I co-led the band for a set called “Yes We Can: The Songs of New Orleans” to close out the 2017 Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago. It was quite a party. My friend Dennis McDonough got some photos (as usual).
Clap your hands now, people get ready.
Isaiah Spencer and Steve Marquette.
Sima and Ben…all hats and backgrounds.
Ayanna says, “if you can’t find something wrong with your mind, you better find something wrong with her.”
The horn section…
Liam partys with the people.
View from the stage at Jazz Fest 2017 with The Meters.
These photos were taken by friend and music fan Dennis McDonough.
Our fabulous background singers (who each sang some lead as well), Ayana Woods, Macie Stewart, and Sima Cunningham
and Principal Instigator Steve Marquette.
The Loyola website making it look like I hang out with the cool people.
Mars Williams has done a concert of Albert Ayler’s music mashed up with Christmas music for 9 years now. The last two years have included a New Orleans version. Here is a collection of images from the December 13, 2016 performance at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans with Mars Williams, Jeff Albert, Rob Cambre, Helen Gillet, Jesse Morrow, and Paul Thibodeaux.
A view from the back of the stage during The Meters performance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2015.
Recording at Vital Sounds with Chicago guitarist Steve Marquette, and his New Orleans Quintet which includes Brad Walker, Marcello Benetti, Jesse Morrow, and me.
Every year, offBeat Magazine give a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Best of the Beat Awards show. This year George Porter was the deserving recipient. An all star tribute band was assembled for the occasion by George’s daughter, Katrina Porter-Dean.
Horn section (l to r): Brian Graber, Khris Royal, Tracy Griffin, Mark Mullins, Jeff Albert. Front row (l to r): Art Neville, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, David Berard, Stanton Moore, Papa Mali, & Brint Anderson (out of picture to the right).
On November 21, I spent a day in the studio recording with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Joshua Abrams. Zack Smith took some pictures.
There are some more behind the scenes photos here.
I’ll have news about a release time frame for the CD that will result from these sessions soon (I hope).