Good as an excuse as any to present New Orleans wide variety of music (I'll leave the trad jazz/brass bands to others).
First up is a blind pianist who is also an award-winning photographer (!). Henry Butler is bedrock N. O.--muscular playing, mixing up many styles, often in the same song. Pure delight. Plus a vocalist and composer. His Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Butler Discog: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/henry...17/discography << been recording in his name since '86 and nobody has a better track record of excellence--nobody. His Website: http://www.henrybutler.com/
Some tunes: A promo piece and some from his latest boffo project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxbPKLHl_A0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtZCG4KlpQo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XGzoQfXSbc << So glad to see Impulse ! Records back in the game. \
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMfiAjKcfQ << He does real right on this N.O. classic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHfaSf5hFaY << These latest 2 showcase his immense imagination and talent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYxDuSJtUUI << This should be and prolly has been studied as how a master takes a Gospel classic everywhere.
BONUS: 15-minute enlightening vid interview: http://www.culturecatch.com/vidcast/henry-butler/ << NO--he's not retro-nuevo--he's so "of the moment", he's inventing the shiz as he goes along, using elements...Not the same thing at all. What the sidemen do is their biz. If there's such a thing as "self-effacing bravura", he exemplifies it.