Gregg Stafford

Great New Orleans trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford spent much of his childhood in the Central City neighborhood. He saw lots of parades, often sang in church, and developed a real love of music.

When it came time for high school, Stafford had the chance to join the school band — if his mother approved. So he told her, “I don’t have an elective at the moment, so the band instructor asked me, would I be interested in music? ‘Oh no, no, no, no; I don’t have no money to pay for no horn, so you can just scratch that,’” she told him.

Gregg Stafford is one of the Crescent City's most talented, deeply-rooted and musically-committed trumpeters and vocalists — the kind of performer whose rich mix of passion, expertise, energy and sense of humor always makes for good listening and happy audiences.

This week on Inside the Arts, we're Talkin' Jazz with trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford. Also, hear about a gala event — Art Against AIDS — and how it is saving lives. Finally, your imagination will soar as pop surrealist artist Nathan Durfee takes you on a whimsical journey at LeMieux Galleries.