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And here we are, JazzBabies, at the Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday is the wrap-up day for Mardi Gras week, followed by the quieter and more pensive Ash Wednesday.  After all that carousing on Tuesday night – all night – quiet and pensive is a happy way to nurse whatever’s hanging on or hanging over from the big celebration.

And here with just the right quiet sound is a New Orleans musician – born and bred, educated and loved, in the city of his birth.  Nicholas Payton is a trumpeter, composer, traveler, writer, distinguished lecturer – you name it, this man’s done it.  From his second album, Gumbo Nouveau, recorded in his early 20s, is “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” but not like you’ve heard it before.

Settle back, JazzBabies, with a cup of chicory coffee and a beignet for this one.  Watch out for the powdered sugar!