Dr Ya Ya's Gumbo Party

Dr Ya Ya's Gumbo Party

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DR. YA YA’S GUMBO PARTY New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, but it is also the home of lots of other great music which, like jazz, mixes many musical & cultural traditions together - rhythm & blues, funk, swing, country, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras.

Biography

~ Dr. Ya Ya's Gumbo Party FAQ's ~
Who's Dr. Ya Ya? The original Dr. Ya Ya was a voodoo root doctor in 19th century New Orleans, a successor to Marie Laveau and the original Doctor John.

How'd a band from the Nutmeg State come to be named after him? Dr. Ya Ya's Louisiana specialty was a jimson weed elixir, not the fake nutmegs carved from wood and sold by Connecticut peddlers of old. One hundred & fifty years or so later, a Connecticut musician got tired of missing Mardi Gras every year because of gigs in New England and asked friends to join together in a party band to celebrate Fat Tuesday. At their 1992 debut, this masked ensemble of popular Connecticut musicians had so much fun that they continued performing sporadically as Dr. Ya Ya's Dirty Rice Revue. The current Dr. Ya Ya's Gumbo Party grew from this mysterious krewe.

What's a gumbo party? When a group of friends get together for a gumbo party, everyone brings a different ingredient to toss into the cooking pot. That’s what New Orleans music is about too and we like to cook our music the same way!

DR. YA YA’S GUMBO PARTY
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, but it is also the home of lots of other great music which, like jazz, mixes many musical & cultural traditions together - rhythm & blues, funk, swing, country, and the rhythms of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lowdown on some songs you might hear Dr. Ya Ya’s Gumbo Party perform:

IKO IKO was first recorded as “Jock A Mo” in 1954 by Sugar Boy Crawford & The Cane Cutters, who turned Mardi Gras Indian chants into a rock’n’swing tune. “Iko Iko” was later made famous by The Dixie Cups and other pop groups.

Hank Williams was from Alabama, but JAMBALAYA is a favorite with Louisiana r&b, country, Cajun, and zydeco bands (and tastes good no matter what state you eat it in!).

Like many of Huey “Piano” Smith’s songs, DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT turns kids rhymes into a sly rockin’ singalong. Huey also wrote hits like ROCKIN’ PNEUMONIA & THE BOOGIE WOOGIE FLU and SEA CRUISE, which were also hits for Frankie Ford. Both Huey and Frankie are still performing - don’t miss ‘em!
BIG CHIEF is songwriter/guitarist Earl King’s tribute to the Mardi Gras Indians, African Americans who parade through New Orleans neighborhoods in spectacular feathered and beaded costumes early Mardi Gras morning every year in honor of Native Americans. Professor Longhair’s 1964 recording of BIG CHIEF is a popular carnival time hit, often performed by The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Subdudes, and many others. Earl King’s other great songs include LET’S MAKE A BETTER WORLD and COME ON (which many people know from the Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan versions).

Aaron Neville’s ballad TELL IT LIKE IT IS was a humungous hit in 1966. Today he has a thriving solo career and performs around the world with the fantastic Neville Brothers, whose YELLOW MOON turns up in Dr. Ya Ya’s repertoire.

BLUE MONDAY and I’M READY are two of dozens of popular hits by Fats Domino, the pride of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward.

Long before Madison Avenue swiped it for tv ads, BAREFOOTIN’ was a big hit for New Orleans’ own Robert Parker.

The Meters, New Orleans godfathers of funk, turned a Mardi Gras Indian chant and street parade beat into HEY POCKY A-WAY. Other Meters hits include FIYO ON THE BAYOU and CISSY STRUT. HEY POCKY A-WAY can also be found on the wonderful Wild Tchoupitoulas album, a must in any N’Awlins music rack.
SICK AND TIRED was a hit for Chris Kenner, originator of “Land of 1000 Dances.”

The first hit on SINCE I FELL FOR YOU was in 1945 by its author, Buddy Johnson, whose sister Ella sang it with Buddy’s r&b big band. Lenny Welch had a hit with it 18 years later and, no offense to everyone who’s covered this sweet ballad - from Louis Armstrong to Streisand to Nina Simone to B.B. King - we kinda like Dr. John’s arrangement based on bandleader Paul Gayten’s version!

ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD comes from The Subdudes, one of the best modern bands in New Orleans and hey, dig it, in all of America.
From his own songs, like SUCH A NIGHT and RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME, to ancient barrelhouse blues like SOMEBODY CHANGED THE LOCK, pianist/singer Dr John is one of the most colorful defenders of N’Awlins musical traditions.

Little Richard was from Georgia, but he recorded nearly all of his early hits - like LUCILLE - in New Orleans studios with the baddest musicians in town behind him.

Smiley Lewis’s ONE NIGHT was One Night of Sin before Elvis Presley’s handlers cleaned it up into One Night With You. Dr Ya Ya’s version depends on how funky the crowd looks - always a judgement call!
PARTY TILL THE MONEY RUNS OUT comes from another fierce contemporary N’Awlins band, The Radiators.

RIDE YOUR PONY was a massive dance hit for Lee Dorsey, one of rock’n’roll’s great philosophers.
Folks, believe it or not, YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE was written by country singer Jimmie Davis, who sang the song while campaigning to become Louisiana’

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Set List

IKO IKO - E
Big Chief - E
I KNOW YOU DON’T LOVE ME NO… - G
HEY POCKY WAY - D
SEA CRUISE - C
Land of 1000 Dances – E flat
RIGHT PLACE , WRONG TIME – E minor
RULER OF MY HEART-B
YELLOW - MOON - G MINOR
MAKE A BETTER WORLD FLAT-E
DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT - C
PARTY till the money runs out - ?
TELL IT LIKE IT IS - F
IM READY - C
JAMBALAY - ( GUIT / PIANO ) - E

FIYO in the Byou - D minor
CISSY -C
SNEAKING SALLY THROUGH ALLEY-B
SICK AND TIRED - B
BAREFOOTIN - B
YES WE CAN CAN - G
BLUE MONDAY - B
OHH BOOP A DOO - D
COME ON
( G on V3 P out )
ONE NIGHT OF SIN - E
ALL THE TIME in the WORLD - A
LUCILLE - E
SINCE I FELL FOR YOU - G
SUCH A NIGHT - E
RIDE YOUR PONY -C
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE - C