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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 […]

The Legendary Doctor Generosity, Oolah Malla Walla (Independent)

Oolah Malla Walla is a record of new compositions written in the style of Professor Longhair and played by an All-Star New Orleans R&B band made up of Walter Wolfman […]

Backtalk: Johnny Sansone

Johnny Sansone had already established himself as a harmonica virtuoso in New Orleans when he released Crescent City Moon in 1997. The album won a slew of Best of the Beat […]

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 […]