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Marco Benevento Debuts at Bayou Boogaloo

“Idefinitely come from a lot of different places,” understates keyboardist/songwriter and now vocalist Marco Benevento. The New Jersey native, onetime Brooklynite and current resident of Woodstock, New York, is celebrating […]

Pink Magnolias followed their own paths to New Orleans

The Pink Magnolias may be atypical, but they’re certainly no novelty act. The Japanese three-piece is the real deal, with a background as solid as anyone on the music scene. […]

Where Y’acht aims to take over the Southeast

The tides have recently returned smooth music from its ’70s and ’80s island outpost to an eager and growing audience. Steely Dan and Hall & Oates are hot again. Jazz […]

My Music: Alfred Banks

“The tour is going great—I’m traveling to Fort Wayne [Indiana] right now, heading to Atlanta tomorrow. As far as having bigger audiences out on the road than in New Orleans, […]

Jazz Fest A to Z: Your guide to every artist at Jazz Fest 2017

How do you choose from the variety of cultures, rhythms and sounds available at Jazz Fest? Our guide should help. Happy Jazz Fest! Remember that performance information is subject to […]

20 in 20: A selection of Basin Street releases since 1999

Irvin Mayfield: Irvin Mayfield “Mayfield proves that he is more interested in pushing boundaries than establishing a commercial persona.” —Jonathan Tabak (released April 1, 1999; BSR 0401-2)     Jason […]

Basin Street Records celebrates its 20th anniversary

A sense of community among musicians has long set New Orleans apart from most other cities. Being a component of a greater whole extends beyond the bandstand and includes fans, radio […]

Piano-1-O-Fun! The social music of Jon Batiste

JON BATISTE & STAY HUMAN: SATURDAY, APRIL 29—ACURA STAGE, 3:25 P.M.   “It’s like a day job except with instruments,” says a laughing Jon Batiste of his high-profile position as […]

Hot Horns: Trumpet Mafia upholds the tradition of the trumpet

TRUMPET MAFIA: FRIDAY, APRIL 28—WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 1:40 P.M.   “We grow up hearing that trumpeters blew down the walls of Jericho, that Gabriel’s trumpet announces the will of God…” […]

Love for the City: William Bell returns to New Orleans

WILLIAM BELL: FRIDAY, MAY 5—BLUES TENT, 4:10 P.M.   For someone who never crossed over to lasting pop success in his day, William Bell has nevertheless had a deep and […]