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Surfin' to New Orleans

Links to the New Orleans music scene
( updated 3 March, 2001)

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New Orleans and Louisiana Music Online
WWOZ New Orleans 90.7 FM -New Orleans radio at its finest, now on your web browser! Yeah you right!  Click To Listen Real Audio 28.8K  or Click here to go to -All Louisiana music, all the time; also a good database of links
Radio Free New Orleans- more New Orleans music to surf by

Music Magazines, Directories etc.
OffBeat Magazine - New Orleans' and Louisiana's Music Magazine: monthly music listings, clubs and artists directories... -A good online source of   Louisiana music info:  N.O. club directory, schedules, music links, including a comprehensive directory of Louisiana's musicians - The Louisiana Music Archive and Artist Directory
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -the official web site of one of the greatest festivals in the world!
The Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame - Photos and Bios of Louisiana's Blues Greats!
Jazz Fest 1999
-another source of info about the New Orleans Jazz Fest
Inside New Orleans: Music- Reviews of N.O. music, searchable database of clubs, weekly live music calendar, links etc.
NOLA Live - Sounds - associated with the Times Picayune: info. source for live music, recommendations, music calendar etc.
The Best of New Orleans- Music - Online guide to New Orleans: descriptions of New Orleans bands, articles, recommendations, weekly music calendar etc.


New Orleans has produced perhaps the most diverse conglomeration of musicians of any city on the planet. New Orleans is widely known as the birthplace of jazz, but perhaps less widely recognized as the cradle of rhythm and blues and funk. Long ago she was a city of Opera. She became a city of brass, especially the trumpet.  She is a city of the piano. She is a city of the conga drum.  She is a city of rhythm, so she is a city of   the bass. New Orleans's jazz and funk drummers are among the world's best.

Over the past few years the city's children have killed each other on an almost daily basis.  Thankfully this trend is slowing.  Nevertheless, at the same time, New Orleans music has undergone and is undergoing a  renaissance.  Satchmo is crying, but Satchmo is smiling.  Brass bands are alive, hot, swinging and sweatin'. The Jazz Fest is bigger than ever. The New Orleans afro-carib-latino-jazz-funk gumbo is brewing hotter than ever.  There is no end to the musical talent in this city!

Notes on the list: The Musicians list is organized into the following categories: 1. Musicians you can currently see at music clubs in New Orleans (some play several days each week, others, several days a year)  2. Musicians that play elsewhere, but don't regularly play in New Orleans   3. Musicians that typically play only on special occasions like Jazz Fest and 4. Musicians that have seen their last Mardi Gras and have left us with their timeless recordings.  

New Orleans is a musical gumbo: voodoo funk mixed with modern jazz, mixed with some afro-Cuban rhythm, with a little bayou rock thrown in, some country and swing for good measure, a brassy second line to keep things straight, a dash of  reggae to keep everything irie, a gris gris roux of blues with a sprinkle of dixieland to top things off (oh, and don't forget a little tambourine poppin' gospel).   Because New Orleans music is this outrageous, non-stop gumbo it is rarely easy to place its musicians into strict categories.  Therefore, the following categorizations are used for convenience, but are at best approximations, sometimes they're just wrong: Jazz, Brass Band, R&B, Funk, Piano, Blues, LatinEthnicRock, Reggae, Rap, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco, Cover Bands

1. Active in the City

Jazz -Do the Palm Court strut, swing your butt!

Pete Fountain (clarinet)- a New Orleans legend, by Offbeat
Al Hirt (trumpet) - brief bio, discography by a fan
Kermit Ruffins (trumpet) -page by Satchmo - Formerly with the original formation of the Rebirth Brass Band, now leading his own band the BBQ Swingers (quartet or quintet) as well as a "Big Band".
Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe (trumpet) -page by Satchmo - Music to blow your mind.
Charlie Miller (trumpet) -music director of Dr. John's Band
Jamil Sharif (trumpet)
Terence Blanchard (trumpet) -page by NPR
James Andrews (trumpet) -page by NYNO Records
Charles Neville Solo (sax) -Neville Brothers' site, discography etc.
Donald Harrison (alto sax) -page by NPR
Ellis Marsalis (piano) at Sony Music, teaches and plays piano, head of the Marsalis family
James Rivers (reeds: sax, flute, bagpipes etc.) -I'm The Man, CD info
Johnny Vidacovich (percussion)
Tony Dagradi Trio - "Live at the Columns" on Turnipseed Records: Tony Dagradi- Saxophones, James Singleton- Bass, John Vidacovich- Percussion
New Orleans Jazz Professors
Astral Project -page by Compass Records, "Elevado" CD release
David Morgan Trio -from San Francisco, studied music in N.O., piano, bass, drums, CD released on Turnipseed Records, audio clips, bio
Rene Netto and the Sounds of New Orleans- Dixieland jazz, audio samples, ordering info, etc., by Bubba G's
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

John Sinclair (voice) -sorry, dead link Blues Mental Patient, page by IkoIko
Leroy Jones (trumpet) - sorry, no link
Nicholas Payton (trumpet)
sorry, no link
Marvin Williams (bass)- dead link A new sound in New Orleans jazz, by IkoIko
New Orleans Nightcrawlers- sorry, dead link page by IkoIko
Bob O'Rourke (trombone) -dead link
Michael Ward (violin) -sorry dead link by Ralph Records: Bio, info on CDs.

Brass Bands - Feet don't fail me now!  Feet don't fail me know!

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Lil' Rascals Brass Band
Soul Rebels
- "Brass Vibes" review by Inside New Orleans
Coolbone -page at Hollywood Records
The Treme Brass Band -page by IkoIko
The Rebirth Brass Band -page by IkoIko

Funk  -Funkify your life! Get on down!

The Funky Meters -biography
New Orleans Juice - Self described as Psychedelifunk
The New World Funk Ensemble
Galactic -presented by Fog City Records
Stanton Moore (drums) founding member of Galactic, now has a solo release
George Porter Jr. (e. bass) bassist for the original Meters and now with the Funky Meters as well as his own band -page by Yatcom
George Porter Jr. (e. bass) -the official web site
All That
Kipori Woods
Way of the Drum - sorry, no link formed in 1995, play RockAFunkAReggaDelic
Iris May Tango - sorry, no link
Smilin' Myron - sorry, no link
Brides of Jesus - sorry, no link

R&B - Let's try to talk it over, 'cause this is where you belong!
Old school hit-makin' New Orleans R&B was just about killed in the Beatles Invasion of 1964.  Those active today have survived and evolved through the 70's and 80's -- they are here to bring you New Orleans own soulful, voodoo rock 'n' roll, rhythm and blues!

Irma Thomas (voice)- the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," artist profile by Rounder Records
Aaron Neville (voice)
Neville Brothers -the official web site of the New Orleans' first family
Art Neville (keyboards)
Cyril Neville & The Uptown Allstars (percussion)
Gary Brown (sax)
Walter Wolfman Washington (guitar, voice) -sorry, no page right now

Piano -Hey lookie there she ain't got no hair!

Henry Butler (piano) -profile
Eddie Bo (piano) -the official web site of one of New Orleans' piano greats
Eddie Bo (piano)
John Carey Band (piano) page by Satchmo

Blues  -I lost my job but I don't care.

Clarence Gatemouth Brown- (guitar, violin) -artist bio by Alligator  Records
Chris Thomas King (guitar, voice, etc.)
Corey Harris (guitar) -a Denver native, but he made it to the streets of N.O. via Africa
Kenny Neal (guitar) -Alligator Artist Bio;  from Baton Rouge
Keb' Mo' (guitar)-the official web site
John Mooney (guitar) blues magic by USA Today
J. Monque'D Blues Band (voice, harmonica) -page by Offbeat
Jumpin Johnny Sansone (accordion) -plays blues on the accordion
Sonny Landreth (guitar)-from Mississippi, moved to Louisiana, mixes Cajun sounds with slide guitar blues
Marva Wright (voice) -N.O.'s biggest blues belter! page by Love New Orleans Sounds
Mem Shannon (guitar, voice) -Drivin' Home The Blues, by IkoIko
Brint Anderson (guitar)- under construction

Latin -Caliente! Caliente! Caliente!

The Iguanas a good tex-mex time guaranteed, twin saxophones help propel this fun outfit
Los Hombres Calientes the hot Latin Jazz combo that many of us have been waiting for featuring Irvin Mayfield on trumpet, Bill Summers (former Headhunter) on percussion, and Jason Marsalis on drums -page at Basin Street Records
Latin Train - relocated from the Hawiian Islands

Ethnic/Other -Hey Pockey Way!
This is used as more or less a catch-all category for groups who fit even less into the other categories.  Some are phenomena specific to New Orleans, others New Orleans original fusions, and, alas, the philharmonic.

New Orleans Klezmer All Stars - Nothing like you've ever heard, unless you've 'shroomed through a Jewish, Gypsy wedding on a New Orleans Riverboat
Mardi Gras Indians - the original New Orleans phenomenon: costumes, chants, precussion, funk, second-line yo' mind
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra -a real big band

Rock -I found my thrill on blueberry hill.
This broad category includes bands that play anything from soft pop to heavy metal, with some swing, country, blues, and folk in-between

Paula and the Pontiacs -Paula sings, plays sax and harmonica while the band plays rock, blues and swing
Amy and the Hank Sinatras -playing swing jazz, blues and country
Mulebone -formed in 1995, the 1998 Offbeat Music Awards "Best New Rock Band," Mark Mullins on trombone
Royal Fingerbowl -3 piece jazzy, bluesy rock
Brown Sox

Cowboy Mouth
Dash Rip Rock
Drew Young
- relocated to the Crescent City from Athens/Atlanta, GA
Anders Osborne
Continental Drifters
Peabody -pop, rock band formed in 1990, female lead vocalist a la Natalie Merchant
The Radiators
Lump's Digital Dump punk band with brass and reeds, well done web site
Bingemen -home of the now disbanded roots rockers at Satchmo
Ginger Quail -punk band, audio clips
Verge -pop rock band
Clearwater -rock, blues, ska, funk band
17 Minutes
Love Grin -pop, rock with melodic female vocals, good web site
Rigid -3 piece rock band
Smack -hard rock band from 1995
Tom's House  -pop vocal group- guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Zebra  -heavy rock vocal group- guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
Mark Carson's Home Page -pop
Andi Hoffmann & B-Goes - Andi from Switzerland became fascinated with the Crescent City on a visit in '93, he decided to stay and put together a band to play funky, multi-cultural roots rock.

Reggae -Lively up yourself.

Reggae Revealers

Rap -relatively new on the scene.  Rap doesn't find so many friends in this city steeped as it is in musical tradition.

The Ghetto Twiinz- at Virgin Records
Juvenile -"a hot rapper with more than ten years experience of ripping shows, dropping cold-as-ice lyrics and laying it down for 'Uptown' New Orleans" -page by Cash Money Records
Big Tymers  -"New Orleans hip-hop has its own unique flavor steeped in the city's rich musical tradition." -page by Cash Money Records

Gospel -Just a closer walk with thee.

Lyle E. Henderson & Emmanuel -singing gospel for 24 years since the age of five, now available on CD

Cajun and Zydeco -laissez les bon temps rouler!
These musical forms are actually from the Southwest part of Louisiana, but the musicians listed here play in New Orleans

Chubby Carrier
Bruce Sunpie Barnes
Bruce Daigrepont
Zachary Richard
The Freelance Pallbearers -"Blues, Funk, and Zydeco to spice up your next event?"

Cover Bands -Play that funky music white boy.
The Topcats
Brother Keyle and the Funky Beans
Heart & Soul
- Dance music since 1986
Vegas Gold Show and Dance Band
Oak Alley -7 member band for parties, weddings etc.
Soul Shop - playing soul, R&B and that New Orleans groove thang at the Treasure Chest,  private functions and clubs.
The Super Star Band - Playing the convention/corporate/club circuit


2. Active Mostly Elsewhere

Dr. John (piano)
Harry Connick Jr. (piano, voice) -the official fan page
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) -page by Jazzworld,
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) -page by NPR
Marsalis on Music
Branford Marsalis (sax) at Sony Music
Frankie Ford
Chris Smither (guitar)
Zigaboo Modeliste (drums) -former funk innovator with the Meters, now in California
Marcia Ball (piano) -from Vinton, Louisiana, she plays N.O. style piano in Austin
3rd Echo -trio playing "New Orleans world rock" since 1990

3. Active Reserves

The Dixie Cups
Clarence Frogman Henry (voice) -popular hit with 'Ain't Got No Home' -OffBeat editorial
Earl King (guitar) "Earl King can be considered one of the main inventors of what has become rock 'n roll and rhythm and blues." -page by OffBeat
Earl King -bio by Cascade Blues Association (not found 26 Feb 99)
Allen Toussaint (piano) -"He produced and arranged (and sometimes wrote) a string of classic sides for such New Orleans R&B artists as Lee Dorsey, Jesse Hill, Ernie K-Doe and Chris Kenner." -page by Hall of Fame
Allen Toussaint "began emulating the piano style of Professor Longhair while in grade school"- page by Love New Orleans Sounds
Fats Domino (piano) -"Domino collected 23 gold singles and sold 65 million records, more than any other '50s-era rocker except Elvis Presley." -page by Hall of Fame
Fats Domino -an unofficial homepage for the rock 'n' roller
Dave Bartholomew (trumpet) "helped develop and define the sound of rhythm & blues in the Fifties" -page by Hall of Fame
Jean Knight (voice) One hit wonder in 1971 with the #2 chart topper "Mr. Big Stuff" -page by Stax
Jerry Lee Lewis (piano) -from Ferriday, LA -page by Hall of Fame
Little Richard  (piano) -not from New Orleans, but made early recordings there -page by the Rough Guide
Lloyd Price (voice) "Among the premier rhythm & blues singers of the Fifties and Sixties" -page by Hall of Fame

4. Active on the Stereo

Joe King Oliver   (cornet) 1885-1938 "He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong. Louis idolized him and called him Papa Joe."-page at Red Hot Jazz
Jelly Roll Morton (piano) 1890-1941 "Jelly Roll Morton was was the first great composer and piano player of Jazz." -page by Red Hot Jazz
Jelly Roll Morton  photos of and info about this jazz pioneer
Honore Dutrey (trombone) 1894-1935 -page by Red Hot Jazz
Sidney Bechet (sax, clarinet) 1897-1959 -"Sidney Bechet was unquestionably the king of the soprano saxophone and one of the most innovative and original clarinetists in jazz." -page by NPR
Sidney Bechet "Bechet was one of the great soloists of early Jazz." -page at Red Hot Jazz
Louis Armstrong (trumpet) 1900-1971 -"Louis Armstrong was the greatest of all Jazz musicians. Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz." page at Red Hot Jazz
Louis Armstrong - A discography
Kid Ory (trombone) 1886-1973 "Kid Ory was the greatest trombone player in the early years of Jazz." -page at Red Hot Jazz
Mahalia Jackson (voice) 1912-1972 "Mahalia Jackson reigned as a pioneer interpreter of gospel music whose
fervent contralto was one of the great voices of this century." -page by Hall of Fame
Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd) (piano) -1980 "Professor Longhair became the embodiment of New Orleans rhythm and blues at the peak of his musical career in the late '70s." -page by OffBeat
Professor Longhair " Byrd's idiosyncratic style is a rhythmic jambalaya reflecting the freewheeling, good-time spirit of the Crescent City." -page by Hall of Fame
James Booker (piano)1939-1983 "His fingers going across the keys looked like a nest of spiders let loose on the piano." -page by OffBeat
Raymond A. Myles (voice) ---**--murdered in New Orleans, October 1998, page by OffBeat on the most memorable jazz fest performer I've seen, and I've seen hundreds and I said that before he was killed for his car.
Raymond A. Myles -Knew how to work a crowd like no other---**--murdered in New Orleans, October 1998, page by NYNO Records

Johnny Adams (voice) - 9/1998
Champion Jack Dupree (piano, voice)
Danny Barker (guitar, voice)


Downtown- Rampart St., French Quarter, Fauburg Marigny, Warehouse District
The Funky Butt- A block or so down from Donna's, jazzy, funky, jazzy
Donna's Bar and Grill- New Orleans' brass band headquarters on Rampart across from Armstrong Park
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe- serving up music all day near the French Market
The House of Blues- big, fancy venue drawing the biggest names on the N.O. club circuit
The Storyville District-Quint Davis' French Quarter venue, featuring N.O. food and music
Levon Helm's Classic American Cafe- new large venue across from H.O.B.
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro- New Orleans' answer to New York's Blue Note
Cafe Brasil- almost always a party inside and out on Frenchman St.
Dream Palace/ Reality Grill- formerly Cafe Istanbul across from Cafe Brasil
Checkpoint Charlie's- mostly rock oriented, you can also do your laundry and shoot pool.
The Dragon's Den - above Siam Cafe
The Howlin' Wolf- large club, good music calendar
The Mermaid Lounge - kinda alternative, sells cans of Schaffer beer while you listen to sometimes noisy music
Vic's Kangaroo Cafe
Preservation Hall- the premiere New Orleans traditional jazz venue and music label
Patout's and The Cajun Cabin

Uptown- Magazine, Napoleon, Carrollton
Tipitina's- The uptown original, now joined by a French Quarter branch of the same name
Tipitina's -page at visual prospects
Mid-City Bowling Lanes - Otherwise known as the Rock 'N' Bowl, see below
The Rock n Bowl -bowling lanes, two stages of music, food, beer...welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana
The Maple Leaf- great N.O. music blasts through this alleyway of a bar often packed with dancers
Jimmy's- Solid, roomy club that has seen a lot of action
Carrollton Station- neighborhood bar across from the Trolley Station
Le Bon Temps Rouler- neighborhood bar with fine music

Related Music sites

Louisiana Jukebox - Web site of the weekly television program. If you're lucky it comes to your town. Check it out to see what you're missing.
The Red Hot Jazz Archive -early jazz archive
Cultural Icons- site showcasing some of the work of the most well known Jazz Fest photographer Michael P. Smith
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park -info on jazz and the park
Cajun Country Newsletter
Dixieland Jazz
Louisiana Music
Music Scene Listings-
Talk City - New Orleans music chat

Home Pages
The Gumbo Pages- home page
MojoNO- not your usual guide to New Orleans
A Page of (mostly New Orleans) Music
N.O. Music...Always Playing!-a N.O. music fan's page
Soul Sister's Funk Hut -WWOZ's dj pulls out the rare funk and r&b grooves
The New Orleans Web Ring -at Yatcom, browse through web pages dealing with various aspects of New Orleans
William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz
The Yat Cat's New Orleans -links to musicians through
Jim McDonald's Images of New Orleans Musicians -a handful of pictures of popular New Orleans musicians

Louisiana Music Factory
Louisiana Music New Orleans Pride (LMNOP) Conference -at OffBeat
Caffeine Music -at Satchmo
Record Ron's Stuff
New Orleans Music Store -at Satchmo
WWNO/KTLN (89.9FM/90.5FM) -web site for University of New Orleans Radio
BluesCruise -live music tours
New Orleans Opera
Festival International de Louisiane

Record Labels & Business

Turnipseed- Independent record label, mostly jazz releases, reviews, ordering info, some audio samples.
Superfly Productions
Thunderbird Management Group
All For One Records - AFO -A label founded by Harold Battiste focusing on modern jazz in New Orleans.
Basin Street Records -"Basin Street Records is dedicated to the release of high quality, New Orleans music. Our concentration is jazz, brass and funk."
Cash Money Records - independent rap label founded in 1991
Mermaid Records -label associated with the Mermaid Lounge
NYNO Records -new label co founded by Allen Tousaint to record New Orleans music
St. Roch Records -"Former Red Rockers keyboardist/real-estate developer, Gary Attardo has formed St. Roch Records, a New Orleans-based label."
Brown Sugar Records -"Welcome to the world of vintage Jazz, Dixieland, Hip Hop and Gospel."
SoundSuite New Orleans Recording Studio
White Oak Productions The Music Exchange

City Info/Guides

The Best of New Orleans
Virtual Voyages: New Orleans- on-line news, weather, magazines and media
The USA CityLink Project- New Orleans
The Big Easy- a New Orleans guide
NOLA Live- New Orleans' online news, entertainment and community site affiliated with the Times-Picayune
The Online Mardi Gras Source - Presented by
Nitebeat- New Orleans bars, restaurants guide to New Orleans attractions, restaurants, and tours
New Orleans Weather -at the weather channel


Y'all- Covering music across the South like kudzu the music may be coming your way
Jazzology Records -dedicated to the preservation of jazz and blues

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