Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Professor Longhair's prized pupils

The New Orleans Suspects' musical gumbo can make anything sound like a party

A New Orleans super-group if ever there was one...
A New Orleans super-group if ever there was one...

A NOLA super-group, if ever there was one. The New Orleans Suspects started out under a different name a few years ago as the result of some jam sessions at a New Orleans nightclub called the Maple Leaf. Which cooked, given the core membership: start with Willie Green on drums, who was the powerhouse behind the Neville Brothers for three decades. Next is Jeff Watkins, a tenor sax man who goes all the way back to James Brown. Reggie Scanlan has played bass for the Radiators for 33 years, guitarist Jake Eckert comes to the mix from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and C.R. Gruver handles all keys. No sitting on their hands ­— after deciding to become a proper band, they began cranking out CDs at the rate of one per year.

Video:

New Orleans Suspects

...live onstage at SPACE

...live onstage at SPACE

Unlike the precision horn lines favored by many of the modern R&B bands in recent times (especially those that came to pop-radio fame in America during the late 1960s and into the ’70s), similar groups out of the New Orleans region come with a distinct disregard for such accuracy that almost borders on decadence. Think Little Feat, for example, an unlikely band not from NOLA, but one that became famous for such tarnished elegance.

Past Event

New Orleans Suspects

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015, 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Winston's Beach Club
  • $15

The job of making art in that loose territory just behind the beat is not so easy. To learn it, you go back in time and study the stuff recorded by a pianist named Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. He taught us that there is an uncertain unity in all that beautiful chaos, and that there is nothing wrong with layering on the embellishments. NOLA music is as rich a gumbo of funk, Afro-Cuban, Creole, African, rock, Dixieland, blues, and jazz as you can get. And when delivered by master players such as those in the New Orleans Suspects, that music can make anything — even a funeral procession — sound like a party.

Bomb Squad also performs.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Playboy.com rates SDSU worst party school in the nation after it narcs on Sturgis

NERDS!
Next Article

Tropical terrycloth

Lexington Field, Wanted Noise, Jelani Aryeh, Belladon, Planet B
A New Orleans super-group if ever there was one...
A New Orleans super-group if ever there was one...

A NOLA super-group, if ever there was one. The New Orleans Suspects started out under a different name a few years ago as the result of some jam sessions at a New Orleans nightclub called the Maple Leaf. Which cooked, given the core membership: start with Willie Green on drums, who was the powerhouse behind the Neville Brothers for three decades. Next is Jeff Watkins, a tenor sax man who goes all the way back to James Brown. Reggie Scanlan has played bass for the Radiators for 33 years, guitarist Jake Eckert comes to the mix from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and C.R. Gruver handles all keys. No sitting on their hands ­— after deciding to become a proper band, they began cranking out CDs at the rate of one per year.

Video:

New Orleans Suspects

...live onstage at SPACE

...live onstage at SPACE

Unlike the precision horn lines favored by many of the modern R&B bands in recent times (especially those that came to pop-radio fame in America during the late 1960s and into the ’70s), similar groups out of the New Orleans region come with a distinct disregard for such accuracy that almost borders on decadence. Think Little Feat, for example, an unlikely band not from NOLA, but one that became famous for such tarnished elegance.

Past Event

New Orleans Suspects

  • Thursday, September 17, 2015, 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Winston's Beach Club
  • $15

The job of making art in that loose territory just behind the beat is not so easy. To learn it, you go back in time and study the stuff recorded by a pianist named Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair. He taught us that there is an uncertain unity in all that beautiful chaos, and that there is nothing wrong with layering on the embellishments. NOLA music is as rich a gumbo of funk, Afro-Cuban, Creole, African, rock, Dixieland, blues, and jazz as you can get. And when delivered by master players such as those in the New Orleans Suspects, that music can make anything — even a funeral procession — sound like a party.

Bomb Squad also performs.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Korean War survivors, Hotel Del expels Prince Edward, Spanish Civil War vets, escape from Vietnam, tortured by Japanese

San Diego as vortex of world events
Next Article

Playboy.com rates SDSU worst party school in the nation after it narcs on Sturgis

NERDS!
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close