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!

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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

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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
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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.

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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!

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