FREE DOWNLOAD: “Let’s Go Get ‘Em” New Orleans Brass & Funk Mix

June 11, 2014 at 10:20 am


I am fortunate to have worked on this mix with my friend and colleague, Derrick Ah Sam.  In February 2013, Derrick reached out to me about executing a mix he had been thinking about for a while.  After countless hours, nights after work, and weekends of getting together for a few hours a day, we released the final product in April 2014, just in time for Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  The response has been amazing and this is only the beginning.

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This is a sampling of some of the sounds of the city that has truly moved my spirit since my first visit to New Orleans for the 2005 Jazz Fest. Here, we’ve reinterpreted and presented this music in a way that is new and fresh (thanks to a very technically challenging and amazing mix by my good friend and DJ, Frank Foreal), yet still pays proper respect to the culture and the folks that create this music.

This is truly a project of passion for me. As a matter of fact, I have so much love for New Orleans, it can be challenging to find a way to accurately translate and explain my feelings for this place…

Thus, I found the best way to express my affection is through music and this project, “Let’s Go Get ‘Em”, is my personal love letter to the city of New Orleans.

Happy listening!


Derrick Ah Sam


If you like what you hear, we kindly ask that you make a small donation to The Roots of Music foundation in New Orleans.


Text ROOTS to 88588 to donate any amount!

Co-Founded by Derrick Tabb, snare drummer for the Rebirth Brass Band, The Roots of Music fills a void in music education programs in New Orleans schools.

The Roots of Music empowers New Orleans youth aged 9-14 through music history and theory as well as instrumental instruction and ensemble performance preparation. They also provide educational & academic support, and mentorship while preserving and promoting the unique musical and cultural heritage of the city.

Marching bands were once an integral part of New Orleans middle schools, but many schools discontinued their music programs for this age group after Katrina. Today, The Roots of Music serves over 100 students, making up a full marching band that has successfully paraded the city since Mardi Gras 2009.

By donating to this organization, you can help empower the next generation of musicians who will continue to carry on the cultural legacy of the music we’ve presented here.


released 28 April 2014
Produced & Arranged by Derrick Ah Sam
Co-Produced by Frank Foreal
All Mixing, Cuts & Scratches by Frank Foreal
Engineered & Mastered by Garfield Adams at Stemulated Studios, Pasadena, CA
Cover Photo by C R Photography
Album Artwork by LeeJames

Derrick Ah Sam
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Frank Foreal

Garfield Adams

C R Photography


Frank Foreal Live on Soundwaves Radio – May 31st, 2014

June 3, 2014 at 11:55 am



Kraak & Smaak – I Just Want To Be Loved
Focus – Having Your Fun (4 Hero Rmx)
Sun Singleton – Ready (Opolopo)
Kelis – Cobbler
Electric Wire Hustle – These Are The Last Days
Jason McGuinness – Smiling Faces
Amerigo Gazaway – Time (To Get It Together)
E Reece – This Is…
Ana Tijoux – Vengo
Karol Conka – Boa Noite
Chrissy Murderbot – Braaain

Frank Foreal Live on Soundwaves Radio – March 8, 2014

March 15, 2014 at 7:13 am


1. Malkovich – What I Know f. Sum
2. O.B. & SaFE -You & I
3. Soul Mates – Peculiar Mathematics
4. Frank Foreal – Rookie Beat
5. Takuya Kuroda – Rising Son
6. Next Collective – Thank You
7. Hozier – Take me to Church
8. Alsarah & The Nubatones – Oud Solo
9. Cibo Matto – Deja Vu
10. The Decoders – I Am The Black Gold of The Sun (Adam Berg Remix)
11. The Souljazz Orchestra- One Life To Live

Live Mix: Frank Foreal @ Touch Vinyl “Open Tables” 11/7/13

February 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm


There’s a really cool record store in West LA that I recently discovered (late pass), called Touch Vinyl.  I found out they have an open tables event every Thursday, so I thought it would be fun to spin some records there.  They liked my set enough to post on their Soundcloud page, so now you can enjoy.  The selection there is well curated, from new releases in numerous genres to classic albums in great condition (saw D’angelo’s “Voodoo” album on the wall, promo).

Music from Little Dragon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Thes One, John Klemmer, and much more.


FREE MIX: The Straight Ahead Vol. 1 by Closed Caption

December 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

Our man, Closed Caption, put this together on one of our first nights at The Straight Ahead.  Many more to come.  Enjoy!

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1. Jack Bruce – Born to Be Blue
2. The Heath Brothers – Smilin’ Billy Suite Part II
3. Robert Glasper – F.T.B.
4. Dexter Gordon – A Night In Tunisia
5. Aldo Romano – Cité Soleil
6. Galt Macdermot – Golden Apples Part II
7. Horace Silver Quintet – Senor Blues (Vocal Version)
8. P.E. Hewitt Jazz Ensemble – The Winter Wind
9. Donald Byrd – Stepping Into Tomorrow
10. George Benson – Face It Boy, It’s Over
11. Quincy Jones – Summer in the City
12. Omar – Syleste (Lounge Lizzard Mix)
13. Miles Davis – Water Babies
14. Andrew Hill – Illusion
15. Giovanni Mirabassi – Dear Old Stockholm
16. Oliver Sain – On the Hill
17. George Benson – Shadow Dancers
18. Herbie Hancock – Speak Like a Child
19. Mulatu Astatke – Gubelye
20. Galt Macdermot – Ripped Open by Metal Explosions