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New music spotlight: Mahalia Jackson

Tue, 01/03/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new release from Mahalia Jackson features 11 previously unheard tracks discovered through research at The Historic New Orleans Collection. Moving On Up A Little Higher was released by Shanachie Records in late September 2016 and produced by Anthony Heilbut, a respected re... Read more

New music spotlight: Thomas Pol

Tue, 12/27/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
University of New Orleans Distinguished Musical Scholarship recipient and bassist Thomas Pol features a collection of original compositions and collaboration on his new release, In America. The album features three different groups that engage the listener in a well thought... Read more

New music spotlight: 'Christmastime in New Orleans'

Tue, 12/20/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
Released earlier in September 2016, Christmastime in New Orleans captures some of New Orleans’ finest jazz musicians coming together with fresh swinging arrangements of these timeless holiday favorites. Christmastime in New Orleans includes such merry classics as 'Silver Be... Read more

New music spotlight: Gravy

Tue, 12/13/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
Gravy has created their own original sound with their latest album Get Busy Living. A mixture of neo-soul, indie rock, and “a whole bunch of New Orleans funk” on top of it all comes through with Gravy. Get Busy Living is produced by founding member of Galactic, Robert Mercu... Read more

New music spotlight: Mia Borders

Tue, 11/29/16
The latest from New Orleans native Mia Borders packs a soulful punch. Fever Dreams shines with Borders' unique modern R&B sound while integrating heartfelt storytelling. Heralded locally and nationally as a great talent, Borders has been featured on’s coverage of The... Read more

New music spotlight: The Asylum Chorus

Tue, 11/22/16
Authored by Chris Saucier
­The Asylum Chorus is back combining their a capella style with the laid back, street-funk, electric church mood of New Orleans with their fourth full release Take A Piece. Released on November 15 and recorded at Esplanade Studios, Take A Piece is a display of the Asylum Ch... Read more

New music spotlight: Leroy Jones

Tue, 11/15/16
Leroy Jones's critically acclaimed and out-of-print album Back To My Roots was re-released in late October to the benefit of jazz fans everywhere. Jones is joined by an impressive cast of New Orleans musicians for this release, including Uncle Lionel Batiste, Benny Jones, G... Read more

New music spotlight: The Musical Mojo of Dr. John

Tue, 11/08/16
What a lineup paying respect to the great Dr. John! The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music, a compilation released on October 21, features an all-star lineup with Dr. John himself, Allen Toussaint, Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Brian Stoltz, Bruce Sp... Read more

New music spotlight: Prunka/Jenner

Tue, 11/01/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The latest from New Orleans locals Brian Prunka and Michael Jenner, known together as prunka/jenner,  is seven tracks of pleasing, generally laid-back sounds. Continuum features Prunka on guitar and Jenner on saxophone. They're joined by William Thompson IV on piano, Jesse ... Read more

New music spotlight: Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

Tue, 10/25/16
Authored by Carrie Booher
The latest from Delfeayo Marsalis is the unexpectedly titled Make America Great Again!, a rich musical tapestry in which Marsalis is joined by 39 other musicians and contributors. It's impossible not to immediately notice the equivalence of the album title with this year's ... Read more

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