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Live music performances from some of the best Jazz performers in New Orleans.

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Our versatile and conveniently located venue is the ideal space for your next private event.

Apr
24
Thu
Happy Hour with Andre Bohren
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm
Nayo Jones
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm

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Nayo Jones hails from a family of musicians; she was destined to be in “the business.” As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life.  She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror.  Nayo’s father William “Doc” Jones, a Jazz musician and music educator born and raised in Chicago noticed her musical gift & helped nurture her natural ability from the very beginning. Growing up surrounded by classic jazz and Motown hits Nayo answered her calling at an early age. Nayo wows her crowds and gains loyal fans with her sultry voice and her passion for every performance.  To name just a few of her credits, Nayo debuted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2012, she’s opened for such greats as Chris Botti, Otis & the Temptations, The Whispers & Lakeside.  In addition to performing her own show, currently Nayo performs and tours as a featured vocalist with New Orleans icon, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.  Though a babe in the music industry she already has the savvy of some of the most classic female artists and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.

Apr
25
Fri
Fox Street Allstars feat. Papa Mali + Springdale Quartet
Apr 25 @ 1:00 am

1AM LATE SHOW. FRESH FUNKY SOUNDS FROM THE STREETS OF COLORADO

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Colorado’s Springdale Quartet may upon first inspection seem slightly out of place with some of their contemporaries. Their sound and style, based foremost on a compositional foundation with its roots in the jazz and blues traditions, has been described at times as “vintage”. But the real stuff- the music itself- cannot be so readily labeled. Drawing additionally from the musical institutions of Heavy organ, upbeat funk, and progressive rock, Springdale’s live show is anything but antiquated – in fact, it’s dance music!

The Fox Street Allstars feat Papa Mali:  These guys reek of the roadhouses and West Texas honky-tonks of the deep south that inspired their signature sound. FSAS is a roller coaster of roadhouse blues interwoven with super-sized helpings of funk with elements of rock, soul and jazz. No one really has any idea where front man Jonathan “Skippy” Huvard channels his soulful, whiskey soaked vocals and frenetic stage presence but the result is a blistering powerhouse of sound. If their opening slots on multiple national tours with funk legends The New Mastersounds are any indication, the FSAS are a band that is poised to break through into the mainstream at any moment. There’s a reason why artists like Papa Mali, Robert Randolph, Brian Jordan, Nigel Hall, Stanton Moore, Tony Hall, Corey Henry, The Motet, George Porter Jr., and others have sat in extensively with the band: musicians realize these guys have serious chops and the sound is some serious fun.

Papa Mali has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Willie Nelson collaborator, Matt Hubbard completes the line up. Their self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in November of 2010. For the all latest 7 Walkers news and tour dates click here: www.7walkers.com

Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
Apr 25 @ 8:00 pm

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Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks). It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for the last decade and counting.In the Spring of 2007, Meschiya began singing with the traditional jazz outfit the Loose Marbles on the French Quarters Royal Street. Joined by jazz dancers Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson, a new revival of traditional jazz and dance consequently blossomed: Bringing the joy and vitality of New Orleanss spirit, wowing audiences both young and old alike, they toured the United States and Europe, playing on streets, in clubs, and leaving a trail of write-ups in publications along the way. Dan Baum of the New Yorker writes”Meschiya Lake rocks back on her heels, lifts her chest, and opens her throat like an air raid siren to croon in a thrilling pre-microphone style that…can make you feel by turns as though you were shivering around a campfire in a railroad (yard) or drinking in a budapest nightclub in 1938.” Back home in New Orleans, she delighted in participating in and watching the jazz revival unfold around her, with jazz and jazz dance fever bringing more and more musicians and dancers to town. Meschiya formed The Little Big Horns Jazz Band in the Spring of 2009 and, saving pennies from the street, she produced the first Little Big Horns album Lucky Devil to National Acclaim. On the 5th anniversary of Katrina, DJ David Kunian of WWOZ cited Lucky Devil as one of his four favorite releases of 2010 on NPRs All Things Considered.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Freddie King Tribute: Benny Turner, Walter Wolfman Washington, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ernie Vincent, Roosevelt Collier, Marc Stone’s All Star Band, Roger Lewis, Kirk Joseph, Josh Paxton, Jason Mingledorff, Mark Levron, Michael Barras
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm

Last Year’s Freddie King Tribute Show at Little Gem!

Freddie King playing “Have You Loved a Woman” in 1973!

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Paying tribute to one of the greatest and most influential Kings of electric Blues guitar, the late great Freddie King!! With an EPIC lineup featuring Freddie’s brother and life long musical partner Benny Turner,contemporary Blues guitar masters Walter Wolfman Washington, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Ernie Vincent, Roosevelt Collier of the Lee Boys and Marc Stone’s All Star Band with Roger Lewis and Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Josh Paxton, Jason Mingledorff, Mark Levron and Michael Barras.
Click the link above for a clip of last year’s show!

Freddie’s incendiary playing and soaring vocals put him at the top of the Blues world and beyond in the 60s through his untimely passing in 1976. His influence on modern Blues and Rock is indelible, and Eric Clapton modeled his playing and singing on Freddie more than any other artist.
Tickets are going fast and this is a low capacity show in a beautiful venue, so don’t miss out!! Last year was sold to capacity, so we moving to the larger Ramp Room upstairs at Little Gem Saloon, but it’s still a room that nearly any artist on the bill could fill during Jazz Fest, so get your tickets now to ensure a spot at this event!
Freddie’s incendiary playing and soaring vocals put him at the top of the Blues world and beyond in the 60s through his untimely passing in 1976. His influence on modern Blues and Rock is indelible, and Eric Clapton modeled his playing and singing on Freddie more than any other artist.

Apr
26
Sat
Jon Roniger Gypsyland
Apr 26 @ 7:00 pm

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Jon Roniger is truly a unique slice of American songwriting, blending New Orleans style jazz and blues with folk story telling. Touring internationally since 2007, his last record “Charmed Life” saw regular spins on BBC, BBC Whales and BBC Scotland and Nationally broadcast Radio Amsterdam. His 2010 release “Someone Else” and the 2007 release “Charmed Life” have placements on HGTV, Platinum Babies and the theme song for a UK based company Bedford for Beds. Roniger’s song “Redneck Riviera” has been licensed for a full length feature film called “Island of Fantasy” due for a Fall 2011 release. His new project, “NOLA Rolls” is due for a Fall 2011 release and showcases the timeless quality of a seasoned songwriter and the unique musical style that only a New Orleans native could produce.

Recently selected for The 2011 French Quarter Festival and The 2011 Key West Songwriters Festival, Roniger has played such renowned venues as Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic, San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and New Orleans’ House of Blues.

The Blue Plate Revue: John Medeski, Will Bernard, Erik Kalb & Kirk Joseph
Apr 26 @ 10:00 pm

 

 

Only Jazz Fest Appearance! Live & direct to you in the historic Ramp Room

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The Blue Plate revue is a nod to the collaboration started by Will Bernard and John Medeski’s release of the 2008 Palmetto records album “Blue Plate Special”. Will and John have since worked together in various contexts and this is a natural outgrowth of their association. In this case the addition of Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s Kirk Joseph on Sousaphone and Dap Kings, Pleasure Drones drummer Eric Kalb will create an inspired new meeting of similar minds.

Keyboard master John Medeski thrives on the unpredictable, a trait that has kept his work with the trailblazing trio Medeski Martin & Wood (MMW) fresh and surprising for more than twenty years. With A Different Time, his first solo piano project, Medeski once again takes his sound in a completely unexpected direction – unexpected even to him. “I had a more eclectic record in mind,” Medeski says. “I wanted to put out something that would be more representative of what my live solo concerts are like.” Consisting mostly of Medeski’s own compositions and improvisations, with a familiar spiritual and a Willie Nelson song added into the mix, the album presents a different side of Medeski’s prodigious artistry, one which he was initially reluctant to display. While he’s become better known for a more buoyant, organ-centric approach that melds free-wheeling jazz with jam band eclecticism, Medeski says that sitting alone at a piano feels natural, returning him to his earliest experiences at the keyboard. “I grew up playing piano my whole life,” he says, “so it feels like home to me.”

An alumnus of the jazz studies program at Berkeley High School that included Peter Apfelbaum, Josh Redman, Charlie Hunter, Craig Handy and Steven Bernstein and Lenny Pickett, Bay Area guitarist/composer Will Bernard first began playing and recording on an international level during his membership in Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble, whose first recording was on Don Cherry’s “MultiKulti” (A&M 1989). Since then Will has been involved with a host of boundary stretching groups, ranging from jazz, hip hop and world music to experimental music, with many stops in between. He has performed and recorded with Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Peter Apfelbaum’s various band incarnations, Beth Custer, The Coup, and Pothole to name a few. More recently Will has been seriously expanding his musical associates and has been working with a range of musicians that include Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Dr Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammad, Adam Deitch, Zigaboo Modeliste, and John Medeski. Between 2002 and 2005 he toured extensively in the US with Robert Walter’s 20th Congress. Sit-ins and all-star bands have included Trey Anastasio, Ruben Wilson, Johnny Vidacovitch, Melvin Seals, Living Daylights and Mike Clark’s Prescription Renewal.  In Fall of 2007 Will left the West Coast and now lives in Brooklyn NY.

“…one of the most potent, if under recognized, guitarists on the post-Frisell/post-Scofield scene.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

“Will Bernard is one of the best-kept jazz-guitar secrets on the planet.” – Dan Ouellette, Billboard

Kirk Joseph has earned his seat at the table of New Orleans’ greatest musicians and will surely claim his place in music history as perhaps the greatest innovator of his instrument, the sousaphone. For most, a mention of the sousaphone conjures images of marching bands and drum cadences. But in the hands of Joseph, the instrument comes to life in ways that its namesake, John Phillip Sousa, could have hardly imagined. During his long tenure with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joseph developed his innovative approach to the sousaphone, replacing the instruments limits, as perceived by his predecessors, with a rich musical vocabulary. Never before had such a creative and stylistic range been demonstrated. But the new standards set by Kirk Joseph have prompted many since to follow his lead. In between performances and recording sessions with Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne and a host of other locally, nationally, and internationally known artists, Joseph began working on his own material in collaboration with some of New Orleans and the countries most talented musicians. The result comes together as the KIRK JOSEPH’S BACKYARD GROOVE, an assemblage featuring the “creme de la creme” of local and national musicians. The music is a tight, rhythmic and high-spirited concoction of jazz, funk, and afro-caribbean flavors that’s been proven to have a wide appeal. Kirk is now promoting his new album “Sousafunk Ave”, which features many special guests such as: Dr. John, Skerik, Bonerama, Donald Harrison, Charles Joseph and many others. KIRK JOSEPH “MASTER OF THE SOUSAFUNK”

“My whole approach is based on making people dance. If I look out into a room and see everybody gettin’ down I know I’m doing my job right.” With that Eric Kalb layed into a skankdefied gutter-crawl groove that rocked the house. “I dig cats like Bernard Purdie and Clyde Stubblefield, they’re really coming from a low-down blues thing.” Southpaw drummer Eric Kalb is a versatile drummer who enjoys playing groove based music. A devotee of R&B and Soul drumming, his jazz aesthetic is colored by sudden bursts of rock aggression. In possession of a deep pocket regardless of stylistic boundaries, Kalb has an ability to make any music feel good. Best known for his fiery performances with the band Deep Banana Blackout which has toured the United States and Japan extensively, Eric has also performed / recorded with John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Melvin Sparks and John Medeski to name a few. Along the way the drummer has had the pleasure of touring with the legendary Allman Brothers Band, backing up Rock-n-Roll icon Chuck Berry and playing at such illustrious events as the Newport and Aspen Jazz Festivals. Born and raised on Long Island, Eric currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and keeps a steady presence on the live music scene.

 

Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes
Apr 26 @ 11:00 pm

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Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes rock the house all the time every time! This classically trained New Orleans-based band delivers a smorgasbord of musical genres every time they hit the stage. JSDN defy easy categorization – their irreverent funk is cut with rock riffs, a Gypsy/Klezmer flare, a Latin tinge courtesy of a hard-hitting horn section, and a sense of humor. JSDN is a collection of carefully crafted alter egos, mystical musicians hesitant to share their personal selves but collectively ready to funk beyond the call of duty. The ensemble features Johnny Sketch (Marc Paradis) on guitar, electric cello, and lead vocals; Busta Gnutt (Dave Pomerleau) on bass and backing vocals; Dirty Johnny (Andre Bohren) on drums and backing vocals; and Johnny Rico (Omar Ramirez) on trumpet and flugelhorn: Johnny Come Lately (Brad Walker) on Saxophones.

With a live show that is as carefully crafted as their musical arrangements, JSDN want the audience to have FUN; carrying them from a calm, funky groove to a full blown frenzy at the drop of a hat. In New Orleans, and across the country JSDN have developed a loyal following of die-hard fans. Formed in 2001, JSDN have grown up together and as a band. That experience and cohesiveness is evident in every note they play.

Apr
27
Sun
Jazz Brunch with Viper Mad Trio
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Enjoy an a la carte Brunch menu, Endless Mimosas, Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, and the Viper Mad Trio at our Sunday Jazz Brunch!

Beyond Jazz feat. Mike Clark, Donald Harrison Jr., Nicolas Payton, and Wil Blades
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm

These guys are seriously out there. This is: Beyond Jazz

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Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the 1970s. He first became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust (1974) album, and Hancock once remarked, “the solo he played on ‘Actual Proof’ is one of the best drum solos on any of my albums.” Clark also appeared on Hancock’s groundbreaking Flood and Man-Child releases for the Columbia label, in addition to leading The Headhunters’ own albums for Arista Records, and playing on the now-legendary They Say I’m Different album (1974) by funk artist Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles Davis. Next to James Brown’s drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Clark’s beats with The Headhunters (most notably on “God Make Me Funky”) are some of the most sampled in hip hop. While often referred to as the “Tony Williams of funk,” Mike considers himself a jazz drummer, and in fact has become one of the most vital to sit behind a set. He’s performed with jazz greats such as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Bobby Hutcherson, Al Jarreau, and many more.

Born in New Orleans in 1960, Donald Harrison Jr grew up in a home environment saturated with the city’s traditional music of brass bands, parades, modern jazz, r&b, funk, classical, world ethnic, and dance music. His connection to New Orleans roots were deepened by his father, a Big Chief in the African and Native American influenced culture of New Orleans’ Black Mardi Gras Indians. The culture is an offshoot culture of Congo Square, one of the only known places in North America where Africans openly participated in their culture in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

Since 1994 when Nicolas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with “From This Moment,” the trumpeter has been lauded as one of the leading young instrumental voices in jazz. Even though he started out as a  “young lion,” one of the new generation guardians of the swing and bebop flames, the 38-year-old Payton has devoted himself to discovering sounds outside of strict traditional confines. Having grown up in a family and community of musicians in New Orleans, Payton has built his unique voice by melding a post-bop foundation, a heavy emphasis on groove, a soulful history and various experimental elements. The New York Times has called Payton, “abundantly gifted,” while Music Direct describes his latest group including trumpet, piano, Fender Rhodes, bass, drums, percussion and vocals as “Soulful, pensive and romantic.”

Wil Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. He has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ every year since 2006. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

New Orleans Klezmer Allstars + Gypsyphonic Disco + Alex McMurray
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm

A Sunday Spectacular in the Ramp Room. Put on those dancin shoes!

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The New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars are entering their 20th year as an active performing ensemble. In these times when folk music has meant rigidly sticking to a cliched format or collecting hackneyed stylistic features, the klezmer all stars have attempted to challenge and stretch boundaries…but without sacrificing the most exciting features of social music; driving rhythms, passion, and clear melodies that are sublime but remain memorable. Using the inspiration of the city where they began, the band has formed a unique approach to traditional melodies and, even more unusual, a way of writing in the style that leads to a sort of Yiddish Impressionism– keeping audiences dancing but cutting to the depths of their cultural imaginations, even where they didn’t realize they had one. The band is formed of a driving rhythm section that, in the past, has featured notables such as Mean Willie Green of the Neville Brothers and Galactic’s rising star, Stanton Moore. Currently they work with another of the local greats, Kevin O’Day. Accordionist Glenn Hartman and guitarist Jonathan Freilich have been providing the driving harmonies and write much of the original material while Galactic’s Ben Ellman (sax) and David Rebeck (violin) provide the, driven, ecstatic melodies so essential to the klezmer experience. These days they are frequently seen with their original, thinking-man’s bassist, Arthur Kastler.

Gypsyphonic Disko is a mash up of Bounce, Klezmer, and Balkan music which creates a sound as unique as New Orleans itself. The project is made up of Ben Ellman (Co founder and producer of New Orleans Band Galactic) DJ Quickie Mart (Q Mart has done official remixes for artists like Slightly Stoopid, Freddie Gibbs, NOLA bounce legend Ricky B, Galacitc, J-Boogie, as well as many projects of his own).

If Alex McMurray’s songwriting seems a bit dour at times—okay, most of the time—well then that’s totally intentional. “Like Blanche DuBois in Streetcar,” he says, “I find sorrow to be quite a beautiful emotion. Loneliness can be nice.” And he’d know. A New Orleans fixture since the ‘80s, the guitar slinger is now widely recognized as the embodiment of the downtown New Orleans lifestyle: sketchy bars, cracked sidewalks, fallen-down houses, tattered hearts, broken spirits, discarded chicken bones. He’s often compared to Tom Waits; they both have whiskey-throated voices and share a curious ability to find inspiration in the degenerate, not to mention an obsession with the Ninth Ward. Except McMurray actually lives there.

 

Apr
28
Mon
Joe Tatton (of The New Master Sounds), Pat Casey, Alvin Ford Jr, Joe Cohen
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm

Start the week out right with this Monday night Funktacular Experience!!

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This event will prove to be nothing short of incredible with a one time line up of artists from New Mastersounds and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. This blending of New Orleans soul and tradition, San Francisco’s imagination, and the progressive sounds from the UK, will be funky, experimental, and something to behold!

Joe Tatton has played for 8 years with the New Mastersounds having worked with them on 5 studio albums and a live album. Touring primarily the U.S. on Hammond organ and pianos, he has joined them at venues like the Filmore West, Tipitinas and House of Blues in New Orleans and Fuji Rock in Japan. Along the way Joe has played full length sets with Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Art Neville, George Porter Jr and many other great musicians. Joe also featured on Corinne Bailey Raes first album playing keyboards on the grammy nominated “Put your Records on.” More recently alongside Leeds funksters “The Haggis Horns” Joe played keyboards and some guitar on their first two albums “Keep on Movin’” and “Hot Damn!” As a co-writer and producer with “Rodina” – a project Joe founded, their debut album was well-received and a follow-up remix album “Rodina and the Wolf” – a Dark, Electronic collaboration with Christian Wolstenholme. 2012 saw Rodina travel to the U.S. and even perform for the Queen!

Originally from Denver, Colorado, bassist Pat Casey‘s music career has already lead him around the world playing throughout the U.S. , Europe, and India among many other places. He possesses a diverse musical palette, consisting mostly of Jazz, Gospel, Funk, Afro-Cuban, and Samba/Bossa-Nova. Since arriving in New Orleans in February 2008, Pat has become one of the most prominent bassists in each of the respective styles in which he is fluent. Pat, can be seen playing in many settings and stages in almost any of the New Orleans live music venues. He also plays at “Life Center Cathedral Full Gospel Baptist Church”, locally as well as abroad with such musicians as Billy Summers, Chris Thomas King, Yadonna West, among many others. By utilizing and combining his musical influences, he has also created a distinct and refreshingly unique music as exemplified by his ever-exciting and innovative project: “Pat Casey and the New Sound”. Consisting of similarly diverse and experienced players, this band includes some of the very top young creative musicians in New Orleans today.  In any of his musical environments, Pat’s sound is insightful, powerful, and solid.

Joe Cohen has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene for over 11 years. Raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Joe is a graduate of the university of Miami Studio of Music & Jazz program. He performs locally and abroad, works as a studio musician and teaches privately. In addition to playing the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute, and clarinet. He has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such notable performers as Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Lonnie Simith, Idris Muhammed, Lyrics Born, KRS-One, Michael Franti, Thomas Dolby, Lavay Smith, Peter Rowan, Booker T. Jones, Galactic, Digital Underground, Abstract Rude, Soulive, Eric Lindell, Russel Batiste and New Mastersounds among others.

They are joined by Alvin Ford Jr. of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Bonerama on drums.

Karl Denson with Wil Blades and Simon Lott
Apr 28 @ 10:00 pm

LIVE AND DIRECT TO YOU!! IN THE HISTORIC RAMP ROOM

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For nearly three decades, Karl Denson has been electrifying adoring audiences around the world. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz’sband and garnered critical acclaim as one of the founders of boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars. More recently, Denson joined Slightly Stoopid, while his primary creative vehicle, Tiny Universe, has become a major festival and club attraction. All of which have established his reputation as a modern day soul-funk icon.

Wil Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. He has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ every year since 2006. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

Simon Lott was born into a musical family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He began playing gigs around age 15. Since then, Lott has played with many different ensembles. He is currently drumming for Charlie Hunter ‘s trio and plays with many fine musicians all around the United States. In addition to performing, Lott has also acted as a drum instructor at the University of New Orleans and teaches privately wherever he may be. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from LSU. Simon released his first record as a leader when he was 18. He is working on a follow-up called Simon Lott’s Things to be released later this year. Other up-and-coming projects include recordings with Charlie Hunter Trio, Monika H. Band and Todd Sickafoose’s Blood Orange.  Simon is currently living in New Orleans working on producing and recording new collaborations including his most recent ‘Context Killer’.  He is also currently touring with Robert Walter’s 20th Congress.

 

Apr
29
Tue
Happy Hour with Charlie Miller
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm
The California Honeydrops
Apr 29 @ 9:00 pm

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Digging deep into the roots of American music, The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B with stellar performances of traditional material as well as their own innovative music. Formed in November 2007, The California Honeydrops first performed on the streets and in the subways stations in Oakland, California. Playfully crossing genres from Roots and Blues to R&B and soul, The California Honeydrops’ sound is tied together by soulful vocal harmonies, colorful shouts from brass and horns, and a funky, good-times New Orleans rhythm section. They quickly gained a reputation as the best party in the Bay Area.

“The California Honeydrops, from Oakland, are the most refreshing act to roll down the blues highway in some time. Few groups before them have melded so many strains of African American music into such a seamless whole.” –livingblues.com

The Fantastic Four: Eric Krasno, Robert Walter, Adam Deitch, Chris Stillwell & The Shady Horns + Context Killer
Apr 29 @ 9:00 pm

 The funkiest show in town, hands down

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What do you get when combining members of Soul Live, Greyboy Allstars, Lettuce, Pretty Lights and Break Science?  You get an incredibly funky show!  The Fantastic Four has only been seen a handful of times in the past.  If you were able to catch this super group line up at a festival or Jamcruise you should consider yourself lucky.  You don’t want to miss this one time performance taking place during Jazz Fest.  This special line up includes guests such as the ‘Shady Horns’ (Ryan Zoidis & Eric Benny Bloom) and Chris Stillwell (Greyboy Allstars).

Founding member and guitarist of beloved bands Soulive and Lettuce, Eric Krasno has toured the globe spanning small rock clubs to major festivals, in Africa, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and more. With releases on Velour Recordings, Blue Note, Stax and their own Royal Family Records, and a resume that includes opening spots for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band, it’s little wonder the group has developed a reputation as one of the most celebrated instrumental soul-funk trios in the world. Known throughout jazz, funk, and hip-hop circles, Krasno has the opportunity to work with jazz icons Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Chaka Khan as well as hip-hop visionaries 50-Cent, GZA and Talib Kweli.

Robert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. Walter helped form the the Greyboy Allstars in 1993 with Karl Denson, Elgin Park, Chris Stillwell, Zak Najor, and DJ Greyboy. Influenced by soul-jazz and funk records from the 1960s and 70s, the band juxtaposed jazz improvisation and dance music. They continue to record and perform to a committed fan base. The Greyboy Allstars also served as the band for Robert’s first solo record, Spirit of ’70 which also featured saxophonist and Miles Davis sideman Gary Bartz. Walter relocated to New Orleans in 2004 and became immersed the vibrant local music scene. He began collaborating with Johnny Vidacovich, Stanton Moore, James Singleton, George Porter Jr and many more.  Robert Walter’s most recent release Get Thy Bearings pushes Walter’s organ, piano, Rhodes and synthesizer to the front of a group rounded out by guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, drummer Aaron Redfield, sax players Karl Denson and Cochemea Gastelum, and percussionist Chuck Prada—an all-star lineup in its own right.

Adam Deitch may have been predestined to be a drummer. The son of two professional funk drummers and Berklee grads, Adam first picked up his sticks at the age of two. His first gig was at a school assembly for his kindergarten class. Adam’s career has crossed genres, focusing on hip-hop, funk and jazz, playing the role of both drummer and producer.  Adam was inspired by hip-hop at an early age and began his production career by making loops on a tape deck in his bedroom. He has gone on to produce tracks for some of today’s top emcees including 50-Cent, Redman, Talib Kweli, KRS-One, MF Doom, J-Live, Jurassic 5, Breeze Evahflowin, and Immortal Technic. Adam has branched out from hip-hop and funk, recording and touring with jazz legend John Scofield. Adam has recorded on two of John’s latest records (both released on legendary label Verve Records), Up All Night, which he also shares composers credit on many of the tracks and the Grammy nominated Uberjam.

Context Killer is a musical chaos free form collaboration from the mind of New Orleans drummer Simon Lott (Charlie Hunter, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress).  This special edition of Context Killer will feature musical cohort and saxophone madman  Skerik (Garage a Trois, Les Claypool, Bandalabra).

Apr
30
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
Apr 30 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm
Glen David Andrews
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm

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Glen David Andrews’ no holds barred performances have brought him attention as one of NOLA’s brightest talents. His performances have been called “transformative,” “over the top,” and “otherworldly.” With the chops of a soul legend and the passion of a tent revival, Glen David Andrews is an inspiration. The music of New Orleans is steeped in tradition. Glen David Andrews has absorbed this tradition and given his life and work over to bringing it into the future. Andrews is bearing the torch of one of the worlds greatest musical heritages. He has been surrounded by the music of New Orleans since his youth in the historic Treme section of the city. He has become a champion of New Orleans, playing horn in numerous bands and even being featured in the Spike Lee Documentary “When The Levees Broke” (2006). This seems to be just the beginning for Glen David Andrews, a talent who, like his city, will not fade away.

An Evening with The Honey Island Swamp Band and Special Guest
Apr 30 @ 10:00 pm

 

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Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after 4 friends were marooned in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Formed on the strength of timeless songs from Aaron Wilkinson and Chris Mulé, HISB’s “Bayou Americana” sound has been compared to the music of such forefathers as Lowell George, Earl King, Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Gram Parsons and Jimmy Reed.

After 10 years fronting the Baltimore band The Bridge, Cris Jacobs is continuing to show his depth and range as a gifted songwriter and performer.  With his deeply expressive vocals, passionate and gritty guitar playing, and poignant songwriting, Cris creates an instantly engaging sound that ranges from intensely rockin’ to sublimely sweet to hauntingly psychedelic.

The DJ Williams Projekt featuring Nigel Hall & DJ Logic
Apr 30 @ 11:59 pm

JUST ANNOUNCED!! SPECTACULAR LINEUP. THIS WILL CRUSH.

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D.J. Williams is an American guitarist, singer, and composer who is the founder of the funky Richmond based band, DJ Williams Projekt and guitarist for San Diego’s critically acclaimed group, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. The young guitar player has toured the globe from small rock venues to large prestigious music festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. DJ Williams Projekt’s blend of funk, rock, and soul always strives to push new boundaries with an emphasis on compelling melody, refined songwriting, and an extremely diverse musical palette. Just don’t let the name confuse you because this musician is laying out grooves any “DJ” would love to sample!

DJ LOGIC and his role as an electronic-music ambassador keeps him at the top of his game. Whether the scratch artist instructs tablas to flirt with drum ‘n’ bass (such as on his NINA SIMONE and BILLY HOLIDAY remixes found on Sony Legacy’s Remixed and Reimagined volumes) , or while meshing free styling MC’s with Afro-Cuban rhythms (such as on ‘Share Worldwide Funk’ – a remix produced for JACK DeJOHNETTE and Golden Beams Collected, Volume 1 ) , LOGIC can always be found paying homage to his predecessors while contributing his vision to the deejay genre. While the context of his work may vary, DJ LOGIC’S spinning skills are definitely beyond reproach. He works with a phenomenal roster of invited guests, and he knows how to pick his collaborators as well as his samples. With a growing catalogue of recordings under his belt, DJ LOGIC’S supreme musicianship and catholic tastes will allow him to journey wherever an infectious groove may take him.

Nigel Hall is an honest, humble guardian of soul music. When asked about himself, Nigel reflects, “I’m just someone who lives, eats, drinks music.” This ethic becomes clear when Nigel takes the stage. A mainstay on the Portland, ME scene, Nigel has recently toured with the funk powerhouse Lettuce. His energetic vocals add yet another layer of sonic depth and energy to the all star cast. Nigel is also an established keyboardist, currently working in the studio with Chapter 2, featuring Eric Krasno, Adam Deitch, and Louis Kato.

 

May
1
Thu
Nayo Jones
May 1 @ 8:00 pm

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Nayo Jones hails from a family of musicians; she was destined to be in “the business.” As a child Nayo sang and danced her way through life.  She belted out Supreme songs at talent shows in grade school and mimicked Whitney Houston in front of the mirror.  Nayo’s father William “Doc” Jones, a Jazz musician and music educator born and raised in Chicago noticed her musical gift & helped nurture her natural ability from the very beginning. Growing up surrounded by classic jazz and Motown hits Nayo answered her calling at an early age. Nayo wows her crowds and gains loyal fans with her sultry voice and her passion for every performance.  To name just a few of her credits, Nayo debuted at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2012, she’s opened for such greats as Chris Botti, Otis & the Temptations, The Whispers & Lakeside.  In addition to performing her own show, currently Nayo performs and tours as a featured vocalist with New Orleans icon, Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers.  Though a babe in the music industry she already has the savvy of some of the most classic female artists and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with.

St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus & Spencer Bohren
May 1 @ 8:00 pm

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 Representing a broad cross-section of New Orleans’ ever-evolving music scene, St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus is a six-piece vocal group whose membership includes Hannah Krieger-Benson, Lucas Davenport, Alexandra Scott, Ashley Shabankareh, Amy Trail, and Tim Robertson. Most often appearing at the venerated Preservation Hall and also logging appearances at Voodoo Fest and French Quarter Fest, SCAC has quickly established a name for themselves with their seamless harmonies and ecclectic, soulful song selections.

Born into a gospel-singing family in the wind-swept prairies of Wyoming in 1950, Spencer Bohren began singing and playing music as youngster. At fourteen, inspired by the folk music he heard on the radio, Spencer picked up a guitar and within a few weeks started performing in public. He immediately delved deeply into America’s treasure of blues, country, gospel and folk music, soaking up guitar styles and historical details. In the 1960s and 1970s, Spencer played with rock, country and blues bands throughout the western US. By the mid-1970s, Spencer and his wife, Marilyn, found a spiritual home in the city of New Orleans, and started their family there.
New Orleans had a profound effect on Spencer, and he quickly became a fixture on the local music scene. Spencer began touring, this time in the southern U.S. Before long he made the daring decision to bring his family on the road so they could be together. For seven years they lived on the road, Spencer performing around the U.S., sharing his love of America’s music and singing his own original songs. He also began a recording career, which has produced 16 albums. In 1997, Spencer developed Down the Dirt Road Blues, his award-winning history of American music, which he has presented to 30,000 students of all ages, as well as concert audiences in America and Europe. His educational offerings have grown to include visual art, guitar workshops, and talks on songs of protest and music business, inspiring countless budding musicians.

THE BAYOU BROTHERS: Dave & Darcy Malone, Camile Baudoin (of The Radiator’s) & Marc Stone plus special guest Roosevelt Collier
May 1 @ 10:00 pm

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Featuring Dave & Darcy Malone, Camile Baudoin, and Marc Stone

As the twin guitar front line for the Radiators for 33 years, Dave Malone and Camile Baudoin reign supreme as New Orleans premier rock guitar one-two punch. Since the Radiators disbanded in 2011, Dave and Camile have played together in various incarnations, none more stripped down and intimate than their semi-acoustic duo the Bayou Brothers. Their superior six string skills shine in the absence of a rhythm section, and they draw from an even broader songbook than the Rads storied song list.The Bayou Brothers added Blues and Roots slide guitarist and songwriter Marc Stone for two shows last year, and he is returning for this special concert. With the addition of Dave’s daughter Darcy Malone on vocals and Sacred Steel master Roosevelt Collier of the Lee Boys on pedal steel, this promises to be a truly unique night of string wizardry and great songs from artists like the Beatles, Dylan, Hank Williams, Muddy Waters and a few tasty nuggets from the Radiators catalog.

May
2
Fri
Bob Malone Trio (of John Fogerty Band)
May 2 @ 8:00 pm

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Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays keyboards with rock legend John Fogerty, and continues a long running and successful solo career. He plays a one-of-a-kind hybrid of blues, rock, and New Orleans R&B, delivered with high-energy piano virtuosity and a voice all his own. He plays over 100 shows a year in the US, Europe, Australia and Asia, and has shared stages with Bruce Springsteen, Rickie Lee Jones, The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Dr. John, Leon Russell and many others. Bob was featured alongside piano legends Marcia Ball and Henry Butler at the 2012 WWOZ Piano Night at House of Blues in New Orleans. Bob has also been a twice-featured performer on The Price Is Right, and appeared with John Fogerty on The Late Show With David Letterman. His music is heard regularly on Dr. Phil, Entertainment Tonight, The Rachel Ray Show, and Wheel Of Fortune. Malone’s six CDs have earned Top-20 spots on the Living Blues, Roots Music Report and Earshot (Canada) radio charts, and are played on over 300 stations worldwide, including Sirius/XM’s Bluesville, and NPR favorites Car Talk, Acoustic Café, and Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. Bob Malone is endorsed by Hammond Organ USA and Fishman Acoustic Transducers.

“A keyboard wizard.”
THE NEW YORKER

“John Fogerty’s five-man backup band was slouch-free — with the show-stealer trophy going to a shaggy-haired Bob Malone.”
EDMONTON JOURNAL

“A new peak in what’s been a rather mountainous career, Malone’s latest shows off everything that makes him dear to his loyal fans.”
FILTER

“US blues pianist Bob Malone cakewalked all over the keys with rip-roaring pyrotechnics that were part skill and part showmanship, often eschewing the piano stool and jumping around like a rock star … [but] in such soul-baring numbers as Ingénue and Butterfly, head-tossing antics were put aside for an engrossing melancholic sweetness. Beneath the banter and the wizardry Bob Malone revealed a raw and splendidly large heart.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

“The presence of first-call players like Leland Sklar, Chris Trujillo, and Marty Rifkin, plus stellar guitar work from producer Bob DeMarco alongside the artist’s New Orleans drenched piano, raises the bar for this troubadour. On his 6th CD, Bob Malone is clearly in the big leagues”
MUSIC CONNECTION

“Bob Malone doesn’t just accompany himself on piano. He supports his singing with pulsating, roaring keyboard work that grabs you and shakes you until you cry for mercy.”
KEYBOARD MAGAZINE

Donald Harrison Quartet
May 2 @ 8:00 pm

 

IN THE BEAUTIFUL & HISTORIC RAMP ROOM

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Born in New Orleans in 1960, Donald Harrison Jr grew up in a home environment saturated with the city’s traditional music of brass bands, parades, modern jazz, r&b, funk, classical, world ethnic, and dance music. His connection to New Orleans roots were deepened by his father, a Big Chief in the African and Native American influenced culture of New Orleans’ Black Mardi Gras Indians. The culture is an offshoot culture of Congo Square, one of the only known places in North America where Africans openly participated in their culture in the 1700’s and 1800’s. Harrison recorded “Quantum Leap” in 2012 which musicians and critics agree is a next step for jazz. With quantum jazz Harrison has opened up new areas for time, harmony, and melody. The record also melds cutting edge jazz with New Orleans funk – connecting the past with the present with jazz music that transcends boundaries. He also created “Nouveau Swing” – a style of jazz that merges modern dance music like r&b, hip-hop, soul, rock, and combined jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music on the critically-acclaimed album “Indian Blues” (1991) The recording deepened Harrison’s commitment to maintaining the offshoot rituals, call and response chants, and drumming of Congo Square alive for the next generation.

He has performed with an illustrious list of distinguished musicians in Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classical and more : Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Lena Horne, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Eddie Palmieri, Jennifer Holiday, Dr. John, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, McCoy Tyner, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Miles Davis, Digable Planets, Notorious BIG, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
May 2 @ 11:59 pm

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Music has been a part of Shamarr Allen’s life for as long as he can recall. A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M.. His personal compositions include music for the New Orleans Saints, “Bring Em To The Dome,” the ecologically conscious oil spill record, “Sorry Ain’t Enough No More.” In 2011, he with his band the Underdawgs, were invited to tour Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan as cultural ambassadors for the United States State Department. With all of those amazing achievements, Shamarr claims one of his favorite moments as being the first trumpet player to play the National Anthem for President Barack Obama. Ultimately, he played for the President twice, the second time with multi-platinum artist, Harry Connick Jr. at the White House. Shamarr has always done “his own thing,” which is only one of the many reasons his album contains no cover songs and only original material. “I’m just going to keep doing my own music, I believe that creating new music is just as important is live improvisation.” As Shamarr Allen’s star keeps rising, it is evident that everything he sets to do will be just like his music: unique and unforgettable.

 

May
3
Sat
Chali 2na & The House of Vibe + Skinz n’ Needlz!
May 3 @ 1:00 am

 

ONLY JAZZ FEST APPEARANCE!! 1AM SHOW

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 Chali 2na: MC. Musician. Actor. Painter. Renaissance Man. Chali 2na has done it all. From his days growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Chicago’s south side, to his subsequent explosion onto Los Angeles’ burgeoning hip-hop scene, to his tenure as MC for seminal hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali epitomizes the portrait of a 21st century artist.

“It’s not about the perfect song or a perfect show, it’s about a perfect VIBE!” The House of Vibe embodies this truth. A group composed of talented producers, limitless lyricists, and gifted musicians whose combined talents lay a foundation, for nothing short, of musical excellence. Their frequent live shows are always electrifying and genre-less. Complete with horn section, non-stop rhythmic sounds and hard-hitting beats, House of Vibe, journey’s through rock, jazz, hip-hop and R&B with creative ease. All the while keeping the crowd jumping. Whether you’re a first time viewer or devoted follower, every performance has a unique vibe. Excluding the fact that they don’t rehearse, shows are kept cutting-edge through special guests, who amplify the already dynamic mix, and spontaneous experimentation.

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

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No band has held the flame of Cajun music higher than multiple-Grammy winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. From their emergence at the forefront of the Cajun revival of the 1970s to decades traveling the globe as one of Louisiana’s most revered cultural exports, BeauSoleil remains as close to the cutting edge as they do to the root. Music to shake the body and move the soul.

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers
May 3 @ 8:00 pm

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Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.

May
4
Sun
The Meters Experience feat. Leo Nocentelli of the Meters
May 4 @ 1:00 am

 

CATCH THE METERS EXPERIENCE SPECIAL LATE NITE 1AM SHOW

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Known throughout the music industry as the “funkiest, fast-fingered” guitarist there is, a musician who can control your mind, body and soul with his experience, superior talent, musical mastery and inimitable style, he is LEO NOCENTELLI. Leo is the lead guitarist, composer, innovator & the musical originator of the syncopated funk-style that won international acclaim for him and the band known as the “Pioneers of Funk”, THE METERS, the 2001 Gramy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners. Leo has recorded with a list of Grammy Award Winners such as, Stevie Wonder, Bonnie Raitt, The Supremes, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Dr John.

STANTON MOORE’S MARDI GRAS INDIAN JUBILEE featuring Mardi Gras Indian War Chief Jaun Pardo & his Tribesmen, Robert Walter, Kirk Joseph & Papa Mali
May 4 @ 2:00 am

THE MUST SEE SHOW OF ALL OF JAZZ FEST. 2AM LATE SHOW

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Tradition, heritage, and music are the footholds of New Orleans culture. Mardi Gras Indians have been a large part of this culture for decades. The Mardi Gras Indians named themselves after native Indians to pay them respect for their assistance in escaping the tyranny of slavery. It was often local Indians who accepted slaves into their society when they made a break for freedom. They have never forgotten and they continue to pay respects for this assistance in the form of tradition, heritage, and music.

May
6
Tue
Happy Hour with Charlie Miller
May 6 @ 5:00 pm – May 6 @ 8:00 pm
May
7
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – May 7 @ 8:00 pm
Glen David Andrews
May 7 @ 8:00 pm

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Glen David Andrews’ no holds barred performances have brought him attention as one of NOLA’s brightest talents. His performances have been called “transformative,” “over the top,” and “otherworldly.” With the chops of a soul legend and the passion of a tent revival, Glen David Andrews is an inspiration. The music of New Orleans is steeped in tradition. Glen David Andrews has absorbed this tradition and given his life and work over to bringing it into the future. Andrews is bearing the torch of one of the worlds greatest musical heritages. He has been surrounded by the music of New Orleans since his youth in the historic Treme section of the city. He has become a champion of New Orleans, playing horn in numerous bands and even being featured in the Spike Lee Documentary “When The Levees Broke” (2006). This seems to be just the beginning for Glen David Andrews, a talent who, like his city, will not fade away.

May
8
Thu
Happy Hour with Andre Bohren
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – May 8 @ 8:00 pm
May
9
Fri
Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
May 9 @ 5:00 pm – May 9 @ 8:00 pm
Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns
May 9 @ 8:00 pm

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Meschiya began her singing career at the age of nine, earning a regular gig and winning $500 upon winning an adults only singing contest in a South Dakota Steakhouse. In 2000 as a young woman, she met and began traveling with the Know Nothing Family Zirkus Zideshow and End of the World Circus – a troupe blending traditional circus arts with modern sideshow varieties where Meschiya honed her performance skills with such thrilling acts as glass and insect eating and fire dancing (dangerously twirling around on stage with flame-doused nunchucks). It was while touring with this troupe that she fell in love with and felt immediately embraced by the culturally rich and one of a kind city of New Orleans, her home base for the last decade and counting.In the Spring of 2007, Meschiya began singing with the traditional jazz outfit the Loose Marbles on the French Quarters Royal Street. Joined by jazz dancers Chance Bushman and Amy Johnson, a new revival of traditional jazz and dance consequently blossomed: Bringing the joy and vitality of New Orleanss spirit, wowing audiences both young and old alike, they toured the United States and Europe, playing on streets, in clubs, and leaving a trail of write-ups in publications along the way. Dan Baum of the New Yorker writes”Meschiya Lake rocks back on her heels, lifts her chest, and opens her throat like an air raid siren to croon in a thrilling pre-microphone style that…can make you feel by turns as though you were shivering around a campfire in a railroad (yard) or drinking in a budapest nightclub in 1938.” Back home in New Orleans, she delighted in participating in and watching the jazz revival unfold around her, with jazz and jazz dance fever bringing more and more musicians and dancers to town. Meschiya formed The Little Big Horns Jazz Band in the Spring of 2009 and, saving pennies from the street, she produced the first Little Big Horns album Lucky Devil to National Acclaim. On the 5th anniversary of Katrina, DJ David Kunian of WWOZ cited Lucky Devil as one of his four favorite releases of 2010 on NPRs All Things Considered.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Late Night Swing with Ra Ra Racket
May 9 @ 10:30 pm

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Late Night Swing Dancing with Ra Ra Racket!

Beginning after Friday night shows, we’ll host swing dancing lessons and music!

May
10
Sat
Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers – 7pm
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

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Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 6:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers – 9pm
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 10:15 pm

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Whether listening to a track on his newest CD, engaging him in conversation or hearing his voice on an answering machine message, one word springs immediately to mind to describe Kermit Ruffins, passion. The New Orleans native lives it, plays it and sings about it, and nowhere is it more evident than when he discusses his craft the swinging, good-time jazz that lured him in as a teenager and continues to whet his appetite even three decades and 10 solo recordings later.

Tickets are general admission and there is no guaranteed seating. Full Dinner Service is available during this event with a recommended seating time 0f 8:30pm. To reserve a table please call us at 504-267-4863.

Latin Dance Night With OTRA
May 10 @ 10:30 pm

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Come out and DANCE! Live Music by OTRA and DJ Jimmychimichanga

May
11
Sun
Jazz Brunch with Viper Mad Trio
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Enjoy an a la carte Brunch menu, Endless Mimosas, Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, and the Viper Mad Trio at our Sunday Jazz Brunch!

May
13
Tue
Happy Hour with Charlie Miller
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – May 13 @ 8:00 pm
May
14
Wed
Happy Hour with Joshua Paxton
May 14 @ 5:00 pm – May 14 @ 8:00 pm
Glen David Andrews
May 14 @ 8:00 pm

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Glen David Andrews’ no holds barred performances have brought him attention as one of NOLA’s brightest talents. His performances have been called “transformative,” “over the top,” and “otherworldly.” With the chops of a soul legend and the passion of a tent revival, Glen David Andrews is an inspiration. The music of New Orleans is steeped in tradition. Glen David Andrews has absorbed this tradition and given his life and work over to bringing it into the future. Andrews is bearing the torch of one of the worlds greatest musical heritages. He has been surrounded by the music of New Orleans since his youth in the historic Treme section of the city. He has become a champion of New Orleans, playing horn in numerous bands and even being featured in the Spike Lee Documentary “When The Levees Broke” (2006). This seems to be just the beginning for Glen David Andrews, a talent who, like his city, will not fade away.

May
15
Thu
Happy Hour with Andre Bohren
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – May 15 @ 8:00 pm
May
16
Fri
Happy Hour with Lucas Davenport
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – May 16 @ 8:00 pm
Ingrid Lucia Quintet
May 16 @ 8:00 pm

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Ingrid Lucia is a performer through and through. As the New Orleans-reared daughter of a dad enthralled with movies and music from the 1940s, it’s probably no surprise that she’s managed to blend Louisiana-tinged jazz with the songs of the greatest generation while incorporating provocative old-school elegance in her delivery. But don’t think for a second that means she’s all style and no substance. In fact, her history confirms anything but. “My image has been pretty consistent with a few variables along the way,” the 40-year-old said. “Growing up as street urchins, us kids swore we would never be seen that way again. I am a firm believer in simplicity, elegance and the dichotomy of mixing dark moody rock and roll with classic 1940s cuts. I am taken with the beauty of utilitarian art and I try to dress that way. I am presenting an image of a strong and independent female who isn’t afraid to look glamorous and be fun, but can still take care of business and carry a sound system home in heels after the date.” It’s been a performer’s life for the fun-loving Lucia, who writes her own songs and has steadily released solo work – including 2010’s 12-track “Midnight Rendezvous” – in addition to her myriad recording and performing duties with the Flying Neutrinos, which appeared at Jazz Fest in May. “A new fan coming to a show would get a flavor of New Orleans traditional jazz, blues and swing presented through original and standard songs,” she said. “They would get to hear New Orleans’ top musicians, who I am lucky enough to have in my band when they are not playing with Dr. John, Harry Connick Jr., Preservation Hall, The Iguanas or Allen Toussaint. They would be entertained by a singer who sounds a lot like Billie Holiday because they both learned to phrase from the great Louis Armstrong. But more than anything they would get a night of entertainment and music that would include them and take them away from their day and into an unforgettable off-night of fun.”

Late Night Swing with Ra Ra Racket
May 16 @ 10:30 pm

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Late Night Swing Dancing with Ra Ra Racket!

Beginning after Friday night shows, we’ll host swing dancing lessons and music!