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Kari Sjöstrand & Larry Turner, The Deal (Karisma Muzik)

Swedish tenor and soprano saxophonist Kari Sjöstrand knows how to best use the talent in her band, including co-leader bassist Larry Turner as well as the New Orleans musicians that […]

Max Moran & Neospectric, Neospectric (Bubble Bath)

Max Moran is best known as a member of the Bridge Trio as well as a bassist who’s much-called up on the New Orleans jazz scene. His most prevalent environment […]

The culture is for everybody, says Monogram Hunters Big Chief Pie

Tambourines ring and sewing needles fly with particular intensity during the weeks leading up to Carnival Day as the Mardi Gras Indians prepare for the holiday. On Sunday evenings, many […]

IN MEMORIAM: Alvin Fielder (1935 – 2019)

“I have Max Roach dancing in my head,” drummer Alvin Fielder once said when asked about his approach to his instrument. Fielder, is most recognized for co-founding, along with saxophonist Kidd […]

IN MEMORIAM: Todd Duke (1970 – 2019)

Todd Duke was a fine guitarist and, importantly, a musician who listened. Those qualities made him a much sought after and appreciated sideman and carried through to his work as […]

Maria Muldaur, Don’t You Feel My Leg – The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last Music Company)

To put the spotlight on the late great New Orleans vocalist and composer Blue Lu Barker deserves kudos. Singer Maria Muldaur gathered the right musicians to back her on a […]

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Mad Skillet (Indirecto Records)

John Medeski, a multi-faceted and genre-stretching keyboardist who is best known as a member of the hugely successful trio Medeski Martin & Wood, takes a New York–meets–New Orleans approach on […]

Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band, A Dream or a Nightmare (Brockamp Music)

One could hardly wish for a more uplifting number than “Got Your Back, Yes Indeed,” which opens bassist Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band’s album, A Dream or […]

Five Questions with Nina Buck of the Palm Court Jazz Café

“We’re history, that’s who we are,” declares Nina Buck, the owner of the Palm Court Jazz Café, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. When Nina’s husband, the late George […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Herreast Harrison

Herreast Harrison’s life story sings of destiny. A soft-spoken yet sharp-witted and culturally astute and involved woman, Harrison, 81, took her cues from her mother, Mattie Johnson, in her love […]