The annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) holds their annual convention in New York this week. Fittingly, some of the best of New Orleans talent is being showcased -- an opportunity for industry professionals to get hooked and music lovers to get their fix.
Ironically, I'll miss these shows, as I will be down in New Orleans.

But if you're in NY, you should make it. Here's the scoop:

Export NOLA 

Official APAP Showcase

January 9 & 11, Sullivan Hall

(APAP Badge holders RSVP to

Sulivan Hall

214 Sullivan St., NYC,NY

btw. Bleecker & W. 3rd Street

Friday, January 9 8:00pm

Paul Sanchez, John   Boutte & Leroy Jones

9:20 pm

The Jon Batiste Band

10:40 pm

Christian Scott Quintet


Big Sam's Funky Nation

Late Night


TICKETS $18 adv

Sunday, January 11


Export NOLA reception

DJ Soul Sister spins


Kirk Joseph's Backyard

Groove feat.  Big Chief Monk Boudreaux


DJ Soul Sister


Christian Scott Quintet


Big Sam's Funky Nation

TICKETS $15 adv

Paul Sanchez, John Boutte & Leroy Jones:  With his latest release of new material "Exit to Mystery Street", Sanchez balances New Orleans street music, singer/songwriter introspection and rock 'n' roll eclecticism with the grace of a cocktail waitress with a tray full of martinis at happy hour.

Whatever the song, its soulfulness will stop you in your tracks, for Boutte lives and breathes the heart and soul of New Orleans. Boutte works with a wonderful amalgam of styles -- from torchy jazz to aching soul and African-American gospel -- all convincingly delivered.

Jones has been a member of the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra, performed on numerous recordings with various artists, leads one of the Preservation Hall Jazz Bands and has two critically acclaimed solo releases, "Mo' Cream From The Crop" and "Props for Pops".

DJ Soul Sister: With a flair for the rare, DJ Soul Sister has been rocking parties and radios since 1994, when she took her love of "crate digging" and collecting vintage funk vinyl to another level.  Soul Sister is a rarity in DJ circles as one of the few women internationally to strictly specialize in vintage funky styles on 100% vinyl. Fans flock to her "right on party situations".

The Jon Batiste Band: Jonathan Batiste is a multi-instrumentalist, versatile in performing on piano, melodica, saxophone, and bass guitar. His skills range from gifted performer and recording artist to composer and arranger as well.

Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove feat. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux: During his long tenure with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Joseph developed his innovative approach to the sousaphone, replacing the instruments limits, as perceived by his predecessors, with a rich musical vocabulary. Never before had such creative and stylistic range been demonstrated but the new standards set by Kirk Joseph have prompted many since to follow his lead.

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux has donned his masked Indian persona, keeping alive the impact of the Mardi Gras Indians on New Orleans music. His style draws heavily on the tribal chants characteristic of Mardi Gras Indians but also combines funk and traces of R&B. In 2005, Boudreaux finally made his solo debut with his hypnotic album, Mr. Stranger Man. 

Christian Scott Quintet: Scott is one of the most progressive jazz musicians of our time, playing with a unique tone and candor embracing indie rock, neo-soul and hip-hop. His last two albums earned him his first Grammy nomination and the praise of many industry heavyweights. He is making some massive tracks of his own as one of the Crescent City's new breed of horn blowers.

Big Sam's Funky Nation: Big Sam's Funky Nation is trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams joined by a talented group of New Orleans jazz trained musicians together they deliver an explosive blend of hard-driving funk and the festive sound of New Orleans' street parades. Big Sam's Funky Nation has appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Essence Music Festival, Telluride Blues & Brews and clubs across the nation.



January 7, 2009 10:29 AM |


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