Two years ago I had the pleasure of being in New Orleans on King’s Day for the king cake kick-off and saw Herlin Riley live at Bywater Bakery‘s block party. It was an unforgettable experience.
This year they held the event virtually and it was great! I was so glad to get a taste of New Orleans all the way up at the north end of the Mississippi river.
Featured Performers included:
Leyla McCella, John Boutte, Charmane Neville, and a Super Group comprised of: Herlin Riley, Oscar Rosignolli, Corey Henry, Wendell Brunious, Wes “Warm Daddy” Anderson, Detroit Brooks, and Chris Severen.
The Memphis Drum Shop recently had John Riley in to show off his cymbal collection and while he was there he also talked about the great Philly Joe Jones solo book by Joerg Eckel. It’s always great to hear John play and he does a good job here demonstrating some of the stickings used in the book.
The new and updated version of the book is now officially available. Just to be clear, the black cover is the new version.
With the Village Vanguard taking a break to figure out their streaming issues, I’ll probably promote fewer gigs here for a bit. I’m guessing that most of you now know where to check each week to see what’s going on. Of course, I’ll still post about gigs that I’m really excited about, which is why I’m posting this one.
Louis Hayes is a hero of mine and I love the album Undercurrent by Kenny Drew that he plays on, which not many people who I talk to are very familiar with. It’s definitely worth checking out.
And for those who haven’t seen this, My Music Masterclass put out a Louis Hayes Masterclass that’s very affordable.
I’m absolutely thrilled that I’ll get a chance to see him play this weekend.
Louis Hayes & the Cannonball Legacy Band
October 3rd & 4th @ 8pm EDT / Smoke Jazz club
Louis Hayes (drums) Vincent Herring (alto saxophone) Rick Germanson (piano) Dezron Douglas (bass)
I’m really excited about this weekend. Last year around this time I saw Kenny Washington with the Bill Charlap Trio at the Village Vanguard and a couple of years ago I saw them at the Dakota here in Minneapolis. While watching a live stream doesn’t compare, it’s the best option we have to see the masters play live and I’m not complaining!
Bill Charlap Trio
September 11th & 12th @ 9pm EDT / Village Vanguard
Bill Charlap – Piano Peter Washington – Bass Kenny Washington – Drums
If after all of this you still have money left, please consider donating to Feed the Second Line. They’re doing important work in New Orleans to make sure that the musicians are fed and supported during this time of limited work.