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Wycliffe Gordon brings life-long
Louis Armstrong inspiration
to Satchmo SummerFest

“Unlike a lot of my contemporaries who came into jazz through bebop,” Gordon tells me from New York (where he teaches at the Manhattan School of Music), “what brought me […]

Eli Yamin and Evan Christopher, Louie’s Dream: For Our Jazz Heroes (Yamin Music)

In some jazz circles, the term “trad” sometimes gets a bad rap—like a fusty pop equivalent of the “historically informed performances” of the classical scene. Of course, New Orleans music […]

Steve Masakowski: Things I Like (Independent)

Things I Like Best known for his nearly three decades with Astral Project, guitarist Steve Masakowski has also forged a significant solo career. The title of Things I Like is […]

Nicholas Payton: The Simple Truth

Nicholas Payton, now 39, has been a New Orleans trumpet star almost from the moment he first picked up the horn. The son of revered bassist, composer, and teacher Walter […]