orleans, the HBO hit show Treme, Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil, and NPR’s American Routes. He enjoys performing annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest, and Satchmo SummerFest.

Steven Sorscher


Originally from New York, Steven Sorscher started playing trombone as a child. A full-time accountant, Steven earned his CPA after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Binghamton University and Master of Science in Accounting from Baruch College in New York City. He moved to New Orleans in 2017 and is a founding member and the lead trombonist for Smokin’ on Some Brass. Steven is a member of City of Trees Brass Band and J.A.M. Brass Band, and often performs with the Denver-based Brothers of Brass. In addition to rocking out the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with the Caesar Brothers’ Funk Box, Steven frequently can be found at the Second Line performing with New Creations Brass Band.

Ricio Fruge


Ricio Fruge is a New Orleans-based trumpeter, composer, and educator. A soulful and versatile musician, Ricio performs with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, John Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and the Grammy Award winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). He attended the prestigious Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. Ricio holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Jazz from Florida State University, and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University. Ricio has spent over a decade working with under-served youth, founding the Trumpet Studio to provide a positive community for local trumpeters of all levels and backgrounds.

Ashton Hines


New Orleans native Ashton Hines is an accomplished trumpeter with a large and captivating stage presence. An alumnus of the renowned McDonogh 35 Marching Band, Hines was at the forefront of building the foundation for the Frenchmen Street Live Music Scene. Part of a robust network of talented street musicians, Hines played a crucial role in shaping the Frenchmen Street culture that we know today. His band, Ashton Hines & The Big Easy Brawlers, not only masterfully blend New Orleans Brass with funk, soul, hip hop, and footwork, but their journey paved the way for a generation of street musicians to take their musical acts to the main stages of Frenchmen Street.

Keiko Komaki


Born and raised in the seaside city of Kagoshima, Japan, Keiko Komaki began her musical journey in classical piano at the age of five. An accomplished pianist and B-3 player, Keiko graduated from Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music. A funky and dynamic keyboardist, Keiko arrived in New Orleans in 2006. It wasn’t long before Keiko was asked to join the Blues Queen of New Orleans, the late Marva Wright. Over the years, Keiko has played with some of New Orleans’ finest musicians, including George Porter, Johnny Vidacovich, June Yamagishi, and the Brass-A-Holics. Since 2013, Keiko has performed with “Playing for Change,” an international multimedia music project featuring musicians and singers from around the world. Keiko’s work with PFC has taken her to over twenty countries in Europe, Australia, Japan, and South America. PFC also landed Keiko on some of the most prestigious stages including the United Nations, the John F. Kennedy Center, Argentina Direct TV Arena, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Byron Blues Festival, and many more. With PFC she shared the stage with artists such as the Doobie Brothers, Little Feats, Lee Oscar, Keb Mo, Ellis Hall, and Victor Wooton, just to name a few. In 2019, PFC released a video “The Weight.” Performing in the video, Keiko joined Robbie Robertson of The Band, Ringo Starr of the Beatles, and Marcus King. The video was hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine. Keiko also performs each year for the New Orleans-based gospel band “Joyful,” which has taken her on tour to Spain, Italy, and Germany.

Mike Bass-Bailey


Mike Bass-Bailey is an accomplished New Orleans bassist, master arranger, and music producer. Former bassist for Trombone Shorty for twenty years, Mike has travelled the world playing the Grammy’s, NBA All Star games, and many other domestic and international venues. He has toured with everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Fighters, to Lenny Kravitz and the legendary Rolling Stones.

Lenny Green


Lenny Green is an American soul singer, songwriter, and music producer from New Orleans. Green’s velvety smooth voice and old-school R&B style has established him as a dynamic and energetic singer in the thriving New Orleans music scene. He has performed with a host of musicians that include Renard Poche of The Allen Touissant Band, Corey Henry and The Treme Funktet, Michael Ray of Kool and the Gang, Erica Falls, Living Colour, Papa Gros, Roland Guerin, New Orleans legends Irma Thomas and Deacon John, as well as the venerable Ike Stubblefield. Green performs at various festivals including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Jazz in the Park, as well as several residencies at famed live music venues such as Tipitina’s, The Maple Leaf, Vaughan’s Lounge, and d.b.a. His solo debut LP, All or Nothing, dropped in 2019. Since then, he’s released three singles during the pandemic. Green was featured on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans with the Erica Falls band. In addition to being a founding member of the funky rock band Percy J., Green's latest project, the band SweetFunk, harkens back to the super sounds of the 70’s. SweetFunk is a collaborative of New Orleans’ musicians united in funk. Their debut album will drop Fall 2022.

Donald Magee


Drummer Donald Magee lends his high energy stage presence and diverse musicality to Smokin’ on Some Brass. A versatile New Orleans musician, Magee has performed with a variety of local and national recording artists, including Papa Mali, Marc Stone, Mainline, Tracci, Dee-1, and Jai Reed. Most recently, Magee has joined forces with the amazing Keiko Komaki and world renowned June Yamagishi, performing an eminently funky trio at the Maple Leaf and Tipitina’s, two of New Orleans’ premier live music venues. He performs annually at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, and Essence Festival. Magee is the Owner of the Magoo “The Goose” Drum Lab, offering drum lessons to both children and adults in the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

Christos Melios


Originally from Nicosia, capital city of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Christos Melios began playing the guitar at the age of ten. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from the University of New Orleans. Christos was awarded a full Jazz Guitar Scholarship, completing his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas. In addition to playing with Smokin’ on Some Brass, Christos has shared the stage with the legendary Shannon Powell and is currently the guitar player for three-time Grammy Nominee Sean Ardoin.

Elliott Slater


A graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), jazz guitarist Elliott Slater brings his unique style and experience to Smokin’ on Some Brass. Elliott is a long-standing member of the Stooges Brass Band, playing for over a decade on stages around the world. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Montreal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Bowl (NY & Las Vegas), Telluride Jazz Festival, SXSW Music Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, to name a few. In 2018, Elliott was chosen by the U.S. State Department to travel to Russia as a Cultural Ambassador, part of a diplomacy program that shares America's rich culture of performing and visual arts with international audiences.