The New Hot 5 will not be playing for cows in Utah Valley.
But the group is joining forces with the Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band in a free BYU concert Nov. 1 at the Madsen Recital Hall.
The concert, called "A Salute to Red Nichols," will honor the Utah native by performing Nichols' classic songs of jazz music from the 1920s and 1930s.
Steve Call, who will be conducting the Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band in addition to playing the tuba with the New Hot 5, is excited for the opportunity to play jazz music for the BYU community.
"The concert is extra special because the New Hot 5 members are made up of old Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band members," Call said. "This concert will be the first night (the band is) together since playing for the cows in France, so in a sense the concert is a reunion."
The New Hot 5 became instant YouTube stars with the video "Jazz for Cows," which features the band serenading a group of French cows in Autrans, France. The video has more than 1.3 million views and has been featured on Good Morning America and on Conan O'Brien.
Call says he has seen the popularity of the band increase since the cow concert this past summer.
"Its been great," Call said. "We've had a lot of interest with our new CD. People order one and then come back and order more for friends and family because they enjoyed it so much."
Moving on from YouTube fame, the New Hot 5, along with the student-based Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band, want the concert to celebrate the works composed and created by Nichols.
"He was an interesting and important character in jazz music," Call said. "It's fun that we have the chance to play his music."
Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols was born in Ogden and was known for his band, "Red Nichols and His Five Pennies." Under Brunswick records, Nichols' band produced songs such as "Hurricane", "Five Pennies" and "Nervous Charlie." Nichols and his band were some of the biggest jazz stars of the 1920s and 1930s.
The Jazz Legacy Dixieland Band, having an international reputation for quality performance, will perform first, followed by the New Hot 5. The show will end with them joining together.
The concert will be performed on BYU's campus at the Madsen Recital Hall, located in the Harris Fine Arts Center. There will be two free concerts that evening, first at 7:30 and again at 9. More information about the concert can be found at byu.edu.
Information about the New Hot 5 band and the date and times of the Utah release of its new CD can be found on its website.