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Mourning the loss of mentor and friend Herb Hardesty
Posted: December 6, 2016
"Herb was an amazing musician who played both trumpet and tenor saxophone and was one of the original members of both The Fats Domino Band and Dave Bartholomew's Band. That's Herb's horn that you hear soloing on lots of Fats' greatest hits like "I'm Walkin" and "Ain't That a Shame". Herb's masterful style has graced many a famous musician's shows and recordings, and during his long and illustrious career he's played with luminaries like Lloyd Price, BB King, Tom Waits, Little Richard, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John, and Ella Fitzgerald.

To me, Herb was both a mentor and friend. When I was a young musician in Fats' band, Herb really took me under his wing and went out of his way to help me. In fact, Herb even showed me how develop black and white film to hustle extra money on gigs. He'd set up a dark room in his hotel room and take photos on stage during the first set of the show. Then he'd run to his room on set break, develop the film and then sell the pictures in the lobby after the show!

My deepest condolences to Marty, Herb's loving, longtime, life companion, his family, children and all who knew and loved him. Rest in peace, my brother."

Here's a great, live audio recording of Tom Waits that really showcases Herb's masterful trumpet playing, and Tom Waits' words seem poignant and appropriate today:


Reggie Houston's Anonymous Legends April 18, 2017 at Cafe Istanbul, NOLA!
Posted: October 5, 2016
One of New Orleans' finest sounding venues, Cafe Istanbul will host Reggie's newest band Anonymous Legends which performs excerpts from the much larger project, Anonymous Legends: A History of New Orleans Music


Visit New Orleans with Reggie as your guide!
Posted: August 21, 2016
April 16-21, 2017 Reggie teams up with My Bucket List Adventures for the first of what we hope to make an annual excursion for a group of 24 to New Orleans! We'll be staying at the beautiful and historic Bourbon Orleans Hotel right in the heart of the French Quarter and are cooking up a fantastic week with visits to some of Reggie's favorite haunts. We'll post more details here as they're confirmed, but in the meantime, if you're interested, please contact Sandi at 503.253.8738 or sandi@mybucketlistadventures.com.

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Dec11

New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates

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EAT: An Oyster Bar, 3808 N Williams, Portland, Oregon

Reggie Houston's Box Of Chocolates At EAT (Portland, OR) Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? If so, come on down to EAT: An Oyster Bar for a New Orleans-style jazz brunch. Sink your teeth into the authentic tastes of Louisiana like EAT's soft-shell crab po' boy as Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates transports you to a French Quarter bistro jam... shoot, ain't no need to miss N'Awlins y'all, we got it right here at EAT!

Reggie, Tim Acott & Turtle Vandemarr perform from 11am to 2pm. For more information, call EAT at 503-281-1222, or visit their website: http://www.eatoysterbar.com.

Dec13

Reggie Houston Trio

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Tapalaya, 28 NE 28th Ave., Portland, Oregon

Join Reggie along with saxophonist Taeko Yokoyama and a regularly rotating cast of some of Portland's finest musicians for a free weekly gig at Tapalaya, one of the most innovative Cajun/Creole restaurants in Portland!

First and Third Tuesdays:
Steve Christofferson on keys

Second and Fourth Tuesdays:
Mike Elson on keys

Fifth Tuesdays:
Dan Gaynor, Steve Christofferson, or Mike Elson

As the name implies, Tapalaya combines one of the world's most delicious cuisines with the small plate fare of a tapas restaurant-- meaning you can try several of their mouth watering options in one sitting.

There's no cover for this show and plenty of free and legal parking next door in The Whole Foods parking lot. And wait until you sample Tapalaya's fresh juice cocktails... in fact, if you show up early you'll be able to avail yourself of some of the best happy hour specials in the city.

Dec18

New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates

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EAT: An Oyster Bar, 3808 N Williams, Portland, Oregon

Reggie Houston's Box Of Chocolates At EAT (Portland, OR) Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? If so, come on down to EAT: An Oyster Bar for a New Orleans-style jazz brunch. Sink your teeth into the authentic tastes of Louisiana like EAT's soft-shell crab po' boy as Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates transports you to a French Quarter bistro jam... shoot, ain't no need to miss N'Awlins y'all, we got it right here at EAT!

Reggie, Tim Acott & Turtle Vandemarr perform from 11am to 2pm. For more information, call EAT at 503-281-1222, or visit their website: http://www.eatoysterbar.com.

Dec20

Reggie Houston Trio

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Tapalaya, 28 NE 28th Ave., Portland, Oregon

Join Reggie along with saxophonist Taeko Yokoyama and a regularly rotating cast of some of Portland's finest musicians for a free weekly gig at Tapalaya, one of the most innovative Cajun/Creole restaurants in Portland!

First and Third Tuesdays:
Steve Christofferson on keys

Second and Fourth Tuesdays:
Mike Elson on keys

Fifth Tuesdays:
Dan Gaynor, Steve Christofferson, or Mike Elson

As the name implies, Tapalaya combines one of the world's most delicious cuisines with the small plate fare of a tapas restaurant-- meaning you can try several of their mouth watering options in one sitting.

There's no cover for this show and plenty of free and legal parking next door in The Whole Foods parking lot. And wait until you sample Tapalaya's fresh juice cocktails... in fact, if you show up early you'll be able to avail yourself of some of the best happy hour specials in the city.

Dec25

New Orleans Jazz Brunch with Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates

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EAT: An Oyster Bar, 3808 N Williams, Portland, Oregon

Reggie Houston's Box Of Chocolates At EAT (Portland, OR) Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? If so, come on down to EAT: An Oyster Bar for a New Orleans-style jazz brunch. Sink your teeth into the authentic tastes of Louisiana like EAT's soft-shell crab po' boy as Reggie Houston's Box of Chocolates transports you to a French Quarter bistro jam... shoot, ain't no need to miss N'Awlins y'all, we got it right here at EAT!

Reggie, Tim Acott & Turtle Vandemarr perform from 11am to 2pm. For more information, call EAT at 503-281-1222, or visit their website: http://www.eatoysterbar.com.