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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 […]

Don Vappie brings to life the music of early New Orleans jazz pioneer Joe “King” Oliver

“When I got into and started really playing New Orleans jazz more often, it was me working my way back,” says Don Vappie, on break between classes at Loyola University, […]

With Bells On: Meschiya Lake remembers Sweet Emma Barrett

There is a scene in the 1965 film The Cincinnati Kid in which a rain-drenched Steve McQueen walks down the nighttime streets of the French Quarter looking wretched. He passes […]

Louie Fontaine brings his music and his machine to the former Handsome Willy’s

For years Saints fans have known the former Handsome Willy’s as a great place for drinks and eats close to the Dome with happy hour specials and DJ nights. However, […]

Norbert Susemihl’s Joyful Gumbo, “Norbert Susemihl’s Joyful Gumbo” (Sumi Records)

Norbert Susemihl has been playing New Orleans music since the tender age of 14, when he co-founded Papa Tom’s Lamentation Jazz Band in Hamburg, Germany. He’s been a fixture of […]