Tag Archives: singers

Creators of Award-Winning “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Film Score Casting For New Production

Court 13 Productions, the company responsible for the award-winning Beasts of the Southern Wild film score and Big Freedia’s “Ya’ll Get Back Now” music video, as well as music for the official Barack Obama presidential campaign, is actively seeking local talent once again.   The New Orleans-based, grassroots film production group and self-proclaimed “collective of madcap [...]

Stephanie Jordan: Respect, Maturity and Verve

Stephanie Jordan assembled a top-notch group of long-time collaborators to record her debut album. The vocalist hand-picked such notables as pianist and arranger Mike Esnault, saxophonist Roderick Paulin, bassist Chris Severin and numerous members of her family including her father, saxophonist Edward “Kidd” Jordan, brothers Marlon and Kent Jordan on trumpet and flute respectively and [...]

Leo DeJesus Hits the Spot at Hoshun

Hoshun 1601 St. Charles Ave. (504) 302-9717 How often do you find yourself here? At least once every two weeks, if not every week. It’s usually after working a night shift when I want some good food that’s still offered; Hoshun being open late is definitely one of the main reasons I started coming here, [...]

Pops’ Tops: The 10 Best Louis Armstrong Albums Since 1945

  Satchmo at Symphony Hall (1947) The first live document of Armstrong’s return to the small group format after the big band era. The All Stars—Jack Teagarden on trombone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Sid Catlett on drums, Arvell Shaw on bass and Velma Middleton joining Armstrong on vocals—all got featured spots in a set that [...]

Louis Armstrong’s Musical Ideals

On June 29th, Trombone Shorty brought his band to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for an outdoor concert. The show sold out, but thousands of people kept streaming into the park as he played, creating a vast crowd outside the walls of the arena. Shorty electrified the audience, then toward the end of the set announced, “I’m [...]

Essence Music Festival on Sunday: Fantasia, Eve, and Aretha Franklin

“Some of y’all are too cute to have a good time!” Fantasia is pissed. Or at least, stage-pissed. She’s the second Main Stage act on the final night of the Essence Music Festival and has no patience for hesitancy. Her hair and coat disheveled, her face bathed in sweat, she dashes off the stage and [...]

Essence Music Festival on Friday: Trey Songz, D’Angelo, and Charlie Wilson

Due to a prior commitment, I arrive at the Superdome for the first day of the Essence Music Festival around 10 p.m., just in time for the close of Trey Songz’ set. He shouts out the ladies, then closes with the club anthem “Bottoms Up.” This climaxes with him ripping off his wife-beater to general [...]

The Valparaiso Men’s Chorus, The Straits of St. Claude (Independent)

Whatever traumas he suffered during his stint as Disney Japan’s resident minstrel “Cap’n Sandy,” Alex McMurray did not misspend his stay. With its second recording of sea shanties, McMurray’s Valparaiso Men’s Chorus secures its place as New Orleans’ leading ensemble of drunken men. That they sing beautifully vaults them over the ample competition. In an [...]

T’Monde, Making Believe (Swallow Records)

T’Monde translates as “little world.” Yet, there’s nothing little about this traditional Cajun trio that consists of Pine Leaf Boys‘ Drew Simon (accordion) and Les Bassettes’ Kelli Jones (fiddle) and Megan Brown (guitar) when it comes to authenticity and musicianship. Simon plays his accordion in a tastefully ornamented style with clear, distinct tones and ringing [...]

Various Artists, Ingrid Lucia Presents New Orleans Female Vocalists (American Brat Collaboration)

Always community-minded, vocalist and bandleader Ingrid Lucia has put together a great compilation of female singers from across the New Orleans music scene. The lineup here sticks close to the roots music that New Orleans is famous for. Lucia includes veterans of New Orleans, including Banu Gibson with the sad ballad “Blues In My Heart” [...]