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Kenneth Hagans, New Orleans Trumpet (Independent)

Trumpeter Kenneth Hagans combines New Orleans traditional jazz chestnuts, spirituals, a couple of classic New Orleans rhythm and blues numbers and, perhaps surprisingly, hits from the Beatles songbook on New […]

Shanin Novrasli, From Baku to New York City (Album Review)

The name Shanin Novrasli might not ring a bell, though his associates on his latest album, From Baku to New York, certainly give the pianist and composer impressive creds. The […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music Education: Steve Masakowski

Steve Masakowski never focused on making teaching his career. While attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music he earned a Professional Diploma rather than a degree in music education. When pianist/educator […]

Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer): Clarence “Delco” Dalcour

Best of the Beat Positive Vibrations HeartBeat Award (Culture Bearer)   Clarence Dalcour, 71, is a soft-spoken man who as Big Chief Delco of the Creole Osceola displays old time […]

Lifetime Achievement in Music: Charlie Gabriel

Lifetime Achievement in Music Charlie Gabriel When Charlie Gabriel, 87, was a youngster of maybe eight or nine years old, he had a talk with God. “I remember myself saying: […]

Bruce Sunpie Barnes and Rachel Breunlin, Le Kèr Creole: Creole Composition & Stories from Louisiana (University of New Orleans Press)

The Louisiana Creole language, referred to by many as Creole French, surrounds those living in Louisiana even more than most people probably realize. It’s been defined as “a francophone language […]

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Big Band Holidays II (Blue Engine Records)

Playing live on its home turf in New York City, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis celebrates the season on Big Band Holidays II much as one would […]

Jon Batiste, Chronology of a Dream – Live at the Village Vanguard (Verve)

Chronology of a Dream represents the second installment of pianist/vocalist/composer Jon Batiste captured live in the fall of 2018 during his residency at New York’s famed Village Vanguard. Though the […]

Adonis Rose and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Swing Back onto the Scene

“We’re the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra; we live in New Orleans,” declares drummer Adonis Rose, who in 2016 took over the position of artistic director of the ensemble affectionately called […]

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 […]