Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Dr.Michael White COVER STORY in Gambit Weekly

The May 27, 2008 issue of Gambit Weekly cover story is on Dr. Michael White and his new CD, Blue Crescent. You can read it online HERE.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Henry Butler on NPR's All Songs Considered

Henry Butler and his new CD, PiaNOLA Live, are included in this week's edition of NPR's All Songs Considered. You can listen HERE. Henry's interview on an episode of All Things Considered should air on June 2, 2008.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Dr. Michael White is National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship Recipient!

May 21, 2008


Mark Samuels and the Basin Street Records family proudly congratulate Dr. Michael White, who today received the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts - the 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Awardees are chosen for their artistic excellence and contributions to our nation's cultural heritage and Dr. White, as a primary exponent of classic New Orleans Jazz, is most befitting of this prestigious honor.

Basin Street Records is also pleased to announce the June 10th release of Dr. White's latest CD, Blue Crescent. On Blue Crescent, as throughout his musical life, for which he was honored today, Dr. Michael White keeps New Orleans jazz alive, not only by celebrating the past, but by creating new music in the classic tradition.

For NEA official press release access
For additional photos and background information on Dr. White access
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Monday, May 19, 2008

New Orleans Hornets vs. San Antonio Spurs AND Irvin Mayfield vs. Kermit Ruffins!

Two battles will occur in the New Orleans Arena tonight. The New Orleans Hornets will play game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semi-finals for the right to advance against the LA Lakers, and at halftime Irvin Mayfield will battle Kermit Ruffins in a trumpet battle. Irvin Mayfield and Kermit Ruffins have 16 CDs on the Basin Street Records label. Irvin Mayfield's latest is currently at #11 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and is called Love Songs, Ballads and Standards. Kermit Ruffins' latest is called Live at Vaughan's. For more on both artists click on

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Mark Samuels on WYES TV's Steppin Out

Mark Samuels of Basin Street Records was a guest on WYES TV's Steppin Out on Friday, May 2nd, 2008. We don't think the show is still available for viewing online.

Irvin Mayfield on CBS Evening News

Irvin Mayfield discussed his "lost" CD, Love Songs, Ballads and Standards, in a 4 minute feature on the CBS Evening News on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008. Click HERE to view.