Danny Barker was a true original. His activities were vast: jazz banjoist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, ukulele player, actor, raconteur, griot, and a tireless torch bearer of New Orleans music. Danny Barker's long and enduring career spans most of the 20th-century and if one listens to him close enough they will hear the entire history of jazz from the 19th century brass bands and dance bands through Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, and Wynton Marsalis, with many, many side streets on the way. Danny Barker is jazz. Danny Barker should be taught in every public school and every college in America and abroad!
Seva is active in the New Orleans music scene and can be found performing on banjo and/or guitar with Lionel Ferbos and the Louisiana Shakers, Treme Brass Band, Greg Stafford and the Jazz Hounds, Dr. Michael White, Tommy Sancton, Clive Wilson and Lars Edegran as well as leading his own band the Storyville Stringband. He has played in numerous festivals and concerts in New Orleans and abroad and toured in Europe. In addition to performing Seva also composes music and teaches music and music integration in the New Orleans public schools. Since Katrina he's had 100's of public school students many of whom have performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Detroit Brooks, famed session and touring guitarist of the New Orleans music scene, has the most recognizable face in the city. An evening of his musical prowess, music critics, affection ados, or novices are testiment of his smooth yet infectious stroke based in solid fundamentals. Often admired by banjoists and guitarists world-wide, Brooks’ laid-back demeanor masks one of the most heralded and sought-after performer, songwriter, and session men of our time.