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Obituary: Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward

When Isaac “Mr. Ike” Edward sat in a chair on Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard watching the 2015 and 2016 Uptown Indian Super Sunday parades, his continued love of the […]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “Diaspora” (Ropeadope/Stretch Music)

Trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah continues his exploration of what he describes as “stretch music,” as he did on his 2015 album of the same name and another release this […]

B.J. Jansen, “Common Ground” (Ronin Jazz)

Jansen leads a strong group of musicians who were handpicked for the album and jive together well during ensemble work and stand out during frequent solos. Bassist Dezron Douglas gets […]

Guitar Slim Jr., “The Story of My Life” (Orleans Records)

Originally released in 1988, Guitar Slim Jr.’s The Story of My Life earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Traditional Blues category. The album sounds just as good now as […]

A Celebration of Culture: The 19th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards

The scene at the Oretha Castle Haley Elementary School when the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame first presented its awards almost 20 years ago was a sweet, significant ceremony […]

Old Soul: David L. Harris is upholding the New Orleans musical continuum

“You’ll be able to tell that I’ve been influenced by the tradition,” promises trombonist David L. Harris, who is perhaps better known as a modern jazz artist and makes his […]

Hot 8 Brass Band, “On the Spot” (Tru Thoughts Records)

The Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band blows hard on tunes from its new release, On the Spot, many of which either sound like or already are anthems on the streets […]

With You in Mind: Stanton Moore’s tribute to Allen Toussaint

In the fall of 2015, drummer Stanton Moore, along with pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton, had booked studio time to record a follow-up to the trio’s 2014 release, […]

Soundcheck: Five Questions with Rebirth Brass Band’s Phil Frazier, Governor of the 2018 Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club

When did you become a member of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club and what inspired you to join? It was 10 years ago. It was something outside of […]

John Michael Bradford, “Something Old, Something New” (AFO)

The title of this debut by trumpeter and vocalist John Michael Bradford, Something Old, Something New, accurately describes the music within and his continued interest in both traditional and modern […]