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Various Artists, “New Orleans 1961–1964” (504 Records)

The dozen selections on New Orleans 1961–1964 by some of New Orleans finest musicians and ensembles were originally released as two LPs on the 77 label. Informative liner notes on […]

Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield, “A Beautiful World” (Basin Street Records)

In celebration of Basin Street Records’ 20th anniversary, label mates and trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield join forces on A Beautiful World. These two mock adversaries, who used to […]

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, “Top of the Mountain” (Crew Records)

Dwayne Dopsie is always stylin’ whether he’s kicking in on a hot, uptempo two-step, showing his roots as an accordionist and vocalist on a more traditional tune or swaying an […]

Celebratory Music: Mario Abney Reaches on a Human and Intellectual Level

“In New Orleans, you can live after a jam session if you didn’t have a good night,” Mario Abney says with a laugh when comparing the jazz scene in his […]

Ready For More: Bobby Rush celebrates his first Grammy at the Blues & BBQ Festival

Bluesman Bobby Rush is living high off the hog, or at least that’s how the down home, Louisiana native might describe it. “We talk about chickens, donkeys, monkeys and alligators—anything […]

Royce Osborn, 1958-2017

“This is the story of New Orleans’ black Mardi Gras,” says filmmaker Royce Osborn at the beginning of his award-winning 2003 documentary, All on a Mardi Gras Day. Focusing on […]

Tony Dagradi, “Oneness” (Astral Music)

Saxophonist Tony Dagradi, who remains most noted as a founding member of New Orleans’ all-star modern jazz ensemble Astral Project, multi-tasks as leader on Oneness. On an album of self-penned […]

Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, “Jazz Corner of the World” (Independent)

Drummer Joe Lastie, a member of New Orleans musical Lastie family who perhaps remains most recognized for his years with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, steps out as leader of […]

Second Lineage: The season of the street begins

When the second line season ends in June each year, enthusiasts of the city’s social aid and pleasure clubs’ annual anniversary parades often find Sunday afternoons a bit empty. So […]

Dolores Ferdinand Marsalis, 1937-2017

Dolores Marsalis was a remarkable woman—beautiful, intelligent, determined and funny. She and her husband, pianist/educator Ellis Marsalis Jr., raised six boys—Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason—on the salary […]