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A Trombone-Lovin’ City: Corey Henry carries on the tradition

Trombonist Corey Henry hails from a family full of noted drummers including his grandfather, Chester Jones; his uncle, Treme Brass Band leader Benny Jones; and an uncle who played with […]

IN MEMORIAM: Eric Traub (1947 – 2019)

“The more flexible you are, the more you work—that’s the way it’s done down here,” saxophonist Eric Traub once said. He lived his life by those words, adeptly blowing modern […]

Cousin Joe, James Booker and Snooks Eaglin, Rhapsody in Bronze (504 Records)

Pure New Orleans Genius   This gem of an album represents three previously unreleased “short sessions” by a trio of this city’s legendary artists: vocalist Cousin Joe (Pleasant Joseph), pianist/vocalist […]

Branford Marsalis: Melody is at the base of all music

“I play music, I love playing music,” tenor and soprano saxophonist Branford Marsalis simply states while talking about his longtime quartet’s latest, impressive release, The Secret Between the Shadow and the […]

IN MEMORIAM: Ricky Paulin (1959 – 2019)

Ricky Paulin, the seventh of 13 children of trumpeter Ernest “Doc” Paulin and his wife Betty, loved the clarinet, traditional jazz music and people. That was evident in the joy […]

Kari Sjöstrand & Larry Turner, The Deal (Karisma Muzik)

Swedish tenor and soprano saxophonist Kari Sjöstrand knows how to best use the talent in her band, including co-leader bassist Larry Turner as well as the New Orleans musicians that […]

Max Moran & Neospectric, Neospectric (Bubble Bath)

Max Moran is best known as a member of the Bridge Trio as well as a bassist who’s much-called up on the New Orleans jazz scene. His most prevalent environment […]

The culture is for everybody, says Monogram Hunters Big Chief Pie

Tambourines ring and sewing needles fly with particular intensity during the weeks leading up to Carnival Day as the Mardi Gras Indians prepare for the holiday. On Sunday evenings, many […]

IN MEMORIAM: Alvin Fielder (1935 – 2019)

“I have Max Roach dancing in my head,” drummer Alvin Fielder once said when asked about his approach to his instrument. Fielder, is most recognized for co-founding, along with saxophonist Kidd […]

IN MEMORIAM: Todd Duke (1970 – 2019)

Todd Duke was a fine guitarist and, importantly, a musician who listened. Those qualities made him a much sought after and appreciated sideman and carried through to his work as […]