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Jason Marsalis and the 21st Century Trad Band “Melody Reimagined: book 1” (Basin Street Records)

Melodies suggest melodies that often lead to either new or familiar paths. Think of a song and the next thing you know it reminds you of another. Jason Marsalis uses […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Michael Pellera

“I always suspected I might have a talent for teaching because my mind always wanted answers to questions,” says pianist Michael Pellera, whose first serious jump into academia came at […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Clarence Johnson III

“I’m not necessarily just trying to play music, I’m using music to imitate life,” says the ever-soulful and spiritual saxophonist Clarence Johnson III. “Guys like Wayne Shorter, they’ll go in […]

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness: Giving Today for Tomorrow

While the great Allen Toussaint sadly left us on November 10, 2015, his musical and philanthropic legacy lives on. Fittingly, the renowned composer, arranger, pianist and vocalist’s birthday celebration, Sunday, […]

Ledisi, “Let Love Rule” (Verve)

Ledisi, a New Orleans native who moved to California as a child, gets right to the heart of her peace and love message on Let Love Rule’s opening cut, “Shot […]

George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers, “1943” (American Music)

True fans of clarinetist George Lewis and New Orleans traditional jazz should rejoice at the release of this two-CD, 25-cut product that stands as the legendary clarinetist’s first recording. Perhaps […]

Wendell Albert Eugene (1923 – 2017)

When Wendell Eugene was 13 years old, his brother, Homer, gave him his first trombone. By the time he was 15, he was a member of the musicians’ union. For […]

Web Exclusive: Doin’ Something Different – Ivan Neville’s NOLA nites

Ivan Neville has reach. So there’s a good chance if he calls a musician up for a gig and they’re free they’ll say, “Yea, man.” That’s what the keyboardist, vocalist […]

Uncle Nephew, “Blues” (Ropeadope)

First off, the leaders representing Uncle Nephew  are drummer and vocalist Shannon Powell and guitarist Darren Hoffman. Okay, that explains that though with Powell aboard it’s easy to have certain […]

Delfeayo Marsalis, “Kalamazoo” (Troubadour Jass Records)

The beauty of jazz, or as trombonist/producer Delfeayo Marsalis likes to call it, jass, is articulated on this live recording, Kalamazoo, on chestnuts like “Tin Roof Blues” and “If I […]