Zeppelins Made to Order - Tom McDermott & Chloe Feoranza
Tom McDermott is one of New Orleans’ premiere piano players and composers. Known for his eclecticism, and musical knowledge, he is possibly the only New Orleans pianist who can seamlessly stretch from the music of 19th Century American romantic composer Louis Gottschalk to the funky New Orleans piano of today. Chloe Feoranzo is a relative newcomer to the NOLA music scene. A highly talented clarinetist and saxophonist, she's built a career in the jazz and big band worlds, but has crossed over to mainstream as a touring member of Postmodern Jukebox.
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Pianist/composer Tom McDermott and clarinetist/saxophonist Chloe Feoranzo team up for a one-of-a-kind collaboration that could only be birthed in the Crescent City. McDermott, a fixture on the New Orleans music scene since 1984, is one of the city's most prolific musicians with 15 albums as a leader and over 75 original songs to his credit. Feoranzo has emerged as one of the city's most talented musicians. With a background in jazz and big bands, she's toured with Postmodern Jukebox, appeared on late night network television and played the Grand Ole Opry.
The duo combine McDermott's love of Brazilian grooves, 19th Century classical music and the compositional genius of Duke Ellington with Feoranzo's deep knowledge of jazz and big band from the '30s through the '60s, and the traditions of pop standards from that same timeframe, into a musical gumbo that's 100% steeped in New Orleans traditions.
This prodigal daughter returns home to embrace her roots to record what she calls “the front porch songs”.
"I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday," as Sera so aptly puts it. "Music is in my blood, and the road I've traveled can't help but form my music."
It's true; her voice will remind you of love, pain, and laughter all at once.
You can also check out 'Hummingbird Tea"; released on October 14 2022, produced by Serabee and John Autin of Rabadash Records with distribution through Amped. Special mixing production appearances by Marc Hewitt (Allen Toussaint), Zach Allen (Kingfish/Keb’ Mo’), and Gary Katz (Steely Dan) give that shimmer to Serabee’s incredible songs.
Hummingbird Tea has been in the works for a couple of years with writing and recording, and it’s well worth the wait. The album consists of 14 original songs ranging from building grooves to stripped-down tear-jerkers dripping with soul from end to end.
Jim Lockwood was born into a musical family and began playing guitar and singing at the age of 12. While still in his teens, he began performing with bands in nightclubs and festivals. He toured with Roulette in the early 80s and wrote and recorded original music for years, sang and played with several bands, and began his career as a piano entertainer 10 years ago. Today he performs solo and dueling piano shows, performs with his Beatles tribute band Glass Onion, and promotes and books many artists with Jim Lockwood Music.
"Diane is the single from my album Atmosphere.... The song is a fictional tale of a relationship that never was due to dire circumstances. The song is very personal and connects with listeners on an emotional level."
Passin It Down is an Americana album with songs covered by long-time Louisiana artist Big Daddy ‘O’, aka Owen Tufts. He is known for making every song his own, and he does just that in this album. His voice can take you down an old back road when you hear “Goin’ Back,” or he can make you cry tears of nostalgia as you listen to “Love Me.”
Big Daddy ‘O’ mainly performs as a solo act with his acoustic guitar custom made by guitar Luthier Scott Quiroz in San Diego or with a full, hard-hitting blues band demonstrating his considerable blues chops on his 1969 Les Paul Deluxe.
Big Daddy ‘O’ celebrates his fourth album, Passin It Down, for fans to enjoy out on Rabadash Records. Produced by John Autin at his Rabadash Studios in Mandeville, LA, he captured this unique artist in his finest form; his voice and an acoustic guitar. “With a big voice as sweet as Mississippi Moonshine, Owen can heal a broken heart,” producer John Autin says.
Featured Artist - Micha Billy
New Single "When the Levee Breaks Down" Out NOW!
Michael J. O'Hara is our monthly Rabadash spotlight artist, with 4-grammy Nominations, 2-American Music Awards Nominations working a new CD that is bound to knock your socks off! He about to blaze the trail in an entirely different genre of music you won't expect, but he'll take you to new heights with this collection!
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About Rabadash Records
Rabadash Records, one of the oldest independent labels in the country, celebrated its 35th anniversary year of making great music in 2019. May we enjoy another 35 years!
The label's primary focus since their very first release has been a commitment to preserving the music of New Orleans and southern Louisiana with works by legacy artists and new performers who embody the Crescent City's rich musical traditions.
Rabadash started almost by accident; it wasn't even conceived until label co-founder John Autin found himself on the outside looking in on a spoiled album deal. "We just fell into it," Autin recalls. "I started Rabadash with singer, Nora Wixted, who was my girlfriend at the time. We had negotiated a deal for Nora's album, were ready to sign, and the label called us up at the last second and told us they were signing a different singer instead. Since we already had all the tapes, the artwork and everything, we decided to start our own damn label! We released Nora's CD and then immediately recorded legendary piano player and singer, Al Broussard. He was almost 78 at the time and had never been recorded before even though he'd been playing on Bourbon Street since the 1920's.
Those two records came out in 1984 and we were off and running. We started off doing two or three releases a year, but we had to go dark for a while due to Hurricane Katrina. We didn't do anything for a few years, but we came back about 10 years ago. Last year Rabadash Studios moved to Mandeville, La and took over the location formerly known as Balance Studios, and now we’re able to do about six releases a year and record other non-Rabadash artists in our world class facility." Welcome to the Rabadash world of amazing music!