Thanks for buying music

Thank you for buying our artists’ music. It’s what allows us to make more.

We just wrote checks to over 150 songwriters and their publishers plus checks for artist profits. Your purchase of music helps a lot of people and their families.

Recently read an article about streaming that posed the question “what other industry sells a product for an unknown amount of money and with no idea when they’ll be paid?”

Although we do have our artists’ music on the streaming services (for now) we do not know how much we get paid, and we have to wait for the consumption of the music to get paid. If that is the only way you consume our artists’ music, then that creates a huge cash flow problem for us.  I expect that model will in time eliminate our ability to make quality music.

If you love an artist or a label, buy their CDs, downloads, books, and vinyl.  Thanks!


OffBeat Best Of The Beat 2014

We won the OffBeat Best of the Beat Business Award for Best Record Label again (10th time if you’re counting)!

We also are pleased to announce that the Rebirth Brass Band’s Move Your Body won the Best of the Beat Award for ALBUM OF THE YEAR!

Other winners on the label included Rebirth for Best Brass Band and Move Your Body for Best Brass Band Album, Theresa Andersson for Best Violinist/Fiddlist and Dr. Michael White for Best Clarinetist!


2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Basin Street Records at 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival:



Fri 24 Henry Butler (Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9), Davell Crawford

Sat 25 Jeremy Davenport

Sun 26 Irvin Mayfield, Rebirth Brass Band, Henry Butler (Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton), Jon Cleary, Bill Summers



Thu 30 “Rest Day”


Fri 1 “Rest Day”

Sat 2 Kermit Ruffins, Davell Crawford (Tribute to Fats Domino), Dr.Michael White

Sun 3 Kermit Ruffins (Tribute to Louis Armstrong), Jason Marsalis


See you in April and/or May at JazzFest!

Keep an eye on for all our artists’ dates.

Check for complete listings at Jazzfest!


Jazzfest Weekend 2

Friday, May 2:

Jason Marsalis (Jazz tent & CD signing), Theresa Andersson (Acura stage & CD signing) and Dr.Michael White (Economy Hall) perform at Jazzfest.

The clubs are full of our artists: Headhunters, Jon Cleary, Jeremy Davenport, Jason Marsalis, Rebirth Brass Band and Kermit Ruffins all perform!


Saturday, May 3:

Henry Butler performs with Steven Bernstein and the Hot 9 at Jazzfest.

Kermit, Henry, Jeremy, Rebirth and Jon all perform in the clubs!


Sunday, May 4:

On Sunday we don’t have any artists performing at Jazzfest (that we know of), BUT the Rebirth Brass Band celebrate the release of their new CD, Move Your Body, in the New Orleans area (out worldwide June 24) at the Howlin Wolf at 10pm.


Monday, May 5:

Davell Crawford performs at Louisiana Music Factory at 1:30p. Come by and buy his latest CD, My Gift To You.  Monday night Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen perform at the Maple Leaf Bar.


We’re having fun! Are you?


Mark Samuels & Davell Crawford on The 504 w/ Melanie Hebert


Last night, Mark Samuels, the president of Basin Street Records, was given the opportunity to discuss hydrogen sulfide removal with Melanie Hebert on The 504 on WUPL TV (WWL TV’s sister station). Along the way he also talked about Wynton Marsalis; Ben Franklin High School; the Cutting Edge Music Business Conference, creating the label with Kermit Ruffins’ manager, Tom; his brother Will stepping up when he needed help the most; driving from Austin to New Orleans 29 times in 9 months; and tonight’s benefit concert for the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp.

Davell Crawford was also given an opportunity to talk to Melanie and perform. Catch Davell at the Prime Example 7/18, Preservation Hall 7/20, and Snug Harbor 7/23. Own his new CD?

Mark Samuels on The 504 with Melanie Hebert

Davell Crawford on The 504 with Melanie Hebert



Jazz Fest 2013

Don’t miss our artists at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Here is the Basin Street Records schedule:

Fri, Apr 26:
Jeremy Davenport 2:30p (plus CD signing in CD Tent at 3:45p)

Sat, Apr 27:
Jason Marsalis 1:20p (plus CD signing in CD Tent at 2:30p)
Rebirth Brass Band 3:40p (plus CD signing in CD Tent at 5:40p)
Jon Cleary 4:10p
Dr. Michael White 5:50p

Sun, Apr 28:
Kermit Ruffins 4:20p (plus CD signing in CD Tent 6p)

Thur, May 2:
Henry Butler 2:35p
Theresa Andersson 4p (plus CD signing in CD Tent at 5:20p)

Fri, May 3:
Los Hombres Calientes: Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers 12:45p (plus CD signing in CD Tent 2:10p)

Sat, May 4:
Bill Summers & Jazsalsa 2:45p
Dr.Michael White 3:10p (plus CD signing in CD Tent 4:40p)
Davell Crawford 3:40p (plus CD signing in CD Tent 5:40p)

Sun, May 5:
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra w/ Dee Dee Bridgewater 5:50p


Best Record Label and Music Business of the Year!

Last night Basin Street Records was awarded the OffBEAT Best of the Beat Business Awards for Best Record Label and Music Business of the Year!

From the Rebirth Brass Band’s Grammy win for their Rebirth of New Orleans CD, to Theresa Andersson’s ride in Muses and 50 shows in Sweden and her Street Parade CD, to Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s first trip to Carnegie Hall, to Kermit Ruffins, his new speakeasy and his EP The Other Side, to Dr.Michael White’s fine new release Adventures in New Orleans Jazz Pt.2, to Jeremy Davenport’s 150+ shows, to Rebirth’s opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Dr.Michael White and Jason Marsalis ringing in 2013 on CNN, it was a great year.

Thanks to Jan and Joseph and staff at OffBEAT,  the hard work and talent of our artists, and their families, managers, agents and lawyers. Thanks to our staff and families, the producers, engineers, studios, photographers, graphic designers, production coordinators, distributors, and publicists.  Thanks to the media, talent buyers, festivals, and clubs. Thanks to those who buy or license our artists’ music, and the retailers who sell it.  Here’s to an even finer 2013!

Click HERE for some more highlights from 2012.


2012 In Review

Below, in reverse order from the way we tweeted them on 12/5/12 as #2012BasinStreetRecordsHighlights:

Our artists: Kermit,Irvin, Michael,Theresa, Davell & Rebirth on this season of #Treme on @HBO & music licenses.

Kermit agreeing to contract extension yesterday. Next record coming April 2013.

Los Hombres Calientes getting together regularly at @TheIClubNOLA & at @Jazzfest

15 years since 1st recording @Tipitinas w/ @KaraSamuelsAtty (on stage too)

Dr.Michael White, Kermit Ruffins & Bill Summers International Jazz Day participation w/ Herbie Hancock

Theresa Andersson’s release of Street

Dr.Michael White’s release of Adventurers in New Orleans Jazz Pt 2.

Rebirth opening 8 shows for Red Hot Chili Peppers

Recording and getting Davell Crawford’s 2013 release, Louisiana: My Gift To You, ready

@KermitRuffins being honored by @Jazzfest & @USPS

@KermitRuffins opening Kermit’s Treme

Theresa Andersson’s 50+ performances in Sweden.

@JeremyDavenport‘s 175+ performances in New Orleans

@RebirthBB return from @TheGrammys MSY airport celebration arranged by @kermitruffins

Did I tweet @RebirthBB @TheGrammys WIN?

@RebirthBB Grammy nomination celebration at Juneau Suite by Stewart,Juli & Bernardo

REBIRTH’s Grammy celebration at Maple Leaf.

Receiving Offbeat’s Best of the Beat for Best Record Label 2011 in early 2012.

Theresa Andersson’s mini krewe marching in Krewe of Muses parade

@RebirthBB named Entertainer of the Year with Album of Year at Gambit’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards.

@IrvinMayfieldJr & @NolaNOJO at @carnegiehall

Grammy win for Rebirth of New Orleans CD by @RebirthBB


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

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:

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