New Orleans Music

Elizabeth Miller

Jazz historian John McCusker captures moments, whether it's through his photography, his writing, or his storytelling. As the creator and guide of the Cradle of Jazz Tour, John takes people on New Orleans tours that link together specific locations with the vanguards, players, keepers, and lovers of jazz music. John joined NolaVie's Kelley Crawford in the studio to share some legends from the Jazz Age.  

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Birth of the Bunch: The Life and Times of Benny Grunch

Apr 20, 2017
Benny Grunch & The Bunch

Musicians and artists often describe how their influences find them. In Benny Grunch’s case, his divine inspiration came from a handheld radio, and took the form of humor, deft storytelling, and a love for his hometown. Benny “Grunch” Antin is the founding member of Benny Grunch & The Bunch, a group that for decades has performed songs of satirical nostalgia for New Orleans. In this edition of NOLA Life Stories, Benny takes us on a highly musical memoir, from childhood to the origins of his band.   

Listening to Locals: Bantam Foxes

Mar 16, 2017
Cherie McCabe

Floating just below the surface beneath the waves of brass bands and jazz ensembles that preside over the local music scene is a constantly growing collection of rock bands that play regular gigs throughout the city. In this edition of NolaVie’s Listening to Locals series, David Benedetto spoke with twin brothers Colin and Sam McCabe of power pop group, Bantam Foxes.  

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Listening to Locals: Evan Christopher, Clarinetist

Feb 16, 2017
Jason Kruppa

When it comes to word association, the words “clarinet” and “Evan Christopher” go hand-in-hand. Having been involved with the New Orleans music community for over 20 years, he has definitely earned that connection. Evan has also seen the music community transition and change over those decades. In this installment of NolaVie’s “Listening to Locals” series, Kelley Crawford invited Evan into the studio.  

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Listening to Locals: LadyBabyMiss

Jan 26, 2017
Olivia Klein

Our local musicians are more than just a backbone of this city’s culture; they're also the soundtrack. For NolaVie’s “Listening to Locals” series, we are bringing in local musicians in order to listen to them in a new way. David Benedetto invited artist and songwriter Olivia Klein, also known as LadyBabyMiss, into the studio for a closer listen.

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Greg Miles

Local music is so widespread here that we sometimes forget to consider New Orleans musicians on an individual level. In the first installment of a new series from NolaVie called “Listening to Locals,” Brian Friedman sat down with jazz saxophonist James Martin, whose album, Something’s Gotta Give, came out January 13. It’s a reflection on the grind, the late nights, and the hustle of the local music scene, as well as the travels that have taken him all over the world.

Jazz and Heritage Center
Zack Smith

Jazz Fest takes up so much of our collective consciousness in New Orleans that many may not know that the Festival’s nonprofit arm keeps the music on all year round. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting all facets of our music culture from African drumming to Zydeco. NolaVie’s Renée Peck spoke with Scott Aiges, Director of Programs, Marketing and Communications, about tradition and transformation in New Orleans music today.