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Sonny Rollins has been one of my favorite musicians since 10 minutes after I returned home carrying his album with the Modern Jazz Quartet following a bike ride to the Goodnow public library when I was in the fifth grade. His jock-ish energy, brawny tenor tone, and melodic invention immediately grabbed me and have sustained my […]

It is widely known and nearly universally agreed by fans of New Orleans music that Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, is the most gifted crescent city musician of his generation and a promising beacon in a musical lineage as thick as the roux that has flavored its rich tradition. On his debut solo cd, Backatown, on […]

In February, The Gumbo Brothers were invited to be part of an upcoming TV show on the Discovery Channel starring chef John Besh. The show is called “Inedible to Incredible”. The episode featuring The Gumbo Brothers leading a parade and getting a party started with “Here Come The Tribe” will air in June. We had […]

This is a great track from a legendary blind guitar player from New Orleans, Snooks Eaglin, who died last year about a month before jazzfest.  The song was written by Dave Bartholomew.  I love his classic harmonic movement.  If you caught the first episode of Treme on HBO recently, it was his box set that […]

“My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” is the track that introduced me to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (wikipedia) 20 something years ago.  I heard it on a Boston radio station – probably WERS or WGBH, but I can’t remember.  What I do remember is that it blew me away.  I was a kid in […]

I heard his name mentioned many times over a period of years before I finally heard him.  Now, having heard him live with several different bands and listening to him on some fantastic albums, Johnny Vidacovich is one of my favorite drummers.  He can drop a mile-wide pocket, add brilliant color, and keep everyone on […]

I caught Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews at the El Rey theater in March opening for the New Mastersounds.  I heard him live for the first time at the New Orleans Jazzfest in 2009.  First was sitting in with a combination of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Rebirth Brass Band and then sitting in […]

James Booker was a hugely influential New Orleans piano player and unique character that many people don’t seem to know.  He sounds great playing stride, boogie-woogie, jazz, R&B – always funky!  Harry Connick, Jr. tells great stories about the frequently legally challenged Booker “dropping by” his house (his father was the District Attorney in New […]

I have loved Dr. John since I was about 14 and heard a solo piano version of Blue Monk on a compilation my brother had.  These videos are a great example of why.  This first tune is “The Mess Around” by Ray Charles. “Swanee River Boogie” Bookmark to:

This is a great collection of New Orleans musicians talking about the scene in the Crescent City and this new Cd by Galactic – produced by Ben Ellman.  It is top on my list of cd’s to check out, so you can read more about it here soon. Bookmark to: