Deacon John's Jump Blues
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Best Concert Video
2004 Surround Music Awards

Album of the Year
2003 Offbeat Best of the Beat Awards

Entertainer of the Year
2004 Big Easy Awards

Variety Performance and Music Video
2004 Cine Golden Eagle Awards

Best Concert Video
2004 Telly Awards

Finalist--Best DVD-A Mix
2004 Surround Music Awards

Deacon John's Jump Blues features New Orleans legends Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue and The Zion Harmonizers backed by a 20-piece orchestra of sizzling musicians along with up-and-coming stars Teedy Boutte', Henry Butler, Amadee Castenell, Davell Crawford and Herlin Riley. Starring Deacon John Moore, a professional musician in the Big Easy for more than 40 years, the project is a tribute to the musical giants who have made New Orleans music so recognizable and influential around the world.

Having played guitar on virtually every New Orleans session of note during the sixties, local Big Easy legend Deacon John is a natural to pay homage to artists, writers and producers such as Cosimo Matassa, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Earl King and Professor Longhair. Deacon played on many New Orleans classics--Irma Thomas' "Ruler of My Heart," Ernie K-Doe's "Mother-In-Law," Lee Dorsey's "Working in the Coal Mine," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" and Chris Kenner's "Land of 1,000 Dances" among others.

With a song list from Bartholomew, Ray Charles, Smiley Lewis, Professor Longhair and Shirley and Lee, Deacon John's Jump Blues covers the New Orleans spectrum from "Jumpin' In The Morning" and "Big Chief" with Henry Butler to "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Hook, Line And Sinker/Go On Fool" and "Someday" with Davell Crawford. The Zion Harmonizers offer a "fiery" a cappella "Jesus Is On The Main Line" and Teedy Boutte' a soulful version of Erma Franklin's "Piece Of My Heart" with Allen Toussaint on piano. Deacon joins Toussaint for a cover of "Losing Battle" that would make Johnny Adams proud, and Dr. John shows the genius of Professor Longhair with a solo performance of "Tipitina" and also guests on a sophisticated, jump version of "Going Back To New Orleans."

Using contemporary recording techniques combined with vintage gear and microphones in the studio and cutting edge high tech equipment for the concert, the producers have captured the spirit and the sound of New Orleans music. Deacon John's Jump Blues has been called "the most important New Orleans CD released so far in the new millennium," and the live concert DVD filmed in HDTV at the historic Orpheum Theater in New Orleans "the most electricfying document of that city's music yet."

"A big plus of life in the Big Easy, especially if you are a musician or a fan of music, is the presence of music everywhere," says producer Cyril Vetter. "This studio CD, concert DVD, DVD-A and the forthcoming documentary feature film represent our attempt to craft a preservation document of music as a ubiquitous fact of life in New Orleans."