Next week, I’ll have a new show with my voice recorded in the echoey abandoned bedroom of my grown youngest son. But first one more repeat show – this one featuring All Jazz. Since the show was recorded last September, there will be no reference to yesterday’s loss to complications of COVID-19 of New Orleans jazz great — Ellis Marsalis. I will provide a tribute to him next week on my first original show in a month. Here’s this week’s show.
Al Hirt was a presence growing up in Uptown New Orleans in the 60’s. He was the godfather of one of the neighbor’s kids that I would play with and my parents regularly visited Hirt’s club on Bourbon Street. He starts off the show with “Jazz Me Blues.” But I mix it up in the next set with Kid Ory, the Smoking Time Jazz Club and Ingrid Lucia.
Dr. Michael White anchors the second set with his “West African Strut” supported by songs by Linnzi Zaorski and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
I get to play my vinyl autographed version of a Willie Humphrey’s album with Sarah Quintana and Lena Prima rounding out the next set. The show rolls on bouncing between traditional New Orleans jazz, some contemporary jazz, a bit of swing and a couple brass band numbers, including “Get a Life” by the Original Pinettes.
Debbie Davis and Josh Paxton, who are coming out with a new release, close this recorded show with “Caravan.” However, on the live KAOS and KMRE broadcasts, two lagniappe songs fill out the show to make up for the loss of public service announcements.
I hope you enjoy the show. Next show I hope to feature the voices of some of the musicians I play for you speaking to how they’re doing and how you can learn more about them. If you subscribe, you’ll get an email announcing future shows. Thanks much.