Recorded music review

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New music spotlight: Shotgun Jazz Band

Mon, 03/27/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
The Shotgun Jazz Band has come a long way, growing from a duo of Marla and John Dixon to an 8-piece ensemble for their fiery new release entitled, Steppin’ On the Gas. Featuring Marla Dixon (trumpet and vocals), James Evans (C-melody sax, clarinet, and vocals), Charlie Hall... Read more

New music spotlight: WWOZ CD #45

Tue, 03/14/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Every year, WWOZ releases a new CD, capturing some of the best sounds of New Orleans and what we’ve been up to the past few months. This spring is no different with the release of CD #45, Back In the House. Back In the House is something special, filled with some exhilarati... Read more

New music spotlight: Smoking Time Jazz Club

Tue, 03/07/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Traditional jazz band, Smoking Time Jazz Club, are back with something to get you off your seat and stomping your feet with their newest album Ain’t We Fortunate! Released on February 8, Ain’t We Fortunate serves as another example of Smoking Time’s commitment to “revive an... Read more

New music spotlight: Twerk Thomson

Tue, 02/21/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Tyler “Twerk” Thomson, bassist for the Shotgun Jazz Band, has come out with his debut release entitled Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs on his new record label, Twerk-O-Phonic Records. Released on February 1, Twerk Thomson Plays Unpopular Songs is a different type of tra... Read more

New music spotlight: Organic Trio

Tue, 02/14/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Acclaimed guitar-virtuoso Brian Seeger and his immensely talented group, Organic Trio, released their sophomore follow-up entitled Saturn’s Spell. Seeger, who holds the Alvin “Red” Tyler Professorship at UNO’s Jazz Studies Program, is joined by Jean-Yves Jung (France) on or... Read more

New music spotlight: James Martin

Tue, 02/07/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Saxophonist and songwriter James Martin is here with Something’s Gotta Give, his sophomore follow-up to Blue. The new release is an 8-song record that demonstrates Martin’s versatility as a saxophonist, singer, and songwriter. Released on January 13, this album is Martin’s ... Read more

New music spotlight: Brad Walker

Tue, 01/31/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
While he’s not busy touring the country with Sturgill Simpson or busy in the studio playing on other musicians’ projects, saxophonist-composer Brad Walker explores new ground with EP1, released February 1. Last year, Walker and his band recorded in Living Room Studios in Ne... Read more

New music spotlight: Seva Venet

Tue, 01/24/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
Seva Venet pays homage to the history of New Orleans banjo music with his new release, New Orleans Banjo Vol. 1 “Musieu Bainjo.” Venet’s goal for this project was not self-satisfying; instead, Venet hopes to shed new light on the important and vibrant history of the banjo a... Read more

New music spotlight: The Masakowski Family

Tue, 01/17/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Steve, Sasha, and Martin Masakowski teamed up with Paul Thibodeaux for a new release under the Masakowski Family moniker. The 8-song N.O. Escape, released December 22, does a great job highlighting the outstanding vocals skills of Sasha Masakowski and musicianship of the en... Read more

New music spotlight: Noah Young Band

Tue, 01/10/17
Authored by Chris Saucier
While he’s not busy touring around the country with jazz/funk band Naughty Professor or performing and recording with other New Orleans musicians, bassist Noah Young is hard at work finding outlets for his own compositions with the Noah Young Band. Young’s side project’s d... Read more

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