The funky keyboardist will play an album release show Wednesday night at Tipitina's and we have a pair of tickets to give away.

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Nigel Hall

Wednesday, R&B keyboard player Nigel Hall will play an album release party at Tipitina’s, and we’re giving away a pair of tickets to it. Register here for a chance to win.

The album is appropriately titled Ladies & Gentlemen … Nigel Hall, as it introduces Hall to record buyers and people outside New Orleans as a bandleader. Up to now, he has been better known as a sideman in Eric Krasno’s jam/funk bands Soulive and Lettuce. Ladies & Gentlemen … Nigel Hall presents him as a soul classicist who is more song-oriented than you might imagine. Only two songs pass the five-minute mark, and one is a cover of The Isley Brothers’ slow jam, “Lay Away.”

Krasno produced the album, which also includes guest spots by such regulars during the Jazz Fest season as saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, drummers Adam Deitch and ?uestlove, and Ivan Neville.

Unlike much jam funk, Hall’s album is shaped by lyrical content. “I like to sing songs that reflect my being and who I am as a person,” Hall says. “Because that really touches me. When you hear a song and it makes you cry, or it makes you happy or it evokes any kind of feeling, that is music. That is what music is supposed to do. And music is the last pure thing we have left on this earth.”

Contest closes Tuesday at 5 p.m.

If you're thinking of buying Ladies & Gentlemen ... Nigel Hall, we hope you'll do so through the link on this page. It costs the same as if you bought it from Amazon, but My Spilt Milk will get a piece of the action. You can get the music you want and support My Spilt Milk.