Jazz at Tulane

Thursday- September 30, 2010- Pianist and educator Jesse McBride and his Next Generation band take over the Rat in Tulane’s Lavin-Bernick Center tonight from 8-10 PM.  This new weekly gig is a welcome addition to the list of places to hear up and coming talents in the early evening.  Tonight the group of students and teachers from Tulane’s Jazz Studies program will feature the music of Clyde Kerr, Jr.

Jazz @ the Sandbar Celebrates Twenty Years

Wednesday, September 29, 2010- in 1989, Ellis Marsalis returned to New Orleans after two years teaching jazz at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He had left the city after making comments in the press that the city wasn’t focused on jazz education suggesting that local talent was being squandered.  Upon returning, he was hired by the University of New Orleans to head the Jazz Studies department.  Within a short period, he added his old running partner from the 1950s jazz heyday, Harold Battiste, and a younger supremely talented played, Victor Goines, to the faculty.  They promptly started what has become a Wednesday evening tradition.  Tonight, the Jazz @ the Sandbar series moves to a new home, the UNO Homer Hitt Alumni Center on Milneberg Road at the lake, and begins this fall’s schedule with the return of Marsalis as a special guest.  Victor Atkins, a student of Marsalis turned faculty member will lead the band of Jazz Studies students.  Subsequent weeks will feature the saxophonist Brice Winston, the trumpeter Jeremy Davenport, the pianist Steve Pistorius, the South African drummer Nkanyezi Cele, the saxophonist John Ellis, the guitarist Ted Ludwig, and the singer Jacqui Naylor.  The performances are from 7:30 to 10:00 PM and are free with student ID.

Mid Week Creative Music Gigs with ige*timer

Tuesday- September 28, 2010- I love the fact that musicians that play outside the established idioms, i.e. jazz, rock, funk, love to visit New Orleans and collaborate with local creative types.  This week, two European musical stylists are in the city and are playing in their usual duo format as well as with some of our own talents. ige*timer features Simon Berz on percussion and electronica and Janek Klaus on bass and laptop. Berz is from Zurich and Klaus is from Bolzano-Milan.  They mix loops and multiple effects to create music that is beautiful, bizarre and totally out of the box.

Tuesday night, they perform upstairs at the Blue Nile at 10 PM with Rick Trolsen on trombone and Chris Alford on guitar.  Wednesday night, they are Zeitgeist at 8 PM with the reedist and accordion player Aurora Nealand and the drummer, trumpeter and keyboardist Simon Lott.  Thursday night they are joined by the keyboardist David Torkanowsky and the reedman Rex Gregory at the AllWays lounge at 10:30 PM.

5 Questions with Dan Storper CEO of Putumayo Records

1. You have traveled the world listening to music and helping to bring the fascinating sounds of other cultures to music lovers in the United States.  Do you have one place that is such a favorite that you return there over and over again?

Other than New Orleans, I’d say it’s Africa. Also, there’s so much great music from around the world in Paris that I spend quite a bit of time there.

2. Over the course of the music phase of your career (readers- Dan’s first business was the clothing company of the same name, which he sold to concentrate on the record label), you have heard many different instruments that may not be familiar to listeners accustomed to rock, jazz or classical music.  Do you have a favorite unusual instrument and why?

Not just one. I can’t seem to get enough of really great saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, acoustic guitars and congas.

3. I recently traveled to Brazil and was struck by the similarities between Salvador (readers- it’s the capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia) and New Orleans.  You have a home here in New Orleans and I am curious whether you have seen those same cultural similarities in other places across the globe?

There’s a close similarity between Brazil and New Orleans on many levels. New Orleans has a strong African and European cultural and musical mix. Certainly many of the Creole Caribbean islands and other parts of Africa have real similarities.

4. You have done a great deal to educate Americans about the various musical styles across the globe.  Your music is in classrooms and your Musical Playground series is a favorite of kids of all ages.  What advice do you have for parents who have a child with a serious interest in music?

We hope to open children’s’ ears up through accessible music. My suggestion, as you might suggest, is to not forget about the power of music as a way of introducing children to other cultures.

5. This Sunday is the first ever Putumayo Family Festival, which will be held at the Audubon Zoo here in New Orleans.  The festival features Jose Conde, a Cuban-American musician; Asheba, from Trinidad; Brady Rymer, an American kids folk rock star and New Orleans artist Ingrid Lucia.  All of the artists are featured on Putumayo’s kids’ CDs.  You could have had the first Putumayo Family Festival anywhere in the world.  Why New Orleans?

I have a 5-year-old son and live most of the time in New Orleans. I think people will love these groups and the opportunity for kids to experience a lot of different musical styles in one place. And, parents will enjoy it as much as the kids since their music is pretty universally appealing.

John Scofield and the Piety Street Band at Tipitina’s Tonight

Saturday- September 25, 2010- The legendary guitarist is best known as a jazz player, but this band is all local funk talent-  Terence Higgins on drums, Jon Cleary on keys and George Porter, Jr. on bass.  They are as monstrous as any ensemble he has appeared with in his lustrous career.  I saw the very end of the band’s set at the Jazz Fest and they had the normally staid Jazz Tent crowd up and dancing in the aisles.  The band got its name because “Sco” recorded with them at Piety Street Studios in the Bywater.  3pc. Spicy, a trio featuring Tom Worrell on keys and Chris Jones on percussion, open the evening.

Ponderosa Stomp Begins Two Night Stand at the House of Blues

Friday- September 24, 2010- After eight successful years putting on shows celebrating the unsung heroes of rock ‘n’ roll, soul, R&B and the blues during the daze-in-between Jazz Fest weekends, the extravaganza has become a stand-alone event.  The Mystic Knights of the Mau Mau will take over the House of Blues from 7 PM until 2 AM Friday and Saturday nights.  They are also hosting a record show and music conference during the daytime.  Here are a few picks for both nights.  Earl Stanley is the bassist who brought the world the classic instrumental, “Pass Out the Hatchets.”  He performs at 8:10 on the main stage with Joyce Harris and Michael Hurtt and the Haunted Hearts.  The closing act on the main stage is the legendary Minneapolis proto-surf rockers, the Trashmen.  They also are playing a free in-store at the Louisiana Music Factory Friday at 5 PM.  For blues lovers, check out the nonagenarian bluesman Honeyboy Edwards.  He plays on the patio from 9:30 – 10:15 PM.

Saturday night also has a killer lineup.  Lil’ Buck and the Top Cats back up a classic Stomp revue beginning at 7:20 PM with Wallace Johnson followed by Willie West, Lazy Lester, Roy Head, Barbara Lynn, Wendy René, and Sugar Pie DeSanto.  Duane Eddy, the king of twang, closes the whole night out.

Trombone Shorty to Appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Thursday, September 23, 2010- This evening, the latest breakout star from New Orleans will perform with his band on the late night talk show.  The show airs at 12 midnight on ABC- 26.  Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews is also scheduled to be a special guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on September 30.  He will play with Ricky Minor and The Tonight Show band.

NPR Streams Neil Young’s Latest for Free

From now until October 5, listeners can get a sneak peak at Le Noise, the latest release from the iconic rocker.  The album is another in a series of new directions for Young. This time, he enlisted the producer Daniel Lanois to create a sonic palette for eight new songs from the 60s veteran.  Lanois created monster hits for everyone from U2 and Peter Gabriel and he helped the Neville Brothers reach an international audience with their record, Yellow Moon.

Lanois handed Young an electro/acoustic album and placed him on a stool to record solo.  The album is drenched in echo, reverb and other effects.  But Young’s heartfelt lyrics, which reflect on love, loss and war, and stunning vocal delivery, are never overshadowed by the production.  The centerpiece of the record, in my mind, is the deeply moving song, “Love and War,” which, telling, is barely augmented by the producer’s singular skills.  It’s Neil as his oldest fans remember him.  Elsewhere, new fans will marvel at the youthful exuberance o of the production.

To listen go to: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129955938&sc=21&f=98679384

Black Keys Show is Sold Out

Tuesday, September 21, 2010- This evening’s concert at the House of Blues will go on without you if you don’t already have a ticket in your possession.  If you’re desperate, I recommend getting there early and seeing if someone has an extra.  Be forewarned, don’t pay more than face value and make sure the seller sticks around while you enter the venue so you don’t get ripped off.

Glen David Andrews Signs with Ted Kurland Associates

This past week, the dynamic trombonist and singer joined the roster of one of the most prestigious agents in the music business.  Ted Kurland founded his eponymous company in 1975.  He represents the cream of the crop of international jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman and dozens of others.  Andrews performs tonight at D.B.A.