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Without the Mask: Jon Batiste busts out of the proverbial box

It doesn’t concern Jon Batiste if some people tend to put him in a particular musical box. “That’s okay, I always break ’em,” declares the pianist, vocalist and composer who […]

The Gospel according to PJ Morton

Nearly three years ago, New Orleans native son PJ Morton returned home after leaving the city to pursue life elsewhere. He was gone 13 years, during which time the pianist, […]

Dyna-Mite: Jon Cleary keeps the New Orleans piano tradition’s fuse lit

“I think if I have any talent at all, it’s for picking good guys to play with to make me sound good,” Jon Cleary says, then laughs and takes another sip […]

Derrick Freeman and James Martin are shaping the soul of future brass band music

“The Levels” is the newest song in Soul Brass Band’s repertoire. Written by the band’s founder, Derrick “Smoker” Freeman, it’s a harbinger of his plans for a new album. “It’ll […]

Ashlin Parker brings in more and more (and more) trumpet players to join his Trumpet Mafia

“So we’re messing around with my worst nightmare—and that’s re-harmonizing trad tunes.” Ashlin Parker smiles, his demeanor as bright as the red and yellow paint-spatter design on his t-shirt. He’s […]

Leap of Faith: Quiana Lynell’s phenomenal ride

“The last year of my life has been phenomenal,” Quiana Lynell says. It stands to reason. In the past 12 months, she’s scratched more items off her musical bucket list […]

Chef Alon Shaya just might be building an empire based on treating people right

When Chef Alon Shaya was fired from his namesake restaurant Shaya last fall by the Besh Restaurant Group, now renamed BRG Hospitality, it was only a few weeks before news […]

We’re Comin’ for Ya!: Cha Wa creates a mashup of Mardi Gras Indian chants and brassy horn

When a Mardi Gras Indian striding down a New Orleans street yells, “Cha wa!” he’s warning nearby Mardi Gras Indian gangs, “We’re comin’ for ya!” It stands as a signal […]

Fats Domino, The Quintessential New Orleanian

The Once and Future King Fats Domino passed last October, but he remains an animate force in New Orleans life through his music. Domino’s spirit is not just the sound […]

Masterful And Exuberant: Tuba Skinny electrifies the streets

It’s just after noon on a sunny day in early March. At the corner of Toulouse and Royal Streets tourists mill about. They pause to look in the antique shop […]