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Song of the Day: “Java” by Allen Toussaint versus Al “Jumbo” Hirt. Which music titan wins this heavyweight bout?

In a preview of this year’s Ponderosa Stomp, ringmaster Dr. Ike revealed on WWOZ-FM radio last night that that living embodiment of New Orleans music, Allen Toussaint, would be reprising some of the tunes from his first solo album, named “The Wild Sound of New Orleans” by “Al Tousan,” recorded in two days in February 1958. The all-instrumental album featured the song “Java,” with which New Orleans trumpet giant Al “Jumbo” Hirt made national waves. The only thing missing from Toussaint’s Stomp performance will be the cream-of-the-crop Cosimo studio players that graced his record, such as saxophonists Alvin “Red” Tyler and Nat Perrilliat, trumpeter Melvin Lastie, guitarists Justin Adams and Roy Montrell, and drummer Charles “Hungry” Williams, to name just a few.

And here’s Hirt performing “Java” on the “Ed Sullivan Show”:

You had your “Last Chance” to hear soul-drenched Louisiana R&B legend Allen Collay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVe1fyn4AQ8 The ashes of “Last Chance” singer Allen Collay made their long journey home to The Max lounge in Metry one Sunday afternoon in 2010, housed in a silver urn etched with a piano’s image, set onstage next to an unopened bottle of his beloved Heineken beer. Collay died – appropriately enough for a New … Continue reading You had your “Last Chance” to hear soul-drenched Louisiana R&B legend Allen Collay

Song of the Day: Get your drank on with a live shot of “Whiskey Heaven” by Frankie Ford

It’s not quite TGIF yet, and it’s not quite Mardi Gras yet, but this song should get you in the mood for both. Drink in the rich, testosterone-filled sounds (and flamboyant sight) of a purple-garbed Frankie Ford‘s romping rendition of Fats Domino’s classic “Whiskey Heaven.” Watch as Ford pounds the keys just like Huey “Piano” … Continue reading Song of the Day: Get your drank on with a live shot of “Whiskey Heaven” by Frankie Ford

AFO alumnus Wallace Johnson returns to New Orleans to thrill the Ponderosa Stomp

Of the unfortunate dwindling number of 1960s and ’70s New Orleans R&B recording artists, thankfully we still have Wallace Johnson to appreciate. He never had much more than a handful of neighborhood hits, but his small clutch of singles – and one great CD – were some of the best local R&B of the era. … Continue reading AFO alumnus Wallace Johnson returns to New Orleans to thrill the Ponderosa Stomp