Don Vappie and Evan Christopher’s present a showcase of New Orleans music seasoned liberally with French patois and Spanish tinge. Christopher and Vappie, who have international reputations for keeping the roots of New Orleans music up-to-date, will feature NYC-based trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and trombonist Michael Watson. Kellso’s early jazz trumpet expertise is the reason he gets the first call from musicians such as Wynton Marsalis or Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. His work with the latter can be heard on the Grammy winning soundtrack of Boardwalk Empire and at regular appearances in New York hotspots. Michael Watson is a relative newcomer to the New Orleans scene, but has a Grammy credit for his work on the last release by the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
This quartet finished our 6th season with small victories at the Snape Proms and Oslo Jazz Festival. There’s no fall tour this year, but we will return to Paris for two nights in a program we’re calling “D.R. Blues.” Denny Ilett is in the solo guitar chair to facilitate a deeper exploration of combining blues vocabulary with our Creole theme.
It’s the usual drill at the Duc des Lombards with two shows each night at 8pm & 10pm.