Henry Butler with "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" from the Bourbon Street Music Festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil, August 19, 2012. This performance features blues guitarist Vasti Jackson as well as bassist Barry Stephenson and drummer Jamison Ross.
Applications are now available for the 2015 edition of Class Got Brass, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's contest to promote music education while supporting our cultural traditions. Louisiana high schools and middle schools are invited to create traditional New Orleans-style brass bands (as opposed to "marching bands") and to compete in a public performance on Sunday, March 22. Deadline to enter is March 9.
Congratulations to Rayne, LA native and Cajun music pioneer Jo-El Sonnier on his Grammy win in the Best Regional Roots album category for his 2013 release The Legacy. Here he is in the Allons Danser Studios with a 7-song episode of Cajun Storytellers.
We may be in the middle of Carnival season but there's already plenty to look forward to this spring! French Quarter Fest announced its 2015 lineup yesterday, and the weekend looks to be full of familiar names, as well as some exciting new ones, with over 1400 artists taking to 21 stages throughout the French Quarter.
Recorded live outside at Jimbino's Vegan Cafe in the Musician's Village, here's the Smoking Time Jazz Club with "I Lost My Gal From Memphis," from their new album Everything Is Righteous. FYI, Jimbino is a "jack of all trades" a painter, a musician (he often plays clarinet with the band), and a baker; on Sundays he serves vegan food in the the Musician's Village.
Winter Circle Productions + WWOZ Present... "3 Chiefs: A Tribute To Big Chief Bo Dollis Sr" on Friday, February 13 at 10pm at the Joy Theater. Performing will be some of those closest to him, including longtime collaborator Monk Boudreaux and son Bo Dollis Jr.