The Big Easy – Mardi Gras

New Orleans Mardi Gras celebrations, old school rhythm and blues and funky Latin-infused jazz grooves are imbued with piano, powerful horns and strong male and female vocals.

We were lucky enough to record this album during the joyful celebrations of Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2019. The authentic sound derives from the many talented local musicians that we were fortunate to work with. Post-production involved the taklents of others from across the world.

Among those we worked with were the following. all musicians are New Orleans-based unless otherwise shown:

Trumpets – Mark Braud and Leon Brown, Trombones – Mark Mullins and Craig Klein, Clarinet  – Evan Christopher, Saxes – Jason Mingledorff, Piano – Josh Paxton, and Leandro Lopez Varady (Chicago), Organ – John ‘papa’ Gros, and Steve Lodder (London), Bass & Sousaphone  – Matt Perrine, Bass – Ryan Trebilcock (London), Drums – Eric Bolivar, Guitar & Banjo – Don Vappie, Guitar – Chris Siebold (Chicago), Vocals – Aurora Nealand, Dana Abbott, Sean Carey, Derek Procell (Chicago), Paul Mabin (Chicago), and Greg Stafford, Vocals & Percussion – Jeff Meegan (Chicago), Vocals & Organ – David Tobin (Yorkshire UK). 

Studio 1:  Esplanade NOLA – Engineer: Mischa Kachkachvilli,
Studio 2:  Music Shed NOLA – Engineer: Jack Miele


Here Comes The Parade 

Grooving New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration with piano, horn section, Afro Cuban rhythms and male vocal

3:28


Knock Knock

Catchy old school rhythm and blues song about New Orleans with upbeat male vocal

3:22


Mississippi Water 

Funky Latin-infused New Orleans jazz groove with piano, horns & ”Mississippi water” group vocal chants

3:22


You’ll Never See Me Blue

Positive straight-ahead blues song with powerhouse female vocal

3:29


When I Say Jump

Bouncy Caribbean party pop song with male vocal

3:09


Back To Blues

Funky Southern blues-rock song with powerful horns & strong female vocal

3:03