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It’s Sunday again, and I find myself rejoicing in the arrival of cooler weather here in New Orleans. I also find myself in similar moments of rejoicing uttering “Graças a Deus.” I learned to say this while I was in Brasil years ago, and now I find it a regular part of my vocabulary. 

I have an aversion to the word “god.” It doesn’t sound godly at all to my ears. After all, written backwards it does read “dog.” I see dogs as more “godly” than gods. Gods seem to get in the way of humanity where dogs aptly fit in and are essential parts to our being. I can’t remember a war that brought on by dogs. Conflicts, sure; but not all out wars. Just the word “god” is so un-poetic. If we all acted like dogs, the world would undoubtedly be a better place. Graças a Deus para cães.  

Greetings from New Orleans!

Wow, every time I sit down to write, I really have to give some thought to what’s been going on. I must be having fun, because this year has gone by quickly. I recently looked back at some photos to see when I began to let my hair grow back. That was in October of 13′. I’m glad to say, I still have a little bit. I did quite a bit of arranging earlier this year for Lena Prima, as well as a Cole Porter Tribute show I did for a performer on the American Queen. The Winter and Spring kept me very busy gigging all the way through the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Barb and I were able to squeeze a week off in March to visit her cousin in Tucson AZ. She had never seen the Sonoran desert, and I thought she should. As soon as the Fest was over, I went for a hike in the woods up in Buffalo River Wilderness area of Arkansas. In July, we made a 2 week NE tour to see her family in Ohio, and family I have in Lancaster PA, and Marlborough MA. On the way, we made quick stops in Rochester to see our friends, Michael and Marcia Tomb, as well as our friend Tom Kasperak (a stellar drummer whom I worked with Buddy Morrow) in Buffalo. Pretty much, the rest of the year has been dedicated to the house, music, livin and lovin’! 

As for current undertakings, I continue to work on my piano and singing skills. I pick up occasional bookings for the Po’Boys, but lately, I’ve been paying more attention to Gringo do Choro. We’re maintaining a monthly appearance at Dos Jefes Cigar Bar. I have my sight on a new musical landscape emanating very soon. It may just be my last endeavor. Keep your eyes and especially your ears open for the next project!

Thank Ya’ll for visiting my page! ~Rick

Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’Boys – New Recording

trolsen-CD015After years of leading a band under the name of “Rick Trolsen’s New Orleans Po’Boys,” we have finally recorded a CD.   As I had always envisioned it, I had the great local artist, Bunny Matthews, to do the artwork. With the help of my friends, Charlie Fardella, Bruce Brackman, John Rodli, Russell Welch, Steve Braun and Benji Bohannon, the project turned out wonderful! As usual, I stay busy doing many sideman gigs, local and out of town, but the road life just ain’t my thing. Even staying at a 5 star hotel seems blasé’ to me.

Greeting from New Orleans – 2013 Edition

This has been a great year for me, both personally and professionally. I dare to say that I grew up this year…(better late than never.) I have also found myself in a comfortable place with the musical endeavors I have gravitated to. Neslort of course is my greatest ambition, as it should be, being the very fabric of my own original artistic impression of “Life in the human body.” But as well, my performance situation includes playing a solo piano gig at the Old Point Bar most every Friday, and playing with Lena Prima on weekends at the Hotel Monteleone. Wednesday’s on Frenchman street, you can find me with the Ben Polser and the “Orleans 6” playing some kick ass trad jazz at The Spotted Cat, and I still play at Dos Jefes Cigar Bar (5535 Tchoupitoulas St) on the average of once a month doing something different on every performance.

The “New Orleans’ Po’Boys 1st CD Release

That’s right; after years of performances, The New Orleans Po’Boys are releasing their 1st CD, entitled fittingly, “The New Orleans Po’Boys.” It will be an even mix of New Orleans traditional favorites & original compositions of mine. It will be released in early October in anticipation of our performance at the Panama City Jazz Festival in Panama City, Florida on October 18th and 19th.

To be featured are Charlie Fardella on Trumpet, Bruce Brackman on Clarinet, John Rodli & Russell Welch on Guitar, Steve “Trapper” Braun on Bass and Benji Bohannon on Drums & Cymbals!

New Orleans’ Po’Boys to appear at Panama City Jazz Fest

The New Orleans’ Po’Boys to appear at Panama City Jazz Fest October 18th & 19th debuting their soon to be recorded CD, “The New Orleans’ Po’Boys.”

A Rifftides Review of Mystical Scam

Doug Ramsay

From the Respected Music Blog Rifftides, considered  one of the best blogs for Jazz Students

Most reviews and articles about the leader of Neslort (spell it backward) begin, “Eccentric New Orleans trombonist Rick Trolsen…” The reasons for that are apparent in this CD. Equally evident is Trolsen’s and the sextet’s musicianship, which merges street funk, bebop, electronica, rhythm and blues, New Orleans parade pzazz and—as in all good gumbos—a mystery ingredient or two. Tim Robertson’s pliant guitar licks, Kyle Cripps’ saxophones, Matt Perrine’s bass and tuba, Larry Sieberth’s keyboards and the popping vigor of Boyanna Trayanova’s drumming complement Trolsen’s blowsy trombone and his vocals, reminiscent of David Clayton-Thomas.

See the review on-site here

Mystical Scam CD Release Celebration: November 17th @ Blue Nile

CD Release Party Upcoming for Mystical Scam

Hey Ya’ll,

Click to Buy at Louisiana Music Factory!

We’re really excited to let you know that our “Mystical Scam” CD release celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th at the Blue Nile Lounge at 532 Frenchmen St. in New Orleans. The show begins at 10:00 pm.  The CD features the alternative jazz sound of Neslort. It was recorded in July, mixed and mastered at Misha Kachkachisvili’s studio in Metairie La., Axis Studio.

Featured are Larry Sieberth on keys, Tim Robertson on Guitar, Matt Perrine on Bass, Boyanna Trayanova on drums and Kyle Cripps on Tenor and Soprano Sax. Needless to say, the band is slammin’!

Also, if you can’t make that date, we will be playing at the Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St.) on Sunday, November 28th!

Please come out and be a part of the Neslort experience!

Look around this site for more info.   By the way, our store has now Primordial Infused Neslort T-shirts, Caps (and  soon stickers)!!  And you can get a sneak peak at the Enhanced CD portion of this release in our online video clips

Purchase and Download Mystical Scam at Threadhead Records Now

Wonga Winga!

PS…..You can purchase this album right now using links behind the images at right


Wow, I know its already Thursday, but I have a moment to reflect on this past weekend when I had the opportunity to hang with some “Threadheads.” Yea, the people who participate generously to support New Orleans music and New Orleans musicians. They do it because they like what we do here, and they like New Orleans. They gain nothing except satisfaction, new friends, and good times. It sure was great to meet the people that have helped produce our effort, “Mystical Scam.” It’s encouraging to see such a grassroots organization achieve great success!

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention….

“Mystical Scam” is now available everywhere! Drop what you are doing, and go buy a copy of it today. I can promise that you will feel better after listening to it!

It’s Coming….