How come my dog don't bark when you come around?
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.
Despite her long musical history, the city seems to
ever renew herself. Brass Bands continue to make a welcome comeback. Latin
bands are on the rise. We've seen the return of swing dancing. The Jazz
Fest is bigger than ever. The New Orleans afro-carib-latino-jazz-funk
gumbo is brewing hotter than ever. In short, there is no end to
the musical talent in this city!
Notes on the list:
The musicians are organized into the following categories:
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, Latin, Ethnic, Rock, Reggae, Rap, Gospel, Cajun and Zydeco,
Do the Palm Court strut, swing your butt!
Pete Fountain (clarinet)- Born in 1930, Pete Fountain is one of the city's longstanding
jazz ambassadors. He can still be found leading the Rex Parade on Mardi
Gras Day with his "Half-fast walking Krewe." Bio by Offbeat
Ruffins(trumpet, vocals)- A great entertainer. Formerly with
the original formation of the Rebirth Brass Band, now leading his own
band the BBQ Swingers (quartet or quintet) as well a s a "Big Band".
Kermit opened his own music club in 2000.
Kermit Ruffins-page by Satchmo (see previous entry)
Michael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe (trumpet) -Music to blow your mind. Ray played with Sun Ra, now
he dishes up his own brand of other worldly funk. Page by Satchmo
Miller (trumpet) - was formerly
the music director of Dr. John's Band
Jamil Sharif (trumpet)- the son of trumpeter Umar Sharif, Jamil carries on the
musical lineage; he is director of the New
Orleans Jazz Professors
Terence Blanchard (trumpet) - One of New Orleans' fine trumpet players. Playing with
Donald Harrison Jr. in New York he helped advance interest in acoustic
jazz in the 1980s. Site by NPR
James Andrews (trumpet, vocals) - New Orleans brass band style trumpet player
and vocalist. Similar to Kermit Ruffins. Page by NYNO Records.
Charles Neville Solo (sax) -Like all the Neville Brothers, Charles has his own solo projects.
Donald Harrison (alto sax)- Noted for his work with Art Blakey (see Terence Blanchard),
he can also been seen with the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians.
Donald Harrison - (see previous entry)page by NPR
Ellis Marsalis (piano) The patriarch of the Marsalis musical family. He teaches
and plays piano. Page by Sony Music
James Rivers (reeds: sax, flute, bagpipes etc.) -I'm The Man, CD info
Johnny Vidacovich (percussion) - The Crescent City's most intense jazz drummer. He is a member of
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 - New Orleans' veteran Modern jazz outfit. Sure to take you with
them into the jazzophere, these guys take off and don't seem to land.
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
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, broken
link Blues Mental Patient, page by IkoIko
Leroy Jones (trumpet) - sorry, no
Bob O'Rourke (trombone) - no link
Michael Ward (violin) -sorry broken link by Ralph Records:
Feet don't fail me now! Feet don't fail me know!
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Lil' Rascals Brass Band
Soul Rebels - A brass band with an edge, expect reggae, rap and soul with this
Brass Band - Leading the Brass Band Renaissance since 1983
The Treme Brass Band -article
at OffBeat, photos
from Donna's Bar and Grill
Funkify your life! Get on down!
Funky Meters -biography
New Orleans Juice
- Self-described as Psychedelifunk
The New World Funk Ensemble
Galactic - The official
site of the New Orleans' funk Band. These guys have come a long way.
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
Porter Jr. (e. bass) -the official
David Russell Batiste Jr.
(drums) - The percussive engine behind the Funky Meters and Papa Grows
Funk, he also leads the Orchestra From Da Hood. Russell is one of the
city's very best drummers.
Papa Grows Funk - This
all star line up of players featuring Russlle Batiste, Jon Gross, June
Yamagishi, and Jason Mingledorff has not disappointed.
Way of the Drum - sorry, no link formed in 1995, play
Iris May Tango - sorry, no link
Smilin' Myron - sorry, no link
Brides of Jesus - sorry, no link
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)
Brothers -the official web site
of the New Orleans' first family
Art Neville (keyboards)
Cyril Neville & The Uptown Allstars (percussion)
Tim Green (sax) - perhaps N.O.'s most soulful saxaphonist, originally
from Connecticut he has lived and worked for more than 20 years in the
Crescent City, he now gigs and records with dozens of bands.
Walter Wolfman Washington (guitar, voice) -if you like
r&b with your blues look no further.
Hey lookie there she ain't got no hair!
Henry Butler (piano, voice) -profile
- the offical site for this piano extraordinaire. Check out his collaboration
with blues guitarist Corey Harris.
Bo (piano, voice) -the official
web site of one of New Orleans' piano greats
(piano, voice) - this transplated Englishman brings an unmatched combination
of piano funk and soulful songwriting to his adopted city; he has collaborated
with Taj Mahal and others. His band is the Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
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.)- bringing us 21st Century Blues from roots
Corey Harris (guitar) -a Denver native, but he made it to the streets of N.O.
via Africa. Check out recent his collaboration with piano wizard Henry
Kenny Neal (guitar) -Alligator Artist Bio; from Baton Rouge
Mo' (guitar)-the official web site
- Young bluesman schooled in the New Orleans tradition.
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 (see also Rock).
Jeff Chaz (guitar) - Bluesman
from Lake Charles/Creole, he returned to New Orleans in 1997. His most
recent CD is entitled "Tired of Being Lonely." Influenced by Albert King.
(guitar, voice) - an original and powerful bluesman, Mem's years as a
cab driver in New Orleans have given him political and social insights
which he works into his songs with considerable mastery.
Anderson (guitar)- under construction
Wright (voice) -N.O.'s biggest blues belter!
Carey (harmonica) page by Satchmo
Caliente! Caliente! Caliente!
There is more Latin music in New Orleans than is represented here. I'm
trying to catch up.
The Iguanas a good tex-mex time guaranteed, twin saxophones help propel this
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
- relocated from the Hawiian Islands
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
Jeremy Lyons (guitar, vocals)-
Forming a trio with the Deltabilly Boys, these folks play an original
brand of roots music full of spirit, wit, and talent best described as
Deltabilly Swing -- and you can dance to it. Check them out at the Dragon's
Den or Margaritaville.
Mardi Gras Indians - the original New Orleans phenomenon: costumes, chants, precussion,
funk, second-line yo' mind
Philharmonic Orchestra -a real
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
Amy and the Hank Sinatras-playing
swing jazz, blues and country
(voice, violin) - The Crescent City has been happy to adopt this Swedish
diva with her fresh and sensual voice and stage presence.
-formed in 1995, the 1998 Offbeat Music Awards "Best New Rock Band,"
Mark Mullins on trombone
Fingerbowl -3 piece jazzy, bluesy rock
Dash Rip Rock
Drew Young- relocated
to the Crescent City from Athens/Atlanta, GA
Paula and the Pontiacs
-Paula sings, plays sax and harmonica while the band plays rock, blues
-pop, rock band formed in 1990, female lead vocalist a la Natalie Merchant
- Playing groovy music for fishheads for 25 years. "Less we become
as little fishes, ye shall not enter the spillway of heaven." Trout
Lump's Digital Dump
punk band with brass and reeds, well done web site
-home of the now disbanded roots rockers at Satchmo
-punk band, audio clips
-pop rock band
-rock, blues, ska, funk band
-pop, rock with melodic female vocals, good web site
-3 piece rock band
Sonny Landreth (guitar)
-(see also blues) an excellent slide guitarist.
-hard rock band from 1995
-pop vocal group- guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
-heavy rock vocal group- guitar, bass, drums, keyboards
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
Lively up yourself.
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
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
Bruce Sunpie Barnes
The Freelance Pallbearers -"Blues, Funk, and Zydeco to spice up your next event?"
Play that funky music white boy.
Bag of Donuts One of
the city's most popular cover bands; an eclectic band with a sense of
Keyle and the Funky Beans
Heart & Soul - Dance music since 1986
Vegas Gold Show and Dance Band
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
John (piano) - The Night Tripper,
New Orleans' original vodoo funk ambassador.
Harry Connick Jr. (piano, voice) -the official fan page
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) - Currently rules as the king of the trumpet, in terms
of control and perhaps virtuosity, perhaps the jazz world's most articulate
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) -page by Jazzworld,
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) -page by NPR
Marsalis on Music
Branford Marsalis (sax) at Sony Music
Payton (trumpet) catch Nicholas at the N.O. Jazz
Fest, Snug Harbor, or on one of his gigs around the country.
Sam Butera (tenor sax,
voice) - Born in New Orleans in 1927, Sam began playing with Louis Prima
(and Keely Smith) in 1954 and and put the wail in Louis' "Jump Jive
and Wail". This classic performer is still playing Vegas and venues
around the world.
Ford- (voice) Hit it big with "Sea
Cruise," "known all over the world as the 'New Orleans Dynamo' and spends
about 200 days a year on the road."
Zigaboo Modeliste (drums) -former funk innovator with the Meters, now in California
Ball (piano) -from Vinton, Louisiana,
she plays N.O. style piano in Austin
Echo -trio playing "New Orleans
world rock" since 1990
Afroskull - Funk
meets jazz meets heavy metal in this New Orleans outfit now based in New
The Dixie Cups - this singing duo from
Lake Charles hit it big with "Chapel of Love" as well as their rendition
of Jamies "Sugarboy" Crawford's "Iko Iko". They still perform yearly at the Jazz Fest.
Clarence Frogman Henry (voice) -popular hit with 'Ain't Got No Home' -OffBeat
"Who Shot the La La" Morgan - biographical liner notes at
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
Henry Gray (piano) - born
outside New Orleans in 1925, Henry has played blues piano since he was
eight, including 12 years with Howlin' Wolf.
Honore Dutrey (trombone)
1894-1935 -page by Red Hot Jazz
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
Roll Morton photos of and
info about this jazz pioneer
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
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
Kid Ory (trombone) 1886-1973 "Kid Ory was the greatest
trombone player in the early years of Jazz." -page at Red Hot
Kenner (voice)1929-1976 - Short bio
(voice) 1910-1978 - bio and discography at Space Age Music.
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
(voice) 1935-1980 - a one page bio
Booker (piano)1939-1983 "His
fingers going across the keys looked like a nest of spiders let loose
on the piano." -page by OffBeat
1924-1986 - one page bio
Gayten 1920-1991 - short bio
1932-1996 - obituary at Offbeat
Raymond A. Myles (voice) -murdered in New Orleans, October 1998, page by OffBeat
one of the most memorable jazz fest performers 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) - 1998
Al Hirt (trumpet) - brief bio, discography by a fan
Ernie K. Doe
(voice) 1936-2001 - A great entertainer. His biggest hit was "Mother in
Law." Visit the official web site of the late "Emperor of the Universe."
(guitar) 1934-2003 - "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)
Champion Jack Dupree (piano, voice)
Danny Barker (guitar, voice)