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Frank Salis and Michael Watson, “Frank Salis Meets Michael Watson” (Independent)

On this album, pianist, guitarist and organist Frank Salis, a native of Switzerland, not only encounters Crescent City vocalist and trombonist Michael Watson, he hooks up with a crew of […]

Essence: The Party with a Purpose

Essence Fest holds many vivid and very individual memories for those who’ve attended the fest, as well as those who’ve performed. There was Aretha Franklin’s stunning appearance at the first […]

Natural Appeal: Marc Morial remembers the birth of Essence Festival

“The festival has exceeded my wildest imagination,” exclaims Marc Morial of the 25th anniversary of the Essence Festival. Morial, who is currently the President of the National Urban League, was […]

Various Artists, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Smithsonian Folkways)

One of the beauties of the five-CD box set, Jazz Fest: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is that on the very first cut on disc one, The Golden […]

Davell Crawford, Dear Fats, I Love You (Basin Street Records)

Davell Crawford allows his piano to sing the lyrics of the late, legendary Fats Domino’s greatest hits on Dear Fats, I Love You. He’s alone at the wonderfully rich sounding […]

One, Two, Three, Hit It! Angelo Moore and the Brand New Step hit it

Angelo Moore, the exuberant saxophonist, vocalist, and original member of the alternative ska, reggae and punk band Fishbone, moves in only a slightly more modern direction on his newest project, […]

In Memoriam: Cecil George Palmer (1945 – 2019)

Cecil Palmer was more than a fine chef; he was embraced as a much-loved member of New Orleans’s music and festival community. Born in Race Course, Jamaica, he brought the […]

In Memoriam: Wesley Schmidt (1951 – 2019)

Wesley Schmidt played many diverse roles in his hometown of New Orleans. As the owner of the Frenchmen Street jazz mecca Snug Harbor, he worked quietly during the day in […]

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bon Ton (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Dwayne Dopsie gets right to it with his accordion pumpin’ on his original, “Andree Jones,” the opener of Bon Ton. The tune has all the zydeco essentials, including hilarious lyrics […]

Alexey Marti, Mundo (Independent)

Cuban-born New Orleans resident Alexey Marti delivers a wonderfully comprehensive album of Latin flavors that moves seamlessly through a range of rhythms and moods. Remarkably, the talented percussionist stands as […]