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Date: Friday, July 11, 2008 At 08:00 PM
Duration: 3 Days

Contact: Rachel Douglas FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Harrah’s Celebrates New Orleans Rhythm & Blues with “Joint’s Jumpin’”
Tickets on sale now at Harrah’s Theatre box office (504-533-6600) and

NEW ORLEANS – June 4, 2008 – Harrah’s New Orleans brings back the sounds of yesterday’s favorites with “Joint’s Jumpin’,” a musical revue that celebrates classic New Orleans rhythm and blues hits from the 1950’s and 1960’s… freewheeling, happy-go-lucky music with high energy arrangements, soul-shaking horns and vocals that get you feeling that funky New Orleans beat! Shows take place in Harrah’s Theatre July 11 – 13, at 8 p.m. nightly.
An ensemble of talented performers will deliver New Orleans R&B hits that topped the charts nationally and internationally from the ‘50s to the ‘60s. “Joint’s Jumpin’” includes songs originally recorded by Huey "Piano" Smith, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino, Chris Kenner, Art Neville, Shirley & Lee, Smiley Lewis, Irma Thomas, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Professor Longhair, Aaron Neville, Robert Parker, Barbara George and more.
Lawrence (Larry) Sieberth (pianist), composer and arranger, has been the musical director for productions at Le Chat Noir and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as Harrah’s. He fulfills this role again for “Joint’s Jumpin’” and has assembled the following group of top New Orleans musicians and vocalists.
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle (tenor sax) is a long-time member of Allen Toussaint’s band and performed with Toussaint and Elvis Costello on “River in Reverse”, their Grammy-nominated CD. Cayolle has performed and recorded with many diverse and legendary artists seeking the authentic New Orleans sound including Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Sam Moore, Don Henley, Michael McDonald and Willy Deville.
Alonzo Bowens (baritone sax) has been playing saxophone professionally for more than 40 years. He has performed and recorded with many local and national artists including Dr. John; Wynton, Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis; Stevie Wonder; and The O’Jays. He is a recipient of the “Music of the Heart” award, which represents excellence in the field of music education.
Bobby Campo (trumpet) was a member of the Capitol recording group LeRoux in the early 1980s. When he left the group in 1985, he returned to school to complete his master’s degree in music. Campo thrives on the diversity of his performances, which range from featured soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Pops Orchestra to his work with musical theater, the Al Belletto Sextet and Clarence Gatemouth Brown.
Barney Floyd (trumpet) has worked with local artists such as Kermit Ruffins, Wardell Querzegue, Dave Bartholomew, Luther Kent, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Clarence Gatemouth Brown and toured with the Nicholas Payton Big Band. Floyd is an original member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Irvin Mayfield.
Rick Trolson (trombone) has enjoyed featured performances with all walks of the local music life. He has performed or recorded with Earl King, Marva Wright, Allen Toussaint, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, The Four Tops, Harry Connick, Jr., The CAC Jazz Orchestra directed by Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Adams, The Dukes of Dixieland, Johnny Cash, Doc Severinsen and many others.
Herman (Rosco) Ernest (drums) is a New Orleans native and currently the band leader and musical director for Dr. John. Ernest has recorded and performed with The Neville Brothers, Etta James, Fats Domino, Joe Tex, Richie Havens, Patti Labelle and many others locally and nationally. Ernest and Earl Palmer collaborated on a drumming instructional video with DCI/Warner Brothers.
Roland Guerin (bass) has appeared on over 65 albums worldwide including Ellis Marsalis’ release “Twelve It,” Marcus Roberts’ “Cole After Midnight,” Allen Toussaint’s “Connected,” and Mark Whitfield’s “Forever Love.” Guerin has performed with George Benson, Gerry Mulligan and many others and was chosen as a 1998 Contemporary Jazz All Star by “New Orleans Magazine” and by “Jazz Review” as a member of their Fantasy Jazz Band.
Anthony Brown (guitar) has performed with many of the city’s finest musicians including Irma Thomas, Marva Wright, Luther Kent, The Dixie Cups and Allen Toussaint for the past eight years including the last two years in support of Toussaint and Elvis Costello’s “River in Reverse.” Brown has also worked with national artists Michael McDonald and Bonnie Raitt.
Luther Kent (vocals) formed with Charles Brent a large New Orleans horn band in 1978 which became known as “Luther Kent & Trick Bag.” They became the after hours band for many internationally renowned artists to sit in with whenever they were visiting or performing in New Orleans. Some of these artists included Boz Scaggs, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Page, Gregg Allman, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Ike & Tina Turner, ZZ Top, Billy Preston, Mick Fleetwood and many others. Luther’s latest CD is “Luther Kent Down in New Orleans” on Red Hot Records.
Tony Owens (vocals) was born and raised in New Orleans and came from a musical family. His mother had a very heartfelt singing voice though she only sang gospel music and his biological father was a ballroom piano player in the ‘30s and ‘40s. Owens is now the featured vocalist with the Wardell Querzegue Rhythm & Blues Revue, and began singing with them at the French Quarter Fest last year. His positively killer performance at the Ponderosa Stomp in April 2007 continues to bring Owens rave reviews.
Johnny Vindigni (vocals) has opened for world-renowned artists including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Lou Rawls and Tina Turner. Johnny has traveled with the popular Boogie Kings Band and The Blue Eyed Soul Revue, once Percy Sledge’s back-up band. Currently, Johnny is working on recording a new CD.
Danon Smith (vocals) has performed with such music legends as Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Gladys Knight and many more. She has sung lead and accompanied Deacon John for the past 19 years. Smith performed at The White House with Deacon John and The Ivories last year. Danon’s band, The Perfect Gentlemen, is set to release their debut CD later this year.
Gina Brown (vocals) began her music career in Mobile, Alabama singing commercial jingles. When she moved to New Orleans 12 years ago, she began singing with jazz violinist Michael Ward and still to this date shares the stage with him. Gina has released a live CD with her band “Anutha Level” and a single titled “Can’t Stop Thinking of You.”
Tereasa Betts (vocals) began her singing career in the church choir. As a young girl, she was one of the main lead singers of the youth choir. Bitten by the performing bug, she takes the stage and rips it apart with style and soul and makes it look so easy with her innocent presence.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased in person at Harrah’s box office, by calling 504-533-6600 or online at You must be at least 21 to attend shows at Harrah’s Theatre.
More information about the show and show times is available at
Harrah’s New Orleans is operated by a subsidiary of Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., the world's largest provider of branded casino entertainment. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada nearly 70 years ago, Harrah's has grown through development of new properties, expansions and acquisitions. Harrah's Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its customers through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership.