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Mahogany Hall Stomp released in October 2009


The CD is available at the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans and at Digelius in Helsinki and on iTunes, and CD Baby.

Listen @ MySpace.

"Musicianship is solid all around." Zachary Young, OffBeat 2/2010

"Spirit Of New Orleans has this music down to a science." Zachary Young, OffBeat 2/2010

"SONO's style shines through best on playful tracks like "Esko's Delight", tight, witty composition that benefits from the clarity of the group's sound." Zachary Young, OffBeat 2/2010


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SONO's latest CD Mahogany Hall Stomp was recorded in June 2009 in Kirkkonummi, Finland and mixed and mastered in New Orleans. The CD contains 13 songs, hailing mostly from the early years of the 20the century.

Mahogany Hall Stomp - 4:04 Spencer Williams
Darktown Strutter's Ball - 4:46
Shelton Brooks
Delight - 3:35
Leroy Jones
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do - 5:05
Porter Grainger, Everett Robbins
St. Louis Blues - 8:27
W.C Handy
Careless Love - 6:30
On The
Sunny Side Of The Street - 3:12
Jimmy McHugh
Old Rugged Cross - 4:09
Bourbon Street Parade - 6:56
Paul Barbarin
Amazing Grace - 5:19
Just A
Closer Walk With Thee - 7:12
St. James Infirmary - 5:14
That's A
Plenty - 5:30
Lew Pollack
Total time 70:33



Katja Toivola - trombone
Risto Salmi - saxophones & clarinet
Jarkko Palokas - guitar
Jussi Harju - sousaphone
Thomas Rönnholm - drums

Eeppi Ursin - vocals
Leroy Jones - trumpet & vocals
Mari Watanabe- piano



Recorded by Robert de Godzinsky at SoundTeam Godzinsky Studio, Kirkkonummi, June 15 and 16, 2009
Mixed by Tim Stambaugh at Word Of Mouth Studio, New Orleans
Mastered by David Farrell
Produced by Katja Toivola and Leroy Jones
Executive producer Esko Matilainen
Graphic design by Katja Toivola, kamtoivola@aol.com
Photos by Mitja Harvilahti

(c)(p) 2009 Spirit Of New Orleans Productions



SONO's Some Of These Days released in May 2006


SONO's  CD Some Of These Days, featuring Eeppi Ursin and Leroy Jones, was released at Jazz Club Storyville in Helsinki on May 20, 2006. You can buy it at CD Baby, at the Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans and at Digelius in Helsinki.

Review of Some Of These Days (OffBeat Magazine, 1/2007) can be found here.

Listen to Some Of These Days @ SONO's MySpace




Listen to Some Of These Days @ SONO's MySpace




SONO's first CD was released at the Kalott Jazz & Blues Festival 2002



Spirit Of New Orleans' CD Bogalusa Strut was released at the Kalott Jazz & Blues Festival in Tornio, Finland on June 29, 2002. In addition to the band's basic line-up the CD features New Orleans' great Leroy Jones on trumpet and vocals and Finnish singer Susanna Mesiä.

Bogalusa Strut contains 12 numbers: nine New Orleans jazz classics, Charlie Parker's Barbados played as Jamaican ska and two latin-influenced instrumental compositions.

The material of the CD comes from various eras: the title cut Bogalusa Strut was initially recorded already in 1927 and the Leroy Jones composition Carnival's In Town is from 1994. The interpretations aim at freshness, after all, jazz has always been a music that reflects the changing times.

Bogalusa Strut is produced by Spirit Of New Orleans. The distributor in Finland is Digelius (Laivurinrinne 2, 00120 Helsinki, +358-9-666 375). In the United States the CD is being sold by for example the Louisiana Music Factory.


Bogalusa Strut (SONO - 1)
Spirit Of New Orleans with special guests
Susanna Mesiä and Leroy Jones

Leroy Jones: trumpet and vocals • Susanna Mesiä: vocals • Risto Salmi: saxophone • Katja Toivola: trombone • Jarkko Palokas: guitar • Jussi Harju: sousaphone • Thomas Rönnholm: drums

1. Bogalusa Strut (Traditional) 2. Girl Of My Dreams (Clapp) 3. El Manicero (Simons) 4. Paul Barbarin's Second Line (Barbarin) 5. Exactly Like You (McHugh) 6. Panama Rag (Tyers) 7. Last Night On The Back Porch (Traditional) 8. Barbados (Parker) 9. Bye Bye Blues (Hamm; Bennett; Lown; Gray) 10. Carnival's In Town (Jones) 11. How Come You Do Me Like You Do (Traditional) 12. John Casimir's Whoopin Blues (Traditional)

Recorded live at Jazz Club Storyville, in Helsinki, Finland, February 6, 2002.

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