When jazz trumpeter Jeremy Davenport got off the road to take a lengthy engagement at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, he said no one seemed more surprised than his former boss — Harry Connick Jr. Davenport had traveled the world in Connick's band, which was and remains, hot stuff.
Allen Toussaint says he'd rather let his piano do the talking. Lucky for us.
Toussaint's fingers have done the talking on song after song for more than 50 years, defining the modern-day New Orleans sound. He's written, produced and arranged chart-topping hits for scores of artists. And lately, Toussaint has been performing his catalog more often around the world.
This week, Allen Toussaint has plenty to say to Music Inside Out. Check out his major chords. And the minor ones too.
Today on Inside the Arts, we travel back in time to the 1940s for a live radio drama of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life. The fourth annual production by the NOLA Voice Talent Foundation features the Crescent City Sound Chorus.
One performance only, Saturday, Dec. 15, at Deutsches House, 1023 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie. Doors open at 6 p.m., performance at 7 p.m.
More than six billion people live on the planet, and yet relatively few human voices are recognizable to the naked ear.
Irma Thomas has one of those voices.
For more than 50 years, Thomas has written, recorded and lent her voice to some of the most precious songs that Louisiana has ever produced. Now music lovers all over the world know the contralto that she calls, "Irma's sound." This week, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins makes way for the Queen of New Orleans Soul.
When John Boutté commits to a song, he tailors it like a suit from Savile Row, breaking down the lyrics then building them back up again to say exactly what he means. If a Paul Simon song conjures the image of early Americans sailing to the New World on the Mayflower ship, Boutté will sing the same song and mention early Americans who sailed on the slave ship Amistad. If Dave Bartholemew writes that the grass looks greener somewhere else, Boutté will sing that the grass is greener right here at home.
An interview with trumpeter and vocalist Gregg Stafford.
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.