Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz Plays New Orleans


Bassist Les Claypool led a rare Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz performance on May 3 at the Joy Theater in New Orleans during Jazz Fest. Claypool, percussionist Mike Dillon, drummer Stanton Moore and saxophonist Skerik focused mostly on improvisation over the course of the two-plus hour concert.

The quartet treated the capacity crowd to a free-flowing jam before performing “The Seven” off Primus’ 2017 album, The Desaturating Seven. Another segment of improv followed. Then, Claypool invited his The Claypool Lennon Delirium band mate Sean Lennon up for “Mr. Wright” from the project’s 2016 debut studio album, Monolith Of Phobos. One more bout of jamming, this time on Primus’ “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver,” came ahead of the “D’s Diner” finale.

Here’s audio of the concert taped by Randy Bayers:


Watch fan-shot video captured by Michael Hawkins:

Part One

Part Two


Mr. Wright

Part Four


Dee’s Diner

Part Six


Les Claypool at Joy Theater

  • Opening Jam
  • The Seven  
  • 2nd Jam
  • Mr. Wright  
  • 3rd Jam
  • D's Diner  

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