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Maria Muldaur, Don’t You Feel My Leg – The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last Music Company)

To put the spotlight on the late great New Orleans vocalist and composer Blue Lu Barker deserves kudos. Singer Maria Muldaur gathered the right musicians to back her on a […]

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Mad Skillet (Indirecto Records)

John Medeski, a multi-faceted and genre-stretching keyboardist who is best known as a member of the hugely successful trio Medeski Martin & Wood, takes a New York–meets–New Orleans approach on […]

Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band, A Dream or a Nightmare (Brockamp Music)

One could hardly wish for a more uplifting number than “Got Your Back, Yes Indeed,” which opens bassist Grayson Brockamp and the New Orleans Wildlife Band’s album, A Dream or […]

Five Questions with Nina Buck of the Palm Court Jazz Café

“We’re history, that’s who we are,” declares Nina Buck, the owner of the Palm Court Jazz Café, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. When Nina’s husband, the late George […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Herreast Harrison

Herreast Harrison’s life story sings of destiny. A soft-spoken yet sharp-witted and culturally astute and involved woman, Harrison, 81, took her cues from her mother, Mattie Johnson, in her love […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Musician): Dr. Michael White

Renowned and multiple-award-winning clarinetist, composer and educator Dr. Michael White came to learn that just performing New Orleans jazz was not enough. Part of the deal was carrying on the […]

Various Artists, Live at Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years (Basin Street Records)

The beauty of this album is that it’s the real deal, which also accurately describes the musicians as well as Basin Street Records, a New Orleans label through and through. […]

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music Jazz Orchestra, “The Silverbook Project Vol. 1” (Independent)

In many ways, this impeccably performed collection of material stands as a tribute to the late Harold Battiste, a saxophonist, composer and educator and a man with a vision of […]

‘Trombone Shorty’ / ‘The 5 O’Clock Band’ by Troy Andrews (Bookmark)

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews’ love of music, New Orleans and the Treme neighborhood where he was nurtured, plus his sweet nature, sing out in these two books. The vibrant and […]

Without the Mask: Jon Batiste busts out of the proverbial box

It doesn’t concern Jon Batiste if some people tend to put him in a particular musical box. “That’s okay, I always break ’em,” declares the pianist, vocalist and composer who […]