This week we tracked down bassist Jesse Boyd between gigs with Charmaine Neville, Bob French, and his own band, and put him on the hot seat. The versatile virtuoso also recently celebrated the release of his new CD, True Stories, which has flavors of modern jazz and film scores.
Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield presents a series of six concerts entitled “The Love Sessions” at the Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel. From August 25-30, the concerts feature the music of Los Hombres Calientes and will benefit various non-profit groups around the Crescent City. Tune in to our live broadcast on August 30 at 9 p.m.!
This week's guest is sousaphonist extraordinaire and Dirty Dozen Brass Band co-founder Kirk Joseph. The 7th Ward native helped establish the modern brass band sound in New Orleans and pushed the boundaries of playing big brass. His band, Backyard Groove, plays all over town at clubs like Le Bon Temps Roulé and d.b.a.
Guitarist, entertainer, inventor, and recording pioneer Les Paul passed away on August 13 at the age of 94. His musical career spanned an astonishing eight decades, and the guitar he designed with Gibson is one of the most recognizable in the world. We collected some of our favorite videos of the man at different points along his career.
Les Getrex, along with a galaxy of other New Orleans musicians, will play at Tipitina's on Saturday, August 22, as part of a 'Benefit Jam' for New Orleans' own Queen of the Blues, Ms. Marva Wright. Marva is recovering from two strokes that she suffered during the last few months, and the benefit show, which starts at 9 p.m., will raise money to help cover the star’s medical expenses.