Back from 4 days of absolute joy in New Orleans. Music highlights were:
Leslie Odom Jr singing several jazz standards plus a few from Broadway. He is a real charmer, very engaging and the man can sing.
Quiana Lynell with Jamison Ross on drums. Her rendition of "Be My Husband" may have been worth the day's price of admission.
Trumpet Mafia- Basically a trumpet super group led by Ashlin Parker. Maurice Brown stole the show. Weedie Bramah on percussion was a great addition.
Bonnie Raitt- Still very soulful. Very sorry to hear she just cancelled the remainder of her tour due to a health issue.
Chocolate Milk- Solid old school R&B. I'm sure you all know the song "Actions Speak Louder than Words"
Nigel Hall- keyboard player from Lettuce now with his own band. Smooth as silk Soul and R&B, with Jamison Ross again on drums.
Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers- Very unique. R&B/Hip Hop with Zydeco instruments.
David Byrne- Highly choreographed production. Most excellent. Good mix of new material and Talking Heads songs.
Last but not least, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars with their always crowd pleasing songs Here Come the Seltzer Men and Mozeltov Cocktail
And at night:
Vernon Reid with George Porter Jr and Johnny Vidacovich- 3 masters just jamming for close to 3 hours. Very special.
Foundation of Funk - George Porter Jr, and Zigaboo Modeliste from the Meters with Anders Osborne on guitar and Widepread Panic's JoJo Herman on keys. Played almost all Meters songs. Porter and Zigaboo still make a super strong rhythm section. Osborne had his usual terrific solos.
And the most fun of all was a late night set headed up by Doug Wimbish. He had multiple musicians come in and out over a three hour show of rock, jazz, R&B and Soul jams. Best moment was when Wimbish saw ex-PFunk guitarist Eric McFadden in the crowd. The band busted out Flashlight and McFadden came up for the end and just shredded.
Too bad the food and drink sucks in New Orleans or it would have been a really great trip.