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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:43 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Tiny Desk Concert

Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs at the Tiny Desk on Dec. 3, 2013.
John W. Poole John W. Poole

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:14 pm

Our goal for this special holiday Tiny Desk Concert is simple: to bring you joy. Preservation Hall Jazz Band is a hot and historic outfit from New Orleans, and its members brought us a tuba-wielding Santa and some original holiday cheer and praise — what they call a Cajun Christmas from the French Quarter.

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Jazz New Orleans
2:37 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jazz New Orleans Christmas Party

trumpeter Wynton Marsalis

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten, two hours of great jazz versions of Christmas favorites — featuring Louis Armstrong, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Charles Brown, Johnny Adams, Katie Webster, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith and more...

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Preservation Hall: Hallowed Ground

Credit Amanda Irizarry / Elephant Quilt Productions

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Giants of traditional jazz played here; hell, they still play here: tucked behind walls with a patina worthy of the temple Preservation Hall has been through the years. 
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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
2:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Scott Aiges And The Music Business

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts have been the bread-and-butter of Scott Aiges.

He's managed musicians (Astral Project, The Continental Drifters, and Royal Fingerbowl to name just three) through the years and he teaches the business of music at Tulane. For awhile he was a music critic at The Times-Picayune. And he's even worked in the halls of power, serving as the director of music business development for the City of New Orleans. 

He knows the business.

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A Blog Supreme
4:16 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

O Brothers: Drummers Brian and Brady Blade

Brian (left) and Brady Blade.
Megan Holmes/Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 1:04 pm

If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, sometimes two apples will land on similar turf. Brian Blade has been Wayne Shorter's drummer for several years and leads his own project called The Fellowship Band. His older brother Brady Blade is perhaps best known for his drumming with Emmylou Harris and is an all-around music industry mover and shaker.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
11:38 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Reggie Scanlan: Bass Lion

Credit Fantail Media / Flickr

There's a reason why lions prefer the company of other lions. Just ask Reggie Scanlan.

As a bass player, Scanlan worked with James Booker and Professor Longhair before starting a 33-year run with the Radiators. He's now in a band of all-stars called the New Orleans Suspects.

Scanlan tells us some of the lessons he's learned from playing, touring, and recording with the best in New Orleans music.

For instance: band tours last longer with separate hotel rooms. And if you can't sing... don't. 

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Music Interviews
6:07 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Bringing Jazz On Walkabout: Jon Batiste And Stay Human

Jon Batiste (second from left) and the Stay Human band.
Peter Lueders Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 1:25 pm

Pianist Jonathan Batiste was born and raised in New Orleans as part of the Batiste jazz family dynasty there. He was playing with the family band by age 8. Eventually he took his talents to Julliard, and that's where he met the rest of Stay Human: Joe Saylor on the drums, Ibanda Ruhumbika on tuba and Eddie Barbash on alto sax.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
6:30 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Chefs Pair Music With Their Recipes

Chef Josh Galliano
Credit Seán Collins

Commercial kitchens are the workplaces (and playgrounds) of some of the most inventive people around and they have some of the best soundtracks on the planet.

When your dinner reservation is still just a pencil mark in a ledger, long before the candles are lit, before the linen table cloths are smoothed and the cutlery is placed just so, your favorite restaurants are suffused with great music. Rock 'n' roll, gut-bucket blues, country, funk, ska, and jazz make the food taste better because the chefs are listening. And their musical taste is just as refined as any other.

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Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins
10:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Meschiya Lake: Modern-Day Chanteuse

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns
Credit Babs Evangelista

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns have been playing together as a band since 2009. But their repertoire suggests a much longer, deeper history, dating back to the early part of the last century, when people were buying phonographs and drinking absinthe in its original form.

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Jazz New Orleans
11:54 am
Mon November 18, 2013

November 8, 2013 Jazz New Orleans With Fred Kasten

Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week" John Ellis - with sousaphone virtuoso Matt Perrine

This week's Jazz New Orleans features Tom McDermott, Terence Blanchard, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Rene Marie, John McLaughlin, Karrin Allyson, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove — and an extended conversation with our "Player of the Week", saxophonist and composer John Ellis.

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