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Trombone Shorty, "Buckjump"

Thu, 08/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
Trombone Shorty performs "Buckjump" with Orleans Avenue, for a taping of Sound Opinions at WBEZ in Chicago. The album version of this track, from 2011's For True, featured as guests the Rebirth Brass Band.   Read more

Davell Crawford with Jam in the Van on Piano Night

Tue, 08/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Last Piano Night (April 28), the Jam in the Van vehicle parked outside the House of Blues and recorded a few acts before they played inside. Here's Davell Crawford doing "Let Them Talk" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love" . "Let Them Talk"   "Please Send Me Someone To Love" Read more

Hurray for the Riff Raff, "St. Roch Blues"

Mon, 08/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's a shame that this song remains so timely, but given recent events in St. Roch, sadly, it is. Written by Alynda Lee Segarra and Sam Doores, and featuring members of the Deslondes, here's Hurray for the Riff Raff with "St. Roch Blues". A different version of this track a... Read more

Watch Satchmo Seminars Live Online

Fri, 08/01/14
Authored by David Stafford
In addition to tons of great live music, Satchmo SummerFest includes a series of seminars on all aspects of Louis Armstrong's life and career. These seminars happen in the Old US Mint on the 3rd floor. If you can't make it to the Fest, you can still experience the seminars, ... Read more

Rebirth Brass Band, "Rebirth Groove"

Fri, 08/01/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a way to celebrate Friday: get your body moving with the Rebirth Brass Band as they perform the track "Rebirth Groove" from their new album, Move Your Body. Recorded live at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans and hot of the presses, just published yesterday (7/31) by Ba... Read more

John Boutte, "Why"

Tue, 07/29/14
Authored by David Stafford
John Boutte sings Annie Lennox's "Why" with the New Orleans Social Club on an October 2006 episode of Austin City Limits. The song appeared on the NO Social Club's Sing Me Back Home collection, recorded several weeks after Hurricane Katrina, a circumstance which gives this ... Read more

New Collection of Louis Armstrong Recordings Released on Mosaic Label

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by Sally Young
    Ever since he listened to “St. Louis Blues” on Louis Armstrong’s “16 Most Requested Songs” CD, Ricky Riccardi has been obsessed with Pops. Less than a decade after he graduated from Rutgers Newark University with a master’s degree in Jazz History and Research in 2005, h... Read more

The Tin Men, "Sit Down on the Banks of the River"

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
Get going this Monday morning with an upbeat number from New Orleans' premier washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, the Tin Men (Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine, and Washboard Chaz): "Sit Down on the Banks of the River", originally by blues legend the Reverend Gary Davis. This vers... Read more

Eric Burdon & War, Live in Denmark, 1971

Sat, 07/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's a three-song, 30-minute set by Eric Burdon & War live in Gladsaxe, Denmark, January 21, 1971. The tracks include "Spirit", "Love Is All Around", and a 15-minute version of the Junior Parker blues standard "Mystery Train".     Read more

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Pressure Cooker", 1984

Thu, 07/24/14
Authored by David Stafford
Roots music icon Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005) dedicates this 1984 rendition of "Pressure Cooker" thusly: "This is for all guitar players, where ever you are. This is a very easy tune to play." It may be a simple tune, but I doubt it's easy to rip it up like he doe... Read more

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