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Sunday Jazz: The Cosimo Matassa Project

  • The London Jukebox 206 Upper Street N1 1RQ (map)

The Cosimo Matassa Project

Cosimo Matassa (1926 - 2014) started J&M Recording Studio in 1945 in the back room of his parents' shop at the junction of Rampart Street and Dumaine in New Orleans. His studios would see legends of R&B pass through their doors such as Little Richard, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint and Big Joe Turner.

In 2015, a group of musicians in London with a common love for early New Orleans R&B got together to pay homage to Cosimo Matassa and the music that came out of his studios. They thought it would be a lot of fun to transcribe some of the original arrangements from the era, then record the tracks using methods as close to Cosimo Matassa's working practices as they could manage.

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