Many people have heard or seen guitarist and banjoist Don Vappie with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band taking the music of New Orleans to the greater world. He has also achieved great renown for his interpretations of King Oliver and premieres of discovered Jelly Roll Morton manuscripts. His other gig, however, is leading his own bands that have their particular slant on traditional music. Vappie's take on jazz goes all the way back to the French Creole music with its tight arrangements and sophisticated harmonies. Many of the great early jazzmen such as Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet played and composed from this music, and Vappie continues in that vein. Back then they called it "hot jazz," and when it comes out of Vappie's bands, it is just as exciting as when this music was new and even more hip. Tickets $10 at Snug Harbor; free admission at Columbia Street Landing.
9 and 11 p.m., Thursday, June 16
Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, 626 Frenchmen Street, 949-0696, www.snugjazz.com
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 17
Columbia Street Landing, downtown Covington, (985) 966-1975