It’s the day after Mardi Gras: Let’s listen to some pianists from New Orleans
Yesterday was Mardi Gras, which here in the US is a holiday primarily celebrated in New Orleans and a few other southern cities. And there’s no better way to get in the spirit of New Orleans than to listen to some of that city’s great piano players, past and present.
Jelly Roll Morton
Any list like this is going to start with the man who helped give birth to jazz. Here’s an all-time classic, “Hesitation Blues.”
If Mr. Morton is first on the list, then most people would probably put the Professor next. In this clip, he talks about learning to fix pianos, and plays his most famous composition.
James Booker was a giant with an extra helping of soul. The man could make you cry one minute and dance the next. Get up off your chair and check out “Junco Partner.”
A British pianist and singer who’s called New Orleans home for decades. In this video, Jon Cleary takes us on a tour of New Orleans piano playing.
There are so many more! Dig in and find your favorites.