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Benny Amón, Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls

Drummer Benny Amón, transplanted here from California in 2011, has been digging into the sounds of New Orleans revival heroes Zutty Singleton and the Barbarin Brothers. Pearls was recorded in […]

Kris Tokarski, Ragtime – New Orleans Style, Vol. 2 (Big Al Records)

Most of the traditional jazz players in New Orleans try and reproduce the music from the ’10s through ’40s by emulating that music as closely as possible, rhythmically, harmonically and […]

IN MEMORIAM: Connie Jones (1934 – 2019)

The singular trumpet/cornet player Connie Jones passed away in New Orleans on February 14 at age 84. Jones played with giants of traditional jazz, joining Jack Teagarden’s band at age […]

Dexter Payne Quintet, Jazz for All (Jazz Forro) (Dexofon Records)

The past 30 years have seen a groundswell of American interest in early Brazilian music, fueled (I believe) in part by releases by Arthur Moreira Lima on Pro-Arte Digital and […]

Doro Wat Jazz Band, Doro Wat Jazz Band (Album Review)

With all the trad jazz talent in New Orleans these days, it was bound to happen: Someone decided to put together a “superstar” band. Not superstar in the sense of […]

Charlie Dennard, Sozinho (Independent)

Charlie Dennard is a New Orleans native who splits his time between the Crescent City and Cirque de Soleil. With Sozinho, he’s recorded one of the most elegant solo piano […]

Chris Champagne, “Secret New Orleans” (Jonglez Publishing)

This is a most unusual travel book: a guide for New Orleanians who’ve lived here for decades. There are 113 places listed; I’ve lived here 34 years and have been […]

Stanton Moore, “With You in Mind: The Songs of Allen Toussaint” (Mascot Records)

The late Allen Toussaint wrote hundreds of songs, many never recorded, many turned into local and national hits. He’s now entered the stage where eminent musicians are devoting entire albums […]

Shotgun Jazz Band, “Steppin’ on the Gas” (Independent)

The SJB is at the forefront of an exciting traditional jazz renaissance taking place in New Orleans, with most of the action on Frenchmen Street. The drumless rhythm section is […]

Jon Cleary, “Live at Chickie Wah Wah” (FHQ Records)

This is Jon Cleary’s first solo piano album. Since Jon is as good as anyone at performing the New Orleans R&B/funk songbook, people have been waiting eons for this. As […]