One of the focal points of my life’s work has been the documentation and preservation of New Orleans Music of the Post WWII era. I had a deep love for the broad range of ‘Spirit’ expressed by the musicians, singers and people of the community and hence, felt the obligation to develop ways to share these experiences with others forever!
The tight focus of my effort became the music I perceived to be the most endangered ‘MODERN JAZZ’. The long history of Traditional Jazz in this city of its birth had developed sturdy roots and was well documented. The World knows New Orleans for that. The NEW JAZZ spirit needed nurturing.
The ALL FOR ONE (AFO) FOUNDATION presents the most complete documentation of MODERN JAZZ IN NEW ORLEANS in that era. It presents the musicians, most of whom have become national and international icons, and their music as they themselves performed it.
KEEPING THE MUSIC… and the MUSICIANS… ALIVE!
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The Next Generation Vol. II
This music is a collection of the top young talent on the jazz scene in New Orleans. Johnaye Kendrick (Vocals), James Westfall (Vibes), Rex Gregory (Reeds), Andrew Baham (Trumpet), Joseph C. Dyson Jr. (Drums), Max Moran (Bass), David Pulphus (Bass).
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Jesse McBride Presents “The Next Generation”
“Following the hard work, hands on, heart in leadership of Jesse McBride, we now have in 2007, a 3rd NEXT GENERATION!! This CD, as wonderful as it is, is only the ‘tip of the iceberg.’ Jesse has developed these men into a ‘beyond category’ group of Musicians”! – Harold Battiste
Musicians: Jesse McBride (Piano), Andrew Baham (Trumpet), Rex Gregory (Saxophone). David Pulphus (Bass), & Joe Dyson (Drums).
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…And They Called It Love
The newest release from Andrew Baham.
The Sounds of Harold’s Horn
A rare compilation of live performances of Harold Battiste.
The Next Generation Big Band
New Orleans finest musicians performing Big Band Arrangements from the Silverbook.
AFO Masters Series Presents
Members of AFO’s Next Generation perform the music of James Black and Clyde Kerr.
Lagniappe: The 2nd 50 Years
This cd features the songbook of Harold Battiste with appearances by New Orlean’s most influential performers including Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison, and Ricky Sebastian.
In The Beginning (91-1028)
The Original American Jazz Quintet
Presenting the early work (c1956) of New Orleans Modern Jazz Masters. Ed Blackwell, drums; Ellis Marsalis, piano; Richard Payne & William Swanson, bass; Harold Battiste, saxophone; Alvin Batiste, clarinet.
Recorded in 1956. the first track on the first recording of the Original American Jazz Quintet. Famous engineer Cosimo Matassa announces “Nevermore, take one.”
Boogie Live! 1958 (92-1228)
Ed Blackwell & AJQ-2
A tribute and memorial to the late master drummer Ed Blackwell. This concert was taped when he was a leading force in the development of modern jazz in New Orleans. AJQ-2 is the second edition of the Original American Jazz Quintet with Ellis Marsalis, piano; Alvin Batiste, clarinet; Nat Perrilliat replaces Harold Battiste on saxophone and Otis Devernier replaces Richard Payne on bass. We at AFO feel that this rare glimpse of early Ed Blackwell should be available.
Recorded in 1958 live concert at BTW High School auditorium by AJQ-2. Clarinetist Alvin Batiste introduces the group.
The Classic Ellis Marsalis (91-0428)
Re-issue of the original Monkey Puzzle LP, plus additional unreleased tracks. Ellis Marsalis, piano; James Black, drums; Marshall Smith, bass; Nat Perrilliat, saxophone.
Swinging at the Haven
Recorded in 1962 by the Ellis Marsalis Quartet. Named for a short-lived jazz club, “The Music Haven.”
A Compendium (92-1028)
AFO Executives & Tami Lynn
AFO’s commitment to the history of New Orleans music continues with the release of this work, which spotlights this unique group from the early 1960s. The players were the top studio musicians and the directors of AFO recordings. Mel Lastie, trumpet; “Red” Tyler, saxophone; “Chuck” Badie, bass; John Boudreaux, drums; Harold Battiste, piano & saxophone; Tami Lynn, vocals.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Recorded in 1962 by the AFO Executives and Tami Lynn. Featured a compendium of the group’s most requested tunes from their shows.
A Time For Love (92-1128)
Phillip Manuel’s first CD, delivers a program of exceptional performances of well-chosen standards. Manuel’s mellow, lyrical voice and jazz stylings are fittingly accompanied by some of the finest jazz players on the scene, including David Torkanowsky, piano; Tony Dagradi and Victor Goines, saxophone; Jim Singleton, bass; Johnny Vidacovich, drums.
Fire and Rain
Presenting the compelling sax work and compositions of Victor Goines. This debut album features some of the newest and best jazz plays on the New Orleans scene. Nicholas Payton, trumpet; Peter Martin, piano; Christopher Thomas, bass; Brian Blade, drums; Victor Goines, tenor and soprano saxophones. AFO is proud to be the label to present Goines and his music.
My Foolish Heart
Standing Ovation (93-0218)
This is the long-awaited release of the spectacular performance by Ms. Bazzle at the 1991 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival with the George French group featuring Victor Goines. Bazzle, through her consistently superb musicianship and gracious commitment to the jazz idiom, has earned the respect and admiration of her peers. It is they who have named her “New Orleans’ First Lady of Jazz.”
This recording was produced, arranged and performed entirely by pianist David Morgan and the musicians that he selected. Morgan’s choice of material a balance of standards and originals his sequencing of the trio, quintet and sextet formats, and above all, the exquisite performances turned in by each and all of the players makes this debut album a very special one. AFO Records is both proud and grateful for the opportunity to present these fine young players. We believe that they are going to make their mark and we want to share in that history
after all, that’s what AFO does.
There Is No Greater Love
In Europe (93-0128)
University of New Orleans Jazz Band
Invited for a spot on the Rome Jazz Festival, this fine group of young jazzmen went on an extended tour of several European jazz spots. These live recordings capture the spirit and excitement created by these players, including a surprise appearance by Wynton Marsalis and Wes Anderson.
Return to the Source
Old Time Religion (93-0328)
Gospel singing choir led by The Pastor
Mel Lastie playing his soulful trumpet and cornet, and his beautiful flugelhorn performing the best of the traditional Gospel favorites, Pass Me Not, Down By The Riverside, The Lord Will Make A Way, That Old Time Religion, and others. This special AFO release initiates our unique Patron Series.
I Shall Not be Moved
Harold Battiste presents Next Generation (95-1028)
The focus of my career in Jazz has been on the wonderful players around me rather than myself. Growing up with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Ed Blackwell and Alvin Batiste, there was little for me to contribute, except to write some tunes for them to play. This concept has remained comfortable to me, hence, a collection of tunes I wrote for some wonderful young players around me!
Me and Willie Tee
My Story, My Song (95-11)
Kalamu ya Salaam
POETRY IS THE MUSIC OF LANGUAGE. The rhythmic expression of concerns organized to appeal to the emotions. African-American poetry has, for a long, long time, been following and found in the music. Almost like a little brother following his older sister. And our music is certainly a “she.” Ask Duke. “A Drum is a Woman” i.e. (Madam Zzaj). “Music Is My Mistress”, “Sophisticated Lady.”
SPECIAL ARCHIVAL PRODUCTS
The following items have been acquired by the All For One Foundation under its Archival Program.
Hal – Mel Alone Together
Final Vinyl.. Out-of-print LP featuring the late Melvin Lastie in a multi-track duo with Harold Battiste and guest appearances by Cornel Dupree and Chuck Rainey.
New Orleans Heritage Jazz: 1956-1966
This historic boxed set contains four 12″ albums each featuring one of the major groups of the 1950’s and 1960’s:
The Original American Jazz Quintet
The Ellis Marsalis Quartet
The AFO Executives with Tami Lynn
The box comes with a 28 page book of photos and interviews with the players.
New Orleans Heritage Jazz: 1956-1966
A book of musician biographies and historical overview of modern jazz in New Orleans in the late fifties and early sixties. It is taken from the boxed set and may be ordered separately.