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 James Evans
Author: John Morton 
Date:   2018-02-25 05:30

I'm just back from a week in New Orleans, which has become the hub of a certain rootsy jazz style that has emerged from a young generation post-Katrina. There's lots to like, but a standout was James Evans. He was playing with Aurora Nealand's Royal Roses, doubling C melody sax and clarinet. They have an alluring take on older standards, novel arrangements with generous solo time for some very creative players. James knocked me out with a full chorus of just tuba and slap-tongued clarinet, an amazing sound. I asked him how he figured out slap tongue on such a high pitched instrument - he said it took awhile, and unfortunately his method breaks a lot of reeds!

If you find yourself in New Orleans, take note that Frenchman St. has a row of music clubs, several of which present 3 bands every night of the week, with no cover charge.The bandleader will typically shake down the audience for tips. The older places like Palm Court still carry on with the old guard, also really great.

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