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August 16th, 2019



1. Monk Dancing On The Levee / 2. 6-8 Tune / 3. Terms Of Surrender / 4. Five Fingers To Death / 5. The Return Of The Session / 6. Price Of A Dream / 7. Kelly Ann Con-Artist / 8. Bigly / 9. Kolmas Linja / 10. This Blues


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Monk Dancing On The Levee (Single)
July 12th, 2019


Kolmas Linja (Single)
August 2nd, 2019



Five years ago, we started meeting for weekly practice sessions with the simple aim to get better at making music. Over time, we developed into a full-time, highly driven jazz band out of New Orleans. The music we create could be described as contemporary jazz, because individually and collectively, we are trying to       create a sound that reflects who we are at this moment. However, we are each steeped in a rich tradition. We have been lucky enough to play with some of New Orleans’ legendary elders, and on any given day, Session members can be heard playing in some of their groups. Drummer Darrian Douglas plays regularly with the likes of Ellis Marsalis and Germaine Bazzle, while trumpet player Stephen Lands can sometimes be heard at New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall. In fact, you can often find the entire rhythm section of the Session making up three quarters of Jason Marsalis’ Vibraphone Quartet. In short, while we are a modern jazz group, we not only respect jazz’s historical traditions, but actively learn and play them!

The Session is:

Steve Lands - Trumpet
Andrew McGowan - Piano
Jasen Weaver - Bass
Darrian Douglas - Drums





I only heard that day’s set by the
Session, a young modern-jazz quintet
comprised of local- pedigree sidemen,
on the radio, in WWOZ’s broadcast
from the Jazz Tent while I was stuck in
traffic. They sounded hot and sharp,
so I bought the record, This Is Who
We Are (Hep-Tone Fidelity).
— David Frick, Rolling Stone Magazine
The Session combine superb
musicianship with youthful energy and
verve and a high degree of
compositional sophistication. It’s music
from New Orleans rather than ‘New
Orleans Music’ - The Session have not
only absorbed the music of their home
city they are fully versed in the entire
— Ian Mann of “The Jazz Mann”:
Last night, I stopped by the Roosevelt Bar to hear Darrian Douglas and The Session and it was a great show. The band with Jasen Weaver, Andrew McGowan, Steve Lands, and James Partridge is sounding better than ever.
— Jason Marsalis

Jazz Fest 2013 Focus: The Session

May 1st, 2013 | By: Aaron Lafont | OffBeat Magazine

“Play some bossa nova,” hollers a belligerent man from his barstool. His tawdry female companion adds to the racket just as the band on stage descends onto the closing bar of its set’s second song. In the moment that follows, a tense air fills the room. For the French Quarter crowd, it isn’t the outburst that takes them by surprise, it’s the scene: Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, the city’s swankiest jazz joint... [READ MORE]

At New Orleans Jazz Fest 2013, Local Spice and Old Favorites

May 1st, 2013 | By: David Fricke |

Everyone uses it: locals; out-of-town vets; first timers who know, as soon as they get a taste, that they are coming back for more. But the full, formal name of Jazz Fest – the annual pair of spring weekends dedicated to Louisiana's music, cuisine and infamously precarious weather, now in its 43rd year and resuming May 2nd – is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival... [READ MORE]

Arts: June 2013

June 2nd, 2013 | By: Lianna Patch | New Orleans Living Magazine

With a brand-new album and a performance at Jazz Fest 2013 under their belts, young jazz quintet The Session is looking forward. To what, exactly? “World domination,” laughed drummer and bandleader Darrian Douglas. Barring that, he said, “We’re booking different jazz fests, gigs in New York…looking to get out of New Orleans.”...[READ FULL ARTICLE]