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:

Davell: https://soundcloud.com/basinstreetrecords/sets/davell-crawford-gift-clips

Kermit: https://soundcloud.com/basinstreetrecords/sets/kermit-ruffins-partyin-clips

Jason: https://soundcloud.com/basinstreetrecords/sets/jason-marsalis-in-a-world-of

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!



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 atwww.littlegemsaloon.com or www.ticketfly.com 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 26th.at 10pm.

—reposted from www.Facebook.com/tom-thompson-rubyarts with permission

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)  pic.twitter.com/dZVkfDkx

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

Theresa Andersson’s release of Street Parade.pic.twitter.com/17iqVjwd

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

Rebirth opening 8 shows for Red Hot Chili Peppers pic.twitter.com/LPDFPlzc

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

@KermitRuffins being honored by @Jazzfest & @USPS pic.twitter.com/koc1Y186

@KermitRuffins opening Kermit’s Treme Speakeasypic.twitter.com/xmj8x5lS

Theresa Andersson’s 50+ performances in Sweden.

@JeremyDavenport‘s 175+ performances in New Orleans

@RebirthBB return from @TheGrammys MSY airport celebration arranged by @kermitruffins pic.twitter.com/IOn3pcMN

Did I tweet @RebirthBB @TheGrammys WIN? pic.twitter.com/HYraae0N

@RebirthBB Grammy nomination celebration at Juneau Suite by Stewart,Juli & Bernardo pic.twitter.com/rlEtjawz

REBIRTH’s Grammy celebration at Maple Leaf. pic.twitter.com/qXNlkR7x

Receiving Offbeat’s Best of the Beat for Best Record Label 2011 in early 2012. pic.twitter.com/jkk1OmgW

Theresa Andersson’s mini krewe marching in Krewe of Muses parade pic.twitter.com/q5vhpx8m

@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 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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A Night In Treme

Rebirth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Dr.Michael White and more hit the San Francisco Jazz Festival (June 10th) and the Playboy Jazz Festival (June 11th).  The Rebirth Brass Band’s new CD, Rebirth of New Orleans just hit #12 on Billboard Jazz Chart (printing 6/18) and is #1 for the 6th week on the CMJ Jazz radio chart.  Kermit’s Happy Talk CD was as high as #5 on the Billboard chart, and Dr. Michael White’s Adventures in New Orleans Jazz, Part 1 will be released nationally on June 21, 2011. Click HERE a complete list of tourdates.

Only Label With 3 Entries on Billboard Jazz Chart the Past Two Weeks!

What label is the only label on the BILLBOARD JAZZ CHART with 3 entries on both the charts printing 5/21/11 and 5/28/11? It’s the same label that was the only label (the other being Blue Note) that had 2 entries on the chart printing 5/14/11. Namely, Basin Street Records!!!

#9 Rebirth Brass Band, Rebirth of New Orleans
#14 Irvin Mayfield, A Love Letter to New Orleans
#18 Kermit Ruffins, Happy Talk

Plus, the HBO Treme soundtrack is #5 and both Kermit and Rebirth appear on that record.

Own them?


NolaDefender.com writes about Basin Street Records Billboard chart success http://noladefender.com/content/chart-and-soul

OffBeat.com writes about Basin Street Records Billboard chart success http://offbeat.com/2011/05/25/rebirth-brass-band-kermit-ruffins-and-irvin-mayfield-in-billboards-top-ten/


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

The lineup for the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, otherwise known as Jazz Fest, has been announced. Jazzfest will return to the New Orleans Fairgrounds on April 29th through May 8th, 2011.

Our artists will perform as follows:

Friday, April 29th: Jon Cleary | Los Hombres Calientes: Irvin Mayfield & Bill Summers | Haitian–New Orleans Connection featuring Emeline Michel, Dr. Jean Montes, and Dr. Michael White

Saturday, April 30th: Jeremy Davenport

Friday, May 6th: Kermit Ruffins
Saturday, May 7th: Dr. Michael White
Sunday, May 8th: Rebirth Brass Band | Henry Butler | Irvin Mayfield

Buy their music today to get you in the mood. See you there!

Click HERE for our artists complete schedule during Jazz Fest.

OffBEAT Best of the Beat Awards

On Friday, January 28th, 2011 the OffBEAT Magazine Best of the Beat Awards party was held at Generations Hall in New Orleans. Our artists took home the following awards!

Best Traditional Jazz Album: Kermit Ruffins’ Happy Talk
Best Traditional Jazz Artist: Kermit Ruffins
Best Trumpeter: Kermit Ruffins
Best Contemporary Jazz Artist: Irvin Mayfield
Best Brass Band: Rebirth Brass Band

In addition, Derrick Tabb (Rebirth Brass Band) and the Roots of Music program were honored for Music Education.