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Mitch Woods, “Friends Along the Way” (eOne)

Pianist Mitch Woods has always found creative ways to maximize the interest level he brings to recordings, mixing good studio concepts with some unique live settings, including his longstanding gig […]

John Fohl, “Hands On You” (Independent)

John Fohl came down from Montana in the old century and made himself an indispensable member of the New Orleans music community. His signature gig was a decade-plus-long residence at […]

The New Icons: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has achieved a plateau of excellence that most artists never reach in a lifetime

A few months ago OffBeat publisher Jan Ramsey lamented the passing of a generation of New Orleans musical icons who have given this city so much of its rich musical […]

Tin Men, On the Shady Side (Independent)

For most of the 20th century New Orleans music spent its energy preserving and building on the spectacular advances it created in the first two decades of the 1900s. We […]

Lonely Lonely Knights, Lonely Lonely Knights (Independent)

If you want to fight back against the forces that are trying to destroy live local music, this is a good place to start. We’re in an all-out cultural war […]

The New Reconstruction: James Andrews and other musicians reflect on Katrina, the Federal Flood and the new new Orleans.

Welcome to the era of boosterism in New Orleans. We are being bombarded with endless references to the “Katrina recovery,” the glorious civic self- congratulation festival that has officials pointing […]

Winning Over Audiences

Irvin Mayfield stood in front of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on stage at the Théâtre Maisonneuve in Montreal. “We’re here to bring New Orleans to Montreal,” he said, gesturing […]

Mayfield at Montreal Jazz Festival

Irvin Mayfield canceled several high profile appearances in New Orleans in the wake of a WWL-TV investigation into his financial dealings as director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, but […]

George Porter Jr., It’s Time to Funk (Independent)

Bassist George Porter Jr. is the link between generations of New Orleans schools of funk, a member of the Meters when that band codified the form in the late 1960s through […]

Irene Sage, Love Is Good (Independent)

Irene Sage is a direct link to the carefree pre-Katrina days when New Orleans was a true musicians’ town and you didn’t see limos on Frenchmen Street. Back then it […]