Born Sept. 8,1947 in New Orleans...
began piano at eleven, guitar at thirteen...
high school valedictorian...
B.S. Mathematics, Tulane, '69.
The now classic Mardi Gras single, Ain't Nothin' Like It b/w If Ever I Cease To Love, houses "the first" commercial recordings of Branford & Wynton Marsalis (79). NBC Saturday Night Live's segment on New Orleans soul food restaurant, Buster Holmes, had AJ's song as the soundtrack.
In '81, composed, produced and performed the new tourism theme, 'Louisiana, A Dream State'.
First appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in1979. In '83, A. J. Loria became King Nino & the Slave Girls, a six-man rhythm section and four fine,dancing, singing women. Having just produced with Carlo Ditta (Orleans Records) the first record in ten years of Mighty Sam McClain, introduced Sam onstage as special guest.
The first A. J. Loria LP, 'New Orleans, New Orleans...', featuring Bernard Purdie (Beatles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, et al) on drums, in addition to the Marsalis brothers performances, was first released by Tom Stagg's Nola label ('84) in Europe, then by Orleans in the U.S. and Canada, and later by Vivid Sound Corp. and Alpha in Japan. Vivid Sound, noted purveyor of roots American R&B, called A. J. to co-produce 'Mighty Sam McClain', featuring Wayne Bennett-Live In Japan' ('86).
For three years, through '89, produced the St. Jude Midnight Jazz Mass music every Saturday night. Co-conceived with Fr. Jack Franko,O.M.I., includes original music & performances by Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Edgar Blanchard, Lady B.J., A.J. et al. Allen Toussaint requested a Japanese theme song for his 1988 Japan tour; together they composed 'Shinjirarenai'.
For his tenth anniversary performance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, A.J. invited Bo Gumbos, Epic/Sony's 'Pop Band of The Year', with Allen Toussaint on piano, singing 'Shinjirarenai', filmed by SONY. Days later, moved to Japan & married Yoko Maekawa... summer gigs in Tateyama...fall recording sessions for Tokuma-Japan.
1990, interviewed by Switch Magazine, Japan. 1991, began the first of fifteen original scores for PBS-TVseries on New Orleans.
1993, back to Japan to support P-Vine's release (A.J.'s second) of '...As King Nino Speaks', (John Vidacovich, drums, George Porter, Jr., bass, Allen Toussaint, guest piano)... then to Singapore for three club dates. In November '93, the live recordings, 'Midnight At St. Jude's', were released by Orleans (U.S.) and Sky Ranch (Europe).
February 12,'94, performed six original compositions live on stage with Andrew Dice Clay for HBO Comedy Special, 'Valentine's Day Massacre' - 500,000 viewers. The next day, Mardi Gras '94, Japan's FUJI-TV, aired Down To New Orleans', an hour-long documentary on New Orleans musicians, including A.J. and opening with his hands playing another original composition.
In '95, for BMG-Victor's June Yamagishi CD release, 'Smokin Hole', co-wrote three songs and played piano. Late '96 in New York, recorded with Furusawa Ryojiro ('the Art Blakey of Japan') on drums, Mine Kosuke, 'Japan's #1 jazz saxophonist' & Ivan Bodley, bass/co-producer, A.J.'s third CD, 'King Nino - Louisiana Lounge Lizard'. This led to Yougeysha (mgt. co. of Furusawa & big Epic/SONY band, 'ShangShang Typhoon') inviting A.J. as opening (and joining in with ...) act for the 'ShangShang Matsuri (festival)'... 10,000 attendance, filmed by SONY.'97 .....Yomiuri-TV & Toshiba-EMI called w.r.t. 'Sakamoto Fuyumi Goes To New Orleans' (1-hr. documentary) plans for Japan's #1 female 'enka' star. A.J., featured in the film, produced, performed and composed new English lyrics for the live recording at Snug Harbor.
Summer of '99, in Geneva at the five-star Hotel Richemond, 'Artist in Residence'. July 16, 2000 closed the 'Concerts Acoustiques' series of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Then to Japan once again for the Kushiro Festival in August.
In 2001, London Financial Times runs a story on A.J. Loria... he writes and records "Taliban Song" with Kim Bertucci; Dance & Fight for Lennox Lewis; and his 17th New Orleans, PBS soundtrack... Lost Restaurants of New Orleans.
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