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Louisiana Muse

Musician and photographer Zack Smith, a recipient of a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Community grant, used it to assemble a portrait photography project he calls “My Louisiana Muse.” […]

Obituary: Lenny McDaniel

New Orleans-born singer-songwriter Lenny McDaniel passed away July 3 after a long battle with kidney failure. He was 65 years old. Like most teenagers during the ’60s, McDaniel started a […]

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night (Columbia)

Shadows in the Night is a collection of standards that were covered by Frank Sinatra. I’ve heard all these songs many times over the course of my lifetime, but I […]

Get Ready to Bach Around the Clock

The 18th annual Bach Around the Clock non-stop classical music marathon will begin on Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m., and continue without pause through Saturday, March 21, at midnight. […]

Obituary: Kim Fowley

There is so much to say about Kim Fowley, but rather than tell you about his life, I’ll suggest that you watch two films, The Runaways and The Mayor of […]

Obituary: Johnny Ray Allen

Johnny Ray Allen, songwriter and original bassist for the subdudes, the local beloved roots-rock group, passed away on August 8 at his home in New Orleans. Although he had a […]

Obituary: Jim Russell

Russell J. Birnbach, better-known as Jim Russell, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Russell had suffered a massive stroke on July 5 and had been in […]

Charlie Miller, Classic: 21 Classical Compositions for Solo Trumpet and Solo Piano (Independent)

Charlie Miller usually greets me with, “Hello Beethoven”—his way of letting me know that he remembers that I, too, write music. But my music pales in comparison to Miller’s spiritually […]

Zander Andreas Celebrates 15 Years of Jazz Fest Shows

This year marks a decade-and-a-half of Alexander “Zander” Andreas producing shows during Jazz Fest. Many of Andreas’ concerts will take place at the Blue Nile, One Eyed Jacks and the […]

Jayna Morgan & the Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band, Mistletoe & Stockings (11th Commandments Records)

What Morgan brings to Frenchmen Street—classic traditional swing music—is all captured mostly successfully on Mistletoe & Stockings. Pianist and flutist Meghan Swartz did nearly all of the arrangements, which are […]