Discography

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The Alcoa Sessions

The Alcoa Sessions imagines the musical experience aboard the Alcoa cruise ships, steaming from New Orleans through the Caribbean circa 1949-1959. The sounds of New Orleans jazz, calypso, beguine, rhumba, waltzes and 1950s R&B.

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Shake The Rum

The debut album from The Tropicales, Shake the Rum features 11 scorching calypsos and beguines, guaranteed to melt the ice in your drink. Guest vocalists include John Boutte and Jimbo Mathus.

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Presents For Everyone

The New Orleans - Calypso Christmas album you didn't know you needed. Vocals from Alex McMurray, Yulene Velazquez, Charlie and Mia Halloran. It just doesn't feel like Christmas below 70.

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Ce Biguine

Vintage biguines recorded direct to 78 rpm acetate disc. Save your victrola needles, whip up a ti punch and enjoy!

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Quality 6

Charlie's first album as leader. Deep cut traditional jazz with a swinging New Orleans band.

 

Some selections as a sideman

A not-at-all comprehensive look at some records I'm thrilled to play on!

Jon Cleary

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Go Go Juice

Jon Cleary's Grammy winning album. The first record I did with him - wonderful tunes and amazing playing all around. Strong recommend - about as groovy as it gets!

Maria Muldaur

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Don't You Feel My Leg

Maria Muldaur's Grammy nominated tribute to Blue Lu and Danny Barker. Honored to play on this alongside Herlin Riley, Dave Torkanowsky, Duke Heitger, Roland Guerin and some other monsters.

Greg Ruby

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Syncopated Classic

Greg Ruby is a dear friend and wonderful musician. We've made a number of records together. The work he put into this project, unearthing a principal figure in Seattle jazz history is remarkable. This record is produced beautifully, is available on vinyl and really sounds great. Incredible band!

Jon Cleary

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Dynamite!

The followup to Cleary's Go Go Juice, Dynamite brings back the killer horn section of Eric Benny Bloom, Ryan Zoidis and myself for some more soulful, New Orleans vibes. It's a bullseye!

Ricky Lee Jones

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The Other Side of Desire

Rickie was my neighbor a few years back and I was thrilled to join my man Eric Benny Bloom on this record. Killer rhythm section with Johnny V, James Singleton, Dave Torkanowsky and some other legends.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Beasts of Burgundy

I literally jumped off a Mardi Gras float and joined the Squirrel Nut Zippers in 2009. Toured all over the world with these guys, and while I don't play full time with them anymore, I'll always love Jimbo and these tunes. This later years album was recorded following their 20th anniversary tours and has some great tunes.

Doro Wat

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Doro Wat

Hard hitting, swinging, New Orleans Jazz. The A Team from the Frenchmen Street trad scene, banging em out down the middle. Great record.

Meschiya Lake

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Lucky Devil

The first record we made with Meschiya Lake, way back in 2009. Still has some nice moments, love hearing this on the radio occasionally. Mush sings her ass off and I love playing with Shaye Cohn! Pre Tuba Skinny! Or maybe right when they got rolling.

Doro Wat

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Lost Love Lounge

This Doro Wat record was recorded in about 3 hours, 2 weeks before the pandemic. More no nonsense thumpy swing from an ace band.

Alex McMurray

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Firecracker Baby

Alex McMurray is my favorite singer and songwriter in New Orleans. Randy Newman meets Tom Waits at Markey's Bar in the Bywater. He's as good as it gets for my money. I've recorded with him a bunch, but here is a track we did with all of the Little Big Horns.

Shotgun Jazz Band

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Yearning

The first record I made with the Shotgun Jazz Band. Modeled after the great revival era bands in New Orleans during the 50s and 60s. 4 piece collective horns and some bluesy vocals.