Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey To Play Two Shows Today

Sunday September 5- the “Red Dirt Jazz” band from Tulsa, Oklahoma will perform this afternoon at the Louisiana Music Factory at 4 PM and then this evening at the Blue Nile.  The veteran New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich will augment the adventurous quartet for the show on Frenchmen Street.  The band has revamped its lineup.  Newcomers lap steel guitarist Chris Combs and bassist Jeff Harshbarger join drummer Josh Raymer and keyboardist and founding member Brian Haas.

Euclid Records Grand Opening

Is it possible New Orleans has more independent record stores than any city of comparable size in the country?  This afternoon, (Saturday, September 4) the sixth outlet for vinyl, local CDs and hard-to-find music opens with a bang.  Live music will be presented all day, as well as on Sunday, beginning with Tom McDermott at 1 PM.  The rest of the lineup features Blind Texas Marlin, Happy Talk Band, Meschiya Lake, Susan Cowsill (pictured) featuring Brian Henneman of the Bottle Rockets, and concluding with Guitar Lightening Lee at 6 PM.

Gov’t Majik and E.O.E. at Tips

Friday, September 3- the last of the Free Fridays presented by the Tipitina’s Foundation is tonight and it’s going to be a dance party. E.O.E., a hot young band that mixes up funk and hip hop, opens for Gov’t Majik (pictured).  I did an e-interview with their leader Bru Bruser that you can search for on the blog.  He talks about the band’s unique style and his unusual bass.  Tonight will be extra special because the Majik Horns – saxophonist Tim Green and trumpeter Antonio Gambrell- will be in the house.

Happy Jack Frequency and Shamarr Allen at Tips

Thursday, September 2- this evening, two young talents team up for a show at Tipitina’s that will most likely be attended by a majority of returning college students.  It’s’s a new generation of musicians for a new generation of music lovers.  The leader of Happy Jack Frequency is the saxophonist James Martin who spent most of his high school years in Trombone Shorty’s band, Orleans Avenue.  Allen has a deeper resume.  He played with the Rebirth Brass Band and has two records out of his own.

Corrine Bailey Rae at the House of Blues

Wednesday evening, September 1, 2010, the British musician who burst on the scene in 2006 will be performing at the downtown club.  She is ostensibly a jazz singer, but her music takes forays into pop and soul as well.  Rae captivated the world’s attention with her debut album and then got the eye of jazz lovers with her guest turn on Herbie Hancock’s tribute to Joni Mitchell.  Rae disappeared from the scene for two years following the death of her husband.  Her second album, The Sea, came out earlier this year.