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Ledisi Talks Back

Ledisi, whose name means “to bring forth” in the Yoruba language, will be in a very familiar setting when she performs at the Essence Music Festival on Friday, July 6. […]

Five Questions with DJ Captain Charles

DJ Captain Charles spins at Essence Festival again. The immensely popular deejay and Old School 106.7 FM radio host, who made his first appearance at Essence in the late 1990s, […]

Derrick Freeman and James Martin, Soul (Independent)

It’s almost guaranteed that if Derrick Freeman’s name is on it, there’s going to be some funk involved. Sure enough, the drummer is rhythmically, vocally and attitude-wise up to that […]

Dr. Michael Torregano, For Your Ears Only (Mikeyjazz Music)

Michael Torregano reaches deep into the American songbook, a favorite source of material for the New Orleans pianist. Folks with similar musical tastes are sure to know every tune and […]

In Memoriam: Scotty Cathcart Hill (1947-2018)

“The trombone is a fascinating instrument,” Scotty Hill declared in a 1999 interview when he was inducted into New Orleans Magazine’s Jazz All-Stars. The love of the instrument never dimmed […]

We’re Comin’ for Ya!: Cha Wa creates a mashup of Mardi Gras Indian chants and brassy horn

When a Mardi Gras Indian striding down a New Orleans street yells, “Cha wa!” he’s warning nearby Mardi Gras Indian gangs, “We’re comin’ for ya!” It stands as a signal […]

Chief of Chiefs: Robert Nathaniel Lee and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans (Book Review)

Robert Nathaniel Lee, renowned as Big Chief Robbe, tells of his lifelong journey in the Mardi Gras Indian tradition as carefully as author Al Kennedy does in capturing it in […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington My Future Is My Past (ANTI- Records)

The title of the great New Orleans guitarist and vocalist Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s latest release, My Future Is My Past, tells a lot about the philosophical tone of the album. […]

Terence Blanchard, Live (Blue Note)

Trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard continues the conversation on violence between law enforcement and African American citizens that he addressed musically and philosophically on his 2015 Grammy-nominated album Breathless. This […]

Alvin Fielder: Keeping the motion in the music with Kidd Jordan

“The first time Kidd and I played together in 1974 it was like instead of a kinship it was a twin-ship,” remembers master drummer Alvin Fielder of saxophonist Kidd Jordan. […]