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Terence Blanchard talks back

Initially renowned as a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, New Orleans native son and five-time Grammy winner Terence Blanchard, 55, has since delved into music from numerous angles. He became […]

Fire in the Hole: The spirit work of Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors

When Victor Harris came out in his beautiful new red suit on Carnival Day 2018, it marked his 53rd year masking Indian, the most in the history of the Mardi […]

Marcus Roberts Trio, “Trio Crescent – Celebrating Coltrane” (J-Master Records)

Pianist Marcus Roberts, leading his longtime trio with bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, revisits one of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane’s recording masterpieces, 1964’s Crescent. They perform the entirety […]

Mark McGrain, “Love Time and Divination” (Immersion Records)

Trombonist Mark McGrain changes direction, mood and instrumentation on his latest release Love Time and Divination in comparison to his previous recordings, including 2015’s IN for the OUT. While that […]

Singing and the Drums Jamison Ross’ rhythm and melody

“I’m sitting down at the drums with nothing but melodies on my mind,” sings Jamison Ross on the groove tune “Call Me” from his new Concord Jazz release, All For […]


The Meters now join an eye-popping list of Louisiana artists—Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Mahalia Jackson, Jelly Roll Morton, Clifton Chenier and Buddy Guy—who have been honored with a Lifetime Achievement […]

Debut of Krewe du Kanaval

Drums, horns, dancers, vocalists and colorful costumes will fill the French Quarter streets as the Krewe of Kanaval debuts on Tuesday, February 6. The procession, a joint venture between Ben […]

Germaine Bazzle, “Swingin’ at Snug” (Musikbloc)

“Please welcome to the stage, the wonderful Miss Germaine Bazzle,” Lawrence Sieberth graciously introduces New Orleans’ high priestess of jazz vocals to begin the album Swingin’ at Snug. Bazzle gets […]

Rockie Charles, “Born For You” (Orleans Records)

“Wow, who is that?” was the reaction of many on first hearing Rockie Charles’ 1996 disc Born For You. The album, which is being re-released on CD and vinyl as […]

Jamison Ross, “All For One” (Concord Jazz)

Expectations—rarely trust-worthy inclinations—were that as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Drums Competition, Jamison Ross would make his mark in jazz behind a drum set. Well, in […]