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James Singleton, Shiner (Independent)

Bass is the sinew of the jazz band. Mistress of the pulse, muted partner of the melodic lead, architect of harmony in motion, in glorious service of the perfect whole. […]

The Write Brothers Take Flight

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Jim McCormick is sitting in his Metairie living room late at night channel surfing. He stops at the George Harrison documentary, watches […]

Write Brothers, First Flight (Threadhead Records)

For the past century, New Orleans has been known as a place of great instrumentalists and great singers. The emphasis has been on live performance and there has been a […]

Obituary: Big Chief Bo Dollis

In a city of originals, Bo Dollis stood out. Over the last half century, he was an integral part of the Black New Orleans tradition of Mardi Gras Indians as […]

Paul Sanchez, The World Is Round Everything That Ends Begins Again (Independent)

Paul Sanchez’s transformation from corporate rocker in Cowboy Mouth to one of the most distinctive New Orleans songwriters was among the happiest post-Katrina storylines in a city struggling to rediscover […]

Ed Volker, Waiting for the Abyssianian (Independent)

Abyssianian as in the abyss, the cryptic goal of life. So inevitable it gets two songs in the set written in 2011, the first an exercise in Central American fiction, the […]

Davis, Ex Machina (Independent)

What do you do after they base a TV series on your album, then enable your next album to be an elaborate rumination on your role in the TV series? […]

Oh Crap, It’s Christmas!

Debbie Davis is making up for lost time with her third album, Oh Crap, It’s Christmas, and a live performance December 21 at Café Istanbul. The lusty, wisecracking blonde chanteuse […]

Protecting Dave Bartholomew’s Legacy

The modest, wood-frame house at 1616 N. Galvez St. looks pretty much like all its neighbors, but the front door leads to a dynastic kingdom inside. Walk through the sparsely […]

Treme at Buffa’s–You Better Not Leave

A New Orleans tradition was renewed Sunday night when people gathered in the back room at Buffa‘s to watch the HBO drama Treme and hear one of the featured artists […]