Author Archives: Mark LaMaire

Brad Walker and Simon Lott, Redrawblak (Independent)

Like many jazz musicians in New Orleans, saxophonist Brad Walker plays a variety of musical roles. As a sideman and featured soloist, Walker’s skills are put to good use in Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. As a bandleader his quartet plays some of the best forward-thinking jazz [...]

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Smoking Time Jazz Club, Oh Sister Ain’t That Hot! (Independent)

There’s a certain DIY charm to the Smoking Time Jazz Club. This is a band that has earned its keep in the New Orleans trad jazz scene through long days busking on Royal Street and all-night cutting sessions at Frenchmen Street haunts such as the Spotted Cat and Maison. The group’s previous releases have consisted [...]

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Natalie Mae and Her Unturned Tricks, More Than You Know (Independent)

Natalie Mae Palms is part of a fertile crop of musicians to emerge from New Orleans’ Loyola University over the past decade. Raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, her parents were vital players in the folk music scene while she was growing up there. On her first full-length album, More Than You Know, Natalie Mae demonstrates [...]

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Zazou City, The Man Who Couldn’t Dream (Jumping Man Records)

Gypsy jazz music, the style pioneered by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris, has proven to be both enduring and palatable to a widespread audience. Given New Orleans’ French roots and its embrace of the vagabond-Gypsy lifestyle it’s no surprise that this type of music flourishes in the Crescent City. Keyboardist/accordionist Bart Ramsey [...]

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The Bridge Trio, The Bridge Trio (Independent)

Despite the fact that this is the Bridge Trio’s first album, as a musical unit the group has already stunned audiences worldwide and gained a great deal of critical acclaim as the

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The Log Ladies, Let’s Build a Myth Together (Independent)

The Log Ladies sprung up from the fertile soil of New Orleans’ improvisational/creative music scene (à la Blue Nile’s Open Ears Series). Comprised of guitarist Chris Alford, bassist Jesse Morrow, and drummer/poet Dave Cappello, the Log Ladies explore a wide variety of musical terrain on their debut album, Let’s Build a Myth Together, and succeed [...]

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Sarah Quintana, The World Has Changed (Independent)

Anyone with a pair of ears can tell that Sarah Quintana possesses a rare talent. The golden-voiced chanteuse has amassed a formidable following here in her hometown of New Orleans as well as throughout France, where she is a frequent voyager. So it comes with much anticipation that she releases her debut studio album, The [...]

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MarchFourth Marching Band, Magnificent Beast (Marchfourth Music)

If you’ve seen MarchFourth Marching Band live, perhaps at Voodoo or last year’s Halloween show at House of Blues, you know the incredible energy this band is capable of bringing. With an entourage of more than 30 horn players, percussionists, acrobats and stilt-walkers M4 has proven itself to be one of the premiere touring acts. [...]

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Kelly Carlyle, Stethoscope (Independent)

New Orleans, like the rest of the free world, has no shortage of folk-inspired singer/songwriters. As long as the acoustic guitar exists, there will be people pouring out their emotions in song, and musicians willing to play non-paying gigs for the chance to paint their unique picture of reality in music and lyrics. The positive [...]

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Bodhi3, Ceremony (Independent)

The music on Bodhi3’s Ceremony is rooted in a tradition of jazz for spiritual purpose as pioneered by musicians such as John and Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. The band’s three members (Mike Mito on reeds and percussion, drummer Jeff Zielinksi, and bassist/vocalist Rebecca Greene) are relatively unknown on the New Orleans music scene, but [...]

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