This is the second album I’ve designed for Cha Wa. They are a dynamic Mardi Gras Indian group and I love designing for them with their bright colors and fun attitude. This CD was released in March 2018 and they quickly had to reorder to keep up with sales.
From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their album “Spyboy” to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass band-meets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture. “Spyboy” was produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and features special guests Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, HBO’s Treme), Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Nth Power), and Danica Hart.
It’s Jazz Fest in New Orleans again, and you can’t do Fest without Kermit Ruffins! This album was released in 2017 and quickly shot up to #1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. It also includes 60 well-known New Orleans musicians with 26 cuts. Released on CD and Vinyl.
One year later I had to rush through a Vinyl reorder in time for Jazz Fest.
Kermit Ruffins • Irvin Mayfield – A Beautiful World
Just Finished – Just in time for Jazz Fest 2018 and New Orleans Tricentennial.
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Dr. Michael White, acclaimed clarinetist and is one of my favorite longtime clients. He is one of the most talented and knowledgeable New Orleans Jazz musicians and scholars.
Tricentennial Rag is a celebration of 300 years of New Orleans music featuring a “gumbo pot” of song ideas, all of which are originals save the famous “When The Saints Go Marching In,” that span in style from the earliest jazz with Jelly Roll Morton-inspired tunes such as “Mandeville Stomp” that has a ragtime feel spiced with Charleston and Latin rhythms, to “revival-style” up-tempo tunes like “I Saw Jesus Standing in the Water,” to songs like the title track “Tricentennial Rag” which stands in a category of its own as a “modern” 21st century rag by both engaging with and departing from traditional ragtime forms and using an infectious repeated four-bar main section as much influenced by pop music as by early jazz and rags. The eclectic sounds don’t stop there, and other themes include the lively brass band sound reminiscent of New Orleans Carnival parades and activities present on “On Mardi Gras Day,” a medium-tempo blues on “Blues on the Bayou,” and the joyous “flirt song” in the tradition of old pop love songs, “What I Wouldn’t Do To Be With You.”
Few people stand as qualified as Dr. White for such a task with a decades-long career as a New Orleans-born musician and accolades including: Heritage Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts (the nation’s highest award in the traditional and folk arts), six-time winner of Offbeat Magazine’s “Clarinetist of the Year,” Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Humanist of the Year, The Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists Association of America, and several TV appearances including performing the National Anthem at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, HBO’s Treme, and many song placements in TV and Film.
2012 Parents’ Choice Gold Award from the Parent’s Choice Foundation
2013 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Silver winner