The Perfect Father’s Day Gift – Bonerama Plays Zeppelin

Is there anything harder than shopping for a Father’s Day gift for your dad? You already bought him the fancy shaving kit, he owns every tool he’s ever going to use, and does he really want that novelty electronic gadget?

Save yourself some time this year, and stop your search right away. We have the perfect gift right here at Basin Street Records. It’s the new album, Bonerama Plays Zeppelin.

Scientific studies* have shown that 4 out of 5 dads suffer from a severe trombone deficiency. Don’t let your dad suffer! The easiest way to prevent this is with a healthy dose of Bonerama, the Trombone-centric band that has been breaking expectations for over twenty years! Other scientific studies* show that 4 out of 5 dads also really like Led Zeppelin. Looks like you’ve just found the perfect father’s day gift.

Not convinced Bonerama Plays Zeppelin is the perfect father’s day gift? Did you know that it was the #1 Most Added Release on JazzWeek Radio Charts the week it was released? It’s been in the top 100 on the JazzWeek charts for five weeks! During Jazz Fest, the album was the #1 seller at Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans.

Whether your dad is old enough to have a vinyl collection from before CDs existed, or young enough to have a vinyl collection simply because he’s hip, we have the album in three different vinyl formats for him to enjoy. And if he’s not into vinyl at all no problem! Pick up a CD or digital download. Here at Basin Street Records, we believe dads should be allowed to enjoy music however they want.

Get Bonerama Plays Zeppelin today!

*Scientific studies not actually scientific, but we are music experts, so… trust us.

Pictures from Jazz Fest 2019

The 50th Jazz Fest came to a close last Sunday, and we had a blast out there watching our recording artists perform at the fairgrounds to help celebrate! Here are some pictures from the fest!

Thursday, April 25

Jason Marsalis at the WWOZ Jazz Tent

Jason Marsalis kept it in the family and invited his daughter, Marley Marsalis on stage to perform with him, and they second-lined around the Jazz Tent! Get Jason’s latest album, Melody Reimagined: Book 1 today.

Friday, April 26

Bonerama at Gentilly Stage

Bonerama rocked the Gentilly stage playing selections from their new album Bonerama Plays Zeppelin as well as Hot Like Fire, and also brought some family members on-stage. Michael Mullins on Trombone and vocals joined his dad Mark, and Ben Perrine on guitar joined his dad Matt on stage.

Saturday, April 27

Davell Crawford at the Blues Tent

Davell Crawford participated in a plethora of performances at Jazz Fest, one of which was a set in the Blues Tent called The New Orleans Piano Professors: Celebrating Professor Longhair, James Booker, Jellyroll Morton, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, and Dr. John. Davell was joined by many other great pianists, each playing tribute to one famous New Orleans pianist—Davell paid tribute to piano-legend, James Booker.

Jon Cleary at Blues Tent

Jon Cleary also participated in the New Orleans Piano Professors tribute, playing the music of Professor Longhair

Rebirth Brass Band at Congo Square

Sunday, April 28

Davell Crawford at the Blues Tent

Davell’s solo set at the Blues Tent was enhanced with the appearance of Diuna Greenleaf joining him on stage!

Dr. Michael White at Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage

Dr. Michael White was interviewed by Sally Young, and shared many interesting stories about his career coming up as a musician in New Orleans, and his inspiration for pursuing a career in traditional jazz.

Davell Crawford at the Acura Stage

Davell Crawford played in a tribute to Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino, where he was joined on-stage by Irma Thomas. A fitting tribute, because Davell has just release Dear Fats, I Love You a tribute album to Fats Domino.

Jason Marsalis with the Marsalis Family at the WWOZ Jazz Tent

The First Family of Jazz, brothers Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason performed with their father to close out the day and second-lined around the Jazz Tent!

Thursday, May 2

Lena Prima at Economy Hall

Lena Prima played to a packed tent the songs from her new album, Prima La Famiglia.

Friday, May 3

Davell Crawford at Henry Butler Statue Dedication

Davell Crawford paid tribute to the great Henry Butler, who passed away in 2018, as Jazz Fest honored Henry by unveiling his “ancestor statue” where he is joining the likes of Allen Toussaint and Fats Domino. Henry will live on in our hearts, and we continue to miss him.

Bill Summers at Congo Square

Legendary percussionist and member of Los Hombres Calientes and The Headhunters, Bill Summers, joined Donald Harrison, Jr. on stage during his performance at Congo Square, along with other Headhunters member, Mike Clark! There was even an appearance by the actual Queen of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kermit Ruffins at Congo Square

Sunday, May 5

Jon Cleary at Gentilly Stage

Dr. Michael White at Economy Hall

Kermit Ruffins at Economy Hall

Kermit wrapped up Jazz Fest for Basin Street Records artists with his tribute to Louis Armstrong at Economy Hall.

See You Next Year!

Three New Releases – Many Artists at Jazz Fest

We’ve been been dedicated to putting out the best music from New Orleans for over twenty years. Jazz Fest in New Orleans is here, and now is your chance to see great performances from the artists putting out these three new releases, as well as many more!


Bonerama – Bonerama Plays Zeppelin

Bonerama Plays Zeppelin Cover Art

For over twenty years Bonerama has been breaking down expectations of what a rock band can be by rocking people’s socks off with three trombones in the front line backed by sousaphone, guitar, and drums, frequently playing funked-up, brassy renditions of classic rock songs. Their latest album, Bonerama Plays Zeppelin, tackles covers of the ultimate rock band Led Zeppelin in ways you couldn’t imagine. The album is available in a variety of unique, limited vinyl formats, pick one up before they run out!

AT JAZZ FEST
4/26 – Gentilly Stage – 12:30 PM
4/26 – CD/Vinyl Signing – AARP Rhythmpourium Tent – 2:30 PM

MORE SHOWS


Davell Crawford – Dear Fats, I Love You

Davell Crawford, “The Piano Prince of New Orleans” is paying respect to his close friend Antoine ‘Fats’ Domino, the renowned New Orleans piano-player and vocalist who passed away in 2017. Dear Fats, I Love You finds Crawford playing fifteen of Domino’s most famous songs on solo piano including “Ain’t That A Shame,”“Blueberry Hill,” and “I’m Walkin'” in a tasteful tribute to the king of R&B.

AT JAZZ FEST
4/27 – Interview of Davell Crawford by Herman Fuselier – Alison Miner Music Heritage Stage – 4:45 PM
4/28 –
Tribute to Dave Bartholomew and Fats Domino with Special Guests Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Davell Crawford, Jon Cleary, and Al “Lil Fats” Jackson featuring the Fats Domino Orchestra – Acura Stage – 12:15 PM
4/28 – Blues Tent – 3:00 PM
5/3 –
Festival Ancestor Statue Unveiling Honoring Henry Butler w/Davell Crawford on Keys – 1:10 PM
5/5
– Tribute to Allen Toussaint – Acura Stage – 1:25 PM
5/5
– Tribute to Raymond Myles feat. The RAMS and Special Guest Davell Crawford – Gospel Tent – 3:45 PM
MORE SHOWS


Lena Prima – Prima La Famiglia

Lena Prima - Prima La Famiglia Cover Art

Lena Prima’s first album on Basin Street Records, Prima La Famiglia, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Jazz Charts for good reason. The polished big-band/swing album explores many songs from the songbook of her father, Louis Prima, the legendary singer and trumpeter from New Orleans. Lush orchestrations and arrangements of these classic songs carry on the Italian-American tradition of the Prima family name.

AT JAZZ FEST
5/2 – Economy Hall Tent – 2:20 PM
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Jazzfest Starts Thursday!

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival starts Thursday. The Fairgrounds and the clubs will be packed with music everyday. Check out our artists’ schedules on our Events page, and check out the new releases just in time for Jazzfest from Bonerama and Davell Crawford, as well as recent releases from Lena Prima, and several of our artists on the compilation, Live at the Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years!

At the Fairgrounds —> Thursday, April 25th: Bill Summers, Jason Marsalis. Friday, April 26th: Bonerama. Saturday, April 27th: Rebirth Brass Band, Dr.Michael White, Davell Crawford. Sunday, April 28th: Davell Crawford, Jon Cleary, Dr.Michael White, Jason Marsalis. Thursday, May 2nd: Lena Prima. Friday, May 3rd: Jason Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Kermit Ruffins. Saturday, May 4th: Jeremy Davenport. Sunday, May 5th: Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, Dr.Michael White, Kermit Ruffins.

French Quarter Festival!

French Quarter Festival 2019 Fans Enjoying Kermit Ruffins on the Abita Beer Stage!

French Quarter Fest began today, and Kermit Ruffins kicked things off for Basin Street Records on the Abita Beer stage! Later today, find Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band and Grammy winner Jon Cleary (unfortunately on different stages at about the same time).

Tomorrow, Friday, April 12th at 10:10am, Lena Prima will be interviewed by Angela Hill on WWL Radio, 105.3 FM and 870 AM, or listen online anywhere! She performs at 12:30p at French Quarter Festival and will be broadcast by WWOZ 90.7 FM or www.wwoz.org around the world!

Saturday, April 13th WWOZ will broadcast Bill Summers from French Quarter Fest at 5:30p.

Sunday, catch both Bonerama (5:20p) and Jeremy Davenport (2:20p) there!

Bonerama Plays Zeppelin

Bonerama Plays Zeppelin Cover Art

Pre-Order Now and get “Good Times, Bad Times” as an instant digital download. Featuring the scorching-hot vocals of none other than Michael Mullins, the 18-year old son of Bonerama founding member, Mark Mullins.

“Bonerama is viewed by some as one of the most genuine, unique and interesting bands to come from the Crescent City, incorporating brass, funk, soul, rock, blues and alternative into their one-of-a-kind sound. Three trombones, plus sousaphone, guitar and drums all deliver powerful sounds that you have to hear to believe.”

Relix Magazine

Included in “New Orleans Jazz Fest 2018: The 7 Best Things We Saw” – Rolling Stone

Anybody who’s been to a Bonerama live show is no stranger to the band laying down some funked-up, brassy renditions of classic rock songs. Fans of those moments are in for a treat, because the band is gifting the world an album of nothing but Led Zeppelin covers. Bonerama Plays Zeppelin is exactly what you think it is, a collection of your favorite songs from the greatest rock band of all time covered by the greatest trombone band of all time. If you have any doubt that a Trombone-centric band can really rock, pick a tune at random from this release, and be defied. Whether it be the lava-hot vocals on “Black Dog”, the distorted wah-wah trombone replacing the traditional guitar on “In My Time of Dying”, or even a surreal lightning-fast sousaphone solo on the funkified version of “Heartbreaker,” Bonerama proves they can rock with the best of them.

Photo by Dave Vann

Known the world over for its incendiary live performances, Bonerama has been bringing its specialized brand of New Orleans music to the masses for over 20 years. Bonerama is currently comprised of Mark Mullins (trombone, electric trombone and lead vocals), Craig Klein (trombone and lead vocals), Greg Hicks (trombone and vocals), Bert Cotton (guitar), Matt Perrine (sousaphone and electric bass) and Walt Lundy (drums and vocals).

The album comes to you from New Orleans stalwart label, Basin Street Records, the second on the label following 2017’s Hot Like Fire. It was produced by Mark Mullins, Craig Klein and Tracey Freeman, recorded at Music Shed Recording Studios in New Orleans, and features outstanding original artwork re-imagining the classic Zeppelin symbology by Molly Reeves. Buy from Basin Street Records webstore, or get a physical copy to receive the bonus track “The Ocean”!

Upcoming Tour Dates

2/28/2019 Narrows Center for the Arts – Fall River, MA
3/2/2019Cavern Club – Bonerama Gets The Led Out – Boston, MA
3/7/2019South on Main – Little Rock, AR
3/15/2019Catholic High School Gym – Baton Rouge, LA
3/16/2019Columbia Street Tap Room – Covington, LA
3/21/2019Riverfront Live – Cincinatti, OH
3/22/2019The Bootleg – St. Louis, MO
3/23/2019The Cubby Bear – Chicago, IL
3/24/2019Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
3/30/2019Magic Hat Artifactory – Burlington, VT
4/14/2019French Quarter Fest – New Orleans, LA
4/19/2019Tipitina’s Album Release Party – New Orleans, LA
4/14/2019French Quarter Fest – New Orleans, LA
4/19/2019Tipitina’s Album Release Party – New Orleans, LA
4/26/2019New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA
4/26/2019Rock n Bowl – New Orleans, LA
4/27/2019The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
5/3/2019Rock n Bowl – New Orleans, LA
5/5/2019House of Blues, The Parish – New Orleans, LA
6/1/2019Happy Valley Music Fest – State College, PA
6/21/2019Rochester International Jazz Festival – Rochester, NY
6/22/2019Rochester International Jazz Festival – Rochester, NY

Lena Prima’s Prima La Famiglia is Out Today!

Lena Prima - Prima La Famiglia Cover Art

Buy It Now

A standing ovation . . . Lena has the panache of her father.

The Chicago Tribune
Enjoy a taste of the making of the album with this short video

Lena Prima, the daughter of the famed New Orleans trumpeter/vocalist, Louis Prima, releases Prima La Famiglia on Basin Street Records today!

Release Party

A release party for the album will be held on Thursday, February 7 at 5 PM at The Jazz Playhouse in the Royal Sonesta Hotel at 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Passed hor’s d’ouvres will be served. Join us for a great night of music celebrating this fine release.

About the Album

The heart of the album is in the title: Family. A proud Italian-American and longtime advocate of the Italian-American community, Prima set out to make an album of quintessential songs for the Italian-American family. In her own words, “It’s the music that Italian-Americans grew up with back in the 40s that carried on throughout generations. They played this music in their family homes, at Sunday dinners, weddings, and they are just beloved songs.” Lena Prima further solidifies the family theme with the fact that every track on the album (save the classic traditional Sicilian folk song Cu Ti Lu Dissi) was at one time performed by her late father, Louis Prima. While Prima La Famiglia pays tribute to her father in this way, Lena offers fresh interpretations and a vocal style that are all her own bolstered by new, lush arrangements and orchestrations from Lawrence Sieberth that give the album an overall feel of class and polish. Fans of Tony BennettLiza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra take note, there’s a new name to list in the halls of great classic singers: Lena Prima!

Take an in-depth look at the making of the album!

Lena Prima is the newest addition to the exclusive roster of artists on the award-winning Basin Street Records. Prima joins ranks with artists such as Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Dr. Michael White, and Jason Marsalis on the 21-year old powerhouse label based in New Orleans. A seasoned veteran of the music industry, vocalist Prima has made over 3,000 musical appearances around the world throughout her career. Born in Las Vegas, but now residing and regularly performing in New Orleans, Prima is rooted in the music of the Crescent City, and in the words of Basin Street Records’ founder and president, Mark Samuels, she’s a perfect fit on the label.

Upcoming Shows

Live At Little Gem Saloon Release Party With Kermit Ruffins and Special Guests – Jan. 12 – 7 & 9 PM

Buy Tickets – 7 PM

Buy Tickets – 9 PM

Kermit Ruffins performs at the Little Gem Saloon on May 5, 2017 - Photo by Erika Goldring

Special Guests Include: Davell Crawford, Dr. Michael White, Irvin Mayfield, Lena Prima

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Basin Street Records and the Little Gem Saloon are teaming up to present an evening celebrating the release of the new album Live at Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years. The evening will be anchored with two performances by trumpeter/vocalist Kermit Ruffins at 7 PM and 9 PM, and feature special guests and Basin Street labelmates: Davell Crawford (piano/vocals – 7 PM set), Dr. Michael White (clarinet – 7 PM set), Irvin Mayfield (trumpet – 7 PM & 9 PM sets), and Lena Prima (vocals – 9 PM set). Don’t miss this outstanding event!

Live at Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years is a fantastic new live album recorded at the Little Gem Saloon in May of 2017 that features performances by Jason Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, Dr. Michael White, and Davell Crawford. “This disc captures a special evening for a special label.” – Tom Henry, Toledo Blade. All of these outstanding musicians came together to show support and appreciation for the continued work of the local New Orleans label they call home in the best way possible—with an evening of great music.

The Little Gem Saloon is one of the oldest jazz venues in the world that was lovingly restored in 2012 to a two-story private event space, restaurant & live music venue that harkens back to the days when the Gem was the jazz corner of New Orleans. 115 years since it first opened its doors, the restoration of the Little Gem Saloon marks the resurrection of this historic area as the heart of New Orleans’ Jazz.

For more information on this event, Live at Little Gem Saloon, or Basin Street Records please contact: info@basinstreetrecords.com or

Little Gem Saloon, 504-267-4863, info@littlegemsaloon.com