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Yeah, You Right: Jesse Boyd

Jesse Boyd
Jesse Boyd

Our guest this week on “Yeah, You Right” is bassist Jesse Boyd, one of the most in-demand musicians in the Crescent City, whether it’s in the recording studio or on the bandstand with the likes of Charmaine Neville, Ellis Marsalis, Jeremy Davenport, and Bob French.

Boyd’s gospel beginnings in South Carolina gave way to interest in jazz and rock, and he eventually got his Masters in Jazz Performance at the University of New Orleans. Boyd also feels he owes a debt to his teacher, New Orleans bass great Bill Huntington. He’s now a bass teacher himself at Loyola University and Delgado Community College.

The latest album by Jesse Boyd is called True Stories and emphasizes modern jazz and film-like scoring. His discography also includes albums with Ingrid Lucia, Michael Pellera & Joe Dyson, and his own band.

We borrowed him for a moment to see how he'd answer our standard YYR questions.

Q: Crystal or Louisiana Hot Sauce?
A: Crystal.

Q: Zapp's or Tater Tots?
A: Zapp's Spicy Crawtators.

Q: Mint Julep or Hurricane?
A: Jack Daniels neat.

Q: Beach or pool?
A: Love the sound of the waves at the beach!

Q: Concert hall or nightclub?
A: Nightclub.

Q: Congo Square Stage or Acura Stage?
A: Jazz Tent.

Q: iTunes or Louisiana Music Factory?
A: Louisiana Music Factory.

Q: Wynton Marsalis or Lil' Wayne?
A: Wynton.

Q: Aretha or Mahalia?
A: Aretha.

Q: Samuel L. Jackson or Will Smith?
A: Samuel L. Jackson.

Q: Lost or the Food Network?
A: I don't watch TV.

Q: The Daily Show or CNN?
A: Neither.

Q: Facebook or MySpace?
A: Facebook.

Q: TV or radio?
A: YouTube!

Q: Books or magazines?
A: Books.

Q: SUV or Prius?
A: Gotta have an SUV for the bass.

Q: 1970s or 80s?
A: 1970s.

Q: NBA or NFL?
A: NFL. Geaux Saints!

Q: The Godfather or the Godfather of Soul?
A: Godfather of Soul.

Q: French Quarter or Uptown?
A: Uptown.

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