Happy Mardi Gras 2021

Happy Mardi Gras 2021

February 15, 2021

... the beginning of October 2021. I am so looking forward to being able to perform some of the music from my latest album, “The Blue Book Of Storyville". I have to keep reminding myself that Blue Book is at the top of the list of The Times of London’s top jazz albums of 2020. If you haven't gotten your copy yet it's available here in my online store and at the Louisiana music factory in New Orleans. If you are in Europe or other parts of the world it's available at in the UK.

In addition to the CD, Lejazzetal has collaborated with The Traffic Cafe to produce some really classy “music motif T-shirts and sweatshirts”. Check out the website. You can find it at While you're there, pick up a Vappie T-shirt and get a free album download.

I'm thankful for the wonderful following I have for my Facebook live shows twice a day. “COFFEE ON THE PORCH with Don Vappie” and “AFTERNOON SONGS with Don Vappie” are quickly approaching the one year mark. I've been doing the shows daily since late March 2019. How time flies.

In early April I will gather the Creole Jazz Serenaders for a special performance honoring the music of Joe “King” Oliver. We're going to cover his music from 1923 through 1930. The band will perform a variety of his selections from High Society to Deep Henderson to Nelson stomp. I'm still putting the finishing touches on the program and getting the music together. I'll be posting more info about this as it gets closer.

You’ll get to see me on TV shortly. I had the opportunity to be in an episode of NCIS New Orleans last week. I'm not sure when it's going to air but I'll definitely let you know about that as well. The trio I appeared with recorded the incidental music for that scene so it was great that I could actually be on camera to play it with them. As a side note I've got to say, Scott Bakula is really a great guy, so nice.

Well folks, even if we weren't in a pandemic I think we would've had trouble doing our Mardi Gras celebration this year. The temperature has dropped down into the upper teens. Still, I remember some very cold Mardi Gras Days from my younger years. We just put on the layers and go out to the parades. I think it's toughest on the marching bands, especially the brass players. I've done that as well.

I appreciate all of you and invite you to write to me if you have any questions or if you just wanna make a comment. I'd love to hear from you. I'll be back soon with another update. You can view my Facebook live shows at

Stay safe and, as we stay down here, “lassez bon temp roulez!”