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Bruce Sunpie Barnes and Rachel Breunlin, Le Kèr Creole: Creole Composition & Stories from Louisiana (University of New Orleans Press)

The Louisiana Creole language, referred to by many as Creole French, surrounds those living in Louisiana even more than most people probably realize. It’s been defined as “a francophone language […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Big Band Holidays II (Blue Engine Records)

Playing live on its home turf in New York City, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the season on Big Band Holidays II much as one would […]

Jon Batiste, Chronology of a Dream – Live at the Village Vanguard (Verve)

Chronology of a Dream represents the second installment of pianist/vocalist/composer Jon Batiste captured live in the fall of 2018 during his residency at New York’s famed Village Vanguard. Though the […]

Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Swing Back onto the Scene

“We’re the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; we live in New Orleans,” declares drummer Adonis Rose, who in 2016 took over the position of artistic director of the ensemble affectionately called […]

Nicholas Payton, Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions Records)

Nicholas Payton swings, hard bops, bebops, sings, gets sentimental, takes it out and adds a bit of electronics on this double album, Relaxin’ with Nick, recorded live at New York’s […]

Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy 2 (Concord Jazz)

Considering the masterful musicians involved—pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade—it comes as no surprise that Trilogy 2, the two-disc follow-up to the trio’s 2014 release Trilogy, […]

Cuban Invasion: Roberto Carcassés & Cimafunk on tap in November

There is music everywhere in New Orleans just like here in Cuba,” said pianist and composer Roberto Carcassés by phone while sitting in a park in his hometown of Havana. […]

We Are The Rhythm: Bamboula 2000 embraces Cuba as it turns 25

Bamboula 2000 — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary—and David D Omni, a Cuban multi-faceted artist, make the miles between New Orleans and the island nation vanish on their collaborative […]

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 […]