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The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, “The Ellis Marsalis Quintet Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis” (ELM)

Ellis Marsalis is known as an extraordinary pianist, influential jazz educator and the patriarch of the renowned Marsalis musical dynasty. His peers, jazz aficionados and many next-generation jazz musicians, particularly […]

Extended, “Extended” (Independent)

Extended is a trio with pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Matt Booth and drummer Brad Webb. If those names don’t sound familiar, they soon might as these are some extremely talented […]

Heads of State, “Four in One” (Smoke Sessions Records)

This is real hard-boppin’ jazz played by some of its legendary masters: saxophonist Gary Bartz, pianist Larry Willis, drummer Al Foster and bassist David Williams. The all-star ensemble of veteran […]

Maurice Brown, “The Mood” (Ropeadope)

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown boasts a signature sound that stems from the soulfulness of his trumpet playing and, in many cases, his memorable melodies. Brown, a Chicago native who spent some […]

Marco Benevento Debuts at Bayou Boogaloo

“Idefinitely come from a lot of different places,” understates keyboardist/songwriter and now vocalist Marco Benevento. The New Jersey native, onetime Brooklynite and current resident of Woodstock, New York, is celebrating […]

Basin Street Records celebrates its 20th anniversary

A sense of community among musicians has long set New Orleans apart from most other cities. Being a component of a greater whole extends beyond the bandstand and includes fans, radio […]

Piano-1-O-Fun! The social music of Jon Batiste

JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN: SATURDAY, APRIL 29—ACURA STAGE, 3:25 P.M.   “It’s like a day job except with instruments,” says a laughing Jon Batiste of his high-profile position as […]

Hot Horns: Trumpet Mafia upholds the tradition of the trumpet

TRUMPET MAFIA: FRIDAY, APRIL 28—WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 1:40 P.M.   “We grow up hearing that trumpeters blew down the walls of Jericho, that Gabriel’s trumpet announces the will of God…” […]

BAM, BAM! Nicholas Payton’s musical journey through the African diaspora

At this year’s Jazz Fest set, don’t expect trumpeter/keyboardist Nicholas Payton to play the classic jazz that in 1997 won him a Grammy for his album with legendary trumpeter Doc […]

Irvin Mayfield + The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, “Live at Newport” (Basin Street Records)

Complete with introductions and crowd reaction, Live at Newport, by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield leading the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, was captured at the 2015 edition of the highly respected Newport […]