A great review in the new Offbeat, big thanks to Offbeat and Stacy Leigh Bridewell.
"If you’ve had your ears open for the better part of this decade in New Orleans, you’ve probably heard Smoking Time Jazz Club. This is their ninth album, but they’re still often regarded as up-and-comers. Hey, it’s a good thing to stay that fresh nine albums in!
Rather than a collection of rip-roaring stand-alone dance tunes, as on their previous albums, Take Your Time and Fly seems to build on itself. It begins with “Stingeree Blues”, which is the pacesetter for the dreamy, vampy first part of the album. Each song feels measured and highly arranged for effect, most evidently on “Dear Old Southland.” In true Smoking Time fashion, they’ve opted for “Weed Smoker’s Dream,” which is the obscure precursor of the more commonly heard “Why Don’t You Do Right?” Track six, “Birmingham Black Bottom Stomp,” is when the clouds seem to part and the album wakes up. From there they return to their more familiar style of Spotted Cat–ready numbers, like the perennial favorite “My Man,” rendered bittersweet by Sarah Peterson’s distinct vocals. They finish with “Temptation Rag,” “Crazy Blues” and “Weary Blues” just to show you they haven’t forgotten how to be old-school.
The horns and reeds on this album sound wonderful. Us jazz nerds would love a more detailed breakdown of who’s playing when, as there’s a lot of double duty going on here. The arrangements are tight and impressive and deserving of credit. It’d be nice to have more info on that as well. It’s great to hear Sarah again, as she was absent from the last album. She even did the surreal, Klimt-ish album art. All in all this is a must-listen for fans of Frenchmen trad."
-Stacy Leigh Bridewell
"One of the best dance floors in New Orleans and it sounds great in there!"
We hope you come down and check out the band. We will be featuring the Sarah and the band with special guest clarinet and saxophone player Craig Flory both nights in October at the Dba bar.
Established Spring of 2000, d.b.a. is a live music club that features local & regional acts nightly. Located at 618 Frenchmen Street in the historic Faubourg Marigny, offering a vast selection of beer, wine & spirits in a comfortable, smoke-free setting.
We are pleased as punch and all full of ginger to announce the release of our new album...
Take Your Time And Fly
featuring Sarah Peterson singin' the blues.
The Allways Lounge is one of our favorite places to play in the neighborhood so what better place to have an Album Release Party.
so Come on down and dance or grab a seat and sit back and surrender to the sweet sounds of Sarah Peterson and Smoking Time Jazz Club playing songs from the new album Take Your Time And Fly.
Sunday October 15th 9pm-midnite
at The Allways Lounge
Join us at the Maison on Saturday nights
Great eats and cold drinks and Hot Jazz!
We will be playing on the 500 block of Royal Street for the
Royal Street Stroll on Friday May 26th 5:30-8:30 pm.
A true New Orleans "experience!" This definitive evening event of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience brings together New Orleans greatest gifts rare antiques, fine art, live jazz, and stunning historic architecture, with the worlds most outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop and food tent along the way.
The Stroll is led "parade-style" by the Krewe of Cork, a world-famous wine industry phenomenon, with several renowned winemakers serving as Grand Marshals. So grab your wine-themed costume and join King Patrick van Hoorebeek as we celebrate the season of wine and food in New Orleans.
*RAIN or SHINE. In exchange for your ticket, you will receive a 2017 Wine Glass & Credential that allows you to receive our featured wine offerings and amazing New Orleans food!
The Winter Palace at 1476 Marais St, New Orleans
Live Music: 9:30-Midnight by Smoking Time Jazz Club
All level intro to Blues Partner Dancing class: 8:15-9:15pm with Olandra Lickter and Reuel Reis
No partner necessary! Come learn the basics of dancing in partnership to slow jazz, meet new friends, and warm up for the night!
This is our SIXTH monthly blues night with live, rotating music in a gorgeous space just outside the quarter. We are cultivating a place for new and seasoned partnered dancers to enjoy live music and an ongoing community. Our events will be donation based to cultivate an all-inclusive culture around the art and soul of blues music and dancing. Come to enjoy the band, mingle on the outdoor patio, enjoy a specialty cocktail, play some pool, or groove out on the dance floor! Bring cash for the mixed drinks, beer, and wine or BYOB. Suggested band donation is $10+. See you on the dance floor!
We are committed to making this space feel safe and comfortable for everyone. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Olandra, Greg, or Eli!