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Various Artists, En Français: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll Vol. 2 (Bayou Teche Brewing Co)

Readers who may have missed the first volume of En Français: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll are in for a real treat this year. According to Louis Michot, bandleader, […]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (Sony Legacy)

Ever since taking the reins of operating Preservation Hall — New Orleans’ shrine to the sources of music that coalesced into the earliest form of jazz — artistic director Ben […]

Chris Thomas King, Bona Fide (21st Century Blues)

Bona Fide offers a glimpse of Chris Thomas King in full stride propelled by mid-career confidence, a genuinely inventive and compelling inheritor of the blues traditions whose surprisingly intimate performances […]

Maria Muldaur Latches onto Lizzie “Kid” Douglas (Memphis Minnie)

Maria Muldaur remembers precisely the moment that New Orleans native Lizzie “Kid” Douglas — better known by her stage name, Memphis Minnie — became a guiding light for both her […]

Preservation Hall West Opens in San Francisco

Ben Jaffe sits in the rear office behind Preservation Hall. The Hall’s director — and son of Allan and Sandra Jaffe — is looking out the window, past the courtyard, […]

Fesstoration: Tipitina’s to Rebuild Professor Longhair’s Home

In death, as in life, Professor Longhair remains a spirit whose individuality transcends even his everlasting, idiosyncratic contribution of “rumba boogie” to the incredibly rich legacy of New Orleans and […]

Ralston Crawford’s Classic Images

Ralston Crawford and Jazz — on display at the New Orleans Museum of Art now through Sunday, October 14 — contains a variety of classic New Orleans photographic images, a […]

Tourism Funding Should Include Tip Jar for Musicians

In just six weeks this past spring, the New Orleans music community demonstrated its post-Katrina vitality and proved its incalculable value as a tourist draw beyond even the glimmer of […]

Dr. Michael White, Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 2 (Basin Street Records)

Part Two of Dr. White’s exhilarating and euphoric musical adventures, which have been not so much “in” New Orleans jazz as “with” it, display a distinctly domestic character, particularly in […]

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Twenty Dozen (Savoy Jazz Records)

The idea for this one was to pick up on the plan for the Dozen’s fifth album back in 1991, Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do with the Rest of Your […]