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Roderick Paulin, “Slow But Steady” (Independent)

When asked who’s on saxophonist Roderick Paulin’s new release, Slow But Steady, the immediate response might be “everybody.” More accurately, a ton of primarily veteran artists who make up today’s […]

Changing of the Guard: Adonis Rose takes over the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

“I feel like we need to reintroduce the band in a way,” says drummer Adonis Rose, who has been named as the artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra […]

Various Artists, “New Orleans 1961–1964” (504 Records)

The dozen selections on New Orleans 1961–1964 by some of New Orleans finest musicians and ensembles were originally released as two LPs on the 77 label. Informative liner notes on […]

Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield, “A Beautiful World” (Basin Street Records)

In celebration of Basin Street Records’ 20th anniversary, label mates and trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield join forces on A Beautiful World. These two mock adversaries, who used to […]

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, “Top of the Mountain” (Crew Records)

Dwayne Dopsie is always stylin’ whether he’s kicking in on a hot, uptempo two-step, showing his roots as an accordionist and vocalist on a more traditional tune or swaying an […]

Celebratory Music: Mario Abney Reaches on a Human and Intellectual Level

“In New Orleans, you can live after a jam session if you didn’t have a good night,” Mario Abney says with a laugh when comparing the jazz scene in his […]

Ready For More: Bobby Rush celebrates his first Grammy at the Blues & BBQ Festival

Bluesman Bobby Rush is living high off the hog, or at least that’s how the down home, Louisiana native might describe it. “We talk about chickens, donkeys, monkeys and alligators—anything […]

Royce Osborn, 1958-2017

“This is the story of New Orleans’ black Mardi Gras,” says filmmaker Royce Osborn at the beginning of his award-winning 2003 documentary, All on a Mardi Gras Day. Focusing on […]

Tony Dagradi, “Oneness” (Astral Music)

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi, who remains most noted as a founding member of New Orleans’ all-star modern jazz ensemble Astral Project, multi-tasks as leader on Oneness. On an album of self-penned […]

Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, “Jazz Corner of the World” (Independent)

Drummer Joe Lastie, a member of New Orleans musical Lastie family who perhaps remains most recognized for his years with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, steps out as leader of […]