New Orleans label Basin Street Records celebrated its 20th anniversary during the second weekend of the recently concluded Jazz Fest, hosting a party that featured music that stretched into the morning.
The night kicked off with the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet playing to the packed Little Gem Saloon, after which NOLA trumpet masters Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield came out to perform. Pianist Henry Butler couldn’t make his slot due to plane delays, so Basin Street President Mark Samuels gathered an impromptu superjam of the label’s musicians, including Davell Crawford, Mayfield, Marsalis, Bill Summers and more. The collaborative performance incidentally brought together Los Hombres Calientes founders Mayfield, Summers and Marsalis onstage for the first time in over 15 years.
A traditional jazz performance from Dr. Michael White kept the evening going downstairs, with yet another appearance from Marsalis on drums. Crawford and his One Foot in the Blues band closed out the night (in the early morning) with a set that featured a guest spot from Summers to round up the collaborative evening.
Basin Street plans to release a full video of the concert in the future. Watch a video from the label’s Facebook below.