While doing research for my book “Death, Resurrection, and Spirit in New Orleans,” I needed more information about Mother Catherine Seals of New Orleans.

Seals was a healer, a community leader, and had a profound, if largely underappreciated, contribution to New Orleans and American music. (By the way, the correct pronunciation of her name is “Seals,” not “Sales” as I repeatedly got wrong in our conversation.)

In my search, I came across the extraordinary audio documentaries of artist-musician Matt Marble, which led me to this interview.

I’m sure that after listening to this interview, you’ll want to hear Matt’s work directly. Here’s a representative sampling with an emphasis on his jazz work.

“Secret Sound” Programs that Might be of Special Interest to Jazz on the Tube Fans

When you visit, make sure you contribute to Matt’s jar. This is an extraordinary body of work that deserves all our support—especially if we want to see more of it being produced, which I do!

Mary Lou Williams

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Alice Coltrane

Vincent Lopez

Kelan Phil Cohran (a colleague of Sun Ra)

The Black Hawk Chant – Mothers Leafy Anderson and Catherine Seals

Merceditas Valdes

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Music credit: The Jazz on the Tube podcast theme song is “Mambo Inferno” performed by The Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria from the CD ¡Que Viva Harlem!

Al Kennedy and Chord Changes on the Chalkboard
Dangerous Rhythms with T.J. English

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