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Walter “Wolfman” Washington talks back

“It was definitely different—I’ve never done nothin’ like that before,” declares Walter “Wolfman” Washington in regards to his new album, My Future Is My Past. Folks who know Washington as […]

40 Years and Counting: The Dirty Dozen buckjumps into its forty-first year

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band didn’t fool around when it celebrated its 40th anniversary at the Joy Theater in December. No warm up was necessary as the group got the […]

Terence Blanchard talks back

Initially renowned as a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, New Orleans native son and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, 55, has since delved into music from numerous angles. He became […]

Fire in the Hole: The spirit work of Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors

When Victor Harris came out in his beautiful new red suit on Carnival Day 2018, it marked his 53rd year masking Indian, the most in the history of the Mardi […]

Marcus Roberts Trio, “Trio Crescent – Celebrating Coltrane” (J-Master Records)

Pianist Marcus Roberts, leading his longtime trio with bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, revisits one of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s recording masterpieces, 1964’s Crescent. They perform the entirety […]

Mark McGrain, “Love Time and Divination” (Immersion Records)

Trombonist Mark McGrain changes direction, mood and instrumentation on his latest release Love Time and Divination in comparison to his previous recordings, including 2015’s IN for the OUT. While that […]

Singing and the Drums Jamison Ross’ rhythm and melody

“I’m sitting down at the drums with nothing but melodies on my mind,” sings Jamison Ross on the groove tune “Call Me” from his new Concord Jazz release, All For […]


The Meters now join an eye-popping list of Louisiana artists—Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Jelly Roll Morton, Clifton Chenier and Buddy Guy—who have been honored with a Lifetime Achievement […]

Debut of Krewe du Kanaval

Drums, horns, dancers, vocalists and colorful costumes will fill the French Quarter streets as the Krewe of Kanaval debuts on Tuesday, February 6. The procession, a joint venture between Ben […]

Germaine Bazzle, “Swingin’ at Snug” (Musikbloc)

“Please welcome to the stage, the wonderful Miss Germaine Bazzle,” Lawrence Sieberth graciously introduces New Orleans’ high priestess of jazz vocals to begin the album Swingin’ at Snug. Bazzle gets […]