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David L. Harris, ‘More Than Love, To Be a Man’ (Independent)

David L. Harris has usually been described as a trombonist who is adept in both traditional and modern jazz and one who also sings. Following the release of More Than […]

Sierra Green & the Soul Machine, Sierra Green & the Soul Machine (Independent)

Best Emerging Artist   It’s party time with vocalist Sierra Green & the Soul Machine who keeps things jumpin’ for the majority of the album. Green, a New Orleans native […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Music of Wayne Shorter (Blue Engine Records)

There’s no doubt about it that Wayne Shorter’s often quite lengthy solos stand as the apexes of this fine album recorded live in 2015 during the legend’s three-night residency at […]

In memoriam: Lucien Barbarin (1956-2020)

The name Lucien Barbarin elicits nothing but praise from his fellow musicians and all of those lucky enough to have heard him play trombone. “He was very special,” says trumpeter […]

Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz Orchestra: Jazz Party (Troubadour Jass Records)

Vocalist Tonya Boyd-Cannon kicks off the title cut of Jazz Party with a spirit that embraces the album’s name. It’s a swinging number and one of seven originals by Delfeayo […]

Five Questions with Kermit Ruffins on His New 9th Ward Juke Joint

Some people have expressed concern that because you’ve opened Kermit’s 9th Ward Juke Joint you might be giving up the Mother-In-Law. Are you keeping both clubs and if so, why […]

Victor Harris, the Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi, celebrates 55 years of beauty and culture

Victor Harris, the Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi, remains one of the most recognizable big chiefs in the Mardi Gras Indian Nation. His style is unique in everything he pursues—the designing, the […]

Kenneth Hagans, New Orleans Trumpet (Independent)

Trumpeter Kenneth Hagans combines New Orleans traditional jazz chestnuts, spirituals, a couple of classic New Orleans rhythm and blues numbers and, perhaps surprisingly, hits from the Beatles songbook on New […]

Shanin Novrasli, From Baku to New York City (Album Review)

The name Shanin Novrasli might not ring a bell, though his associates on his latest album, From Baku to New York, certainly give the pianist and composer impressive creds. The […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Steve Masakowski

Steve Masakowski never focused on making teaching his career. While attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music he earned a Professional Diploma rather than a degree in music education. When pianist/educator […]