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Professor Longhair

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"Fess" One of the principal pioneers of New Orleans rhythm & blues, his influence can be heard in Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, James Booker and Dr. John, among many others. Known for his unique mix of blues, jazz, calypso, ragtime, and zydeco, "Fess" (as he was known) defined and captured the essence of New Orleans in his music. Born Henry Roeland Byrd in Bogalusa, Louisiana 1918, and raised in New Orleans, Fess started performing at an early age, often dancing down Bourbon Street for tips. In addition to piano, he learned to play guitar and drums in the early 1930s and was in and out of numerous bands. He soon found there were better ways to make money than music

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Alligator Records: 50 Years of Genuine Houserockin’ Music

Label: Alligator Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: DISC 1: Give Me Back My Wig (Hound Dog Taylor & The Houserockers); I'm A Woman (Koko Taylor); Have Mercy (Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell); Somebody Loan Me A Dime (Fenton Robinson); It’s My Fault, Darling (Professor Longhair); Telephone Angel (Son Seals); Lights Out (Johnny Winter); Blue Monday Hangover (Albert Collins); Little Car Blues (James Cotton); The Dream (Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland); Pawnshop Bound (William Clarke); Ridin' the Blinds (Live) (Lonnie Mack); Cold Lonely Nights (Live) (Lonnie Brooks); Soul Fixin’ Man (Live) (Luther Allison); Got My Mojo Working (Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown); Sloppy Drunk (Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women); That Did It (Roy Buchanan); Keep On Lovin' Me, Baby (The Paladins).


DISC 2: Love Disease (Michael Burks); I'm A Blues Man (Kenny Neal); Run Myself Out of Town (The Holmes Brothers); Jump Star (Little Charlie & The Nightcats); I'm Still Leaving You (Katie Webster); Don't Lose My Number (Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King); Corner Of The Blanket (The Kinsey Report); I Got A Rich Man's Woman (Carey Bell); Au Contraire, Mon Frere (C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band); There's A Devil On The Loose (Mavis Staples); Presumed Innocent (Michael Hill's Blues Mob); Not What You Said Last Night (Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin); Man Of Considerable Taste (Billy Boy Arnold): Ain't Seen My Baby (Cephas & Wiggins); Marfa Lights (Long John Hunter); Phone Line (Dave Hole): Josephine (Eric Lindell); I Won't Do That (Joe Louis Walker); That's What Love Will Make You Do (Janiva Magness); Going Back to Alabama (The Siegel-Schwall Band); Why Don’t You Live So God Can Use You? (Corey Harris & Henry Butler).
DISC 3: Party Town (Marcia Ball); What You See Is What You Get (Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials); In A Roomful Of Blues (Roomful of Blues); Blue and Lonesome (Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues); Outside of This Town (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram); Clotilda's On Fire (Shemekia Copeland); The Longer That I Live (Curtis Salgado); Living In a Burning House (Selwyn Birchwood); Midnight Hour Blues (Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite); Ain't No Fun (When The Rabbit Got The Gun) (The Cash Box Kings); Make It Back To Memphis (Live) (Tommy Castro & The Painkillers); A Woman (Live) (JJ Grey & Mofro); I'm Running (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats); You Didn't Think About That (Coco Montoya); Ice Cream In Hell (Tinsley Ellis); You Won't Have A Problem When I'm Gone (Chris Cain); Too Late (Guitar Shorty); The High Cost of Low Living (The Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling); The Chicago Way (Toronzo Cannon).

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Article: Album Review

Professor Longhair: The Bach of Rock

Read "The Bach of Rock" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Some people swear Professor Longhair (1918--1980) was at the very first New Orleans Mardi Gras back in 1699. However, the truth is that he probably started boppin' and hoppin' at the annual celebration a few years after World War I. He kept going until he passed in 1980 and he experienced over a half century of ...

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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 ...

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The Bach of Rock

Label: Sunset Blvd. Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bald Head, Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Boyd's Bounce, Bye Bye Baby, East St. Louis Baby, Professor Longhair's Boogie, Tipitina, Big Chief, Jambalaya, Got My Mojo Workin', How Long Has That Train Been Gone, Rum & Coca- Cola, Doin' It, Hey Now Baby, Her Mind Is Gone, Whole Lotta Lovin', Woke Up This Morning, Auld Lang Syne, Mardi Gras In New Orleans (inst.,) Tell Me Pretty Baby, Mess Around, Every Day I Have The Blues, I'm Movin' On, Cry To Me, Gone So Long, Stagger Lee, Stompin' With Fess, Is Everything Alright, Junko Partner, Rockin' Pneumonia, Lovely Lady, She Walked Right In, Since I Lost My Baby, Untitled (inst.,) Every Day I Have The Blues (inst.)

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Article: Interview

Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

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Article: Interview

Monty Alexander: Still Rolling

Read "Monty Alexander: Still Rolling" reviewed by Geno Thackara


If there's one defining quality to Monty Alexander's music, it's joy. An unmistakable undercurrent of happiness has been constant across several decades, dozens of recordings and countless performances all over the world. He could be honoring classic jazz balladeers, exploring the danceable “riddims" of his native Jamaica or anything in between, and you can always hear ...

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Article: Live Review

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

Read "Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen, Denmark July 10-13, 2019 One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It ...

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Article: Jazzmatazz

Remembering Dr. John

Read "Remembering Dr. John" reviewed by Matt Hooke


Dr. John, Ph'd in jny: New Orleans piano with a minor in voodoo, died at the age 77 on June 6. Dr. John honored his roots, learned from masters like Professor Longhair, and added his own special herbs to create a gumbo that can never be recreated, even if someone manages to find a recipe. Dr. ...

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Article: Live Review

Savannah Music Festival 2019

Read "Savannah Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley


Savannah Music Festival Savannah, GA March 28-April 2, 2019 The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...


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