Tag Archives: Danny Barker

Monthly Guitar Extravaganza Series Evokes Danny Barker

Like a pop-up restaurant, a musical series, the Guitar Extravaganza, has been taking place at various venues across the city. The monthly events are presented to raise funds in preparation for next October’s first annual Danny Barker’s Banjo and Guitar Festival. In honor of Barker, each show features several outstanding guitarists and/or banjo players who [...]

Leroy Jones: Blowing Up a Storm

More often than not, when he’s playing at home in New Orleans, Leroy Jones throws his horn over his shoulders, tosses his music books and CDs into his cruiser basket, and crosses Rampart Street into the French Quarter. And more often than not, his wife, trombonist Katja Toivola, is on the bicycle in front of [...]

BackTalk: Kermit Ruffins, Hot and Spicy

When people mention Kermit Ruffins, they rarely use his last name. They just say, “Hey, we’re going to hear Kermit tonight” or “We’re heading to Kermit’s place later.” Like one of the trumpeter’s and vocalist’s mentors, the late bass drummer “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, Kermit makes folks feel like they are a part of his family. [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: March 13

Here’s OffBeat’s video tribute to the people and events that shaped New Orleans and Louisiana music history through the years on March 13, enjoy… Have a special Louisiana music moment that you’d like to add to our timeline? Email us at info@offbeat.com. 1962: Happy Birthday to New Orleans composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard! 1994: Musician [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: January 13

January 13 1889: Birth of trombonist and sax player Harrison Barnes, born on the Magnolia Plantation. 1905: Birth of trumpeter Percy Humphrey, born in New Orleans 1909: Birth of Danny Barker, born in New Orleans at 1027 Chartres St. 1962: Happy Birthday to Trace Adkins, born in Springhill, Louisiana 1982: Happy Birthday to singer and [...]

The BEAT Goes On: A 25 Year Retrospective of OffBeat Magazine

OffBeat Magazine, the foremost authority on Louisiana music and one of the world’s longest-running jazz and roots music publications, celebrates its 25th anniversary with this issue. Here, we give a pithy history of how the publication grew in tandem with the popularity of the city and state of Louisiana’s music scene as it recaptured the [...]

New Orleans Helsinki Connection, Paradise on Earth (Spirit of New Orleans Productions)

Sweetness and light abound on the latest release from New Orleans Helsinki Connection. Led by the inimitable Leroy Jones and buffeted by vocal contributions from Tricia Boutté and Yolanda Windsay, the album sounds like late afternoon. Jones and Katja Toivola direct this transatlantic exchange, enlisting players who care about getting it right. Gerald French and [...]

Meet Me at the Second Line: The Black Men of Labor Talk Tradition

The 2012-2013 social aid and pleasure club parade season, which runs from the last Sunday in August to mid-June, has begun. The time seemed right to sit down with the founding members of the Black Men of Labor organization — Fred Johnson, Gregg Stafford and Benny Jones, Sr. — to talk about its parade and [...]

Kid Merv: Drinking from the Source

If you’re a musician in New Orleans, you’re never far from the source. In the case of trumpeter/vocalist Mervin “Kid Merv” Campbell, he’s got it coming and going. His great uncle, Kid Rena, was a local star during the infancy of jazz in the early 20th Century, a rival of Louis Armstrong’s who replaced Satchmo [...]

Various Artists, Mardi Gras Parade Music From New Orleans, Volume 2 (GHB Records)

Compilations of New Orleans Mardi Gras music have a tendency to adjust themselves to outside perceptions of the holiday rather than vice versa. Not so with GHB Records’ newest offering. There are no conspicuous appeals here to the broader commercial market, notwithstanding a recording of “The Saints” from Louis Armstrong, whose Mardi Gras bona fides [...]