15 Years Ago We Signed Our First Artist


Today (Monday, October 22, 2012) is the 15th anniversary of the signing of the first Basin Street Records’ recording contract. It was a contract with Kermit Ruffins to record a pair of records, the first of which was recorded on November 14, 1997 in front of a packed house at Tipitina’s.  That recording was later named The Barbecue Swingers Live and was released in February 1998.

Please join Kermit Ruffins and Basin Street Records when we return to the scene of that first recording, Tipitina’s, at 501 Napoleon Ave. in New Orleanson Friday, November 16th, 2012 to celebrate 15 years and a dozen projects together.

Since that date Basin Street Records has signed a dozen artists and has released nearly 50 projects including 2012 Grammy winner Rebirth of New Orleans by the Rebirth Brass Band. For a complete list of artists, projects, photos and tour dates please click on www.BasinStreetRecords.com

Other spotlight shows in November helping Basin Street Records celebrate 15 years include:

* Rebirth Brass Band opening 8 shows for the Red Hot Chili Peppers Nov 14-26

* Jeremy Davenport at Jazz at the Bistro in St. Louis Nov 23-24

* Theresa Andersson at Byronz in Shreveport on Thursdays beginning November 29

* Jason Marsalis w/ Marcus Roberts at the London Jazz Festival Nov 17

* Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse in New Orleans Wednesdays in November

* Dr.Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band at Xavier University in New Orleans Nov 20

* Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen at Tipitina’s in New Orleans Nov 23

Complete tour dates: http://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/on-tour

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Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll

Excited to find out that Basin Street Records made the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll for Best Record Label (Aug 2011).  Also named on the poll, Dr. Michael White for clarinet, and Jason Marsalis for vibes.


Can’t Wait for Treme Season 3

Just finished watching TREME season 2 finale on HBO for the 3rd time.  It’s amazing TV. Thank you to HBO, David Simon, Eric Overmyer, Nina Noble, Blake Leyh and all the rest of their amazing writers and crew.

The lagniappe for us are the numerous references to our artists and music.  Here are just a few things you may have seen or heard just in the season 2 finale related to our label (there were performances this season by Jon Cleary, Kermit Ruffins, Henry Butler and Rebirth Brass Band, and additional music licensed from Dr.Michael White.)

  • Cornell Williams (of Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen) continues to shine as an actor
  • Wendell Pierce (who narrated Irvin Mayfield’s Strange Fruit CD and attended Ben Franklin High School with BSR president Mark Samuels) who deserves an Emmy
  • References by Trombone Shorty (who has performed on several of our CDs) to the fact that he’s leaving for Japan to take a gig with Henry Butler (who has recorded 3 CDs with us)
  • Performances by Rebirth Brass Band (who just released their latest CD with us) at the Maple Leaf Bar
  • A poster of Kermit Ruffins’ Swing This! in the WWOZ studio
  • A poster of Basin Street Records artists in LaDonna’s bar
  • A performance at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse (Irvin has released 11 projects with us)
  • Jazzfest performance by Donald Harrison (who performed on Irvin Mayfield’s first CD extensively, and a few other BSR projects)
  • The Jazzfest performance by Donald Harrison included Mike Clark on drums (Mike is a c0-leader of the Headhunters, who released Evolution Revolution on our label)
  • Near the end DJ Davis announces that a song playing was by Kidd Jordan. He serves as the artistic director of Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp that starts for its 17 year on July 5, 2011.  Please make a donation TODAY to the camp at http://www.LouisArmstrongJazzCamp.com/donation and help the next generation get the education (musically and otherwise) that they deserve.

Can’t wait for season 3!  In the meantime, I’ll probably watch seasons 1 and 2 a few more times.


Basin Street Records’ CDs Make Great Gifts

Basin Street Records’ CDs make wonderful gifts. We offer big bulk discounts. Email bulkdiscounts@basinstreetrecords.com for details. Buy any 2 CDs from www.BasinStreetRecords.com and receive a free sampler of all of our artists, and free domestic shipping.

We have CDs from Kermit Ruffins (including his Have A Crazy Cool Christmas & his brand new Happy Talk), Jeremy Davenport, Dr. Michael White, Henry Butler, Irvin Mayfield, Jon Cleary, Theresa Andersson, the Headhunters, Los Hombres Calientes & Jason Marsalis.