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Michael Urban, New Orleans Rhythm and Blues After Katrina: Music, Magic & Myth (Macmillan)

A few years back OffBeat ran the provocative story “Is New Orleans R&B Dead?” Michael Urban has provided his own examination of the question in his new book. Urban, a […]

Johnny Winter with Dr. John, Live in Sweden 1987 (MVD Visual CD and DVD)

This is a professionally recorded live set from 1987 cut in Stockholm’s Sonet recording studio before an audience of about 100 people. Though Dr. John doesn’t play on the whole […]

Will Porter, Tick Tock Tick (Ace Records)

  This CD is so good I don’t know where to start. So I’ll start with the fact that it’s part of the great New Orleans arranger Wardell Quezergue’s last […]

Professor Longhair, Live In Chicago (Orleans Records)

“And now, ladies and gentlemen, the one and only… Professor Longhair!” Fess hits with a syncopated vamp and it’s off to the races for a half-hour of insanely intense second […]

Fest Focus: Ed Volker

ED VOLKER’S QUINTET NARCOSIS SUNDAY, APRIL 24—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 2:35 P.M.   Ed Volker introduced his post-Radiators project Trio Mollusc at Jazz Fest a few years back. The band’s wild concatenations […]

Toussaint Toujours: Jazz Fest is Dancing to Toussaint’s Tune

TRIBUTE TO ALLEN TOUSSAINT: SUNDAY, MAY 1—GENTILLY STAGE, 2:20 P.M.   One of the signature moments of this year’s Jazz Fest will be the Allen Toussaint tribute on May 1. […]

John Sinclair, It’s All Good: A John Sinclair Reader (SinclairReader.com)

The pioneering music journalist, poet and activist John Sinclair had already accomplished the work of a lifetime when he came to live in New Orleans in the early 1990s. During […]

Medicine Man: Marc Stone’s Surge Of Sunshine

For a lot of New Orleans music fans, French Quarter Fest starts when Marc Stone kicks his band into high gear Friday morning at the Tropical Isle stage. The Gazebo […]

Michael Cerveris, Piety (Low Heat Records)

Producer Mark Bingham shuttered the Piety Street studio two and a half years ago, long enough to reflect on the range and breadth of music that was made there, the […]

David Bowie – 1971

Readers may be shocked by some of the comments Bowie expresses here, but Bowie later disavowed many of these kinds of comments blaming them on mental instability caused by his […]