He is from the right place with the right name and the right sensibilities.
I have him with Jazz at Lincoln Center, 'The music of John Lewis'. Will post it later.
He really is a special artist and one I was only faintly familiar with. After sampling his work it is evident that he certainly had his ear open to the work of Henry Roeland Byrd/Professor Long hair as all the great piano players of New Orleans adapted their style after, to some degree and payed their own homage to. After losing Dr John and Allan Toussaint it is really nice to see that Byrds style is still relevant amongst the up and coming artists carrying on that rich New Orleans tradition. Thanks for the heads up. Enjoy the music.
It's nice to have a connoisseur of "Nawlins" music join us.
I was really into Dr John and I know Nawlins is missing him a lot. I could hear Dr John in Jon Batiste's music; or maybe I heard someone farther down the lineage who preceded Dr John.
Tooblue, I hope you will post some music to further enlighten me to the Nawlins sound.
@orpheus10 , thanks for the kind words, don't know if they are deserved but here goes a few. Anything by Professor Longhair, especially Live On The Queen Mary which was just rereleased on vinyl, Allan Toussaints first and only jazz album The Bright Mississippi as well as Toussaints collaboration with Elvis Costello utilizing N.O.musicians as well as The Cresent City Horns, Dr John's Dr John plays Mac Rebennack vol 1 & 2. The interesting thing about Byrd is that he would cannibalize discarded pianos to build his own and they all had the same keys (most commonly used) worn out so he patterned his playing around the worn out keys, kind of in the vain of Hendrix learning to play a right handed guitar upside down. Enjoy the music
@rok2id , that is so true of Wynton and his brother as well. Trio Jeepy stands out for me as Branfords best work
Another +vote for these musicians from New Orleans. There is a wealth of excellent Jazz artists and bands from that scene.
Batiste is the musical director on Stephen Colbert's Late Show. You can see and hear Jon every weeknight at 11:35 PM!
One of the clip's comments points out that the applause during Benny Bailey's solo was actually for Ella Fitzgerald entering the hall. Wow! You learn something everyday.
He's not new to me either,I see him on the late show every night.He is super talented.
I have Trio Jeepy and tons of Wynton. Just received music from the original soundtrack of 'Bolden' (buddy) by Wynton Marsalis.
Back to the dawn of Jazz.
The River in Reverse is the album I forgot to give the name of earlier, Toussaint and Costello collaboration.
Saw Jon Batiste at the Village Vanguard and it was mind blowingly good.
Thank you Rok... those links opened up hours of pure pleasure.
I was introduced to Batiste through Colbert's show. He's a mind-blowing talent, steeped in knowledge of how the last 120 years rolled out.
He's also an incredibly admirable human being.
Jon Batiste is really good and that is a good album. All the artist that have been mentioned that are from New Orleans, not Nawlins Please, are or were excellent musicians and song writers. I'm surprised no one mentioned James Booker. He is up there with all the ones mentioned. But as someone who actually lives and works in New Orleans, it's like nails on a chalkboard when someone from Ohio or wherever says N'awlins.
If I were a big time nawlins musician, and I felt my time was near, I would leave town.
If Dr. John says "N'awlins", Nawlins it is.
The guy that told me "Nawlins" was born, raised and probably died in "New Orleans". (proper for his obituary)
I looked it up, and some say it dis way while others say it dat way; since Rok is one of the specialists on dis subject, I'll let him decide the proper way, but it don't make no difference because we'll go along with anyway you like to say it.
In Mississippi it's Nawlins. Since Mississippi is the final arbiter on all things Suthun, that's it.
Wynton is probably the best "living" trumpet player, and he sure can play Nawlins music.
Although I’m a "jazz aficionado", my focus has been primarily on what emanated from the northern cities, consequently I neglected Nawlins, considering it "Dixie Land" which was outside of my universe at the time of my introduction to jazz, which was a long time ago (1955).
Now we all know what radio was like at that time, and everything from the south that was considered jazz was "Dixieland"; Consequently the wealth of music from New Orleans eluded me, now I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
Buddy Bolden is someone Nina Simone sang about, and this was my only awareness of Buddy Bolden. New Orleans jazz is a new beginning for me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVXZryIKmQE
Nikonnola, what do you think of the "Second line" at funerals?
So far, "Allen Toussaint's" music is the most interesting. I find the way he incorporates New Orleans history, musically, is something very few can do; I can hear Louis Armstrong, and the swagger of the "Second Line" in the music of "The Bright Mississippi".
I can also hear that Southern "Swing Blues", which is the Blues with that New Orleans lilt.
@rok2id , hey keep them samples coming, been real busy but what I have been able to sample has lit me up. Thanks
That's the same one I posted. Not the same address, but same clip.
There is one done at the White House, but it's too 'Presidential".
Orpheus10, the Second lines even for funerals, are a celebratory event. I enjoy them. Unfortunately we've had too many recently with the passing of Art Neville, Dr John and Leah Chase
@nikonnola, thank you for mentioning Art Neville and Leah Chase, they will certainly be missed.
Jon Cleary is another artist I never heard of. Without a doubt I will expand my collection considerably with these "new" New Orleans artists. He was so good I played him twice.
That's what I meant. Because this was New Orleans Royalty.