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‘Dirty Dozen’ trumpeter sidelined by dog bite

/ 09:46 AM November 25, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – Dirty Dozen Brass Band trumpeter Efrem Towns was recovering at home in New Orleans from a vicious attack by a dog in an Atlanta motel.

He missed performances in Colorado and New Orleans after the attack on Nov. 18, and told The Times-Picayune ( that he didn’t  know if he would make the band’s next scheduled gig on Dec. 28.

He and baritone sax player Roger Lewis said the dog surged from an open door after Towns knocked at Lewis’ room.


Towns was transported to Grady Hospital, where he received 30 stitches in his groin.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band formed in 1977, and was credited with creating the contemporary, funk-infused brass band sound. It’s been featured on albums with David Bowie, Elvis Costello and the Black Crowes.

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