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G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Swing 17 (Independent)

While there are several bands in town that specialize in gypsy jazz, G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies stand apart for two reasons. First, they aren’t genre-rigid. Bandleader and […]

Dr. Michael White, Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street Records)

A Birthday Ode to New Orleans   In honor of New Orleans’ 300th birthday, Dr. Michael White has put together some of the city’s finest traditional jazz players for an […]

Five Questions with Meschiya Lake on her move to Cork, Ireland

Chanteuse Meschiya Lake-Härm is bidding a fond farewell to New Orleans after 18 years. She was the figurehead, the homing beacon for the zeitgeist of the Frenchmen Street trad scene […]

The Tin Men, Sing with Me (Independent)

Billing themselves as “America’s premiere washboard, sousaphone, and guitar trio,” The Tin Men have been going strong for over fifteen years. They’ve found something special in that combination of instruments […]

Soul Project, The Long Hustle (Soul Universal Productions)

Aptly named The Long Hustle, this second album from Soul Project comes four long hustling years after their critically acclaimed first album, Music for Movers & Shakers. In that time […]

Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, A Woman’s Place (Independent)

Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band is back at it again with their second album, A Woman’s Place. It’s been a meteoric rise for these ladies, who’ve been tapped for some […]

Bon Bon Vivant, Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (Gallatin Street Records)

What a fitting band to choose for the first album on the Gallatin Street Records label. Long before Storyville, the original place to go for sin and vice in New […]

Tuba Skinny, Nigel’s Dream (Independent)

Nigel’s Dream is the ninth album from Tuba Skinny. Recorded in December 2016, the band was unhappy with the sound quality and decided not to release it. Luckily for us, […]

Fest Focus: Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band

FRIDAY, MAY 4—ECONOMY HALL TENT, 1:50 P.M.   Molly, Marla, Julie, Haruka, Chloe, and Dizzy had all made their own names in jazz long before they came together to form […]

Do You Know What It Means?: Kermit Ruffins pays tribute to Louis Armstrong

When Louis Armstrong left New Orleans to go to Chicago in 1922, he joined up with his mentor, Joe “King” Oliver, and from there he went on to become one […]