Author Archives: Jonathan Tabak

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Ricky’s Return


Peter Martin, Something Unexpected (Maxjazz)

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Michael Pellera, Son of Sky (Pajacis)

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Rodney Jones, Soul Manifesto (Blue Note)

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Bobby Broom, Modern Man (Delmark)

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Essential Reading

A Marsalis Family Reunion

Unlike the Jackson Five or the Neville Brothers, the celebrated Marsalis jazz family doesn’t normally perform as a unit. But there is one force that can bring trumpeter Wynton, saxophonist Branford, trombonist Delfeayo, and drummer/vibraphonist Jason together on stage: their father, pianist/jazz educator Ellis Marsalis. On August 4, Louis Armstrong’s official 100th birthday, Kiefer/UNO Lakefront [...]

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Swinging Sundays

New Orleans loves to have a good time when it’s not supposed to. Take the “Blue Monday” jam session led by Bob French at Donna’s, for example. Or the ReBirth Brass Band’s sweat-soaked Tuesday night funk fests at the Maple Leaf. Well, pencil in a new one: Sunday afternoons at Kermit Ruffins’ Jazz & Blues [...]