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Susanne Ortner Trio, Last Stop Sehnsucht (Independent)

Susanne Ortner is one of the many emigres who’ve arrived in New Orleans recently to enliven the traditional music scene. Originally from Germany via Pittsburgh, she played fine traditional jazz, […]

Harry Connick, Jr., True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter (Verve)

I’m a big fan of the multi-faceted Connick, and have nearly all of his recordings. Harry is 52; I first heard him at age 17, around the time he left […]

Five Questions with WWOZ Deejay Suzanne Corley

Describe your musical worldview when you moved to town. I moved to New Orleans in 1991 and I didn’t have very much of a musical worldview, other than curiosity to […]

Charlie Dennard, Melodias (Independent)

Dennard, a New Orleans pianist who nevertheless makes most of his living on the road with Cirque du Soleil, has put out a curious disc here. It’s an ECM-like album […]

Richard Piano Scott’s Twisty River Band, Port of New Orleans (Independent)

Richard Scott is one of those fellows—there are a few in town—who boggle with their ability to play multiple instruments: In his case, trombone, tuba, guitar, bass, and at the […]

Matt Lemmler, New Orleans in Stride Volume 1 and 2 (NolaJazzRevival)

Even by the standards of New Orleans musicians, pianist/singer Matt Lemmler is wide-ranging. I first became aware of him for his work with the Dukes of Dixieland and Pete Fountain. […]

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 […]