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!
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.”
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.
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 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 Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra take note, there’s a new name to list in the halls of great classic singers: Lena Prima!
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.
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On May 5, 2017 an all-star roster of Basin Street Records recording artists came together to celebrate the kickoff of BSR’s 20th anniversary at the historic jazz venue, the Little Gem Saloon. The evening included performances on two stages from Jason Marsalis, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, Dr. Michael White, and Davell Crawford. The entire evening was recorded, and choice selections from each set comprise the album Live at Little Gem Saloon: Basin Street Records Celebrates 20 Years.
Following the progression of the evening, the album opens with the original modern jazz stylings of the drummer-phenom turned vibraphone-master, Jason Marsalis, here performing his original compositions “Bourbon Street Ain’t Mardi Gras” and “At The House in Da Pocket” to a packed room with an electric energy. During Marsalis’s set a “prayer line” formed outside the Poydras street club for those hopeful attendees waiting to get a spot to see the star-studded lineup in the full-capacity club.
The next set features an outstanding double-trumpet duo from two of the biggest trumpet-giants in the city. Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield joined each other on stage with the backing of Kermit Ruffins’ band, The Barbecue Swingers, for two Kermit-approved standards: the classic “On The Sunny Side of the Street” and the rambunctious and fun “Skokiaan.”
Next on the lineup was to be pianist Henry Butler (who has since passed away; may his soul rest in peace) in a solo performance, but a flight delay made his appearance impossible. What does one do when a featured artist can’t make it to your post-Jazz Fest show? With so many world class musicians in the building at one time, you ask them to do what they do best: improvise. In no time, Basin Street president, Mark Samuels organized an impromptu Basin Street Records super-group featuring Davell Crawford on vocals, Irvin Mayfield on trumpet & percussion, Jason Marsalis on drums, Bill Summerson percussion, Mark Brooks on bass, and Ronald Markham on piano. This group would bring the trio of Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, and Jason Marsalis (the founding members of Los Hombres Calientes) together on stage for the first time in over 15 years and give us a sizzling Latin jazz rendition of “Autumn Leaves.”
Continuing the evening was traditional jazz clarinetist, Dr. Michael White, who captivated the audience with his outstanding polish and skill on the immortal “Summertime” and White’s own energetic “Give It Up / Gypsy Second Line” featuring Marsalis again on drums.
Davell Crawford, the “Piano Prince of New Orleans” closed out the night performing his unique brand of Louisiana roots music with his band One Foot in the Blues. We hear an R&B rendition of “Big Boss Man” and Crawford’s own emotive medley “Don’t Ever Be Blue / Ode to Louisiana.”
It was an unprecedented evening in New Orleans music. Never before has Basin Street Records released a project featuring all new music from so many different artists. Live at Little Gem Saloon captures the spirit of a truly special evening of live music. For 20 years, Basin Street Records has provided a home for these outstanding artists to flourish, and they gave back in the best way possible with the performances captured on this album.
Pre-Order now from Basin Street Records, iTunes, or Amazon to receive two tracks instantly: “Bourbon Street Ain’t Mardi Gras” by Jason Marsalis and “Give It Up (Gypsy Second Line)” by Dr. Michael White!
“A standing ovation . . . Lena has the panache of her father.” – The Chicago Tribune
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.
The partnership commences with the release of Prima’s new album, Prima La Famiglia. 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 Bennett, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra take note, there’s a new name to list in the halls of great classic singers: Lena Prima!
Watch the Mini-Documentary on the making of the album!
Prima La Famiglia will be available on all major digital platforms and stores that sell fine music on January 18, 2019. Pre-order from select retailers or Basin Street Records to receive two tracks instantly.
Every Friday at The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans, LA – 10 PM
10/7/2018 – Club Bonafide, New York, NY – 3 PM & 6 PM
10/24/2018 – Royal Sonesta Hotel, New Orleans, LA – 8:30 PM
12/1/2018 – CIAO Women! Fundraiser – Deanie’s Seafood Courtyard, New Orleans, LA – 3 PM
This past year we celebrated our 20th anniversary with more new products than ever. The centerpiece of our 20th Anniversary was A Beautiful World, an album that included 59 musicians and another dozen or so who helped with everything from production to engineering. We really hope to help Kermit Ruffins finally win a Grammy! In addition to these albums, we released vinyl, anniversary editions of CDs, and even a comic book. Please take a listen to these releases.
We appreciate your Grammy consideration! #LetsGetKermitAGrammy