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Offbeat Magazine Nine Lives - A Musical Adaptation

NINE LIVES: A CHORUS SECOND LINE

Feb 1, 2011
Offbeat Magazine by Alex Rawls

“I’m going to Bing it up,” Harry Shearer says. He’s in a vocal booth at Piety Street Recording as his voice drops into a fruity, Crosby-esque baritone:

Here comes old Cedric.
He’s had a fabulous year.
A hush fills the room as his
young wife draws near.

 

He pimps her out freely to
advance his career
and you’re their king at Mardi Gras.

He’s portraying Rex member George Montgomery, and he’s singing over Tom McDermott’s harpsichord to Kevin Griffin’s Billy Grace, Grace having become the Rex captain and King of Carnival in 2002. The litany of dirty little secrets is so new that producer Paul Sanchez didn’t get a chance to send Shearer a demo. Instead, he’s behind the mixing board singing him a guide vocal so Shearer can cut his part a line at a time....

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New Orleans Times Picayune

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sings the praises of New Orleans

Jan 22, 2011
New Orleans Times Picayune

There's a bit of the performer in most politicians -- some more than others.

Harry Connick Sr., the city's former district attorney, has frequently moonlighted as a nightclub crooner, albeit to smaller crowds than his much more famous son. Former City Councilman Oliver Thomas is currently starring in a play. And there's Frank Minyard, the trumpet-playing coroner.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who took singing lessons and contemplated a stage career as a young man, is the latest elected official to take to the spotlight, appearing on a CD compilation of original songs by Paul Sanchez and Colman deKay titled "Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation."

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Offbeat Magazine Nine Lives - A Musical Adaptation

NINE LIVES A MUSICAL ADAPTATION, VOLUME 1 by Colman deKay & Paul Sanchez

based on the novel by Dan Baum

Jan 1, 2011
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

Mystery Street 2011

Paul Sanchez producer

Wes Fontenot, Mark Bingham engineers Nine Lives

 

New Orleans' musical renaissance, so well documented in the HBO series Treme, has reached its apotheosis with this expansive project. Paul Sanchez, a versatile singer-songwriter who performs in dozens of different contexts around New Orleans with many of his cohorts, joined forces with lyricist Colman deKay and several local musician buddies to write forty songs based on Dan Baum's best selling novel, Nine Lives. Sanchez then enlisted over 100 musicians to realize this dream, and they took this three-ring circus into Piety Street Studios, where Sanchez - abetted by engineer Wes Fontenot and resident master of mixology Mark Bingham - proved an able ringmaster.

 

Baum's novel is tough to...

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Nine Lives , by local author Dan Baum, could become musical

Sep 24, 2010
Westword.com by Joel Warner

Lots of authors dream of their books scoring glowing praise from theNew York Review of Books, topping the bestseller lists, getting optioned for a Hollywood movie. But getting turned into a musical? How often does that happen?

That could be the fate for Nine Lives, a nonfiction account of New Orleans penned by Boulder-based writer Dan Baum. A group of New Orleans musicians recently scored $50,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project, a contest funding revitalization projects around the Gulf to make an album based on the characters and stories in Baum's book -- the first step towards a full Broadway musical.

Just like Baum's best-selling book weaves together the strands of different New Orleans residents from Hurricane Betsy in 1965 up to Katrina , the Threadhead Records Foundation plans...

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Bridging the gulf

Jazz performers join to help other musicians survive tragedy

Aug 10, 2010
CAPE COD VIEW MAGAZINE by Johanna Crosby

Award-winning singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez of New Orleans was ready to bring a celebratory spirit to

his debut performance at the Provincetown Jazz Festival. 

 

It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged his city, “and things were starting to come along nicely,”

Sanchez says.  “You could see neighborhood kids playing on the street.”

 

But then the gulf oil spill happened.

 

Now his performance can’t help but be “tinged with sadness….A much bigger battle is being waged.  It’s such

a kick in the guts.”

 

Post-Kartrina “was a tragic time, but we bounced back,” Sanchez continues.  The gulf spill “is not something

people can rebuild from.  It will kill the wildlife and put thousands of people out of work.  It will last. 

Generations of fisherman and shrimpers have...

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Offbeat Magazine Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

Aug 1, 2010
Offbeat Magazine by Jacob Leland

Shamarr Allen is a born front man, the kind of artist who embraces a showy star turn. Throughout his career performing and recording with brass bands, jazz ensembles, and his recent funk-rock projects, listening to Allen perform has meant hearing his sensibilities and his powerful trumpet drive a band’s rhythms and shape its sound. On Bridging the Gap, his collaboration with veteran New Orleans singer-songwriter Paul Sanchez, Allen’s charismatic musical presence is uncharacteristically subdued.

In its style, arrangements and rhythms, Bridging the Gap is primarily governed by Sanchez’s whimsical roots-rock. It doesn’t feature many star turns at all. The CD’s 10 tracks highlight the duo’s mutual influence and the fun Allen and Sanchez obviously have making music together. The ideas they...

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Offbeat Magazine

Paul Sanchez on Shamarr Allen

Jul 28, 2010
Offbeat Magazine by Paul Sanchez

- by Paul Sanchez -

I met Shamarr at an in-store in Louisiana Music Factory Jazz Fest 2006. I was still with the Mouth and he was still with Rebirth. They were playing after the Mouth set, and during our set I sang Randy Newman’s “Louisiana, 1927,” and Shamarr got up and joined me on that song. I said into the mic, “I don’t know who that young trumpet player is but that was beautiful.” I asked him to play on Exit to Mystery Street and hired him for as many gigs as I could.

(THR added: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMP9iEg99es)

“Recording Bridging the Gap was Shamarr’s idea. He called me up one day and said, “Unc, I just saw a video on YouTube of Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong playing together; we got to make us a record.” I said cool and he said, “We’ll record old people’s music...

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Nine Lives - A Musical Adaptation

Various Artists: Nine Lives: A Musical Adaptation

Apr 7, 2010

This wrenching adaptation of journalist Dan Baum's book about nine intersecting New Orleanian lives spanning Hurricane Betsy through Katrina represents the sound of the city in a way that's never been tried before. Screenwriter Colman deKay teamed up with former Cowboy Mouth front man Paul Sanchez (and on many tracks John Boutte') to retell the story.

The story is not an easy one to tell, rendering numbers like the emotion-drenched opener, "Fine in The Lower Nine", more complelling than the toungue -in-cheek "King Of Mardi Gras." The theatricality of the latter, with it's harpsichord and booming Harry Shearer contribution, would border on cloying without the context of the full album. But the scope of the project is so impressive that combing through the story lines becomes part of...

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Offbeat Magazine

THE BEST OF THE BEAT 2009 WINNERS

Feb 1, 2010
Offbeat Magazine by Offbeat Staff

When Allen Toussaint’s The Bright Mississippi was released, we said, “(Producer Joe) Henry treats these recordings not as pop, jazz nor R only ones who feel that way &B but as art song—an elevated, sophisticated thing that draws from vernacular traditions. As an American treasure, it’s the sort of treatment Toussaint merits, and it’s a treatment that is sympathetic with his piano playing. He is relentlessly tasteful and elegant, choosing notes with care and sensitivity to space and context.”

Evidently, we’re not the about the album. It was nominated for a Grammy, and you selected it as Album of the Year and Toussaint, Artist of the Year and Best Piano Player.

We presented these and all of the Best of the Beat awards January 20 at the Harrah’s Theatre and January 22 at the House of...

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New Orleans Times Picayune

NEW ORLEANS MUSIC NEWS

Music critic Keith Spera sounds off on the best local CDs of 2009

Dec 28, 2009
New Orleans Times Picayune by Keith Spera

South Louisiana delivered yet another bounty of CDs in 2009. None shined brighter than Allen Toussaint’s "The Bright Mississippi," his jazzy collaboration with producer Joe Henry and an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians.

Keith Spera/The Times-Picayune

Allen Toussaint’s “The Bright Mississippi,” a jazzy collaboration with producer Joe Henry and an all-star cast of modern jazz musicians.

Threadhead Records, the nonprofit label founded by a federation of Jazz Fest fans, had a big year. The best of Threadhead’s ’09 releases was "How to Be a Cannonball," by man-about-town guitarist and songwriter Alex McMurray. His lyrics are populated by his usual assortment of vivid, eccentric characters in the tradition of Tom Waits and Randy Newman.

Also on Threadhead, the New Orleans...

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Offbeat Magazine Farewell to Storyville

Farewell to Storyville

Dec 1, 2009
Offbeat Magazine by John Swenson

The Threadhead Records phenomenon has reshaped the profile of the local recording industry, allowing veteran musicians to make albums that might otherwise not have happened, giving deserving new artists a jump start on their careers and even producing such delightful one shots as this year’s Christmas release. No musician has benefited from this breakthrough more than Paul Sanchez, who has established himself as an important solo artist since leaving Cowboy Mouth with no small help from the label. This is the third Threadhead-financed album Sanchez has made,
and each has been remarkably different.

Sanchez has been preparing to make Farewell to Storyville his whole career. It’s an impromptu,
mostly solo session in which Sanchez tells stories about each song before singing it, a...

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Farewell to Storyville

PAUL SANCHEZ- FAREWELL TO STORYVILLE

Nov 17, 2009
Burning Wood

Singer-songwriter Sanchez' offers up more than most on this autobiographical musical journey, as he tells stories about the inspiration behind the music, and mesmerizes the listener with his heartbreaking voice and heartfelt words. Each song is an engrossing slice of life and Paul Sanchez welcomes you into his world with the warmth and grace one expects from the great people of the great city of New Orleans.