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The Wynton Marsalis Septet Plays Thelonious Monk Live

Thu, 02/06/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Wynton Marsalis Septet delivers a 16-minute set of Thelonious Monk songs, "Bright Mississippi" and "For Brake's Sake" among them, recorded live at the Theater aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht (Holland) on November 4, 1994. The (incredible, amazing) lineup: Wytnon Marsalis ... Read more

Revelation #1 from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival--Lionel Louéké and Trio

Wed, 02/05/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
Today begins the first of several reports by Maryse Dejean and Don Paul from their visit to the 2014 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, January 18 to January 25. Coming soon: the guitarist and composer Lionel Louéké', born in Benin, west Africa, and recent collabor... Read more

The Dixie Cups, "Iko Iko"

Tue, 02/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
Exactly four weeks from Fat Tuesday, it's time to get serious about Mardi Gras. Thus the Dixie Cups and their 1965 rendition of "Iko Iko", a bubble gum take on a Carnival classic first recorded in 1954 as "Jock-a-Mo" by James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. A family act from the Call... Read more

Brushy One String, "War & Crime"

Mon, 02/03/14
Authored by David Stafford
Jamaica's Andrew Chin, better known as Brushy One String, was a crowd pleaser at last year's Jazz Fest, playing an acoustic guitar with a single string (see the photo above). Brushy's act is an object lesson in doing more with less. He makes engaging music by combining his ... Read more

Muddy Waters Live, 1976

Sun, 02/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Chicago Blues legend (and inspiration to many a 1960s British rocker) McKinley Morganfield (1913–1983), better known as Muddy Waters, sounds great at 64-years-old in this live performance, recorded in Dortmund, West Germany in 1976. It's a little over an hour long, and cont... Read more

Roll with the Krewe of King James: Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers

Sat, 02/01/14
Authored by Soul Sister
Inviting all fun people in New Orleans to join a new marching krewe, which will debut as part of the KreweDelusion parade on Saturday, February 15, 2014 rolling right after Krewe du Vieux. It's the Krewe of King James: the Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers, and if you love So... Read more

Esperanza Spalding, "I Know You know" Live

Fri, 01/31/14
Authored by David Stafford
Esperanza Spalding (appearing in New Orleans on February 6 with the Spring Quartet in a sold-out Jazz Journey concert to be live broadcast on WWOZ) sounds terrific in this undated live performance on NRK1, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation's main television channel.   Read more

Check this out

Thu, 01/30/14
Authored by Murf Reeves
Being a dj is similar to an explorer with some folks even calling dj’s “diggers.”  Explorers dig through clues, maps and dirt and dj’s dig through record racks, crates, bootleg cassettes and old wine boxes filled with cds.  I have the rare opportunity to be able to share my... Read more

Music Video: Rebirth, "Big Chief" Live at the Maple Leaf

Thu, 01/30/14
Authored by David Stafford
Rebirth Brass Band kills it with this Carnival staple, "Big Chief", filmed in 2011 at the Maple Leaf using 5 cameras by Come See About Me Productions, who've worked on a Brass Roots documentary.   Read more

Pete Seeger Remembered

Wed, 01/29/14
Authored by Jelly Roll Justice
I was thinking about Pete Seeger and what he and his music meant to many.   It was not just the folk songs, it was the role and responsibility of the musician that Seeger exemplified.     To Seeger, Politics and Music were never separate... Read more

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