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SOUNDCHECK: Five Questions with Michael Allen Zell

When it comes to capturing the grit and allure of New Orleans’ dark side, no one is doing it with as much style and success as author Michael Allen Zell. […]

Cyril Neville Endangered Species, The Complete Recordings / Endangered Species: The Essential Recordings (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

The Essence of New Orleans   If you don’t know how incredibly epic singer/songwriter/percussionist Cyril Neville’s career has been, you need to educate yourself. Seriously, go look him up right […]

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners, Syncopated Classic (Independent)

Who was Frank D. Waldron? Lost to time, he was a Seattle jazz saxophonist, trumpet player, teacher and composer who played with Jelly Roll Morton and taught a young Quincy […]

Water Seed, Say Yeah!! Live at the Blue Nile (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

Water Seed has it all going for them. They’re fun, funky, talented musicians who know how to make people dance. They’ve followed up their last release, We Are Stars, with […]

Crossing Canal, Lowdown Runaround Fool (Independent)

Ruby Ross of Charlottesville and Patrick Cooper of Shreveport make up the singer/songwriter duo Crossing Canal. They interpret their original tunes with gentle vocal harmonies and accompany themselves with lightly […]

Panorama Jazz and Brass Band, Let the Music Play You (Independent)

In 2014 Panorama Jazz Band made a commitment to release one song a month available via their Bandcamp subscription club, called Good Music for You. While they’re still going strong […]

Nutria, Call to the Air (Breakfast for Dinner Records)

Nutria is a jazz trio founded in 2014 by UNO grads Byron Asher, Shawn Myers and Trey Boudreaux. This second album from the group, Call to the Air, moves into […]

G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies, Swing 17 (Independent)

While there are several bands in town that specialize in gypsy jazz, G & the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies stand apart for two reasons. First, they aren’t genre-rigid. Bandleader and […]

Dr. Michael White, Tricentennial Rag (Basin Street Records)

A Birthday Ode to New Orleans   In honor of New Orleans’ 300th birthday, Dr. Michael White has put together some of the city’s finest traditional jazz players for an […]

Five Questions with Meschiya Lake on her move to Cork, Ireland

Chanteuse Meschiya Lake-Härm is bidding a fond farewell to New Orleans after 18 years. She was the figurehead, the homing beacon for the zeitgeist of the Frenchmen Street trad scene […]