Today would be Cosimo Matassa’s 91st birthday. While not a professional musician, it would be difficult to imagine New Orleans music history without his J&M studio on Rampart Street, and later on Governor Nichols, where Fats Domino, Little Richard, Lee Dorsey, and hundreds of others cut their original R&B classics. Here’s a bit about him from this blog.
I’ll feature some choice selections from the Matassa heyday on today’s show. I’ll also play recent releases from the Smoking Time Jazz Club, Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton and the Dirty Bourbon River Show.
Because of all this northwest rain, I’ve been feeling blue so I pursued my version of retail therapy. This means cruising the Louisiana Music Factory’s website and backfilling on some serious gaps in my collection. So listen for Charmaine Neville, Kirk Joseph and some surprises from the Orleans Record compilation.
I’ve been busy with other non-radio projects the last few months but I’ll be posting new content soon. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to listen as well. Love you.