Ray Brown Jr., singer, composer, arranger, drummer and pianist travels to New Orleans for a special concert on April 25th. Ray Jr., the son of jazz bassist Ray Brown and legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald headlines the event that will commemorate his mother's 92nd birthday.
Recently I have received several calls and emails concerning the song "A Closer Walk With Thee" and in particular, which version I prefer.
There are many excellent renditions of this beautiful tune and I will mention just two of my favorites.
World renown Lionel Loueke will be talking with us during Jazz from the Market before his shows at Snug Harbor. Loueke is an innovative jazz guitarist whose highly rhythmic, percussive technique adds a new dimension to straight-ahead jazz playing.
A late but important pointer to my Jazz Roots show this morning. Last night as I was putting up today's entry into my This Day in Louisiana Music History web site. I realized that today would have been Harold Dejan's 100th birthday so we'll celebrate Harold's birthday today at 10:30. Also the vocals of Josephine Baker at 10.
To get in the mood for St. Valentine's Day, listen to selections from Leroy Jones' wonderful new album that will be officially released at Donna's on Saturday night, February 14th.
Leroy will be in the studio to talk about his new CD "Sweeter Than A Summer's Breeze" and his three compositions on it, and his recent trip to France!
Carnival time is a chance for many to exercise unbridled drinking and partaking. People from the "land of last call for alcohol" and locals alike find themselves in cloudy states of mental depravity/bliss.
On Feb 3rd, the Tuesday New Orleans Music Show (11 am - 2 pm) will kick off Carnival with the appearance of Frankie Ford, this year's King of the Krewe Du Vieux. Frankie will be making a two-fold trip as he will also be celebrating the release of a new CD "On the Street Where you Live." A long lost tape of a 1962 recording made at Cosimo's studio, that has been reissued.
It's been a while since Mark, owner of Piety Street recording studios has been by the studio, so we've got some catching up to do. Tune in on Wednesday, January 28th (11am to 2pm CST) to see Mr. Bingham is up to these days.
I was in the bank today and a middle-aged, hip-looking Tip's-in-the-'80s sort of couple was waiting by the teller for a long time. The bank radio was playing an '80s station quite loud. I couldn't help but overhear them:
Man: Is that Pat Benatar?
Man: How long is this going to take?
Woman: Ugh, I don't know.
Man: Well, nobody's looking. Go over there and switch it to OZ.