Recorded earlier this year before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, this album of Christmas songs features the city's own Dukes of Dixieland with guest vocalists. They capture the traditional spirit of Christmas and gift-wrap it in Crescent City colors and sounds.
In honor of their devastated home town, they've renamed the band to New Orleans'
Track Listing: Jingle Bells; I'll Be Home for Christmas; This Little Light of Mine; Christmas Time in New Orleans; Away in a Manger; Winter Wonderland; Merry Christmas Baby; Silver Bells; Come Home for Christmas; O Tannenbaum; Second Line Santa; Here Comes Santa; Big Drummer Boy; Holiday Time in New Orleans; Holly Jolly Christmas; Have Yourself a Merry Christmas; Sleigh Ride; The Christmas Song.
Personnel: Earl Bonie: clarinet; Mike Fulton: trumpet; Ben Smith: trombone; Scott Obenschain: piano; Everett Link: bass; Richard Taylor: drums; Special guests: Luther Kent, The Pfister Sisters, Moses Hogan's Gospel Choir: vocals.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child in Boston and at a Sun Ra concert.
I met Jaco Pastorius as a teenager in NYC.
The best show I ever attended was The Gap Band.
The first jazz record I bought was Heavy Weather.