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Santana, “Africa Speaks” (Concord)

In this 50th anniversary year of Carlos Santana’s star-making appearance at Woodstock, the Latin-rock maestro burns through his latest album. Featuring Spanish singer Concha Buika as the 71-year-old Santana’s co-pilot, […]

Astral Project’s Tony Dagradi reveals his art work

Following decades of being a renowned jazz musician, saxophonist Tony Dagradi extended his artistic reach to visual art. In 2015, Dagradi, best known for his musical explorations with Astral Project […]

Ken Burns talks back

In early August, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was in full evangelist mode. Five weeks before the September 15 debut of Country Music, his latest television epic, Burns rhapsodized over country […]

Siberia becomes Carnaval Lounge

Siberia has gone south to Brazil. The new owners of the St. Claude Avenue bar, restaurant and music venue have renamed it Carnaval Lounge.  “We want it to be a […]

SOUND CHECK: Five Questions with Tree Adams

Tree Adams transitioned from singer-guitarist in a jam band to prolific composer of film and TV scores. Since 2017, he’s scored TV’s NCIS: New Orleans. The Los Angeles-based Adams recently […]

Ricky Riccardi talks back

Ricky Riccardi’s devotion to Louis Armstrong began when he was a high school freshman in Toms River, New Jersey. Then 15, the future director of research collections at the Louis […]

Moving and Grooving: Joshua Gouzy is fostering friendships in a dozen of bands

  A member of 11 New Orleans bands, Joshua Gouzy gigs at least seven days a week. The bassist also founded one of those bands, the New Orleans Catahoulas. Specializing in […]

My Music with Michael Liuzza

“When my mama sang when I was a baby, I responded to her. My grandma told her, ‘That’s your singer.’ Singing was always around. Singing came instinctively to me.  The […]

Relentless Dreamers: Water Seed’s quest to excel

Monday is Water Seed rehearsal day at Lou Hill’s house—every Monday at 11:30 a.m. The strictly observed regimen is just one example of the New Orleans funk-pop band’s quest to […]

The Royal Affair: Alan White of Yes has played drums with rock royalty

Archetypal prog-rock band Yes traversed North America last year on its fiftieth anniversary tour. Yes is bringing its time signature-shifting, riff-packed, melodic and majestic repertoire to American stages again this […]