Essential Mardi Gras Music

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.

Buy it on CD or by download from us

We’re Jazzed to Have You

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.

Jon Cleary is the 2016 Guest of Honor at Telluride Jazz Festival

Grammy winner Jon Cleary is the 2016 guest of honor at the 40th edition of the Telluride Jazz Festival this weekend.  He is all over the schedule as well as a couple of performances each by Kermit Ruffins and the Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band!  More info.

The Jungle Book

Kermit Ruffins sings a duet and plays trumpet with Bill Murray on “The Bare Necessities” and he accompanies Christopher Walken on trumpet on “I Wan’na Be Like You” in the new Disney classic The Jungle Book!

Coming to Jazzfest? Here’s where you’ll find our artists! 

Jazzfest Starts Tomorrow!

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.

The first public performance of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in their new home, the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market.

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.

Happy Jazzfest!

Our Biggest Day EVER

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: 

We have a brand new 2015 sampler CD. Get it free when you buy any 2 of our artists CDs!

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?


We appreciate your vote on the first round ballot for the Rootsy My Gift To You album by Davell Crawford, the Jazzy Vocalistic album We Partyin’ Traditional Style! by Kermit Ruffins, and the Jazzy Instrumentalish album In A World of Mallets by Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. We’d also like to point your attention to our amazing Grammy winning engineers on the Davell Crawford record, David Farrell and Vlado Meller and to the multi-Grammy winning engineer Chris Finney and multi-Grammy winning producer Tracey Freeman on Kermit’s record. If you are a voting member and you’d like to hear the albums, send us a note, and we’ll get them to you.

Listen to clips here:




Bravo Top Chef Set In New Orleans

The premiere of the new season of Top Chef is tonight. This season is set in New Orleans. Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio had a wonderful time with much of what’s great in our city, including Kermit Ruffins, Davell Crawford, and Jason Marsalis!Davell Crawford and Padma Lakshmi



September 24, 2013 at 1:23pm

(New Orleans, LA):  Little Gem Saloon, New Orleans historic restaurant and live music venue, announced today that famed jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and The Barbeque Swingers will be launching a regular Saturday night residency, beginning on Saturday November 9th. Ruffins has been developing his “early show” sets at the Little Gem Saloon and is also scheduled to perform on Saturday October 5th and 19th. The Little Gem Saloon is located at 445 Poydras Street and South Rampart St. Show times are 7pm-10pm and Advance Tickets are $15 for general admission and are available or or by calling 504 267-4863.

“We have been having a ball waking up the spirits of Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong at The Little Gem Saloon and we want to continue with a regular Saturday night gig,” states Ruffins. The Little Gem Saloon, which was founded in 1904, was a hangout and performance room for the early jazz musicians in what was then known as the “Back o’ Town” neighborhood of New Orleans. “By having Kermit Ruffins at Little Gem Saloon on Saturday nights, we hope to create a new tradition where music lovers can come out early, enjoy a nice dinner, dance, support jazz and just have fun.” states Nick Bazan, General Manager of Little Gem Saloon. “We are very happy to be part of the Little Gem Saloon family,” says Tom Thompson, Kermit’s manager of twenty years. “There is not a more beautiful setting in the city for Kermit’s music and personality.”

Ruffins, a renowned entertainer and trumpeter who was famous for his late-night shows, has changed his show times to coincide with a renewed commitment to a life/career balance and also to be able to manage his growing empire of restaurants and music venues, which includes Kermit’s Treme’s Speakeasy and Ernie K Doe’s Mother in Law’s Lounge. His latest release We Partyin’ Traditional Style on Basin Street Records includes Kermit Ruffins surrounded by some of the best traditional New Orleans Jazz musicians including Shannon Powell on drums, Steve Pistorius on piano, Richard Moten on bass, Lucien Barbarin on trombone, Tom Fischer on clarinet, Don Vappie on banjo and vocalist Mykia Jovan.

The Little Gem Saloon is also launching Davell Crawfords’ New Orleans Legends Series, an intimate night of music, conversations and more featuring Irma Thomas onFriday, October 11th, for two shows– 8:00PM and 10:00PM and Gem Sessions, an exploration into the national modern jazz scene with an upcoming show with Mike Clark on October 10pm.

—reposted from with permission