From the recording Homage 1
Written by Henry Roeland "Professor Longhair" Byrd.
Reggie Houston - tenor sax and vocals
Janice Scroggins - keyboards
Reinhardt Melz - drums
Sedell Jones - synthesizer
Ben Jones - electric bass
Although Danny Barker didn't write "Mardi Gras in New Orleans," I'm dedicating it to him because, ironically, if Danny Barker hadn't brought back the consciousness of New Orleans traditional jazz from New York to us young knucklehead musicians in New Orleans, there would not have been that great brass band scene that has become the quintessential sound of our city. Because when I was coming up, the only time you heard brass band music anymore was at a funeral or second line. Danny came back and held classes in church basements and his own home and taught us our own history and really revived the brass band scene. Danny Barker's contribution to New Orleans music and jazz in general was so vast as to be immeasurable-- and on a personal level, one of the greatest honors of my life was when I was selected to be one of the musicians in the core band to play at his funeral. We brought Danny home in the tradition that he taught us to respect. Whenever I play Danny's music I feel such deep honor and respect for the man. I don't think I could ever repay Danny Barker for all that he has given me.
Of course, being one of the signature Mardi Gras songs, Professor Longhair's "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is also on this album because Mardi Gras in New Orleans is just the hippest celebration in the world y'all!