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Dr. John


The legendary Dr. John is a six-time Grammy Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture. His colorful musical career began in the 1950s when he wrote and played guitar on some of the greatest records to come out of the Crescent City, including recordings by Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Joe Tex, Frankie Ford and Allen Toussaint.

Dr. John headed west in the 1960s, where he continued to be in demand as a session musician, playing keyboards on records by Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones' “Exile On Main St.” During that time he launched his solo career, developing the charismatic persona of Dr. John The Nite Tripper. A legend was born with his breakthrough 1968 album “Gris-Gris,” which introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots. Several of his many career highlights include the masterful album “Sun, Moon and Herbs” in 1971 which included cameos from Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger and 1973’s “In The Right Place,” which contained the chart hits “Right Place Wrong Time” and “Such A Night.”


The Montreux Years

Label: BMG
Released: 2023
Track listing: Professor Longhair Boogie; You Ain’t Such a Much; Sick and Tired; Stack-a-Lee; Accentuate the Positive; Right Place, Wrong Time; Rain; Going Back to New Orleans; Makin’ Whoopee; Big Chief; In a Sentimental Mood/Mississippi Mud/Happy Hard Times (Medley); Love for Sale; Let the Good Times Roll; Good Night Irene.


Article: Live Review

The California Honeydrops At Mission Ballroom

Read "The California Honeydrops At Mission Ballroom" reviewed by Steven Roby

California Honeydrops w/Sam Grisman Project Mission Ballroom Denver, CO November 10, 2023 On the last night of their 2023 “Bye, Bye, Baby" tour, The California Honeydrops gave a stellar performance at the grand Mission Ballroom last Friday. The only glitch in the show was the oddly placed opening act, the Sam ...


Article: Album Review

Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Chris May

The release of this magnificent album, recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966, is headline news for fans of Nina Simone. None of the material, all of it high grade, has been made available before. Newport promoter George Wein donated the tapes of Simone's performance to the US Library of Congress, where they lay ...


Article: Album Review

Dr. John: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Dave Linn

New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz. In the late 1800s, the city was a melting pot of different cultures, including African, European, and Caribbean. This cultural diversity had a profound impact on the music of the city. The new sounds of Dixieland and ragtime became the foundation in the evolution of jazz. Artists such ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More

Read "New Releases Plus Birthday Celebrations for Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from the JOI (Jazz Outreach Initiative) Jazz Orchestra, Luis Russell and Grace Garland, plus birthday shoutouts to Blossom Dearie, Ma Rainey, Rebecca Martin, Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, among others. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear by seeing them live and online. Purchase their music so they ...


Article: Profile

Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike

Read "Blue Note Tokyo: Still Holds Praise From Jazz Musicians & Fans Alike" reviewed by Doug Hall

Opened in 1988, the Blue Note Tokyo nightclub has a long-established history of providing top-tier jazz performances and holds a special place in the veins of many renown jazz artists. Over several decades, the A-list of jazz performances include Sarah Vaughan, Oscar Peterson, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe ...


Things Happen That Way

Label: Rounder Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Funny How Time Slips Away; Ramblin' Man; Gimme That Old Time Religion; I Walk On Guilded Splinters; I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry; End Of The Line; Holy Water; Sleeping Dogs Best Left Alone; Give Myself A Good Talkin' To; Guess Things Happen That Way.


Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...


Article: Album Review

Doug Munro: Putt Lake Toodleloo

Read "Putt Lake Toodleloo" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

In unsettled and unsettling times, it is a relief to know that Putt Lake Toodleloo is within easy reach. Its humble stance, breezy accessibility and easy familiarity serve as a respite from the dark anxious winds that gather. Two-time Grammy nominee and NAIRD award winner, guitarist/educator/composer/author Doug Munro, who founded the Purchase College Jazz ...


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