Warren Haynes Band Welcomes New Orleans Royalty
Photos by Dino Perrucci
Numerous guests sat in with Warren Haynes Band at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater last night. While Haynes’ annual JazzFest performances are known for their sit ins, last night’s show was particularly noteworthy for featuring several of the musicians who appear on his new soul-oriented album Man in Motion.
Man In Motion bassist George Porter Jr. emerged near the start of the show for the album’s ninth track “Take A Bullet” as well as Gov’t Mule’s “Beautifully Broken.” Soon after, fellow New Orleans musician Walter “Wolfman” Washington sat in on the R & B classic “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City” and Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” Later in the set, Trombone Shorty made guest appearances on Allen Toussaint’s “On Your Way Down” and “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.” The latter song also featured funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band horn section emerged early in Warren Haynes Band’s second set for “John the Revelator” and a take on “Man In Motion” that also featured Ivan Neville, Neville—who plays keyboards on Man In Motion —remained onstage for album tracks “Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday” and “Sick of My Shadow.”
The second part of Warren Haynes Band’s set focused on the guitarist’s longtime live staples and featured the members of Gregg Allman’s solo band. Keyboardist Bruce Katz sat in on “Soulshine” while both saxophonist Jay Collins and guitarist Scott Sharrard appeared on “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” The set later came to a close with a version of the New Orleans staple “St. James Infirmary Blues” that featured guitarist Anders Osborne, harmonica player Smoky Greenwell and members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Haynes will perform at Preservation Hall tonight.