Allen Toussaint, Legendary producer/ songwriter/ pianist, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
There are few places more fertile or nurturing for young musicians than New Orleans. For trumpeter Edward Anderson and pianist Darrell Lavigne growing up in the birthplace of jazz provided a banquet of musical experiences where they formally studied and casually interacted with generations of elder musicians including such legends as Ellis Marsalis, Kid Jordan, Alvin Batiste and Harold Battiste. It has been 20 years since Edward and Darrell first professionally crossed paths ensuing a musical brotherhood that has continued to evolve driven by a shared passion and vision to create music reflective of the “here and now”. Fast forward to today, with 3 CD’s to their credit, the group Bleu Orleans continues to produce and perform masterful music that simultaneously gives homage to the past while remaining forward thinking and inspired by an ever evolving world.
Transformation, Bleu Orleans’ latest effort is described by Anderson as an artistic expression of optimism, steadfast, and resilience in a rapidly evolving world full of challenges. Consisting as a mixture of uplifting and emotionally stirring arrangements the group maneuvers and improvises confidently within a convergence of Caribbean, urban, and New Orleans grooves enhanced with classical influences. Transformation features noteworthy guest stars including keyboard icon Patrice Rushen, the legendary percussionist Bill Summers of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Grammy nominated drummer Terence Higgins, drummer Mark Simmons from the Al Jarreau group, and string members from the Louisiana Philharmonic Symphony.
Founded by trumpeter Edward Anderson and keyboardist Darrell Lavigne the eclectic group Bleu Orleans pushes New Orleans jazz into the new millennium.