The 48th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and sophomore KAABOO in Del Mar provided an abundance of captures for this year ‘s 10 best, with the balance filled out by more personal moments in smaller rooms, best experienced just a few feet away.

The spirit of Jazz Fest from the back of the track


Sharon Jones will always be a bad ass in sequins and fringe, another blow in a year of huge musical losses


Efrem Towns of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band using his big lungs at Jazz Fest


84-year old Daniel Weenie Farrow from the Press Hall Brass in the Economy Hall Tent at Jazz Fest


Mr. Neil Young and Promise of the Real played through a deluge at Jazz Fest, an epic 8 tune, 140 minute set


Soul bluesman Eric Lindell at The Mint in September


St. Paul Janeway and dem Broken Bones at KAABOO pretty much killed it


Aerosmith and Steve Tyler were back in the saddle at KAABOO, the band’s only date of the year


Best of roots, Jason Isbell’s KAABOO set was a highlight


The hands and strings of famed Meters bassist George Porter
at The Mint in October

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