“I tell people that my mom had triplets—she had me, a little baby grand and a microphone,” Davell Crawford says and begins to laugh. His statement isn’t far from the truth. Crawford, now renowned as the “Piano Prince of New Orleans,” sat in front of a keyboard at 2 years old, graduated to a little [...]
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Despite the fact that this is the Bridge Trio’s first album, as a musical unit the group has already stunned audiences worldwide and gained a great deal of critical acclaim as the
They might be one of New Orleans’ top young jazz groups, but there aren’t nearly as many chances as one would like to see The Bridge Trio—Joe Dyson on drums, Max Moran on bass, Conun Pappas on keyboards—perform live. After graduating from prestigious Northeast music schools, Moran and Dyson returned to New Orleans, while Pappas [...]
This EP by NOCCA theater student Austin Reed Alleman contains six self-penned songs. “Going Home,” with his brother Ben Alleman on piano, is clearly the standout.
Tonight, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour wraps up its two-night stand at the New Orleans Arena. On Monday, the show’s choreographer, Travis Payne, gave a class at NOCCA and talked with OffBeat‘s Patrick Rulh about Jackson and the show. Tickets are on sale now.
New Orleans has long been a piano town. And it’s long been a parade town. Therein lies the problem: If you’re a pianist, you can’t join the parade. No one’s yet found a way to strap a Steinway around his or her neck and march down St. Charles Avenue. This dilemma has often perplexed Jonathan [...]
Oak Street is quiet on a Wednesday night. This strip of secondhand stores, head shops and coffeehouses in the Riverbend lies empty but for the occasional taxi and mohawked bicycle rider that roll down the road toward South Carrollton Avenue. They are coming from the Maple Leaf Bar, the last establishment still open at 11, [...]
For many, jazz is merely a style of music. For New Orleans, it is as much a part of its tradition as it is an institution. Founded in 1973, the New Orleans Creative Center for the Arts (NOCCA), has championed its legacy in the contemporary era. In its brief history, NOCCA alumni such as Harry [...]
“You’re in NOCCA. People love you.” Entertainment attorney Ashlye Keaton reminded performing arts students at NOCCA of this fact Wednesday as part of Grammy Career Day, where she sat on a panel with musician Delfeayo Marsalis, Basin Street Records’ Mark Samuels and the Music Shed’s Chris Finney. The session gave students practical insight into how [...]
Jazz trumpeter Clyde Kerr, Jr. ,a renowned teacher at NOCCA, passed away at the beginning of August. In our September issue, some of his former students, including Troy Andrews and Irvin Mayfield, talk about how much they learned from Kerr, not just about playing jazz, but about art and life in general. In this video [...]