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Leroy Thomas & The Zydeco Roadrunners, "I Don't Want To Be Wanted"

Thu, 09/10/15
Authored by David Stafford
Leroy Thomas, AKA "the Jewel of the Bayou" was born in Lake Charles and raised in Elton LA. He and his band, the Zydeco Roadrunners, perform "I Don't Want To Be Wanted" live at the 2014 Pickathon Pumphouse Sessions in Portland, Oregon.  Read more

Dianne Reeves, Lotos Jazz Festival, Poland

Tue, 09/08/15
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a beautifully shot set by Dianne Reeves at Poland's Lotos Jazz Festival, in February 2014. Tracks include: "Tango," "I'm In Love Again," "Triste," "Waiting In Vain," "You Taught My Heart," and "Satiated."  Personnel: Dianne Reeves - vocals Peter Martin - piano Peter ... Read more

New music spotlight: Royal Southern Brotherhood

Tue, 09/08/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Royal Southern Brotherhood released their third studio album, Don't Look Back, at the end of May on Ruf Records. Recorded at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the release is the representative product of a tight band full of veteran musicians. Produced by... Read more

Fall 2015 Jazz in the Park Schedule

Mon, 09/07/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The fall 2015 Jazz in the Park schedule, happening at Armstrong Park, has been announced. The free weekly concert series happens each Thursday and will begin its fall edition on September 3. It runs through the end of October. In addition to the great live music, Jazz in th... Read more

Louisiana Seafood Festival 9/4-9/6

Sat, 09/05/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
The Louisiana Seafood Festival returns this weekend, running Friday through Sunday, at City Park. Like all good festivals, this one includes plenty of food and plenty of great live, local music. The free festival features more than 25 food vendors showcasing 51 seafood dish... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 09 04 15

Sat, 09/05/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Soul Man Rico Rodriguez 02:04 ? 2015/9/4 22:00:45 2 Wings Of A Dove Gilzene And The Blue Light Mento Band 04:04 Sweet Sweet Jamaica 2015/9/4 22:03:00 3 Spirit... Read more

Donald Harrison Jr., "Hu Ta Nay"

Fri, 09/04/15
Authored by David Stafford
Donald Harrison Jr. does a version of "Hu Ta Nay" arranged by Joe Dyson, recorded by the WWOZ Video Crew at Basin Street Station. The cut originally appeared on Harrison's 1992 collaboration with Dr. John, Indian Blues. It also appeared in season 2 of Treme.  Read more

Roddie Romero & Yvette Landry, "I'm Leaving It Up To You"

Wed, 09/02/15
Authored by David Stafford
Contemporary Cajun/Creole artists Roddie Romero & Yvette Landry cover the early 1960s Dale & Grace hit "I'm Leaving It Up To You". This version was recorded in the same studio (La Louisianne Records) that Dale & Grace used, with the same microphones, drums, piano, etc.  Read more

New music spotlight: Nicholas Payton

Tue, 09/01/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Nicholas Payton has a new double album out on his own label, Paytone Records, titled "Letters." In the 26 tracks within, Payton truly runs the gamut from A to Z-- literally, as each track is named after a letter of the alphabet. The talented trumpeter hops instruments on th... Read more

Aurora Nealand and the Gordon Webster Sextet, "A Kiss To Build A Dream On"

Mon, 08/31/15
Authored by David Stafford
Aurora Nealand and the Gordon Webster Sextet do the Louis Armstrong standard "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" at L'Astral during the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July 2015. Along with Gordon Webster, the other musicians are Rob Garcia, Danny Ziemann, Dan Reitz, Danny... Read more

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