Inspired by the “Jazz Continues” podcast in the upcoming issue, the song selections in this playlist connect with the teachers and the students covered in the audio documentary, giving a glimpse into both the continuity and innovations inherent in much of New Orleans Jazz. Details on each song follow the media player.
Lord, Lord, Lord – The Young Tuxedo Brass Band, from the 1958 album “Jazz Begins.” This was one of the recordings that Danny Barker encouraged young players like Leroy Jones and Greg Stafford to listen to as they were developing their skills and understanding of the music in the 1970s.
Over in the Gloryland – The Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, from the 1983 album “Jazz Continues.” Featuring many great players of that time, including Greg Stafford who was turned onto the recording by the Danny Barker. Greg started leading the band in 1984.
Nevertheless (I’m in Love with You) – Danny Barker, from the 1988 album “Save the Bones.” What I love about this album is how stripped-down it is; just Danny and his guitar. An absolute must have in any New Orleans music collection.
Nouveau Swing – Donald Harrison, Jr., from the 1997 album “Nouveau Swing.” Donald has never stayed in any mode, era or genre of jazz. He’s insisted on drawing upon whatever inspires him, something that was instilled into him by many of influences, including Miles Davis, who he shared the stage with as a younger player. Nouveau Swing was a term coined in the French press about Donald’s approach to music.
Paradise Found – Christian Scott, from the 2006 album “Rewind That.” Christian is the nephew of Donald Harrison, Jr. who also studied with him. “Paradise Found” was written by Donald, but this recording has that pensive tone that Christian is known for throughout his catalog.
Life on Mars – Sasha Masakowski and Musical Playground, from the 2011 album, “Wishes.” One of two selections on this playlist featuring Sasha, this one has the added magic of her singing a David Bowie song in Portuguese.
Les Oignons – Sasha Masakowski and the Sidewalk Strutters, from the 2015 album, “Old Green River.” Another side to Sasha’s sound and love of music, this time drawing upon a Sidney Bechet tune from an earlier era of jazz.
Morocco – The American Jazz Quintet, from the 1958 album “In the Beginning.” Written by clarinetist Alvin Batiste, who eventually went on to to teach many decades of students at both his Alma Mater, Southern University and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
Music Came – Henry Butler featuring Alvin Batiste, from the 1987 album, “The Village.” Henry, who was a student of Alvin’s at Southern University, has gone on to be a world-renown pianist. He’s also an educator. This song was written by Alvin and often performed at the top of performances put on by the Southern University Jazz Ensemble.
Spy Boy – Gregory Agid, from the 2013 album, “Mystery Blues.” Gregory was a student of Alvin Batiste at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Spy Boy was written by Alvin but never officially released by him. Gregory spent many months learning this melody to this song from Alvin which harmonically is based upon “Cherokee.”