February 18th, 2004 ~ It's that time of year again in New Orleans -- out come the beads, the king cakes, and the music! Our annual Carnival special includes a visit with the Rebirth Brass Band, a quintessential part of so many parades this time of year. Mardi Gras sounds and stories from Mobile, Alabama; their celebration is actually older than New Orleans! And of course all your favorite Carnival time tunes, in versions new and old.

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  • Open Bed: Carnival Time Rebirth Brass Band
    Mardi Gras Party, Rounder
  • Treme Second Line (Blow Da Whistle) Kermit Ruffins
    Swing This!, Basin Street
  • Basin Street Blues Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella: The Legendary Decca Recordings, MCA
  • Basin Street Ain't Basin Street No More Snookum Russell
    New Orleans Deep Roots, Tuff City
  • New Orleans Big Boy Myles with Mac Rebennack's Orchestra
    New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll R&B Party, West Side
  • Instrumental: Wham Tousan Allen Toussaint
    The Complete ‘Tousan' Sessions, Bear Family
  • INTERVIEW: Keith and Philip Frazier of Rebirth Brass Band
  • When the Saints Go Marching In Papa Celestin's New Orleans Band
    Marie LaVeau, GHB
  • Let's Give a Party Martin, Bogan & the Armstrongs
    That Old Gang of Mine / Martin, Bogan & the Armstrongs, Flying Fish
  • Et La Bas Hackberry Ramblers
    Gran Prairie: A Cajun Music Anthology Vol. 3, The Historic Victor Bluebird Sessions 1935-1940, Country Music Foundation
  • SEGMENT: Cajun / Creole Mardi Gras
  • La Danse De Mardi Gras Bee Deshotels
    Folksongs of the Louisiana Acadians, Arhoolie
  • Mardi Gras Chant Harry Oster
    Zodico: Louisiana Creole Music, Rounder
  • Oui mon cher camarade (Yes my dear friend) Field recording by Nick Spitzer, in Duralde, LA
  • Mardi Gras Blues Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers
    Mardi Gras Time, Easydisc
  • Instrumental: Bayou Drive Clifton Chenier
    Chess New Orleans, MCA
  • SEGMENT: Mardi Gras in Mobile, AL
  • Mardi Gras Blues Big Joe Turner
    Blues in the Night, Arpeggio
  • Life Is A Carnival The Band
    Across the Great Divide, Capitol
  • Big Chief The Dirty Dozen Brass Band w/ Dr. John
    Medicated Magic, Rope-A-Dope
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans Professor Longhair
    New Orleans Piano, Atlantic
  • Calabash Count Lasher with Charlie Binger Six
    Boogo Yaaga Gal, Heritage
  • My Indian Red Baby Dodds Trio with Danny Barker
    Jazz A'La Creole, GHB
  • Iko-Iko Dixie Cups
    The Red Bird Story, Charly
  • Instrumental: Big Chief Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias
    I'm Back… At Carnival Time!, Rounder
  • SEGMENT: Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian chief, Bo Dollis
  • Ja-Ki-Mo-Fi-Na-Hay Donald Harrison & Dr. John
    Indian Blues, Camden
  • Patricia Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban
    Mambo Sinuendo, Nonesuch
  • Mardi Gras Mambo The Meters
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans Vol.II, Mardi Gras
  • Instrumental: Nervous Boogie Paul Gayten
    Chess New Orleans, MCA
  • New Orleans Twist Blazer Boy
    Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans, EMI
  • Who Drank My Beer While I Was In The Rear Dave Bartholomew
    Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans, EMI
  • Basin Street Blues/When It's Sleepy Time Down South Louis Prima
    Capitol Collectors Series, Capitol
  • Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans? Louis Armstrong
    From The Big Band To The All Stars 1946-1956, RCA
  • End Bed: Walk Thru the Streets of the City Bill Matthews and his N.O. Dixieland Band
    Recorded In New Orleans, Vol. 1, Good Time Jazz