The Messy Cookers Jazz Band was founded in 2012 by Alex Owen, a trumpet and cornet player who was looking for an outlet to play traditional jazz in New Orleans. To form the band, Alex rounded up some of the finest musicians in town, and soon they started performing regularly at the Maison on Frenchmen street and other venues throughout the city.

In August of 2013, the band recorded their first CD “Swing that Music”, and in July of 2015, the band recorded their second CD "That's My Home".  The latter was reviewed by Michael Steinman in his well-known blog "Jazz Lives". Read the full review here

In April of 2019, the band’s third CD “Get Out and Get Under the Moon” was released. The newest CD features great musicians in the New Orleans traditional jazz circuit, including Steve Pistorius, James Evans, Albanie Falletta, John Eubanks, Andy Reid, and Benny Amón. In 2017, the band played at the French Quarter Festival, and in 2019, the band performed in the Economy Hall tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The Messy Cookers have played regularly throughout New Orleans—at bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, and private functions. Some of these venues include the Saint Hotel, the Maison, Bacchanal Wine, Bamboulas, Three Muses, the Ace Hotel, the New Orleans Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, the New Orleans Renaissance Arts Hotel, and the Maison Dupuy Hotel. The band also traveled regionally to Shreveport, LA, Rosemary Beach, FL, Natchez, MS, Mobile, AL, Birmingham, AL, and Columbus, GA.

The band is a hit within the swing dance community. In addition to swing dance events in New Orleans, the Messy Cookers have played for Prohibition Productions in New York City, the Huntsville Swing Dance Society in Huntsville, AL, Hot Jam Monday in Atlanta, GA, and the Seaside Stomp in Pensacola, FL.

The Messy Cookers can perform New Orleans jazz for any type of venue or private event. If you are interested in hiring the band, click on the “Booking” page. The band can fit any budget and can play as duo, trio, quartet, five-piece, 6-piece, or 7 piece band!