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Ledisi, “Let Love Rule” (Verve)

Ledisi, a New Orleans native who moved to California as a child, gets right to the heart of her peace and love message on Let Love Rule’s opening cut, “Shot […]

George Lewis and his New Orleans Stompers, “1943” (American Music)

True fans of clarinetist George Lewis and New Orleans traditional jazz should rejoice at the release of this two-CD, 25-cut product that stands as the legendary clarinetist’s first recording. Perhaps […]

Wendell Albert Eugene (1923 – 2017)

When Wendell Eugene was 13 years old, his brother, Homer, gave him his first trombone. By the time he was 15, he was a member of the musicians’ union. For […]

Web Exclusive: Doin’ Something Different – Ivan Neville’s NOLA nites

Ivan Neville has reach. So there’s a good chance if he calls a musician up for a gig and they’re free they’ll say, “Yea, man.” That’s what the keyboardist, vocalist […]

Uncle Nephew, “Blues” (Ropeadope)

First off, the leaders representing Uncle Nephew  are drummer and vocalist Shannon Powell and guitarist Darren Hoffman. Okay, that explains that though with Powell aboard it’s easy to have certain […]

Delfeayo Marsalis, “Kalamazoo” (Troubadour Jass Records)

The beauty of jazz, or as trombonist/producer Delfeayo Marsalis likes to call it, jass, is articulated on this live recording, Kalamazoo, on chestnuts like “Tin Roof Blues” and “If I […]

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, “The Emancipation Procrastination” (Ropeadope)

The provocatively and thought-provokingly titled The Emancipation Procrastination stands as trumpeter/composer/producer Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s third album of his Centennial Trilogy. Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the first jazz recording, […]

Brass-A-Holics, “Word on the Street” (Independent)

The Brass-A-Holics is a well-oiled machine running red hot. Throughout Word on the Street, which was recorded live at the Blue Nile, the attention given to the horn arrangements is […]

Roderick Paulin, “Slow But Steady” (Independent)

When asked who’s on saxophonist Roderick Paulin’s new release, Slow But Steady, the immediate response might be “everybody.” More accurately, a ton of primarily veteran artists who make up today’s […]

Changing of the Guard: Adonis Rose takes over the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

“I feel like we need to reintroduce the band in a way,” says drummer Adonis Rose, who has been named as the artistic director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra […]