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Junior Murvin, "Police and Thieves"

Fri, 05/30/14
Authored by David Stafford
The late Junior Murvin (d. 2013) performs his 1976 international smash "Police and Thieves" live on the UK TV show Later With Jools Holland in 2004. Famously covered by the Clash, "Police and Thieves" is the title track from one of the greatest roots reggae albums recorded,... Read more

Mighty Sam McClain, "Higher Ground"

Wed, 05/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
2013 Blues & BBQ Festival headliner and Monroe, Lousiana native Mighty Sam McClain rips up Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" in this 6:47 clip from an Extended Play Sessions episode. The full show will air in Boston and New England on May 31 on WBIN-TV Boston; hopefully it wi... Read more

Luther Allison, Live in East Berlin, 1987

Mon, 05/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
The late, great Luther Allison thaws out Cold War Europe with a smoldering 74-minute set of classic guitar-based Chicago blues. Makes for great holiday weekend viewing. Read more

1967 Stax Volt Revue with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs, &c.

Fri, 05/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
Brush up on your Norwegian if you want to follow with the stage announcements... Otherwise, 58:03 of pure Soul satisfaction. Filmed in Norway on April 7, 1967 during the allstar Stax/Volt Revue. The performances happen at the following times: 1:05 Booker T & The MGs 5:30 ... Read more

Eddie Bo, "Mustang Sally"

Wed, 05/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your hump day viewing pleasure, here's the late New Orleans R&B legend Eddie Bo at Le Divan du Monde ('The Divan of the World') in Paris, October 2007, doing "Mustang Sally", a song made famous by Wilson Pickett in the mid-1960s. The clip inlcudes a long sax solo by Red... Read more

Eat, dance, and support the Lower 9th Ward Village This Friday

Tue, 05/20/14
Authored by Mark LaMaire
The Lower 9th Ward Village has been a hub of volunteer activity and neighborhood building since federal levee failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina devastated its home neighborhood in 2005.  Now a series of unfortunate circumstances has put the future of this vital neig... Read more

Johnny Adams with George Porter Jr, Circa 1990

Mon, 05/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
In his 1998 obituary, OffBeat noted that Johnny Adams was "regarded by fans, critics and musicians throughout the world as one of the finest singers associated with New Orleans R&B and jazz". Check him out in these videos from the Lone Star Roadhouse in New York, with accom... Read more

Stanton Moore Drum Clinic Solo

Mon, 05/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Founding member of Galactic (and Garage A Trois, Dragon Smoke, and his eponymous Trio, etc), Met'ry's own Stanton Moore is also a teacher who "travels around the world teaching New Orleans drumming, writes a regular column for drumming magazines, and releases instructional ... Read more

Hurray For The Riff Raff at Lincoln Center

Sun, 05/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
If you missed their set at Jazz Fest, check out his hour-and-ten minute performance by Hurray For The Riff Raff in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse on April 3, 2014, part of Lincoln Center's American Songbook.   Read more

Essentially Ellington 2014 Winners!

Fri, 05/16/14
Authored by Jelly Roll Justice
On May 10th, the Tucson Jazz Institute's Ellington Big Band has won Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington high school jazz band competition for the second straight year. After a packed three days of mentoring, jam sessions, and workshops, EE culminated with a fi... Read more

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