The Jazz Nurse. Betsy Braud is a busy woman. Her curriculum vitae includes university-trained musician (she studied with Alvin Batiste) and performs regularly in southern Louisiana. She is a registered nurse (practicing the most demanding nursing— home health). And she is a mother of three. Drawing from all aspects, Ms. Braud has formulated a prescription for the spirit: complex music well played.
Creole Gumbo The music of Betsy Braud is well trained and unique. The recipe sounds like a single part each of Monk, Bechet, and Professor Longhair. Braud seems to play one part soprano saxophone, one part flute and one part piano. She is joined by a young rhythm section of apparently talent local to her in South Louisiana. Her songs are upbeat piquant, with just that filé of Louisiana— a hint of the swamp. Check out the fractured blues of “3 a.m.” and the thoughtful “Wayfarin’ Stranger”.
Track Listing: 3 a.m.; Estou Buscando; Balewa; Indoor China; Sita Pigana Na Wewe; A Walk At Twilight; Mes Trois Filles; Wayfarin
Personnel: Betsy Braud: Flute, Piano; Soprano saxophone; Matt Ashman: Bass; Daniel Hotard: Guitar; gary Roberts: Drums; Michael Skinkus: Percussion.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.