It is a great week for music in Nola (when isn’t it)! We’ve compiled a list of shows happening for everyday this week. Check ’em out and enjoy!
Glen David Andrews: Monday, 7/20 at d.b.a. @10pm
Theatrical local trombonist Glen David Andrews is known for his fiery stage show backed up by impressive musical chops. First picking up the trombone at the tender age of 12, Andrews took cues from local legends like Tuba Fats and his own cousin Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. He’s participated in acts like New Birth, the Treme Brass Band, and the Lil Rascals Brass Band, and now leads his own ensemble that covers a huge range of musical terrain over the course of every show. From gospel to hip-top to funk to brass, Andrews hops adroitly from genre to genre, creating a sound all his own.
In November 2010 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as a “Future Hall of Famer,” along with Cajun violinist Amanda Shaw. He also has two live recordings under his belt, gospel compendium Walking Through Heaven’s Gate and jazz/funk/zydeco album Live at Three Muses, recorded right here on Frenchmen Street. You can catch him on Thursday nights at legendary 7th Ward watering hole Bullet’s Sports Bar, and with his trad jazz combo at Three Muses on most Friday evenings.
Gregory Agid: Tuesday, 7/21 at The Maison @ 6:30pm
Clarinetist Gregory Agid has called New Orleans his home for several years and is now breaking out as a member of the new generation of New Orleans jazz musicians, brandishing his clarinet in the air as he performs onstage before audiences–wielding it further into the modern mainstream of jazz. “The novelty of the clarinet kind of died off in jazz during the fifties when Charlie Parker became popular,” Agid says. “Since then, clarinetists haven’t greatly influenced the scene. The clarinet has generally been stereotyped as ‘old-fashioned’ since it’s commonly used to play older styles of jazz, and its sound is rarely marketed as ‘modern.'” While remembering the advice and insights mentors gave him about the legacy of New Orleans jazz, Agid is eager to move the music forward–infusing his own personality and experiences into a generational kaleidoscope of local sound.
Shotgun Jazz Band: Wednesday, 7/22 at The Spotted Cat @ 6pm
Playing traditional jazz with a feisty background of swing, the Shotgun Jazz Band combines an irresistible set of rhythms with an abiding love of the bluesy, driving sound that used to fill the city’s dance halls. While the influences are old-school, this band’s appeal is nothing short of timeless: a Shotgun show promises nothing less than a high-energy, foot-stomping evening of musical mayhem. They released their first album Algiers Strut in October 2011, featuring Marla Dixon on vocals, Ben Polcer of Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns on piano and vocals, John Dixon on banjo, Christopher Johnson of Smoking Time Jazz Club on tenor sax, and John Gross of the Panorama Jazz Band on sousaphone.
Egg Yolk Jubilee: Thursday, 7/23 at d.b.a. @ 10pm
After stumbling through many recipes, The Yolk created a delicious new menu of savory tunes, which have been served up for nearly seventeen years at every venue from the Acadia Brew House to the Zeitgeist Theatre. They have produced three classic CD’s, won the Big Easy and OffBeat Awards, played the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival, South by Southwest Festival, the Ponderosa Stomp and several more. The music of Egg Yolk Jubilee was featured on the hit HBO series Treme in Summer 2011.
Ellis Marsalis: Friday, 7/24 at Snug Harbor @ 8pm
Regarded as the city’s most influential modern jazz pianist, Ellis Marsalis gives audiences an earful with sets of hard bop, jazz standards and ballads and traditional New Orleans tunes. During a long career that began with a music assignment in the military, Marsalis has been a jazz educator as well as performer, holding several prestigious music chairs at high school and college levels. He is the father of six, including the musicians Branford, Jason, Delfayo and Wynton Marsalis, who is now artistic director of Jazz at New York’s Lincoln Center. When he isn’t touring, Marsalis holds court most weekends at Snug Harbor on Frenchmen Street. His son Jason frequently joins him on drums for these shows.
Little Freddie King: Saturday, 7/25 at d.b.a. @11pm
If you want the real blues – and I’m not talkin about some long-haired hippy beatin’ on a National Resonator guitar or a mustachiod, Italian-suited slickster blowin’ on a chromatic harmonica – baby, you’d better call Little Freddie King, Normally only seen once a month at BJ’s Lounge located in the lowest bowels of the mighty Ninth Ward, where he shares floor space with a pool table and various carpet remnants, don’t think for a second that his band won’t be able to create the proper mood without their usual scrappy surroundings. The minute Freddie straps on his guitar and strikes up his gnarled chord and drummer “Wacko” Wade makes his presence known with a definative cymbal crash, this lean, mean, swampy aggregation of gut-bucket wild men transforms the poshest of venues into a back-of-town beer joint.
Brad Walker: Sunday, 7/26 at The Maison @7pm
Modern jazz, incorporating elements of R&B, indie music, and rock: such is the music of saxophonist Brad Walker, and it’s taking the New Orleans music scene by storm. You can catch him playing at The Maison, Snug Harbor, and others!