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Gregory Agid Quartet: Mystery Blues (Independent)

Over the past few years, clarinetist Gregory Agid has seemingly remained the New Orleans jazz scene’s best-kept secret. However, with the release of his quartet’s debut album Mystery Blues, the […]

Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: The Session

“Play some bossa nova,” hollers a belligerent man from his barstool. His tawdry female companion adds to the racket just as the band on stage descends onto the closing bar […]

Terence Blanchard: Jazz Messenger

In the early 1980s, trumpeter Terence Blanchard came of age on stage, succeeding Wynton Marsails in drummer Art Blakey’s vaunted Jazz Messengers, the longstanding proving ground that also steered New […]

Vox and the Hound, Courage (Independent)

Following the disbandment of the City Life four years ago, frontman Leo DeJesus spent his days as a hired gun who walked away from budding bands Big Rock Candy Mountain, […]

Eric Lindell, I Still Love You (Sparco Records)

Eric Lindell has never been someone to stay in one place for very long. The R&B singer/guitarist has seen his share of high times and hardships in his comings and […]

Kristina Morales, Wonderful World (Independent)

After decades of countless despondent, downtrodden renditions of Satchmo’s starry-eyed swan song, finally someone had the audacity to get it right. Her name is Kristina Morales, and her radiant take […]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

From the charismatic magnetism of Louis Armstrong’s golden melodies to the dazzling aptitude of Wynton Marsalis’ matchless forays, no other sound has captured the heart and soul of a genre, […]

Robert Glasper

“Miles would have done this in ’95,” says pianist Robert Glasper of his current album, the crossover smash, Black Radio. Much like the late, brazen jazz icon, Glasper’s own visionary […]

Amy Winehouse Foundation and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra: A Push in the Right Direction

“Jazz was something that was important to Amy, and New Orleans was something that was important to her as well. What happened in Katrina deeply affected her,” Mitch Winehouse says. […]

Khris Royal and Dark Matter, Dark Matter (Hypersoul Records)

Over the past few years, saxophonist Khris Royal has emerged as one of the most exciting up-and-coming musicians on the New Orleans music scene. He’s one of George Porter, Jr.’s […]