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Holiday Notes 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux is preparing for his first gig since leaving the Wild Magnolias. On New Year's Eve at the Funky Butt, Boudreaux will be sitting in with Anders Osborne's band. In early 2002, Boudreaux will be debuting his new lineup of the Golden Eagles, with funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz serving as bandleader. Stoltz is also playing guitar and producing the forthcoming album for Rockin' Jake, which features John Gros on keyboards. ... Galactic drummer Stanton Moore's major-label debut for Verve Music Group's Blue Thumb Records, titled Flyin' the Koop, is scheduled for release in February. The backing band consists of guitarist Brian Seeger, saxophonists Karl Denson and Skerik, and bassist Chris Wood of Medeski Martin and Wood. ...

Astral Project heads into the studio in January to record its first record as a quartet (after David Torkanowsky's departure), with a planned 2002 Jazz Fest release date. ... In an instance of bizarre tour routing, the closest stop on Harry Connick Jr.'s current big band tour is Bossier City, on Sunday, Dec. 16. However, Connick and his band will be performing at halftime of the Dec. 17 Monday Night Football matchup between the Saints and the Rams. ... The final performances in the Christmas concert series at St. Louis Cathedral are this week. Rachel Van Voorhees plays Dec. 18; Dr. Vallerie Francis and Lyle Henderson & Emanuel get into the spirit on Dec. 19; pianist Peter Martin plays the 88s on Dec. 21; Rev. Lois Dejean, Rev. Jermaine Landrum & Abundant Praise sing gospel on Dec. 22; and Philip Manuel sings jazzy Christmas standards on Dec. 23. ...

If you're in south Louisiana for the holidays, don't miss the 5th annual Medicine Show to benefit the Comeaux Fund for Traditional Music, in honor of late BeauSoleil guitarist Tommy Comeaux. This year's concert takes place in Lafayette at Grant Street Dance Hall on Saturday, Dec. 22, and features the Traiteurs with special guest Sonny Landreth, the Hardheads, Big Pecan, and headliner Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha Chas. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. For more info on the show or the Comeaux Fund for Traditional Music, call (337) 593-1412. ... If you're closer to Eunice, original Hank Williams pedal steel guitarist Don Helms is joining Jambalaya for a tribute to Williams on Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Liberty Theater. For more info, call the Theater at (337) 457-6577. ...

Jazz fans that lamented the loss of the thriving jazz scene at the New Showcase Lounge (1915 N. Broad St.) can now check out occasional live music a few doors down, at the club My Favorite Things (1909 N. Broad St.). Coolbone member Thaddeus "Fabulous" Ford's side project, the Continuum, has been playing the venue on Sunday nights. ... The Meters rarities CD Kickback and Papa Grows Funk's debut CD are both praised in the current issue of Bass Player magazine, cited in a column entitled "Under the Radar: More Hip Discs from 2001." ... Listeners looking for a respite from over-roasted holiday music chestnuts should check out Nick Spitzer's American Routes Christmas radio show on 89.9 WWNO-FM on Sunday, Dec. 23, in its regular 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot. The 2001 holiday special includes a Robert Earl Keen interview and Keen's original Christmas songs, a feature on New Orleans' Music at the Mint series coordinator Chuck Siler and African-American Santa Clauses, and a typically superb and eclectic playlist that ranges from Otis Redding's "White Christmas" to Puerto Rico's indigenous jibaro and aguinaldo holiday traditions. ...

Lil' Band o' Gold guitarist C.C. Adcock spent November in Los Angeles cutting tracks with Texas firebrand guitarist Doyle Bramhall Jr., backed by Bramhall's band, Smokestack. ... Don't forget to cue up "Tipitina" or "Bald Head" this Wednesday to celebrate an important birthday; New Orleans music patron saint Henry Roeland Byrd -- a.k.a. Professor Longhair -- was born on Dec. 19, 1918. ... An early salute and farewell to Magic Bus co-owner Chris Fisher, who'll be leaving the venerable French Quarter CD and vinyl emporium sometime in January, for pastures unknown. Fisher's always been one of the great retail record guys in New Orleans, incredibly knowledgeable and always helpful -- a dying tradition in the age of chain stores and Internet shopping. Plus he's one of the funniest guys in town to boot, and his humor will be missed. If we're lucky, he'll stick around because the moving costs for all his Merle Haggard memorabilia will be prohibitive.

click to enlarge Stanton Moore's Flyin' the Koop is on deck as one of the first major CD releases of 2002.
  • Stanton Moore's Flyin' the Koop is on deck as one of the first major CD releases of 2002.


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