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Stanton Moore - Drums
Robert Mercurio - Bass
Ben Ellman - saxophone, harmonica
Richard Vogel - Keyboard
Jeff Raines - Guitar

It's shaping up to be a stellar year for celebrated New Orleans outfit GALACTIC. On February 9th the band will release their groundbreaking new album Ya-Ka-May a visionary mix, intertwining New Orleans sounds from jazz to brass band to funk and far beyond. With this release, the five-man group comprised of drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonist/harmonica player Ben Ellman, keyboardist Richard Vogel, and guitarist Jeff Raines--reaffirms their status as the quintessential modern day New Orleans band and one of the funkiest outfits in the known universe. Ya-Ka-May features all-new material generated by the band in collaboration with a stellar series of New Orleans guests, who range from iconic figures of the 1960s to the younger veterans to the underground


Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...


Article: In Pictures

The Tenth Annual John Coltrane international Jazz & Blues Festival

Read "The Tenth Annual John Coltrane international Jazz & Blues Festival" reviewed by La-Faithia White

A collection of photos from the tenth annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point, North Carolina from September 4th 2021 to September 5th 2021, featuring Marcus Anderson, Kenny Lattimore, Blood Sweat and Tears, Julian Vaughn, Lakecia Benjamin, Kurt Elling, Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph} Tito Puente Jr., Melina Almodovar, Christone KingFish Ingram, ...


Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...

News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: From New Orleans to the cosmos with Galactic

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: From New Orleans to the cosmos with Galactic

This week, let's check out some videos featuring the New Orleans funk/jazz band Galactic, who are coming back to St. Louis to perform on Thursday, March 12 at Delmar Hall. Since their last appearance here in March 2018 at The Pageant, Galactic made big news in their hometown by becoming the new owners of Tipitina's, long ...

News: Music Industry

NOLA's Favorite Band Just Bought NOLA's Favorite Nightclub

NOLA's Favorite Band Just Bought NOLA's Favorite Nightclub

Galactic has announced that they’ve purchased the iconic New Orleans nightclub Tipitina’s. The recently finalized deal, which has been in negotiation for most of the year, will transfer ownership of the music venue and it’s associated business to the popular indie funk band. Galactic is no stranger to Tipitina’s and the band has been performing there ...

News: Music Industry

Be Remarkable And Fans Will Come: Essential Advice From Marketing Guru Seth Godin

Be Remarkable And Fans Will Come:  Essential Advice From Marketing Guru Seth Godin

In this piece industry marketing expert Seth Godin illustrates how artists must work to cultivate that about them which is remarkable and unique in order to spark interest and draw in fans, and that if an artist is both talented and worth talking about, the fans will come. Guest Post by D Grant Smith on the ...


Article: Live Review

Joe Jackson at the Paramount Theater, Denver

Read "Joe Jackson at the Paramount Theater, Denver" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Joe Jackson Paramount Theater Denver October 8, 2015 Joe Jackson has led a double (or maybe triple) life for most of his lengthy career. He hit the scene in 1979 with his debut album Look Sharp! (A&M 1979) rolling into the U.S. from England as part of the “New Wave," a ...


Article: Live Review

Moon Hooch at Shakespeare's Pub

Read "Moon Hooch at Shakespeare's Pub" reviewed by John Ephland

Moon Hooch Shakespeare's Pub Kalamazoo, Michigan May 29, 2015 It was an interesting combination. Two saxophones and a drummer, along with a sound system that kept everyone on their feet, if not dancing. The up-and-coming New York aspirants Moon Hooch (previously touring with They Might Be Giants, Lotus and Galactic), on ...


Article: Live Review

Nice Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Nice Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Emilio Palanti

Nizza--Francia 8-12.07.2014 Quest'anno, guardando il cartellone del Festival Jazz di Nizza, a prima vista si lamentava l'assenza di vere e proprie superstar, com'era accaduto nelle edizioni precedenti, ma a rassegna finita possiamo dire che non son mancate le piacevoli sorprese. Sia ben chiaro, molti nomi di prima grandezza erano presenti, ma forse ...


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