On the 20th anniversary of our first recording, Billboard takes a look at our first 20 years. The inception, the hurdles, and the future.
The number one album on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart (printing 11/4/17) is A Beautiful World by Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield!
In addition to #1 on the Jazz Albums chart and #1 on the Traditional Jazz albums chart, A Beautiful World is the only jazz album in the Top Album Sales chart (across all genres) at #44, and it’s #11 on the Independent Albums chart! It also just hit #1 on the Heatseekers Chart!
Own it yet? It’s available on CD, by download and on specially mastered heavy vinyl (with download code). Get it right now at https://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/shop
We are kicking off our 20th Anniversary at the beautifully renovated and musically historic Little Gem Saloon on Friday, May 5, 2017 during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! Doors at 7p. Show at 8:30p. Music non-stop upstairs and downstairs. Get your tickets right now HERE (you know it will sell out).
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (8:30p downstairs)
The Battle: Kermit Ruffins v. Irvin Mayfield (9:15p downstairs)
Basin Street Supergroup (10p upstairs)
Dr. Michael White Quartet (10:45p downstairs)
Davell Crawford & One Foot In The Blues (11:30p upstairs)
Come visit New Orleans!
CHECK THIS OUT! THAT NIGHT YOU CAN FIND THE LIVE STREAM OF THE FESTIVITIES AND THE SHOW RIGHT HERE OR AT www.Facebook.com/BasinStreetRecords
Go like the page now so you’re more likely to get reminders of that live event and others we may broadcast.
Carnival season is upon us. Mardi Gras Day is February 28. Got your music?
You need Nothing But A Party: Basin Street Records’ New Orleans Mardi Gras Collection. It’s 13 tunes from 7 of our artists. Four of them are Grammy nominees. Three are Grammy winners. Available everywhere cool music is sold.
Planning a convention? Come to New Orleans!
We are pleased to partner with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau! Our artists and our music can help make your convention special.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival continues this weekend with music at The Fairgrounds from 11am till 7pm Thursday-Sunday. Our artists are very busy at the Fairgrounds and in the clubs and you can find their complete schedules HERE.
Wednesday, April 29
Basin Street Records block of free instore performances at the Louisiana Music Factory w/ Jason Marsalis at 12p, Irvin Mayfield at 1p, Kermit Ruffins at 2p, and Rebirth Brass Band at 3p.
Jeremy Davenport in his lounge at the Ritz-Carlton 5:30p, and then around the corner, Irvin Mayfield’s NOJO Jam at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse 8p.
Thursday, April 30
Jon Cleary at DBA 7p, Kermit Ruffins’ Trumpet Battle Royale at the House of Blues 9p, and Rebirth Brass Band (and the Revivalists) at the Howlin Wolf 10:30p.
Friday, May 1
Kermit Ruffins at Mid City Lanes Rock n Bowl 8:30p, and Jeremy Davenport in the Davenport Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton 9p.
Saturday, May 2
Davell Crawford warms up the Acura Stage at 1:45p for Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John at The Fairgrounds. Kermit Ruffins performs on the Congo Square Stage at 2:45p. Dr.Michael White w/ guest Thais Clark hit Economy Hall at 2:55p. Each of these artists have CD signings immediately following their sets.
In the clubs Jason Marsalis at Snug Harbor at 9p & 11p, Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz-Carlton at 9p, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen at the Maple Leaf Bar at 10p, and Rebirth Brass Band at Maison at 10:30p.
Sunday, May 3
Jason Marsalis performs in the WWOZ Jazz Tent at the Fairgrounds at 1:30p. Kermit Ruffins performs a tribute to Louis Armstrong in Economy Hall at the Fairgrounds at 4:20p. It will be BROADCAST LIVE ON WWOZ and simulcast on many stations! Listen anywhere at www.wwoz.org. Both of their sets will be followed immediately by CD signings in those tents!
That night, find Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen Trio at DBA at 7p and Kermit Ruffins at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge at 7p.
THANK YOU FOR BUYING CDs, LPs, and Books!
There is no time in New Orleans like Jazzfest. The Fairgrounds hosts music from 11am till 7pm Friday-Sunday this weekend and Thursday-Sunday next weekend. The clubs are full of music every night and many host shows that start as late as 2am!
Our artists are very busy at the Fairgrounds and in the clubs and you can find their complete schedules HERE.
A few highlights for the first weekend:
THURSDAY, April 23, 2015
Kick off the weekend tonight at Armstrong Park at 5p with Kermit Ruffins.
Irvin Mayfield (and George Benson) perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gala tonight.
The Headhunters perform at The Prime Example.
FRIDAY, April 24, 2015
Davell Crawford performs in the Gospel Tent at the Fairgrounds, followed by a CD signing in the CD retail tent.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra presents The Big Beat, its annual gala.
SATURDAY, April 25, 2015
Jeremy Davenport performs in the WWOZ Jazz Tent at the Fairgrounds, followed immediately by a CD signing in the back of the WWOZ Jazz Tent.
Irvin Mayfield will be interviewed on the Allison Miner Stage in the Grandstand at the Fairgrounds and will be selling and signing his new coffee table book w/ 7 CDs, New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, right there.
SUNDAY, April 26, 2015
Jon Cleary, Irvin Mayfield, Bill Summers, Rebirth Brass Band and Dr. Michael White all perform at the Fairgrounds. Rebirth has a CD signing in the CD retail tent before their show. Irvin has a Book/CD signing in the CD retail tent after his set. Dr. Michael White has a CD signing immediately after his set right in Economy Hall.
Dr. Michael White’s tribute to Jelly Roll Morton will be broadcast live from Jazzfest on WWOZ on Sunday at 5:35p.
Wrap up your Sunday at Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge where he’ll perform around 7p. Make sure you buy a copy of his brand new CD, #imsoneworleans.
On April 20, 2004 we released 6 CDs (5 CDs of new music and a TV soundtrack of some of our existing catalog). That was our biggest day ever, until today. Today we are releasing 8 CDs of new music and a 304 page coffee table book (that is home to 7 of those CDs). Thank you for buying them! They are Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse and Kermit Ruffins’ #imsoneworleans
They both have huge schedules this month. Find them and their new projects at their performances: http://www.BasinStreetRecords.com/on-tour
We have a brand new 2015 sampler CD. Get it free when you buy any 2 of our artists CDs!
Grammy voter? Thank you for considering Rebirth Brass Band’s Move Your Body. The band won the Grammy for Regional Roots music album a few years ago, and we’d love to see them receive another nomination!
Our two new albums, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet’s The 21st Century Trad Band (10/27), and Irvin Mayfield’s first Christmas album, A New Orleans Creole Christmas (11/11) are available this Fall.