The Bourbon Street Stompers were founded in Essen, Germany, in May 1993 when they were still teenagers completing their education. The current line-up has been playing together since more than 20 years now. Already in 1995, the band was awarded the ﬁrst prize by WDR (the biggest German radio broadcasting company) in the category „Best Up-and-coming Band“. This enabled The Bourbon Street Stompers to record their very ﬁrst album „A Tribute to Dixie“. Still being a bit stunned, they watched as things really took oﬀ after that.
This spontaneous „ignition“ encouraged The Bourbon Street Stompers to pursue the track they had just discovered – their love of classic New Orleans-style jazz. The band remained faithful to the intrinsic roots of jazz and took great pride in paying tribute to those great jazz musicians who are widely considered as the creators of Jazz, like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to mention but a few. Further CD productions followed with the band’s recordings of „Second Stomp“ in 1997, „Stompin' Milestones“ in 1999, „Those Struttin' Syncopators“ in 2003, „Caution Hot!“ in 2006, „Live!“ in 2008 and „Men of Steam“ in 2011.
A steadily growing group of fans constantly promotes The Bourbon Street Stompers with a countless number of concerts. Among these were numerous festivals and gigs in jazz clubs across Europe, and including in 2008 the honour of appearing in the prestigious French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. The band is meanwhile believed to have developed from „One of the hottest young New Orleans bands in Europe“ (Advisory Board of the 21st Starbucks International Jazzfestival Birmingham, 2005) to „The best classic New Orleans jazz group in Europe, if not the World“ (Concerts Costa Blanca Spain, 2014).
In 2014, The Bourbon Street Stompers have recorded their ﬁrst DVD, covering concerts of the band in Spain together with jazz vocalists Elisabeth „Betty“ Berent from Hamburg and Joshua Stewart from New Orleans. And with their thrilling concerts they will continue to bring back the spirit of the Twenties...