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Wendell Brunious, “In the Tradition” & Louis Nelson New Orleans, “All Stars April in New Orleans” (GHB Records)

For reissue purposes, these two albums, trumpeter/vocalist Wendell Brunious’ In the Tradition (recorded in 1986) and trombonist Louis Nelson’s April in New Orleans (recorded in 1988) were joined together on […]

Brian Blade talks back

“Sometimes I think New Orleans might as well be Paris,” says Brian Blade, 46, a Shreveport native who moved back to his hometown some three and a half years ago. […]

Indian Secrets: Old and new Mardi Gras Indian traditions face off

“I’m not going to tell you my secrets now,” warns Clarence “Chief Delco” Delcour of the Creole Osceola Mardi Gras Indian gang. “I come from the old school of it; […]

“I got it … and I’m overcoming it”: What’s Next for Henry Butler

“My physical energy is still good,” says piano and vocal genius Henry Butler, who continues to work and compose despite his serious diagnosis of metastatic colon cancer that has spread […]

Alcide ‘Slow Drag’ Pavageau, “Drag’s Half Fast Band” (GHB Records)

Bassist Alcide “Slow Drag” Pavageau, a New Orleans native born in 1888, was best known as a sideman and for his long association with clarinetist George Lewis. The first nine […]

Marcus Roberts: New Orleans’ Adopted Son

“If you’re in any band and something goes wrong, you should assume that it’s your fault and try to fix it,” virtuosic pianist, composer and educator Marcus Roberts advises his […]

Author Alyn Shipton talks about working with Danny Barker

“The house was like a cardboard box full of paper,” Alyn Shipton says of his initial impression on stepping into the Sere Street home of Danny and Blue Lu Barker. […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award: Detroit Brooks

When Detroit Brooks walks through a door—of a church, a club, a coffeehouse—he’s greeted with smiles, hugs, handshakes and kisses. Though the New Orleans native is renowned as a fine […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Johnny Vidacovich

I’m just a lucky so and so.” Johnny Vidacovich considers himself a lucky guy. Touchstones of the brilliant drummer’s serendipitous musical journey include his life-changing acceptance into St. Aloysius High […]

Al “Carnival Time” Johnson and Margie Perez, “Don’t Go, Santa!” (Toby Wraye Music)

This hilarious single, produced by the irrepressible Louie Ludwig, is bound to get airplay during the holiday season on WWOZ. It’s right up its alley—or, better yet, down its chimney. […]