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Professor Longhair

  • The Last Mardi Gras

    This two-night 1978 set is an excellent entree to an artist whose live dates were often more vital than his studio ones. The storied New Orleans pianist leads his band through 18 songs that codify blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and rock & roll into a language familiar and yet quintessentially regional. Does the Professor feel pain? […]

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  • Born on the Bayou: Exploring Louisiana in 18 Songs

    Listen to our playlist of funk, soul, hip-hop and more from the musically rich 18th state

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  • Fess: The Professor Longhair Anthology

    Crescent City singer Ernie K-Doe — Number One in 1961 with "Mother-in-Law" — once said, "I'm not sure, but I'm almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans." He's probably right. And all of that music — blues, traditional jazz, R&B and early rock & roll — came together best in the robust hands […]

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