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Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bon Ton (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Dwayne Dopsie gets right to it with his accordion pumpin’ on his original, “Andree Jones,” the opener of Bon Ton. The tune has all the zydeco essentials, including hilarious lyrics […]

Alexey Marti, Mundo (Independent)

Cuban-born New Orleans resident Alexey Marti delivers a wonderfully comprehensive album of Latin flavors that moves seamlessly through a range of rhythms and moods. Remarkably, the talented percussionist stands as […]

Christian Scott ATunde Adjuah, Ancestral Recall (Stretch Music)

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is the purveyor of a style he calls “stretch music,” which, as the name implies, allows for flexibility in all aspects of musical creation. Ancestral […]

Branford Marsalis Quartet, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul (Okeh/Sony Masterworks)

The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul opens with a sense of playfulness and a lyrical yet chaotic atmosphere, on “Dance of the Evil Toys,” a tune written by […]

Herlin Riley, Perpetual Optimism (Mack Avenue)

Those who have seen drummer Herlin Riley play know just how suitable the title of his latest release, Perpetual Optimism, really is. Riley often bounds onto a stage with big […]

Quiana Lynell, A Little Love (Concord Jazz)

A Little Love represents vocalist Quiana Lynell’s much-anticipated recording debut. The Texas-born, New Orleans transplant has been teasing audiences with her remarkable talents for some time now, particularly at her […]

The Dignity of his Sound: Wynton Marsalis talks about the Buddy Bolden movie

Wynton Marsalis describes the movie Bolden, which is directed by Daniel Pritzker, and will be released on May 3, as a “mythical account” of New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden. “The […]

Musician Memories: Celebrating 50 Years of Jazz Fest

It’s safe to say that everyone who has performed, attended or even worked at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival over the last five decades remembers distinctly individual experiences. […]

First Revolution Singers of New Orleans, Heaven Is My Goal (504 Records)

  Many New Orleanians might recognize the First Revolution Singers, who formed in 1972 and re-grouped in 1980, regularly performing in the French Quarter. The First Revolution, an old-school a […]

Dwayne Dopsie’s here to pump you up

“I wanted to be the main taco,” Dwayne Dopsie says with a laugh, of his very early desire to not only play the accordion but also lead his own band […]