New Orleans-based keyboardist Charlie Dennard released a new album, 5 O'Clock Charlie, in July. The record showcases seven original Dennard compositions and three covers. Recorded as a jazz organ trio, the tracks do a great job highlighting the strengths of each player while mixing in touches of funk and blues.
Great fun at last year's WWOZ Piano Night at the House of Blues. David Torkanowsky enlists drummer Joe Clay to sing "Lucille" and he kills it from behind his kit and out among the crown. Clay, who had a hit record in the 1950s called "(Don't Mess with My) Ducktail" and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show before Elvis, is, according to Tork, "the father of rockabilly."
The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, located at 1205 N. Rampart, is hosting a new exhibit from Louisiana photographer Zack Smith. Entitled 'My Louisiana Muse,' Smith's featured works feature a series of large-format film portraits of different Louisiana artists in the places where they feel most inspired.
Season 4 of Big Freedia's reality show, "Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" launches at the end of this month on Fuse TV. Airing each Tuesday at 10p CDT, the show has covered many heady topics, including Freedia's music career, family life, the passing of his mother, relationships, and more. The show is holding strong as the highest rated series in Fuse's history.
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.
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."