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Nicholas Payton, Relaxin’ with Nick (Smoke Sessions Records)

Nicholas Payton swings, hard bops, bebops, sings, gets sentimental, takes it out and adds a bit of electronics on this double album, Relaxin’ with Nick, recorded live at New York’s […]

Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy 2 (Concord Jazz)

Considering the masterful musicians involved—pianist Chick Corea, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade—it comes as no surprise that Trilogy 2, the two-disc follow-up to the trio’s 2014 release Trilogy, […]

Cuban Invasion: Roberto Carcassés & Cimafunk on tap in November

There is music everywhere in New Orleans just like here in Cuba,” said pianist and composer Roberto Carcassés by phone while sitting in a park in his hometown of Havana. […]

We Are The Rhythm: Bamboula 2000 embraces Cuba as it turns 25

Bamboula 2000 — which is celebrating its 25th anniversary—and David D Omni, a Cuban multi-faceted artist, make the miles between New Orleans and the island nation vanish on their collaborative […]

PJ Morton, Paul (Morton Records)

On his latest release, Paul, the multi-talented PJ Morton has something to say, be it a message of hope or of political significance. In some ways, that inclination speaks of […]

Kenny Neal: Swamp Blues in His Bloodline

Throughout his long, successful career, guitarist, vocalist and composer Kenny Neal has been associated with Baton Rouge and its hybrid musical style known as swamp blues. “It has a French […]

Soulful Takeover: Melissa Weber named curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive

“To me, this is just a next step—an advanced step—but it’s in line with everything I’ve done my entire life,” Melissa Weber explains, after being selected as the curator of […]

Big 6 Brass Band, “Big Six” (Independent)

The Big 6 Brass Band is the sound of New Orleans streets today. The ensemble, which was founded in 2017, amazingly played all but about five of the approximately 40 […]

Extended, “Harbinger” (Origin Records)

Pianist Oscar Rossignoli, bassist Matt Booth and drummer Brad Webb make up the brilliant contemporary jazz trio, Extended. These talented, up-and-coming musicians stunned with the ensemble’s 2017 self-titled debut, and […]

Tony Dagradi, “Down Time” (Astral Music)

In the late 1980s, Tony Dagradi, who is most recognized blowing sax with Astral Project, played and recorded with the New Orleans Saxophone Ensemble, an all-star group that was modeled […]