It’s a safe bet to assume you have never heard “Mack The Knife” interpreted like The Julia Hulsmann Quartet featuring Theo Blackman. Other sounds you have never ever heard before include a band comprised of but two bassists and a drummer plus the kind of introspective songs that Salina Sias (pictured) has brought from Texas to Brooklyn. We top it all off with some delicious post-bop Smoked Herring.
Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.
This year’s gonna be a big year for Huddie Ledbetter (aka Lead Belly) and it starts with a 5-CD box set, the first comprehensive overview of his life.
David Torn takes his electric oud and his guitar to new heights…Pianist Harold Mabern does he does best: make others sound great…Cash Box Kings make the blues come alive…and a man named Voo will woo you.
He was responsible for writing one of the most beloved songs in rock ‘n’ roll, but Berry did not get the respect he deserved until later on in his life.
Spanning the gamut from rustic folk-blues tradition to son-of-a-bluesman soul…from an outstanding live tribute to two late legends by Joe Bonamassa to a Brooklyn collective’s crazy-sick surprises, we’re blogging big this time.
Jimi Hendrix would have loved the three eccentric eclectic (dare I say oddball?) jazz releases covered within. But as a young man, he just wanted to add hot licks in the bands of Little Richard, the Isley Brothers and Curtis Knight. Knight’s use of the future legend is on full display via Legacy’s “You Can’t Use My Name.” They didn’t. Can you pick him out?
Giving back to the Crescent City culture that nurtured him, Troy Andrews, better known as Trombone Shorty, will host Shorty Fest on April 30 in New Orleans.
Five new CDs with international flavor capture the blues, jazz and kitschy Italian pop music from the 1960s in all its feminine glory.
At 77, Tom Paxton has taken over for Pete Seeger, who passed last year at 94, as our link to pure authentic folk music. Rudresh Mahanthappa rules supreme on the alto sax. And New England upstarts The Luxury takes a hint from bands like U2, Pink Floyd and Oasis.