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Dayna Kurtz, “Here Vol. 1” (Kismet)

Dayna Kurtz was a natural fit in New Orleans even before she moved to the city a few years back. Her love of New Orleans R&B and thirst for deep […]

Opinionated and Unpredictable: Louis Armstrong as music critic

Louis Armstrong is known for many things involving his playing and singing, his global popularity and his tireless efforts to promote the music he loved through a nonstop performance schedule. […]

“Alex McMurray Sings His Greatest New Orleans Hits,” (Independent)

Back in the 1950s through the early ’70s New Orleans was known as much for songwriting as for its great music. Perhaps because the city lacked the music industry infrastructure […]

Lynn Drury, “Rise of the Fall” (Independent)

Lynn Drury’s eighth album continues the exponential growth as a songwriter that began in earnest with Sugar on the Floor and her most recent release, Come to My House. The […]

Whistling Past the Graveyard: The gospel according to Luke Spurr Allen

Luke Spurr Allen has patience. It’s a quality that might be mistaken in a city other than New Orleans for inertia, but in the somnabulant byways of his adopted city, […]

Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show , “Life Is a Ride” (Independent)

For a lot of New Orleans musicians, the flood and forced depopulation of the city after Katrina was a slow motion train wreck that piled disaster upon disaster and either […]

Sacred and Profane: The festival-opening invocation by Michael Skinkus and Moyuba

MICHAEL SKINKUS & MOYUBA: FRIDAY, APRIL 28—LAGNIAPPE STAGE, 11:30 A.M   Jazz Fest 48 will be remembered as the year New Orleans officially rekindled its African diaspora cultural connection to […]

The New King of Jazz Fest: Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Rules

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE: SUNDAY, MAY 7—ACURA STAGE, 5:35 P.M.   Over the past half-century the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has defined what it means to be […]

Elvin Bishop, “Big Fun Trio” (Alligator Records)

Damn, here’s another really top-notch record from Elvin Bishop. How does he do it? Very few blues musicians can turn out records that are as consistently great as Elvin’s. I […]

Chloe Feoranzo and Tom McDermott, “Zeppelins Made to Order” (Rabadash Records)

Tom McDermott is an uncharacteristic New Orleans pianist. The sheer virtuosity that epitomizes New Orleans “professors” from Jelly Roll Morton to James Booker is not his goal. McDermott thinks before […]