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Panorama Jazz Band/Panorama Brass Band, Good Music for You (Panorama Records)

The absolute worst sin against art that a neophyte New Orleanian can commit is the embrace of the city’s deep, mysterious culture as his or her plaything. The streets of […]

Ruby & the Rogues, Ruby & the Rogues (Independent)

This is the record Ruby Redrang fans have been waiting for. The plucky guitarist/vocalist/songwriter leads an unorthodox trio with percussionist Michael Ennis and cellist Suki Kuehn. The combination of Redrang’s […]

Dayna Kurtz, Rise and Fall (Kismet/M.C. Records)

Dayna Kurtz is a welcome addition to the New Orleans music scene. She’s a singer/songwriter with the forthrightness of a farm girl and the wiles of a New York cabaret […]

Backtalk: Dayna Kurtz

The crowd assembled at the All Ways lounge April 17 to hear Dayna Kurtz included numerous local musicians and journalists. They were on hand for the release party of Rise […]

Irvin Mayfield, New Orleans Jazz Playhouse (Basin Street Records)

Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has taken a typically contrarian approach to the death of the music business. Instead of compressing his music into the tiniest package technically possible and distributing it […]

Johnny Sansone, Lady On the Levee (Shortstack Records)

In 2009, Anders Osborne put together an acoustic band with John Fohl and Johnny Sansone to woodshed new material in a series of shows at Chickie Wah Wah. The collaboration […]

Spencer Bohren, Seven Birds (Valve Records)

Another keeper from the great Spencer Bohren. Bohren is well known for his singing and guitar work but he has amassed a really impressive songbook over the years, and Seven […]

Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott, City of Timbres (Independent)

In addition to being an advanced conceptualist and historian, pianist Tom McDermott is a musician’s musician, one of the most adept accompanists in New Orleans. His ability to bring out […]

BackTalk: Pete Townshend

Fifty years ago The Who came screaming out of London with a sound for the ages. Lead singer Roger Daltrey acted out the aggressive youth anthems written by guitarist Pete […]

The Legacy of Theodore Emile “Bo” Dollis

“It was the Bo Dollis Mardi Gras,” declared Mardi Gras Indian historian and radio host Jack Snyder. Snyder was reflecting on Dollis after two weeks of Mardi Gras punctuated by […]