Thursday, January 31, 2008

Irvin Mayfield and Ellis Marsalis: Love Songs, Ballads and Standards

Basin Street Records is pleased to announce that we are rebuilt and ready to roll. We will demonstrate that, while we celebrate our 10 year anniversary, with the release of several new CDs in 2008. The first will be Love Songs, Ballads and Standards by Irvin Mayfield and Ellis Marsalis. This new CD hits the streets on April 1st, 2008. No joke.
The onesheet for this new CD can be viewed by clicking on the image to the left. You can view a larger image of the CD by clicking on the CD. Samples of the songs can be heard at

The King Can Do No Wrong

My friend, the Honorable Stanwood Duval, made what I know was a tough decision to dismiss the Army Corps of Engineers from most of the levee breach lawsuits. He did this because our government is allowed to dictate when it can and can't be sued. In 1928 Congress made it impossible to sue the Army Corps of Engineers for flood related projects.

Please write your representatives in Congress and let them know that these laws are inappropriate. Government shouldn't be immune to lawsuit when they are negligent with their responsibilities. In the case of New Orleans, government negligence caused the death of over 1400 people and the destuctions of over 100,000 homes and businesses.

Read all about this decision HERE.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Irvin Mayfield on First Lady's Guestlist for State of the Union TONIGHT!

Irvin Mayfield was a guest of the First Lady in her box during the State of the Union Address tonight. Read the press release HERE.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2008 Lineup (Jazzfest)

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) has announced its lineup for 2008. Basin Street Records artists performing at the 2008 festival include:

Theresa Andersson on Friday, April 25th;
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen on Saturday, April 26th;
Dr. Michael White (tribute to George Lewis) on Saturday, April 26th;
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers on Thursday, May 1st;
Jason Marsalis (with John Ellis) on Thursday, May 1st;
Henry Butler on Saturday, May 3rd;
Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, May 3rd;
Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band on Saturday, May 3rd;
Jason Marsalis (tribute to Max Roach) on Saturday, May 3rd;

also Rebirth Brass Band on Sunday, May 4th. Included in this list because of the Kermit Ruffins' Throwback CD that they recorded on.

and Ellis Marsalis on Friday, April 25th. Included in this list because of the upcoming Irvin Mayfield and Ellis Marsalis CD coming out on April 1st.

Headliners include: Stevie Wonder, Santana, Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Burning Spear, Ozomatli, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Randy Newman, Tower of Power, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea.

Basin Street Records will have artists performing at the Louisiana Music Factory on Wednesday, April 30th from 2pm-5pm.

See you at Jazzfest!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Jon Cleary On WWL TV Morning News

Jon Cleary will perform on the WWL TV (CBS) morning news in New Orleans on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008 from 7am-9am CT. He has upcoming shows at Tipitinas (with Papa Mali) on January 31st, Snug Harbor on February 3rd, and Howlin Wolf on February 4th.

To get a copy of the Mardi Gras 2008 CD we talked about on the show, purchase a CD from through 2/4/08 and we will throw it in as lagniappe. If you want to hear the music on the CD click on the link for Mardi Gras Radio on the front page of

Monday, January 07, 2008

Irvin Mayfield on Bloomberg TV

Irvin Mayfield will be interviewed Friday, January 11th at 8pm ET on Bloomberg TV's Night Talk. It will re-air on Saturday 12th at 8pm and 10pm and again on Monday from 12am-1am. Check for more information.

NOTE: If you missed this interview you can view part 1 HERE, part 2 HERE, and part 3 HERE.

Irvin Mayfield was named one of Bloomberg TV's 100 most interesting people. He is an official cultural ambassador of New Orleans and Louisiana and he has recorded 10 projects for Basin Street Records. His newest CD, Love Songs, Ballads and Standards, (a collaboration with Ellis Marsalis) will be released on April 1, 2008.