Tag: new orleans

Trumpeter Christian Scott gives jazz much-needed stretch

Boston Globe, August 9, 2012 NEW YORK — The trumpeter Christian Scott terms “stretch music” the big, open-minded sound that he seeks, for his own band and for jazz in general. On his brand-new album, “Christian aTunde Adjuah,” Scott stretches more than just rhythmic and harmonic conventions. The album itself is a sprawling double CD, […]

Sunny Jain and Red Baraat make bangers from bhangra

Boston Globe, January 29, 2012 NEW YORK – The drummer Sunny Jain tells the story of a time when he auditioned before Wynton Marsalis, the great trumpeter and consummate arbiter of all things jazz in general, and particularly New Orleans. In lieu of a bass drum, Jain had substituted a dhol – the two-sided drum […]

Good vibrations: Jason Marsalis

Boston Globe, August 25, 2009 The youngest scion of jazz nobility, Jason Marsalis has forged a career that’s more eclectic than those of his celebrated brothers Wynton and Branford. Besides his longtime gig as the drummer in Marcus Roberts’s trio, Jason is a founder of the Latin jazz group Los Hombres Calientes. Now 32, Marsalis […]

Through the storms: Hot 8 Brass Band

Boston Globe, July 18, 2008 It’s been almost three years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, but for the Hot 8 Brass Band, the hurt didn’t end with the storm. When the band – one of the most popular in New Orleans, behind a revitalized sound that connects traditional brass with funk and hip-hop […]

He works to raise hope, and homes, in New Orleans

Boston Globe, August 24, 2007 Days before the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans, the righteous anger animates Terence Blanchard just as it did in the storm’s wake. The distinguished New Orleanian trumpeter, who remembers being evacuated by rowboat from the Ninth Ward as a child during 1965’s Hurricane Betsy, came home […]

Preserving the musical spirit of New Orleans

Boston Globe, October 15, 2006 Six of the seven musicians lost their homes to the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina. A year after the storm, only two of the seven have been able to move back to New Orleans. Yet compared to many other New Orleans musicians, the members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band are […]