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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. […]

The NOLA Players, “Christmastime in New Orleans” (AimHigher/Verve)

In many ways, Christmastime in New Orleans sounds just as one might expect when an 18-piece ensemble of some of this city’s best modern jazz musicians apply their talents to […]

Hamid Drake + Jeff Zielinski, “Sawt-e-Sarmad” (Independent)

Drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake has made many sojourns to New Orleans and is usually associated with creative jazz saxophonist and educator Kidd Jordan. The Chicago native is a traveler […]

Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl, “Janus” (Sunnyside Records)

In Roman mythology, Janus is a god of two faces, one that looks forward and the other backward. That this particular figure stands as the title of pianist Nick Sanders […]

Gregory Agid Quartet, “Words Are Not Enough” (Independent)

It’s gratifying that a next generation of musicians looks to the compositions of some of this city’s masters—and sometimes their teachers and mentors—to record and preserve. Clarinetist Gregory Agid, who’s […]