Tag Archives: Tim Laughlin

Tim Laughlin’s Open Letter to Pete Fountain

Dear Pete, when you announced your retirement a few months ago, the bitter-sweetness of such a difficult decision weighed on so many who know and love you. When I spoke to you that day I didn’t have the words, but now I do and I want to say thank you. We all have our favorite [...]

Happy Birthday Pete Fountain! The Clarinetist Turns 84

Legendary New Orleans musician, Bourbon Street club owner, and ambassador for the city Pete Fountain turns 84 years old today. Born Pierre Dewey LaFontaine, Jr., on July 3, 1930 in New Orleans, he changed his name to Pete Fountain before he began playing clarinet professionally. While he doesn’t perform these days, Fountain’s presence remains as [...]

French Quarter Fest Visitor Profile: John and Marie Morris

Belmont, California, residents John and Marie Morris know exactly what to do as soon as they land in New Orleans for French Quarter Festival. “The first thing we do when we get out here is go to Walgreens and buy two chairs,” John Morris said. “And then when we’re done, we just give them away [...]

Tim Laughlin, The Trio Collection Vol. 1 (Gentilly Records)

After having several house parties/concerts at his house in the Vieux Carré, clarinetist Tim Laughlin decided that he should record his next record there. Given the quality of the music on The Trio Collection Vol. 1, it was an excellent decision. There is a bright and open quality to the sound and music here. Everybody [...]

First Listen: Tim Laughlin – “Oh, Daddy Blues”

We’ve got an exclusive preview of a track off of clarinetist Tim Laughlin’s new CD, The Trio Collection Vol I for your listening pleasure. The track, “Oh, Daddy Blues,” dates back to 1923, when Bessie Smith performed it with Clarence Williams on piano. David Boeddinghaus and Hal Smith join Laughlin on piano and drums, respectively, [...]

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. [...]

OffBeat’s Concert Picks of the Week: March 21-27, 2013

Louisiana Music on Tour Full Concert Calendar   THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Chickie Wah Wah: Creole String Beans (RB) 8p New Orleans Arena: Alicia Keyes (RB) 8p Ogden Museum of Southern Art: John Boutte (JV) 6p Alicia Keys plays the New Orleans Arena on Thursday.     FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Carrollton Station: Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements [...]

Seva Venet presents the Storyville Stringband of New Orleans, My Bayou Home (Independent)

It’s refreshing to hear a record of traditional New Orleans music not stuffed with the old warhorse tunes. I love to hear “Muskrat Ramble,” but nobody needs to record it any more. Seva Venet’s Storyville Stringband’s My Bayou Home is chock-full of mostly Venet’s originals with a couple rare tunes from the first 30 years [...]

Thomas W. Jacobsen, Traditional New Orleans Jazz: Conversations with the Men Who Make the Music (LSU Press)

There are few listeners in New Orleans who’ve devoted themselves as fervently to the cause of covering traditional jazz as Tom Jacobsen. Traditional New Orleans Jazz: Conversations With the Men Who Make the Music is a unique oral history of a subject surprisingly neglected: the lives of people who’ve made their living playing trad jazz [...]

Tim Laughlin featuring Connie Jones, If Dreams Come True (Gentilly Records)

During the summer of 2010, clarinetist Tim Laughlin asked cornetist Connie Jones to imagine a “dream band”. The list included—among others—John Sheridan on piano, Ed Wise on bass, Danny Coots on drums, and Larry Scala on guitar. Unbeknownst to him, Laughlin was planning a recording session. He brought in that very fantasy rhythm section, adding [...]