Jontavious Willis at the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Greenville, GA blues phenom Jontavious Willis made it back to the home of the blues this weekend with a dazzling command of authentic blues played on a cigar box. Part of the 2nd annual New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival, this rendering of B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby” says it all. More Jontavious coverage to come from Blues Center’s exclusive interview.

Dr. Jazz

Pioneering New Orleans cornet player Joe “King” Oliver wrote “Doctor Jazz”  in 1926.  The song has remained popular since the 1920s. Chris Barber and Harry Connick Jr. have covered it, but Jelly Roll Morton and his Red Hot Peppers achieved definitive heights of improvisation and collective counterpoint in this 1926 version: