Herlin Riley Live from New Orleans

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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.

Happy New Year and Happy (almost) Mardi Gras!

Want to order a king cake? Bywater Bakery has you covered!

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Bill Stewart at Bar Bayeux

If you missed Bill Stewart at the Village Vanguard last weekend with Renee Rosnes, it was quite a set of shows. Renee’s group sounded great and Bill was in fine form.

Here’s another chance to check out Bill Stewart, thanks to Bar Bayeux. They have been killing it lately, doing live streams every Wednesday evening and leaving them online for about 6 days after.

Last night’s show featured:

  • Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone
  • Mark Turner: tenor saxophone
  • Joe Martin: bass
  • Bill Stewart: drums

The setlist was wonderful and full of well-known standards. Watch this one while it’s still available!

Next week on 11/25 is the Adam Birnbaum Trio featuring David Wong and Rodney Green.

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Quincy Davis – Q Vision

Quincy Davis sitting at a red Yamaha drum set with Zildjian cymbals

Congrats to Quincy Davis on the release of his new album, Q Vision. You can get a copy from his website or stream it just about anywhere. I listened to it while working today and it sounds great. He’s a great player and musician.

Quincy Davis is a drummer and composer who has recorded with has recorded with Tom Harrell, Benny Green, Hank Jones, Kurt Elling, Gerald Clayton, and many others. He is also assistant professor of drumset at the University of North Texas.

Quincy has wonderful YouTube channel full of interviews and lessons that is worth subscribing to. He posts regularly and always with valuable content.

Also be sure to check out his website. He has some great transcriptions of solos by Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Philly Joe Jones.

Congrats on the new album, Quincy!

Philly Joe Jones Solo Book with John Riley

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.

Memphis Drum Shop, Steve Maxwell Drum Shop, and Columbus Percussion have the new version of the book in stock. Whether you have the original version or not, the new one is worth getting!

Louis Hayes at Smoke

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)

$10 – smokejazz.com

Smalls Jazz Club

As always, Smalls Jazz Club in New York is streaming every day and has a tremendous archive available.


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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.