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PJ Morton, Paul (Morton Records)

On his latest release, Paul, the multi-talented PJ Morton has something to say, be it a message of hope or of political significance. In some ways, that inclination speaks of […]

Kenny Neal: Swamp Blues in His Bloodline

Throughout his long, successful career, guitarist, vocalist and composer Kenny Neal has been associated with Baton Rouge and its hybrid musical style known as swamp blues. “It has a French […]

Soulful Takeover: Melissa Weber named curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive

“To me, this is just a next step—an advanced step—but it’s in line with everything I’ve done my entire life,” Melissa Weber explains, after being selected as the curator of […]

Big 6 Brass Band, “Big Six” (Independent)

The Big 6 Brass Band is the sound of New Orleans streets today. The ensemble, which was founded in 2017, amazingly played all but about five of the approximately 40 […]

Extended, “Harbinger” (Origin Records)

Pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Matt Booth and drummer Brad Webb make up the brilliant contemporary jazz trio, Extended. These talented, up-and-coming musicians stunned with the ensemble’s 2017 self-titled debut, and […]

Tony Dagradi, “Down Time” (Astral Music)

In the late 1980s, Tony Dagradi, who is most recognized blowing sax with Astral Project, played and recorded with the New Orleans Saxophone Ensemble, an all-star group that was modeled […]

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, “The Music of Allen Toussaint” (Storyville Records)

In one of those games where you have to guess the name of a song after hearing several notes, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s rendition of Allen Toussaint’s lovely “Southern […]

For Doreen Ketchens, the clarinet was her beacon and her way of life

“God gave us the streets—it’s a true blessing,” praises clarinetist and vocalist Doreen Ketchens. “We can play what we want, we can control who comes into the band and who goes […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, “Tuba to Cuba” (Sub Pop)

It’s been quite a few years since the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, under the leadership of tuba man/bassist Ben Jaffe, shook off the notion that it still played the same […]

Deacon John, “Crowded Shotgun House” (Independent)

Deacon John brilliantly digs into some new territory by recording a couple of tunes by Neil Finn, the leader of the now-defunct Australian band Crowded House, on this cleverly titled, […]