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New Collection of Louis Armstrong Recordings Released on Mosaic Label

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by Sally Young
    Ever since he listened to “St. Louis Blues” on Louis Armstrong’s “16 Most Requested Songs” CD, Ricky Riccardi has been obsessed with Pops. Less than a decade after he graduated from Rutgers Newark University with a master’s degree in Jazz History and Research in 2005, h... Read more

The Tin Men, "Sit Down on the Banks of the River"

Mon, 07/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
Get going this Monday morning with an upbeat number from New Orleans' premier washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, the Tin Men (Alex McMurray, Matt Perrine, and Washboard Chaz): "Sit Down on the Banks of the River", originally by blues legend the Reverend Gary Davis. This vers... Read more

Eric Burdon & War, Live in Denmark, 1971

Sat, 07/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure, here's a three-song, 30-minute set by Eric Burdon & War live in Gladsaxe, Denmark, January 21, 1971. The tracks include "Spirit", "Love Is All Around", and a 15-minute version of the Junior Parker blues standard "Mystery Train".     Read more

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Pressure Cooker", 1984

Thu, 07/24/14
Authored by David Stafford
Roots music icon Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005) dedicates this 1984 rendition of "Pressure Cooker" thusly: "This is for all guitar players, where ever you are. This is a very easy tune to play." It may be a simple tune, but I doubt it's easy to rip it up like he doe... Read more

Roy Ayers, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", 1992

Wed, 07/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
Check out jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers playing "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" live in 1992 from the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton, a town in Somerset, England. Ayers introduces the song as a special tribute to Miles Davis, who had recently passed away.   Read more

Memories of Lionel Ferbos

Tue, 07/22/14
Authored by Sally Young
Lionel Ferbos was a living link to New Orleans history. Born in 1911, he lived through the last century of development and change that most of us read about in books. His memory was sharp and he could remember things like they happened yesterday. I loved talking to him abou... Read more

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue, "To Make Amends"

Mon, 07/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
Just released: the first music video by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue for "To Make Amends" a song from their most recent album Last To Leave. It was filmed live, in a single, long tracking shot, at Side Show Props/Moviesets in Slidell, LA.     Read more

Kermit Ruffins with Jam in the Van

Fri, 07/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's three songs by Kermit Ruffins, Guardian of the Groove, recorded during last Jazz Fest while parked just outside his Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge in the Jam in the Van vehicle: "Treme", "Marie", and "Ooh Child". Plus as lagniappe, a short interview during which Kermit p... Read more

Jon Cleary with Jam in the Van on Piano Night

Wed, 07/16/14
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 Jon Cleary doing "When You Get Back" and "Burgundy Street Boogie". "When You Get Back"   "Burgundy Street Boogie"   Read more

Kristin Diable, "I Know A Man"

Mon, 07/14/14
Authored by David Stafford
Check out this moody "behind the scenes music video" from New Orleans singer-song writer Krisin Diable. "I Know a Man" from the album Kristin Diable & The City was filmed inside the historic Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square.   Read more

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