When in the Big Easy if you need to get your drunk on, go to Bourbon Street, but if you’re looking for jazz, head over to Frenchman Street in the Marigny.
We were lucky to catch the Shotgun Jazz Band at Maison’s. Marla Dixon (vocals/trumpet) has a holler that cannot be denied and plays a very smooth horn. The Traditional New Orleans Jazz ensemble offers a hot groove that keeps you stomping while easily throwing the lead around with polished aplomb.
After their set, Dixon passed the hat and set about selling their newest CD Don’t Give Up The Ship, 2013. Her giant mason jar looked like it might have done double duty for bathtub bourbon in an earlier era. Seek them out, they’re that good.
They’ll be playing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 25, – May 4th.