The Reopening of the Blue Nile, Jazz Singer Gregory Porter and More Music Jan. 20-26 | Music
New Orleans live music highlights for the week of January 20-26, 2022 include a Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and the long-awaited reopening of the Blue Nile on Frenchmen Street.
THURSDAY January 20
Blues based guitarist Peter Mark gathered all sorts of musical aggregations in New Orleans over the years. His latest is the Crosstown Collective, a “band that had to happen”, as he puts it. Comprised of seasoned musicians and conductors who have collaborated in various capacities over the years, the Crosstown Collective performs mostly original music, with everyone performing in front. In addition to Stone, band members include Sam Price, bassist of the Honey Island Swamp Band and leader of his own True Believers; guitarist/singer Dr Lo Faber, former student of the New York group God Street Wine and recently retired professor from Loyola University; keyboardist Keiko Komaki, a longtime Stone collaborator who toured the world with the band Playing For Change; and singer and pianist Alizah Starr, a New York native who walked the streets of New Orleans when she arrived eight years ago and has since worked extensively with Stone and others. See the Crosstown Collective, featuring the singer Marilyn Barbarin replacing Faber, at Chickie Wah Wah at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $15.
As the son of legendary New Orleans arranger Wardell Quezergue, Brian Quezergue grew up around music. A bass player, he perfected his craft in universities before embarking on a career as a musician and music educator. At Snug Harbor on Thursday, he will host a band that includes a drummer Ricky Sebastianpianist Zack Knewstubsaxophonist Stephen Gladney and singer Yolande Robinson. Sessions are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; tickets are $25.
Globe-trotting indie-folk duo Appalachian Rise comes to the Théâtre de Toulouse, in the former home of the One Eyed Jacks at 615 Toulouse St. At Sabine McCalla’s trio opens the show at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
the venerable Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-cha are featured for Zydeco Night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl. Showtime is at 8 p.m.; tickets are $12.
Extraordinary Drummer Johnny Vidakovitch propels his trio for an 8 p.m. show at the Maple Leaf; tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Later Thursday, the Maple Leaf presents a midnight show featuring the guitarist Ari Teitel backed by drummer Jameson Rosskeyboardist Nigel Room and bassist Paul Randolph. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
FRIDAY January 21
Gregory Porter applies his warm baritone to a synthesis of jazz, soul and gospel music he first presented on his 2010 debut album, “Water.” But it was her third album and first for Blue Note Records, 2013’s “Liquid Spirit,” that won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and firmly established Porter as a force in vocal jazz. His 2017 release “Nat King Cole & Me” paid homage to one of his main influences. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Porter has released her sixth studio album, “All Rise,” along with a greatest hits compilation, “Still Rising…The Collection.” For his previously postponed show at the Orpheum on Friday, expect Porter to wear his “deer-stalker”/Sherlock Holmes-style hat. Tickets start at $45 plus fees; the show is at 8 p.m.
After a series of open and live-streamed rehearsals at Maple Leaf Bar, Jon Cleary and the Absolute Gentlemen Monsters funk to the Theater de Toulouse in the French Quarter. Keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall is also on the bill. Showtime is at 9 p.m.; tickets start at $25.
trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis faces a modern jazz sextet in Snug Harbor which includes Roderick Paulin and Kris Royal on the saxophone, Kyle Roussel at the piano, David Pulphus on bass and Gerald Watkins Jr. to the battery. Sessions are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; tickets are $40.
Guitarist Dad Mali faces a trio that includes the bassist Cassandra Fauconner and drummer Russ Broussard at the Chickie Wah Wah, from 9 p.m.
Tipitina Hosts “Pollo Asado: A NOLA Tribute to Ween” featuring Marc ParadisAndré Bohren and David Pomerleau, by Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, more Mike Dousan and Michael Fouquier. Show time is at 9 p.m.
SATURDAY 22 January
The Blue Nile is one of the few major music venues on Frenchmen Street to have remained closed since March 2020, when COVID-19 essentially shut down live music. This weekend, the Blue Nile finally lit up again for the first time in nearly two years. At 6 p.m. on Saturday, the club opens its doors for a free show by Chaz Blues Trio Washboard. At 10 p.m., the reopening celebration kicks into high gear as the soul rebels compose their copper/hip-hop hybrid; tickets are $20.
Fleetmac Wood is a “lovingly curated remix project and party dedicated to one of the greatest bands of our time”. They are not a tribute band but a deejay who remix and recreate Fleetwood Mac material with disco, techno and house grooves and beats, and combine it with an audiovisual spectacle intended to fill the dance floors. Fleetmac Wood stages his “Wild Heart Disco” at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Théâtre de Toulouse, in a show presented by Winter Circle Productions. Tickets are $12.
the Panoramic Jazz Band performs a free show at the dba at 6 p.m. Later the New Orleans suspects hit the dba stage at 10 p.m.; admission is $20.
Longtime Rock Fusion Quartet Stubborn plugs into the Chickie Wah Wah at 8 p.m.
Bonerama trombonist Marc Mullins hits the Maple Leaf stage with a band that includes Chris Adkins on the guitar, Cass Fauconer on bass, Alvin Ford Jr. on the battery and Mike Lemmler on keyboards. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.; tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Born in Azerbaijan and based in New York, jazz pianist and composer Amina Figarova faces a sextet — with flute, trumpet, saxophone, bass, drums and piano — at Snug Harbor at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $35.
countercurrent Skillfully recreates arena rock of the 1970s and 1980s – Journey, Rush, Boston, Motley Crue, Foreigner, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and more. – at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl. Tickets are $12; show time is 8:30 p.m.
Quarx, Zita and Hans Williams share a triple bill at Tipitina, from 9 p.m.
SUNDAY January 23
Honduran-born, New Orleans-based pianist Oscar Rossignoli stages a tribute to Chick Corea at Snug Harbor, supported by RicardoPascal on the sax, Jason Stewart on bass and Gerald Watkins to the battery. Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; tickets are $30.
At the Maple Leaf Bar, keyboardist by Joe Krow threesome characteristics Walter “Wolfman” Washington on guitar, from 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
The Fillmore New Orleans features the rapper and non-traditional cooking show host Bronson Stockwhose rapping style has been compared to that of Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, along with another rapper Earl Sweatshirt for a stop on the NBA Leather Tour. Tickets start at $45.
Junior Lacross & Sumtin’ Sneaky do swamp pop at the Rock ‘N’ Bowl starting at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.
MONDAY January 24
Nigerian-American rapper Wales released their seventh studio album, “Folarin II,” in late 2021 via Rick Ross and Warner Bros. Maybach Music Group. Records. Wale brings his Under a Blue Moon tour to the Fillmore New Orleans. Tickets start at $30.