There may be no happier place to celebrate New Year’s than New Orleans’ French Quarter. For those not in the Crescent City or unable able to get there on short notice, the Rifftides staff offers consolation, the classic late 1980s version of “Auld Lang Syne” by Harold Dejan (1909-2002) and his Olympia Brass Band.
We heard Harold “Duke” Dejan, alto saxophone; Emanuel Paul, tenor sax; Milton Batiste, trumpet; Alan Jaffe, sousaphone; Andrew Green, snare drum; and Keith “Bass Drum Shorty” Frazier playing (what else?) bass drum.
We wish you a 2016 filled with happiness, success, good listening and good music making.