Jeff and David have been working with the musicians of New Orleans for a few years now and their latest album, the Spirit of New Orleans Volume 2, is the second of three albums they recorded in New Orleans in 2019.

New Orleans is a melting pot of culture and creativity, that has exerted an influence on the world’s music that’s entirely out of proportion to its physical size (less than 400,000 residents). Like Liverpool, it’s a port city that has absorbed a kaleidoscope of influences from the millions that have passed through it, and the trials and tribulations that it has faced.. That has created something that is uniquely its own – including language, food, music and style.

Mardi Gras has a mythology all its own too – colour, energy and vibrancy – traditions within traditions, marching clubs, known as krewes. All with their own unique uniforms, legends and customs – with exotic names like the 610 stompers, the Ritmeaux Krewe, The Organ Grinders (with their attendant Monkey Spankers), the Disco Amigos, The North Side Skull and Bone Gang, the Muff-a-Lottas and many others. 

And bringing it all together in the Big Easy is the music. It’s an aural record of the city’s history, reflected in a gumbo of Dixieland jazz, R&B, marching bands, the music of Sicily and Cuba, rock and roll and Hip-hop.

New Orleans came together in its annual joyous celebration of life and humanity on March 5 this year – just before the virus struck. Jeff and David were there to work on the new album – and soak up some of the city’s energy in the process.

Says Jeff: “The city’s music – and its musicians – make up the fabric of one of the most iconic places on earth. As a musician it’s a privilege to go there and work with the guys who are living in and carrying on this musical tradition.”

Says David: “The quality and skills of the musicians in New Orleans who bring our music to life, is evident in all they do. Many of them come from families who are steeped in the tradition across generations. Working with them is a joy.”

The line-up for the new album was as follows. All musicians are New Orleans-based unless shown otherwise.

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

To hear the album, which is licensed for commercial use by Audio Network (www.audionetwork.com) CLICK HERE.

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


 

The quirky side of New Orleans


GREAT PARADE
Upbeat electro swing with celebratory New Orleans brass & big beats.   3:14


HIP HOP SKIP
Old time swing meets nu electro glitch hop. A good time for all.   3:10


FEELING SLEAZY
Hard & sleazy jazz with grimy bass, dirty old brass & phat beats.   3:00


 

Jazzy & cheeky New Orleans


JUMPING JACKS
Mischievous jazz swing with clarinet, café-style guitar & quirky xylophone.   3:06


GREAT BIG SMILE
Chirpy song with male lead & doo wop backing group over swinging jazz combo.   3:02


BRIGHT AND BREEZY
Simple, carefree New Orleans jazz with playful clarinet, banjo & sousaphone.   2:25


COOL AS A CUCUMBER
Cheeky 1920s/30s New Orleans jazz featuring clarinet, banjo & sousaphone.   2:46


BRIGHT AND CHEEZY.  Quirky New Orleans jazz romp with clarinet, banjo, filters & gramophone fx.   1:54


EVERYDAY SMILES
Cheerfully quaint clarinet with easy-going upright bass, brushes & piano.    2:58


 

Authentic New Orleans blues & grooves


BACK TO MY ROOTS
Grooving bar room blues with vocal by New Orleans legend, Big Al Carson.    3:00


CAPTAIN CRAWFISH
Funky New Orleans piano with hot brass, cool Hammond & blazing blues guitar.   4:13


I CLIMBED
Brooding Delta blues song about adversity & hope with male vocal.   3:15


METERMAN
Freewheeling jazz piano with a New Orleans backbeat & tasty guitar solo.   2:07


LOVING YOU UNDERCOVER
Laid back 70s funk song with punchy horns & infatuated US male vocal.   4:24


MID CITY MIDNIGHT
Driving blues shuffle with distorted harmonica & guitar lick trade-offs.   2:54


KNOW IT ALL
Feel-good 1970s funky jazz/RnB fusion with horn section melody & piano.   2:59


 

Traditional sound of New Orleans dixieland


HOOTENANNY HOLLER
Feelgood Dixieland with quirky solos & flatulent Sousaphone.  2:25


ABLE MABLE
Cheeky Dixieland romp with jungle drum interludes & wailing solos.   2:43


COME TO THE GREAT PARADE
Toe tapping Dixieland jazz straight from New Orleans.   3:41


BUGLE BOY STOMP
Quirky Dixieland track with wailing brass, percussion & stomping beat.   3:13


GENTILLY JANGLE
Hot New Orleans Afro-Cuban with Dixieland band with Latin groove.   2:36


WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN
Authentic Dixieland band up-tempo version of the popular jazz classic.   1:45


 

New Orleans Blues

Hot steamy New Orleans blues


I USED TO KNOW
Slow gospel blues ballad with sad & lonesome vocal by Big Al Carson    3:47


SELLING THE BLUES
Plodding jazz blues song about an old timer from New Orleans. Female vocal.   5:02


BLUE SWAGGER
Sleazy New Orleans jazz blues featuring distinctive wah wah trumpet.   3:08


FLIM FLAM
Authentic New Orleans jazz blues song about a lazy slacker. Female vocal.    4:23


HOME IN NEW ORLEANS
Slow, old style jazz blues with smooth lead vocal & 6 piece New Orleans band.   4:01


I NEVER SAW IT COMING
Jaunty, authentic New Orleans jazz blues song with smoky female vocal.   2:50