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Mia Borders, "Try Me On"

Mon, 08/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with New Orleans singer/songwriter Mia Borders near Harrah's at the head of Canal Street. Here's "Try Me On" from her 2010 album Magnolia Blue.   Read more

The Deslondes at Newport Folk Fest

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by Carrie Booher
Proud to share some good news from the continually up-and-coming New Orleans country-folk scene that’s blossomed from the 9th Ward. Local country soulsters, The Deslondes, hit the stage at the historic and renowned Newport Folk Festival a couple weeks ago following their a... Read more

Mahalia Jackson, "Come On Children Let's Sing", 1967

Fri, 08/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
As the emcee puts it in his introduction, here's "the world's greatest gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson" with and epic two-part rendition of "Come On Children Let's Sing" recorded in Berlin in 1967 for West German television. There's a cut at the 3:15 mark to the encore ... Read more

Honey Island Swamp Band, "Cane Sugar"

Wed, 08/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a sweet treat for a hot August Wednesday: a live version of the Honey Island Swamp Band's "Cane Sugar", recorded live during a "Sitting In" session at Tipitina's on Dec 1, 2012. The song is the title track on the band's fourth album, released by Louisiana Red Hot Rec... Read more

Luke Winslow King, "Down by the Riverside"

Tue, 08/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
During Jam in the Van's Jazz Fest visit to New Orleans, they met up with Luke Winslow King outside the Botanical Gardens in City Park. Here's his take on the spiritual "Down by the Riverside", adding his name to a long list of New Orleans musicians who've covered the song, ... Read more

Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, circa 1958-59

Sat, 08/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, an amazing hour with rock-and-roll and rockabilly pioneers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, compiled from performances on a 1950s California TV show called Town Hall Party. The Gene Vincent songs come from appearances on October 25, 1958, a... Read more

Dirty Dozen Brass Band, "Unclean Waters"

Fri, 08/08/14
Authored by David Stafford
Get your Friday Funk Fix right here: the Dirty Dozen Brass Band performing "Unclean Waters" live at a fundraiser for the Roots of Music called the Family Funktion and Crawfish Berl. It was shot at the historic Hotel Storyville in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2012.   Read more

Trombone Shorty, "Buckjump"

Thu, 08/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
Trombone Shorty performs "Buckjump" with Orleans Avenue, for a taping of Sound Opinions at WBEZ in Chicago. The album version of this track, from 2011's For True, featured as guests the Rebirth Brass Band.   Read more

Davell Crawford with Jam in the Van on Piano Night

Tue, 08/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Last Piano Night (April 28), the Jam in the Van vehicle parked outside the House of Blues and recorded a few acts before they played inside. Here's Davell Crawford doing "Let Them Talk" and "Please Send Me Someone To Love" . "Let Them Talk"   "Please Send Me Someone To Love" Read more

Hurray for the Riff Raff, "St. Roch Blues"

Mon, 08/04/14
Authored by David Stafford
It's a shame that this song remains so timely, but given recent events in St. Roch, sadly, it is. Written by Alynda Lee Segarra and Sam Doores, and featuring members of the Deslondes, here's Hurray for the Riff Raff with "St. Roch Blues". A different version of this track a... Read more

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