Super Group League of Justice at the Maple Leaf Tonight (July 27, 2009)

Kirk Joseph

Kirk Joseph

The League of Justice, a super group of sorts, takes the stage at the Maple Leaf Bar tonight subbing for regular Monday night act Papa Grows Funk (they just completed a tour in Japan).  The League of Justice features sousaphonist Kirk Joseph (originally with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band), guitarist Jake Ekert (currently with the Dirty Dozen), drummer Eric Bolivar (Anders Osborne and others) and keyboardist Joe Ashlar (Otra! and Good Enough for Good Time).

Arts Council of New Orleans to Receive $250,00 Grant

The Arts Council of New Orleans was selected to be a $250,000 grant recipient from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Arts Council of New Orleans is among 631 nonprofits arts organizations awarded the one-time grant from the NEA to preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector that are in jeopardy due to the recent economic downturn.

The Jermaine Quiz Entourage Opens for Good Enough For Good Times


Tonight, Friday, July 24, 2009, Tipitina’s continues their Free Fridays series with a performance by the Jermaine Quiz Entourage.  Using live looping and horns, the group mixes the sounds of classic funk with a capella-style hip hop to generate an inticing blend of styles.  James Martin, the former saxohonist with Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will join Quiz on stage.  Good Enough For Good Times, the side project of Galactic’s Jeff Raines and Robert Mercurio, headline the Free Friday show.

The Radiators to Perform at the Maple Leaf

New Orleans’ own funky rock group, the Radiators, return to their roots tonight (July 24, 2009) with a rare show at one of the first clubs in New Orleans to embrace the band back in the murky waters of their beginnings.  The Maple Leaf was the scene for countless, sweaty, three-set nights in the early and mid 1980s.  Expect two sets starting at 11:11 PM.

Alex McMurray Invades NY- July 25-30

New Orleans’s wriest singer/songwriter heads north this week for five shows in and around New York City.  He will perform July 24 in Brooklyn, NY at Two Boots; July 25 at DBA in Williamsburg, also in Brooklyn NY and in Manhattan at the Rodeo Bar on July 25.  He ventures into New England for two shows on July 29-30 on Block Island, RI at Captain Nick’s.  McMurray will also be playing with Ingrid Lucia at the Rodeo Bar in Manhattan on July 26, 2009.

Nicole Slack Jones Returns from Europe


Nicole Slack Jones

Nicole Slack JonesÂ

Soul Singer extraordinaire Nicole Slack Jones has returned to New Orleans after a highly successful tour of Europe. Nicole Slack Jones and the Soul Sisters performed at festivals and events in Paris, France and Morocco. Nicole sent the European crowds into a frenzy with her tribute to soul divas, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. Nicole Slack Jones has now returned to New Orleans to start work on his first solo recording. Nicole says she plans to get back to the roots of soul on this record and is putting together a group of new originals she composed recently. Nicole was recently spotted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, providing powerful vocals for the Big Easy Groovers. Nicole brought the crowd to their feet with amazing renditions of Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” and Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody.” Make sure to keep a look out for Nicole’s new record!

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Hart McNee Musical Tribute Recap


On Monday evening (July 20, 2009), the downtown musical community gathered to honor and celebrate the life of Hart McNee, a bass flautist and baritone saxophonist, who was a mentor and friend to hundreds of musicians.  The house band got started at just after 5 PM at DBA with Dave Sobel on drums, Peter Harris on bass, Jonathan Freilich on guitar and Christopher Kohl on bass clarinet.  They played a couple of numbers before Rick Trolsen joined them on trombone.  The crowd was light at the beginning with mostly musicians hanging out.  Coco Robicheaux, resplendent in white, curved tip shoes and tight white jeans, egged on each solo from the gallery seats before the crowd turned the tables and egged him onto the stage.  Manny Lander, who worked with McNee in the seminal New Orleans Latin band Mas Mamones, sang his heart out in Spanish before Robicheaux took the stage to sing the blues for McNee.  Horn players continued to arrive as the gig took on the trappings of a jazz jam session.  Ken Ferdinand, who was part of the front line of the Storyville Stompers with McNee, added some piercing high notes on trumpet.  Dan Oestreicher, a well regarded young baritone saxophonist, and tenor saxophonist Martin Krusche formed a wailing sax section.  Two well-known musicians joined in the proceedings- but not on their usual instruments.  Tom Fitzpatrick, best known as a saxophonist with Walter “Wolfman” Washington’s Roadmasters joined in on flute.  Matt Rhody, known mostly as a violinist for the Hot Club of New Orleans, blew some clean lines on a trumpet.  Peter Spring brought his arsenal of bamboo flutes. The producer Mark Bingham took a rare turn on stage, playing guitar and singing in a plaintive voice.  Towards the end of the evening, Jason Stewart took over on bass along with Dave Capello on drums.  By the end of the night, Andrew Wiseman joined in on vocals and percussion; Sean Clark played some drums; Janna Saslaw arrived with a bass flute and Ian McPhail with a tenor saxophone.  The turnout of musicians allowed for some wonderful music to be created in memory of Hart.

Otra! Featured at the Wednesdays on the Point Series


It used to be difficult for fans of the the wonderful Latin Jazz band, Otra! to see them perform more than twice a month.  The group, which is led by bassist Sam Price, is now on a roll.  They are performing every Tuesday in July at Chickie Wah Wah and this evening (July 22, 2009), they will be the featured artists at the Wednesdays on the Point series.  The outdoor concert at Aunt Leni’s Cafe (323 Verrett Street in Algiers Point) is from 6-8 PM.

Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp Gala is Tonight (July 22, 2009)

Candido Camero

Candido Camero

This evening the organizers and instructors at the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp will be hosting a major fundraiser at Rosy’s Jazz Hall, which is located at 500 Valence Street (at Tchoupitoulas St.).  The evening, which features great food and live music, benefits the camp and features artists in residence, Latin jazz percussionists Bobby Sanabria and Candido Camero plus the distinguished faculty led by Edward “Kidd” Jordan.  The Gala is from 7- 10 PM. Tickets available at the door and start at $50.

Otra! To Play Chickie Wah Wah Tonight (July 21, 2009)

otraOtra!, one of the finest Latin jazz bands in New Orleans, is playing every Tuesday night in july at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street.  Tonight the band features keyboardist Brian Coogan alongside regulars, Brent Rose on saxophone, Michael Skinkus on percussion and leader Sam Price on bass.  The show starts at 8 PM and the venue is smoke-free.