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A New Orleans Pre-Funk with Holotradband

16 Jan

If you are a listener of my radio program, you have no doubt heard my excitement about my first trip to New Orleans next week. Listeners have been emailing with their suggestions of places that I HAVE to visit, raising that excitement to an unreal level.

Being the overwhelmingly impatient person that I am, I needed to get some sort of New Orleans fix, any New Orleans fix in before I left.

I found my fix.

I am ashamed to say that I have never ventured to the New Orleans Creole Restaurant in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle on a Tuesday night before. For six years, a seven piece group named Holotradband has been performing a wonderful blend of New Orleans and Chicago style jazz. It took my own selfish desires to finally seek out this band, and I realized immediately that I had been missing out for way too long.

My friend (the friend who I am heading to New Orleans with) and I sat down, and our table was soon filled with orders of pan-fried oysters, pan-fried catfish strips with creolaise dip, and ice-cold Hurricanes. The food and drinks paired perfectly with the music of Holotradband, who with their three-horn front delivered the early sounds of Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Clarence Williams.

A couple got up to dance. My friend asked if I danced, and I reminded her that I am regularly the tallest, most untalented dancer on the dance floor, but I might consider it. Shortly after, about six younger dancers, dancers that appeared to have been in lessons since birth, made their way to the dance floor. I was forced to revoke my previous consideration, knowing now that  I would not only be shown up, but tragically embarrassed. Truthfully, it remained impossible to keep, at minimum, from tapping my foot. The band communicated, not only with each other flawlessly, but with the audience as well.

All in all, it was a great night out, and a wonderful way to prepare for my trip, and I will no doubt will return in the future when I simply need another fix. The food was affordable and tasty, the cover was free, and the band was fantastic.

Holotradband has CD’s available. When speaking to a band member about them, he said that “they might not be perfect studio quality, and will sound a lot like what I was listening to tonight.”

“Perfect”, I said. “I wouldn’t want them any other way”.

You can visit Holotradband’s website at, where you can read up on the band, hear their music, and purchase CD’s.

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (401-420)

16 Jan

Here is another 20 to add to the list.

Remember that there is no ranking system here, and if you don’t see your favorite jazz album yet, it doesn’t mean it won’t show up.

Every week I will offer up twenty more, in no particular order and with no ranking system or common theme (other than jazz of course).

Hopefully these lists will inspire you to seek some of these albums out that perhaps you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums. Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 401 through 420.

401. Lonely Woman – Modern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic, 1962)

402. Somethin’s Cookin’ – Junior Cook (Muse, 1981)

403. Here and Now – Geoff Keezer (Blue Note, 1991)

404. Present Tense – Bobby Watson (Columbia, 1992)

405. Cross-Currents – Bill Evans (Fantasy/OJC, 1977)

406. Red Garland at the Prelude – Red Garland (Universal Distribution, 1959)

407. The Koln Concert – Keith Jarrett (ECM Records, 1975)

408. Music in Motion – Jason Marsalis (Basin Street Records, 2000)

409. Crazy! Baby – Jimmy Smith (Blue Note, 1960)

410. Ella and Louis Again – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (Verve, 1957)

411. Long Road Home – Lynne Arriale (TCB Records, 1997)

412. African Sketchbook – Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand) (Enja, 1969)

413. Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith – Dinah Washington (Emarcy, 1958)

414. Bumpin’ – Wes Montgomery (Verve, 1965)

415. What is There to Say? – Gerry Mulligan (Sony Music Distribution, 1959)

416. Jazz Giants ’58 – Stan Getz (Verve, 1958)

417. Deep Passion – Oscar Pettiford (MCA Records, 1957)

418. Red Door: Remember Zoot Sims – Scott Hamilton and Bucky Pizzarelli (Concord Jazz, 1998)

419. Triple Treat, Vol. 1 – Monty Alexander (Concord Jazz, 1983)

420. Lady in Satin – Billie Holliday (Columbia, 1958)

1,000 Jazz Albums You Should Hear Before You Die (1-20)

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