Oscar Peterson “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (1995)

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been acquiring a Christmas album each year. The last decade or so, though, my go-to choice has been Oscar Peterson, and his genre-perfecting, “An Oscar Peterson Christmas.” Without question, it’s the best sitting-around-the-fire Christmas album I know. … More Oscar Peterson “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (1995)

Louis Armstrong “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” (1947)

Satchmo posed the enduring question: Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? Can you conjure the sound of the Streetcar clickety-clacking it’s way up St. Charles Avenue? Could you spend hours listening to a brass band play both in a crowded club on Frenchmen Street or sitting alone in Jackson Square? Do you … More Louis Armstrong “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans” (1947)

Kermit Ruffins “Drop Me Off In New Orleans” (2001) [performed 2012]

As part of their 2018 series marking the tricentennial of the city of New Orleans and highlighting “300 people who have made New Orleans New Orleans”, The Times-Picayune, the city’s local newspaper, ran a feature on beloved local trumpeter … More Kermit Ruffins “Drop Me Off In New Orleans” (2001) [performed 2012]