Musicians at the Airport:
Among the musicians playing the Musician's Clinic gig at the airport is one very talented clarinetist, Mrs. Doreen Ketchens. Combining education with entertainment, her band, Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, has traveled the world over, having played in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Doreens Jazz New Orleans
Dewon "Itchy" Scott, who appears on the snare, is usually seen performing with the Lil' Rascals Brass Band, where he also plays trumpet. Their hit, "Knock with Me - Rock with Me", was #2 on Mardi Gras Digest's "Top 40 Mardi Gras Songs".
Lil Rascals Brass Band on iTunes
We have New Orleans Jazz Hall of Famer, Jack Fine, on trumpet. Jack has recorded with many artists, including rising star, Andrew Bird. He can currently be seen playing with Joe Braun's New Orleans Jazz Vipers.
Also on trumpet, is Mario Abney, who's had the good fortune of sharing the stage with entertainers such as Erikah Badu, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Chapelle. You can see him performing regularly with his group, the Mario Abney Quintet, or MAQ5 as they're commonly called.
Mario Abney on MySpace
Elvis Costello once referred to sousaphone player, Kirk Joseph, as a "one-in-a-million player". After many years of playing with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, among others, he now leads his own group called Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove.
Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove on MySpace
Rounding out the band is Dwayne Nelson on the bass drum. Dwayne has recorded and performed with many bands over the years, namely with Eddie Bo, who he played with up until his passing last year.
Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) goes to fellow chef, John Besh of Restaurant August, to sell off some of her assets. John Besh has been named "Best Chef of the Southeast" by the James Beard Foundation, and Restaurant August was included in Gourmet Magazine's "Top 50 Restaurants". Restaurant August serves Contemporary French Cuisine with a focus on local ingredients. For more information about August, and other restaurants by John Besh, please visit the site below.
Most of the musicians in this show portray themselves, however, there are a few exceptions. One in particular is that of Annie's (Lucia Micarelli) musician friend, Harley, who is played by the one and only Steve Earle. Earle recently won the 2010 Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album" for his album Townes. Steve is gearing up for a busy summer of playing shows, so check out his website to see when and where you can catch him.
Steve Earle on iTunes
If you're looking for some serious Creole soul food, look no further. Located on the outskirts of Treme, Lil' Dizzy's is your quintessential family-run neighborhood restaurant. The owner, Wayne Baquet, has been in the business for over 40 years, and grew up just around the corner from the restaurant. Lil' Dizzy's now has two locations; the original at 1500 Esplanade Ave, and the new one at 610 Poydras Street in the Central Business District.
James & Troy Andrews
James, along with his younger brother, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews (who is mentioned in Episode 3), do an impromptu performance with the musicians at the airport. James was the founder of the New Birth Brass Band, and has previously played with the Treme Brass Band. In 2004, James and Troy teamed up to record the album "12 & Shorty", which you can find at the Louisiana Music Factory.
"12 & Shorty" at LMF
New Birth Brass Band
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Find James Andrews on MySpace here and here.
Pine Leaf Boys
Hailing from the Lafayette area, the Pine Leaf Boys have set out to prove to the world that Cajun music is still thriving and full of life. The three-time Grammy nominated group gets the chance to do just that as they make their Treme debut at Tipitina's in Episode 7. These guys are always playing shows, so take a look at their schedule and go see them!
Pine Leaf Boys
Pine Leaf Boys on Facebook
Pine Leaf Boys on iTunes
Tipitina's is the popular music club dedicated to Professor Longhair and named after one of his most well-known songs. It was established by a group of young music fans in 1977 in order to provide a place for Fess to play in his final years. Since then, the small neighborhood joint has expanded into a two story, 1000 capacity music venue, at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon. They also have a record label, recording studio, and in 1997, they established The Tipitina's Foundation.
Danon Smith (who is the singer at Danny Nelson's funeral) grew up in the shadow of Fats Domino's house in the Lower Ninth. She has sung with Deacon John (who actually plays Danny Nelson) & The Ivories for over 19 years, including their performance at The White House following Katrina in December of 2005. Danon has gotten the opportunity to record and perform with some truly great artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and Gladys Knight.
Deacon John & The Ivories on Facebook
As Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens) sets sail on her new adventure, her first weekend gig is at Bacchanal. A New York style deli by day, and international bistro by night, Bacchanal is a great place to spend a day or evening, or both! They also have a wine shop and a wonderful courtyard where they have live music seven nights a week-weather permitting. Bacchanal is located at 600 Poland Avenue in the Ninth Ward.
What do you get when you take Washboard Chaz, and throw Roberto Luti and Ben Maygarden into the mix? You get the Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, whom we see performing at Bacchanal. Washboard Chaz is very prevalent in the local music scene playing with the Tin Men and Palmetto Bug Stompers in addition to his Trio. You can catch the 2010 winner of the Best of the Beat award for "Best Other Instrumentalist", playing with one of his bands at their regular gigs at dba, Blue Nile, or The Spotted Cat.
Washboard Chaz Trio on iTunes
Palmetto Bug Stompers