Norbert Susemihl, Chloe Feoranzo, Barnaby Gold and Harry Mayronne, The New Orleans Dance Hall Quartet


dance-hallIts springtime again, festival season is upon us, and just as the crawfish boils get going Norbert Susemihl will come to town, as he has for over 30 years. A long-time devotee of traditional New Orleans music, Susemihl has a new album this year featuring some of the best players on the scene in New Orleans. This time around he’s focusing on music played in New Orleans dance halls of the ’40s/’50s revival era. Leading on trumpet and vocals, Norbert has enlisted Chloe Feoranzo on clarinet and vocals, Harry Mayronne on piano and Barnaby Gold on drums. The New Orleans Dance Hall Quartet features classics like “Milenburg Joys” and “I’m Alone Because I Love You,” as well as less-often-heard tunes like “Willie’s Cabbage Song” and “Wait ’Til the Sun Shines, Nellie.” Norbert knows how to pick a band. Harry and Barnaby lay a solid foundation while Chloe complements him beautifully. As New Orleans music goes out into the world, it sometimes comes back to us like an echo. While the revival era is all the rage in Europe, it is largely overlooked here at home. Recorded at the brand-new Tricentennial Hall of the American Federation of Musicians, this album is sure to delight revival fans and (hopefully) make a few new ones too.