Author Archives: Zachary Young

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 69): Calvin Johnson Jr.’s Favorite Things

A resident of the Musicians Village, 27-year-old saxophonist Calvin Johnson Jr. is one of the brightest spots among New Orleans’ up-and-coming generation of jazz musicians. His ebullient and explosive playing has accompanied acclaimed artists such as Harry Connick Jr. and Aaron Neville as well as local favorites such as Glen David Andrews and Kirk Joseph. [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 68): Roselyn Lionheart, Young at Heart

The day after Christmas, Roselyn Lionheart will celebrate her 75th birthday with a party at Cafe Istanbul. Many know the lighthearted Roselyn — either directly or indirectly — as one-half of the longstanding husband-and-wife duo David & Roselyn, which, apart from the occasional tour or festival gig, has staked its claim on the streets of [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 67): Jayna Morgan, Naughty and Nice

‘Tis the season, and sultry jazz singer Jayna Morgan has Christmas fever. She and her Sazerac Sunrise Jazz Band recently released its debut effort, Mistletoe & Stockings. The album features Morgan and her outfit’s “vampy, trampy swing jazz” stylings over seasonal staples such as “Winter Wonderland” and “White Christmas” and local favorites such as “Christmas [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 66): Helen Gillet & James Singleton, Dynamic Duo

11 years ago, cellist Helen Gillet moved to the Crescent City. Within a year of her arrival, she began collaborating with bassist James Singleton. Each drawing from a background in classical and jazz — with Gillet’s more rooted in classical and Singleton’s more rooted in jazz — their partnership gave rise to a unique improvisational [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 65): Ingrid Lucia, Just in the Nick of Time

After raising more than $7,000 on Kickstarter to fund her new album Living the Life, enchanting chanteuse Ingrid Lucia found herself on the brink of shelving the project. Though the recordings — which were produced by bassist Roland Guerin and feature a host of New Orleans finest musicians including trombonist Mark Mullins, pianist Davell Crawford [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 64): James Westfall, Picking Up on the Vibes

The Wee Trio (vibraphonist James Westfall, bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Jared Schonig) recently released its first live album, The Wee Trio Live at the Bistro. Recorded in Loomis’ native Saint Louis, the set encompasses cuts from the jazz trio’s three previous studio endeavors — including its most recent, Ashes to Ashes: A David Bowie [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 63): BAM, Nicholas Payton!

Nearly two years ago, trumpeter Nicholas Payton’s blog post “On Why Jazz Isn’t Cool Anymore” stirred mass controversy for suggesting the word “jazz” bore racial undertones unbecoming of black American music. In a subsequent post in response to his critics, he, drawing from his dialectical investigation, coined the phrase and kicked off the BAM (Black [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 62): Rolling with Author Matt Sakakeeny

Recently, Tulane University music professor Matt Sakakeeny published Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans, a book chronicling the lives of brass band musicians in New Orleans that also includes illustrations from venerated local artist Willie Birch. Sakakeeny, a musician and ethnomusicologist who moved to the city 16 years ago, began [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 61): The Mind of Ratty Scurvics

“I catch myself writing about the same material a lot — the same subject matter: the end of the world, homicide, suicide, all of those lovely spirited subjects — so I decided, why not do a record where I get all of that out of my system.” says subversive rock ‘n’ roller Ratty Scurvics just [...]

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Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 60): Christian Winther, From Denmark to Duets

While vacationing with his father at age 14, Denmark native and reed player Christian Winther first set foot in the Crescent City. Inspired by its music, Winther relocated to the city to study jazz at the University of New Orleans in 1997. Since, the saxophone and clarinet man has found himself in high demand both [...]

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