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Dr. John & the WDR Big Band, Big Band Voodoo (Orange Music)

Dr. John is an essential piece of New Orleans for his R&B and rock ’n’ roll sessions at Cosimo Matassa’s studio, for the marvelous invention of his Gris-Gris music and […]

Brad Walker Quartet, Live at Snug Harbor (Independent)

As pointed out in the liner notes, this recording, Live at Snug Harbor, was initially captured purely to be used as “reference.” “During the very first song, I realized something […]

The Soul Rebels, Poetry in Motion (Mack Avenue)

Catchy, Vibrant, Energetic and Polished   The Soul Rebels’ unique musical journey has mystified some, shocked others and delighted fans both in New Orleans and around the world. The band’s […]

In Memoriam: Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. a.k.a. Dr. John (1941 –2019)

His family released the following statement: “Towards the break of day on June 6, 2019, iconic music legend Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., professionally known as Dr. John, passed away of […]

Jazz Fest Redux 2019: Sights & Sounds of the 50th New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  The headline Jazz Fest Redux first appeared in OffBeat’s June 2000 issue. Although a Jazz Fest recap was published in every June issue since the magazine started, headlines like […]

Capturing the Moments: Historic Jazz Fest Photos

Over the last five decades we’ve all gathered treasured memories: dancing in the pouring rain and mud, great sets by Longhair, Earl King, Booker, the subdudes, Irma, the Neville Brothers […]

Jazz Fest Redux 2018: the best (and occasionally worst) moments

“Where are you going with that smile on your face?” “I’m going to the international circus of Jazz Fest, where I will hear all the possible permutations of the spirit of […]

Jazz Fest A to Z

Get a Jump On It All you need to know is in our Jazz Fest Guide. > View our Full Online Guide   OffBeat’s Jazz Fest “A to Z” contains […]

Loretta Harrison of Loretta’s Authentic Pralines Brings Back Rice Calas at Jazz Fest

Calas Tout Chaud!   When Loretta Harrison started Loretta’s Authentic Pralines 41 years ago, she did so on solid footing in the New Orleans tradition. “I started this company with […]