Open Ears Music Series

November will bring the beginning of the Open Ears Music Series. In classic lazy blogger fashion I will paste the press release below.

For Immediate Release

Open Ears Music Series

The Blue Nile (Upstairs) 532 Frenchmen St New Orleans, LA 70116

Every Wednesday starting in November

9 PM

Contact Jeff Albert at (985) 966-6093 or . Info at

The Open Ears Music Series is a musician run creative music performance series. The performances will be on Wednesday nights in the intimate upstairs room of The Blue Nile (532 Frenchmen St, NOLA 70116), starting in November. The performances are scheduled for 9 PM and will likely be completed by 12:30. There will be no cover charge, but donations will be accepted and encouraged. All money collected will go to the artists that perform that evening.

Open Ears Music Series is curated by Jeff Albert, Justin Peake, and Dan Oestreicher. Its simple goal is to provide an accessible venue for interesting music. “In addition to providing a needed venue for creative and improvised music artists, we are also going to facilitate artistic pairings that might not have happened otherwise,” says co-curator Jeff Albert. “We are having Music Mash Up nights, which are nights that will feature a set of invited improvisers performing in various groupings, and with differing pre-set musical parameters. Similar to comedy improv show formats, but with musicians.”

The Open Ears Music Series website ( will archive concert recordings of each performance on the series (with artist permission). The archive will be searchable by individual musician or group.

The November schedule will feature a duo set with Dutch master bassist Wilbert de Joode and New Orleans cellist Helen Gillet. de Joode made several well received appearances in New Orleans last April, and has performed with Ab Baars, Michael Braam, Misha Mingleberg and many others.

The November schedule is:

November 7 – Jeff Albert Quintet with Dave Cappello, Nobu Ozaki, Tim Sullivan, and Robin Boudreaux

November 14 – Justin Peake Duo with Simon Lott

November 21 – Music Mash Up v. 1.0 featuring Tim McFatter, Dan Oestricher, Jonathan Freilich, Helen Gillet, Jimbo Walsh, Justin Peake, Jeff Albert, and Dave Cappello.

November 28 – Set 1 Wilbert de Joode (from the Netherlands) and Helen Gillet
Set 2 Jonathan Freilich Group with James Singleton, Doug Garrison, and other(s)(?)