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

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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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.

FREE Music for Mom

A FREE Mother’s Day present for your mom. When she signs up for our enews she will receive a link by email to 8 great songs from Kermit Ruffins, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Dr. Michael White, Irvin Mayfield, Rebirth Brass Band and Los Hombres Calientes. Yes, they are Mardi Gras ish songs, but good year round!

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