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Happy 4/20.  If you are celebrating today, I think you will enjoy this tune.  It is the end-credit song I arranged and produced for a film called The Green Goddess that is scheduled to be released later this year.  It is performed by Derek Shields on guitar, bass and vocals.  He also wrote the tune […]

“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 […]

“From the Corner to the Block”– An iTunes playlist just threw this at me while I was cooking dinner.  What a monster track of a super funky album, featuring Juvenile and the Soul Rebels Brass Band.   I can’t wait to hear the new one, “Ya-ka-may”.  Ben Ellman did a great job producing this cd. […]

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 […]

Robert Walter has been laying down boogaloo grooves I love since the first Greyboy Allstars records.  His solo work and his appearances with Stanton Moore is some of my favorite music on NOLA funk, soul jazz scene.  His time feel when he’s soloing makes sure you hear every last drop of the funk. Check it […]

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:

“The Congo Square Project is a volunteer led organization dedicated to the New Orleans musicians in need via four albums that trace the origin and development of the music that was brewed in the heart of the Crescent City.  Some of the greatest talents in the world have donated their time and efforts to contribute […]