Geraldine Wyckoff

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April 2009    Features

Kermit Ruffins: A People Person

It’s a Wednesday afternoon in New Orleans and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins is holding court at his corner bar, Sidney’s Saloon. He’s awaiting the delivery of some nutria—large rodents found in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands—and a couple of raccoons that he’ll...

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September 2008    Artist Profiles

New Orleans’ Treme Brass Band: Crowded House

Everybody knows everybody at the Candle Light Lounge, the Wednesday night headquarters of the Treme Brass Band. When the group strikes up at the small, down-home New Orleans bar, located in the heart of the Treme neighborhood, it often looks more like an...

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December 2007    Features

New Orleans’ Second Lines: Grand Procession

Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Second Line Smoke pours out from barbecue grills perched on truck beds with the smell of sizzling sausage filling the air. The trucks are parked at the start of the parade to provide a quick sandwich or cold beer that will...

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05/08/07    Concerts

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

James Carter set the standard on the opening day of the 38th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. While his talents on a multitude of reed instruments are well known in modern jazz circles, he expanded his sphere of admirers with an explosive performance...

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May 2007    Artist Profiles

Bob French: Big Easy in the Big Apple

We freaked the engineer out,” drummer Bob French says of the hilarious scene created when a crew of New Orleans musicians descended on a New York studio for the recording of Marsalis Music Honors: Bob French. “He didn’t know what was going on. Then Branford...

12/15/06    Concerts

A Tribute to Paul Motian

Snug Harbor sounded just a bit different this night. In tribute to jazz giant, drummer and composer Paul Motian, the music took a direction less traveled in the Crescent City. While New Orleans’ modern jazz mecca changes faces and attitudes nightly, drummer...

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08/07/06    Concerts

McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Pharoah Sanders & Kenny Garrett

The Montreal Jazz Festival allows audiences to hear some of the world’s greatest jazz artists within days or mere hours of one another. The results offer one the opportunity to listen to jazz in a different way. Experiencing this year’s lineup, two camps...

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June 2006    Features

Donald Harrison: Without A Mask

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Donald Harrison was down but not out. This native son of New Orleans reconnected with music by drawing strength from his ties to the city. The saxophonist tells Geraldine Wyckoff what’s next for the three different groups...

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May 2006    Albums

Somewhere
Trio da Paz

The brilliant musicianship of this all-star Brazilian supergroup is the key to a disc full of enjoyment. Superbly led by guitarist Romero Lubambo, with bassist Nilson Matta and drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, this band has been together for 15 years, and the...

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04/25/06    Concerts

Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy Premiere "Congo Square"

When Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra hit New Orleans—along with Ghanaian percussionist Yacub Addy and his group Odadaa!—a buzz vibrated throughout the music community and beyond. The musicians’ primary engagement was to perform Marsalis’...

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April 2006    Albums

Ritmo de Vida
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The band known as 3D--drummer/percussionist Michael Tate, guitarist Chris Amelar and bassist/keboardist Lenny Underwood--plays with a freewheeling philosophy that marries musical styles from the African diaspora and beyond. But surprisingly, Ritmo de Vida...

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January/February 2006    Albums

Backstabber's Ball
Neal Caine

Bassist Neal Caine demonstrates his unique compositional skills on this disc of original material. He's among his longtime musical companions drummer Jason Marsalis and the fine tenor team of Ned Goold (with whom he shares a bandstand in Harry Connick Jr...

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January/February 2006    Books

Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits
Wynton Marsalis with illustrations by Paul Rogers

Hip packaging that emulates the packaging of a 78-rpm record welcomes readers to open Jazz ABZ, a book that poetically and visually celebrates jazzers from the A of Louis Armstrong to the Z of Dizzy Gillespie. Trumpeter and wordsmith Wynton Marsalis sings...

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05/09/05    Concerts

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2005

A small but vital new pulse invigorated the 2005 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. A stage dedicated to the city’s unique traditions of Mardi Gras Indians, brass bands and social aid and pleasure club parade organizations sprang up on the Fair Grounds...

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November 2004    Hearsay

Maurice Brown

When Maurice Brown blows his trumpet, folks notice. His irrefutable energy, talent and focus continually surprise audiences like those at his weekly performances at New Orleans' Snug Harbor club. "I get wrapped up in the music" is how Brown explains his...

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December 2003    Books

Contemporary Cat: Terence Blanchard
Anthony Magro

Author Anthony Magro examines the career of Terence Blanchard through a series of straight-up interviews with the trumpeter and composer as well as his family, fellow musicians, teachers and those with whom he's worked in the film industry. Interviewees...

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About Geraldine Wyckoff

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Geraldine Wyckoff has been a freelance music journalist in New Orleans for more than 22 years. She writes regularly for Louisiana Weekly and New Orleans Magazine. Geraldine has been contributing to JT since 1986.