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MONTH / DAY DATE CITY VENUE INFO

November
2016

TUE 11/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel Don Vappie and John Rankin.

October
2016

TUE 10/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin.
TUE 10/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Fohl and John Rankin.
TUE 10/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez
THU 10/6 New Orleans City Park Gardens 6 p.m., I’ll be joined by Clarence Johnson III (sax), Charlie Fardella (trumpet), Ed Wise (bass), Paul Soniat (songs and singing), and Washboard Chaz.
TUE 10/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody and John Rankin.

September
2016

TUE 9/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin- Songwriter special. Whatever happens, it’ll be fun, intelligent, soulful, and free.
TUE 9/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin. Three great players, sophisticated New Orleans music. Sounds perfect for you!
FR 9/16 New Orleans Old Point Bar in Old Algiers on the levee Solo John Rankin, Taking requests, some originals, lots of oldies of all kinds.
TUE 9/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin.
TUE 9/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez and John Rankin

August
2016

TUE 8/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Fohl and John Rankin
TUE 8/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin (solo)
TUE 8/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin

July
2016

TUE 7/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin.
TH 7/7 New Orleans Chickie Wah Wah The New Orleans Guitar Masters with Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin.
TUE 7/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel Washboard Chaz and John Rankin.

June
2016

TUE 6/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel Spencer Bohren and John Rankin.
TUE 6/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin.
TUE 6/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin.
TUE 6/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody and John Rankin.

May
2016

TUE 5/31 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Masters with Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin.
TUE 5/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Multi-sentimentalist John Rankin (solo)
TUE 5/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel Mad Man/Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Alex McMurray and John Rankin
TUE 5/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel Violinist Matt Rhody and John Rankin
TUE 5/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez and John Rankin.

April
2016

TUE 4/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin.
FR 4/22 New Orleans New Orleans Jazz Fest The New Orleans Guitar Masters with Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin.
TUE 4/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Masters with Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin.
TUE 4/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin.
SU 4/10 New Orleans French Quarter Fest John Rankin playing solo guitar at French Quarter Fest once again, in an air conditioned historic church
TUE 4/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel Tim Laughlin and John Rankin
SU 4/3 New Orleans Snug Harbor The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin.

March
2016

TUE 3/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel Todd Duke and John Rankin
TUE 3/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Masters with Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin
TUE 3/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody and John Rankin
FR 3/11 Algiers Old Point Bar Solo John Rankin
TUE 3/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin.
TUE 3/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin – finesse, raw energy, spontaneous fire – it’s all here, with mostly originals

February
2016

TUE 2/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with guitarists Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin return after a three month hiatus. These guys are in my DNA, and I’m thrilled to have them back! We are guaranteed to put the harm in harmony, or Guitarmony, as the case may be.
TUE 2/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez and John Rankin. The leader of the New Orleans songwriting rebellion comes uptown to remind us how great our community is now and will be soon.
TUE 2/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel No show (Mardi Gras).
TUE 2/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin (solo). One week before Mardi Gras. Expect mayhem.

January
2016

TUE 1/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Matt Rhody. Violin and mandolin master Mighty Matt returns to the scene of the crime.
TUE 1/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Superior Jazz Band with Harry Hardin, Tim Paco, and John Rankin. We have played together for 18 months--I think we’re ready for our closeup.

December
2015

TUE 12/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 12/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel The 11th Annual Holiday Singalong – I’ll bring lyric sheets, a band, and a sound system. You bring yourself, ready to sing. Or play: open to all musicians: sign up and perform a Holiday Song with the band! And everyone: bring those desserts you don’t want around the house tempting you, and we’ll eat them up for you! The band includes me, Sandy Hinderlie on piano, Ray Moore on sax, and Tim Paco on bass. And this is free also?
TUE 12/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Charlie Fardella, Clarence Johnson III, and John Rankin join forces once again for a unique New Orleans experience.
TUE 12/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel Violinist/ mandolinist Matt Rhody and John Rankin.
TUE 12/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin- solo, by special request.

November
2015

TUE 11/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Spencer Bohren and John Rankin – I can’t wait to hear that beautiful lap steel work. I’m so lucky to find a time that Spencer is in town! Alex McMurray and John Rankin- Songwriter Special, lovely guitar work for no extra charge.
TUE 11/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel Tim Laughlin and John Rankin- The French Quarter clarinet master visits the uptown crowd…
TUE 11/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin- Three guitar amigos, but no funny hats.
TUE 11/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin- Songwriter Special, lovely guitar work for no extra charge.

October
2015

TUE 10/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez, the bard of New Orleans, will swap tales with me in a songwriters evening. Paul is always charming, and knows how to hold an audience. I will be taking notes between songs…
TUE 10/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio, with Clarence Johnson III on sax and Charlie Fardella on trumpet, show yours truly how the windy guys can talk with each other and include me in the conversation. Highly recommended for anyone who loves New Orleans music!
TUE 10/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and me, in a guitar induced delirium. Magical musical mayhem!
TUE 10/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody, violinist and mandolinist extraordinaire, joins me for a string thing.

September
2015

TUE 9/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger- Wonderful singer, terrific guitarist, and I have to miss it. Oh well…
TUE 9/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin – sax, trumpet, and guitar. It’s the same but different.
TUE 9/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin – we’re going to keep trying until we’re more popular than Pharrell Williams. Please don’t hold your breath…
TUE 9/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel Spencer Bohren and John Rankin – a first for the Columns! This is going to be very special. I am so excited to be playing with him and that fantastic lap steel he plays.
TUE 9/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel Tim Laughlin and John Rankin – don’t miss this rare appearance by one of New Orleans’ best known and finest musicians! In the little room on the left, so don’t be late.

August
2015

TUE 8/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody and John Rankin – violinist /mandolinist extraordinaire keeps coming back for more, and I’m grateful
TUE 8/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin - guitarist/ songwriter and guitarist/songwriter join forces.
TUE 8/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin. What can I say? We love to play together—maybe you noticed!
TUE 8/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel Cindy Scott and Brian Seeger fill in for me. What a terrific duo! They have a lot of experience playing together, and they are both superb musicians.

July
2015

TUE 7/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Clarence Johnson III, and Charlie Fardella – now this is so special I can’t begin to tell you, but if you come by I guarantee you’ll be thinking about it for days. Totally original versions of old tunes, modernitional or traditern, it’s folk, it’s traditional jazz, it’s modern jazz all in one!
TUE 7/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Matt Rhody – the spectacular violinist and mandolinist joins me for the evening, and proves why he really doesn’t need to play the accordion…
TUE 7/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with John Rankin, Todd Duke, and Phil DeGruy – Once again the Three Pluckateers lay out their passions-all for one, won for all!
TUE 7/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Paul Sanchez – the Poet of the People joins me in an evening of shared songs, laughter, and general mayhem. Highly recommended if you are human.

June
2015

TUE 6/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo – you can fill in the spaces
TUE 6/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Matt Rhody (violin and mandolin) - string delirium
TUE 6/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with John Rankin, Todd Duke, and Phil DeGruy – guitar boys night out!
TUE 6/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and guitarist/singer Detroit Brooks—first time duo!
TUE 6/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and redoubtable reedman Clarence Johnson III

May
2015

TUE 5/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel Norbert Slama and John Rankin-the last visit from this master accordionist before he returns to France!
TUE 5/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Tim Laughlin and John Rankin-the clarinet master returns!
TUE 5/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel Tim Laughlin and John Rankin-the clarinet master returns!
TUE 5/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, Charlie Fardella, and John Rankin-not to be missed!
TUE 5/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel Todd Duke and John Rankin- what’s not to love?

April
2015

TUE 3/31 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody returns for another duo with me. Very special..
TUE 3/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarist/vocalist Detroit Brooks has agreed to share an evening with me at the Columns. Another premiere event!
TUE 3/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel French accordion master Norbert Slama comes to the Columns to join me in an investigation into what makes French music so beautiful.
TUE 3/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony returns yet again. 3 guitar, 31 strings, possibly in tune.…
TUE 3/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Songwriter/guitarist Alex McMurray and John Rankin get in trouble together. Again.

March
2015

TUE 3/31 New Orleans Columns Hotel Matt Rhody returns for another duo with me. Very special..
TUE 3/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarist/vocalist Detroit Brooks has agreed to share an evening with me at the Columns. Another premiere event!
TUE 3/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel French accordion master Norbert Slama comes to the Columns to join me in an investigation into what makes French music so beautiful.
TUE 3/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony returns yet again. 3 guitar, 31 strings, possibly in tune.…
TUE 3/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Songwriter/guitarist Alex McMurray and John Rankin get in trouble together. Again.

February
2015

TUE 2/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel att Rhody joins me with his mandolin and violin. Not to be missed!
TUE 2/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel Mardi Gras day. I won't be playing, so go have yourself the best time you'll never remember!
TUE 2/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo. At last, rid of those thieving sidemen! A whole evening with someone who understands me…
TUE 2/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin. In the small room on the left-limited seating!

January
2015

TUE 1/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel Clarinetist extraordinaire Tim Laughlin and John Rankin
TUE 1/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel The great French accordionist Norbert Slama and John Rankin
TUE 1/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Singer/songwriter/guitar wizard Alex McMurray and John Rankin
TUE 11/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin

December
2014

TUE 12/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Matt Rhody. Violinist/Mandolinist extraordinaire reappears at the Columns. You should come to this extraterrestrial sighting—Matt's too busy to get to the Columns very often!
SUN 12/28 New Orleans R'evolution Restaurant 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., R'evolution Restaurant, 777 Bienville (Royal Sonesta). Another brunch trio gig. Bring a large wallet…
TUE 12/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel 11th Annual Holiday Singalong with John Rankin Quartet. Anybody want to play a Holiday song? Open mike night at the Columns—one holiday song per customer (Holiday songs ONLY). Performers can be beginners, children, dancers, pantomimes, drunk college girls, professional singers and musicians (wait, is there a difference?), singer-songwriters—at least that's what it HAS been. No need to embarrass yourself deliberately, there's lot of other things to do. Like singalong-I'll bring the lyrics, you move your lips. Or sit there and listen to the band: John Mahoney, keyboard; Tim Paco, bass; and respected reeder/reader Ray Moore. Now how much would you pay? Nothing? That's right, free to all. Happy Holiday/Christmas/Channukuh/Kwanzaa!
TUE 12/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin. What can I say about this group that hasn't been said before? Three guitars sit around and try to underplay the others. Sneaky, and great music-we like to leave room for your thoughts.
SUN 12/14 New Orleans Superior Seafood 12:30-2:30 p.m., Superior Seafood, 4338 St. Charles Ave., (corner of Napoleon) A brunch trio. Everyone, come and talk loudly in the key of F.
TUE 12/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin (solo). Finally, someone I get along with and who understands me. I'll be playing some Holiday music, and as many originals as I can get in before people start gagging and falling on the floor, It's a very nice floor, by the way.
TUE 12/9 New Orleans St. Louis Cathedral 6-7 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square.
I will be playing with clarinetist Tim Laughlin on his Holiday show. A wonderful event, highly recommended! And free. Again. You lucky person. WLAE will broadcast this at some later date, and will probably offer it online as well.
SUN 12/7 New Orleans Lakeview Presbyterian Church 10 a.m., Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd. 70124 (near I-610). I'll be playing during the worship service—awesome!
SAT 12/6 New Orleans Marche at the Pitot House 2-4 p.m., Marche at the Pitot House, 1440 Moss, on Bayou St. John
I'll be solo for this Holiday crafts market. Before that, I will be hanging at the Holiday show of my favorite jeweler, Vitrice McMurry, at 949 Harding Drive, just a block on the other side of the bayou. It's easy to work in both. And you are invited!
FRI 12/5 New Orleans City Park Gardens 7 p.m., Spanish Apostolate Pastoral, 2525 Maine Ave., Metairie
This is a solo concert, mixing Classical, Latin, Broadway, and Christmas music.
TUE 12/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Norbert Slama. Norbert will be signing his new autobiography, and playing that beautiful French accordion music. Here's a link to this month's article in Offbeat about him.

November
2014

TUE 11/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin, Harry Hardin, and Tim Paco: violin, upright bass, and guitar, playing Django tunes, Latin, New Orleans, originals, maybe a little Bluegrass, lots of smiles!
TUE 11/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and pianist Sandy Hinderlie: Sandy have played gigs and concerts for years, and this is going to be a lot of fun! Why it took me so long to bring him here I don't know, although you might remember him from last year's Christmas Show…
TUE 11/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Don Vappie: what can I say about Vappie? He plays everything great, sings beautifully—come to think of it, maybe he's a little TOO good…
TUE 11/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin: Three guitars, 31 strings, 4 opinions.

October
2014

TUE 10/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Don Vappie
TUE 10/31 New Orleans Three Muses Chip Wilson and John Rankin
TUE 10/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel The amazing Don Vappie plays solo
TUE 10/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Charlie Halloran.
THU 10/9 New Orleans City Park Gardens hursday Night Twilight in the Garden Series
Pavilion of Two Sisters, Botanical Gardens
$10 admission (includes admission to the Botanical Gardens)
TUE 10/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke

September
2014

TUE 9/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel French accordionist Norbert Slama joins John Rankin

August
2014

TUE 8/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Don Vappie
SUN 8/24 New Orleans Three Muses Norbert Slama & John Rankin
TUE 8/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Alex McMurray
TUE 8/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin
TUE 8/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo

July
2014

TUE 7/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 7/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel Chip Wilson (solo)
TUE 7/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel Paul Sanchez (solo)
TUE 7/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel Don Vappie (solo)
TUE 7/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd

June
2014

TUE 6/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 6/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and master French accordionist Norbert Slama
WED 6/11 New Orleans The Old Mint The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson
TUE 6/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony, a unique guitar trio with the unique Phil DeGruy, the passionate Todd Duke, and little old me
WED 6/4 New Orleans French Quarter Flea Market Summer Harvest Gala Stage
TUE 6/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Neoclassic Jazz Trio with Tom Sancton on clarinet, Charlie Halloran on trombone, and yours truly on guitar and vocals.

May
2014

TUE 5/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and guitarist/songwriter Alex McMurray
TUE 5/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and master French accordionist Norbert Slama
TUE 5/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and songwriter/storyteller/guitarist Paul Sanchez
TUE 5/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Todd Duke, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin.

April
2014

WED 4/30 New Orleans Carrollton Station Performing with The New Orleans Guitar Quartet. 9 p.m. 'till
TUE 4/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo, finally!
SUN 4/27 New Orleans Jazz Fest Lagniappe Stage
Performing with The New Orleans Guitar Quartet.12:50 to 2:05 p.m.
THU 4/25 New Orleans City Park Gardens Performing with Paul Sanchez and the Rolling Road Show.9:15 to 10 p.m.
TUE 4/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet reappears, with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson. Our first public appearance in many months. Come help us celebrate this amazing group.
TUE 4/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Todd Duke, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin. Jazz guitar ecstasy! At least for me…
SUN 4/13 New Orleans French Quarter Festival The Palm Court
Performing with master French accordionist Norbert Slama.1 to 1:45 p.m.
SAT 4/12 New Orleans French Quarter Festival St. Mary's Church (Ursulines Convent on Chartres)
Solo instrumental guitar- I really look forward to this show! 4:45p.m.
THU 4/10 New Orleans City Park Bontanical Gardens Twilight in the Park Series
Performing with songwriter Paul Soniat. 6pm
TUE 4/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitaraganza with Camile Baudoin, David Doucet, and John Rankin. Yes, Don Vappie is still part of this group, but he had a delicious offer he couldn't refuse, so he didn't. Don't worry, three's plenty!
SAT 4/5 New Orleans City Park Garden Show With the John Rankin Trio. 1 to 4 p.m.
SAT 4/5 New Orleans Marigny Brasserie With Paul Sanchez and John Hebert.11 p.m.
TUE 4/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel Clarinetist Tom Sancton and John Rankin play as a duo (The Classic Jazz Duo?) unless we add someone else. Stay tuned.

March
2014

TUE 3/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel French accordionist Norbert Slama joins me for a virtual trip to Paris. So realMais Oui!
TUE 3/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel The second visit of Guitaraganza, with Camile Boudoin, David Doucet, Don Vappie, and John Rankin serving up a multi-string gumbo. Actually, the first appearance of all four of us, as Don was sick for our premiere performance. There might be ukuleles, banjos, mandolins, anything. Or not. But there is definitely gonna be some guitar playing and singing in a radiating, sunny, creole, eclectic kind of way.
TUE 3/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Return of Guitarmony, with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin. An evening of fun jazz interplay. Two seven string guitars and a who-knows-how-many-strings guitarp translate to a good evening.
TUE 3/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel no music

February
2014

TUE 2/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel Songwriter/guitarists Alex McMurray and John Rankin
TUE 2/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitaraganza with Camile Baudoin, David Doucet, John Rankin, and Don Vappie, together for the first time to spew forth understated expressions of love and understanding.
TUE 2/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with Phil DeGruy, Todd Duke, and John Rankin come back for a second round
TUE 2/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin. At last, it's all about me! Fascinating…

January
2014

TUE 1/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Alex McMurray, ace songwriter and guitarist. He's so good,he'll make me look bad, and I'll enjoy it. And no, I'm not a masochist.
TUE 1/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Classic Jazz Trio rides again with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Clarence Johnson III. Why? Because this works, strangely enough. And you'll like it too, unless you're a miserable person, and we all know you're not. Despite what your partner says…
TUE 1/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel Guitarmony with John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Todd Duke—new group, new name, new idea, new sound. We're going to try it and see how we all like it. I predict a favorable result!
TUE 1/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
SUN 1/5 New Orleans Snug Harbor I will be joined by Tom Fischer, master clarinetist and saxophonist, who is an ideal partner but usually busy on Tuesday nights. Tom and I always have a good evening. Always. A promise!

December
2013

TUE 12/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin 6 to 9 (note earlier hours) will be playing Christmas music for diners.
TUE 12/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel 11th Annual Holiday Caroling and Performing Extravaganza with John Rankin, Sandy Hinderlie (piano), Clarence johnson III (sax(, and Jesse Boyd (upright bass). EVERYONE invited to sing or play a holiday song, We'll hand out caroling lyrics, listen to some great players, and have a multitude of talent at all levels. Some desserts provided, please bring one if you would like to.
TUE 12/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Paul Sanchez play together in a songwriting feastival. I'll be the one in leopard leotards…
TUE 12/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke in a 7 string guitar duo that is ridiculously cool.

November
2013

TUE 11/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Norbert Slama
TUE 11/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin, Ray Moore, and Ed Wise
SUN 11/17 Covington Christ Church

The Classic Jazz Trio, with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Tom Fischer
http://www.christchurchcovington.com/site59.php

TUE 11/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Classic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Clive Wilson
TUE 11/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke

October
2013

TUE 10/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo. What do you know about this guy? He never quits…
THU 10/24 New Orleans Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park Botanical Gardens

John Rankin is joined by the madcap reedster Ray Moore, who knows what a ligature is and isn't afraid to use it, and Todd Duke, who is a sheer joy to play 7 string guitar duets with. There will be a few solos as well. This is a lovely series run by my friend Paul Soniat, and I always have a good time, at least what I remember. Please join us for a lovely evening in a lovely environment celebrating all around loveliness. Sounds lovely to me…
http://www.neworleanscitypark.com/events/thursdays-at-twilight-garden-concert-series

TUE 10/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Alex McMurray. The Singer/Songwriter/Guitarerro returns for a second round. Why not? He did great the first time. Incredible songs, Swiss army knife of guitarists.
THU 10/17 New Orleans Café Istanbul (Healing Center)

2372 St. Claude Ave. (Corner of St. Roch)
Guitar Extravaganza with , John Rankin, Brian Seeger, and Walter "Wolfman" Washington
Four guitars share the stage together, and share it with others, including Thaddeus Richard and Donald Ramsey. $20 admission. "It's a throwdown, not a showdown", in organizer Detroit Brooks' own words. A very nice club, parking behind building, an awesome band— you'd be crazy to skip this! And so would I.
http://cafeistanbulnola.com/shows/guitar-extravaganza

TUE 10/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel

The New Orleans Guitar Quartet with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson returns! This band is serious. Watch your wallet.

TUE 10/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Really New Classic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Tom Sancton and Ray Moore will see if making stuff up still works…
TUE 10/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke will enjoy each other's guitar playing and respond accordingly. It happens every time.

September
2013

TUE 9/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and upright bassist Jesse Boyd. Keep your clothes on girls.
TUE 9/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and singer/songwriter Paul Sanchez play original music. Paul is an inspiration to me, and is a fantastic natural songwriter. A special treat for all you song lovers out there—you know who you are.
TUE 9/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke in a 7 string guitar duo. You can decide who wins-- bring your own score card.
TUE 9/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Rankerooni plays solo, as in all by himself. In the Avenue Room (on the right).

August
2013

TUE 8/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel Virtuoso saxophonist Clarence Johnson III and John Rankin in a well balanced duo; he wibbles, I wobble. Wuvly!
TUE 8/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel Master French accordionist Norbert Slama and John Rankin bring the music of Paris to your doorstep. C'est Bon!
TUE 8/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Alex McMurray and John Rankin in their first public exposure. Bring your sunglasses!
THU 8/8 New Orleans City Park Botanical Gardens

Twilight in the Park Series

$10 (includes admission to the gardens)
The New Orleans Guitar Quartet (with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson)
We're playing there for the first time. This series is always fun, and the audience enjoys themselves (the drinking seems to help). All that's missing is you. Bring your living will and defibrillator…

TUE 8/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet (with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson) rides again!

July
2013

TUE 7/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 7/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel That John Fohl wraps it up and puts it in your lap. That's IF you show up…
TUE 7/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Fohl rides again!
TUE 7/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Fohl will be filling in playing a solo show. Great guitarist, singer, songwriter, and handsome too—what's not to hate? You should come see what he can do when he has a LISTENING audience. Guaranteed!
TUE 7/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo

June
2013

TUE 6/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
SUN 6/30 New Orleans Snug Harbor (shows at 8 and 10, by admission):
The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, featuring Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements
TUE 6/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, featuring Jimmy Robinson, John
Rankin, Phil DeGruy, and Cranston Clements
TUE 6/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd
TUE 6/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke

May
2013

TUE 5/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel Ray Moore "reeds" me the riot act on sax, flute, and goatee.
TUE 5/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel Master French Accordionist Norbert Slama joins John Rankin
TUE 5/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Classic Jazz Trio with Tom Sancton, John Rankin, and Clarence Johnson III
TUE 5/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd

April
2013

TUE 4/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd (upright bass).
TUE 4/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson,
TUE 4/16 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
TUE 4/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel I celebrate 15 years at the Columns (yes, really) and 30 years of connubial bliss and blessings with Vitrice
TUE 4/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke

March
2013

TUE 3/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Classic Jazz Trio with Clarence Johnson III, John Rankin, and Tom Sancton
SAT 3/23 Mandeville Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall 6:30 to 8:15- The Dew Drop Jazz and Social Hall in Mandeville has The New Orleans Guitar Quartet with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson.
TUE 3/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd
SUN 3/17 New Orleans Lakeview Presbyterian Church 5 pm, 5914 Canal Blvd., Sunset Sunday series: The Classic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Tom Fischer (New Orleans Jazz)
TUE 3/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson
TUE 3/5 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke (Guitar Duo)

February
2013

TUE 2.26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Ray Moore
TUE 2/19 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Norbert Slama. That's IF he gets back to New orleans form France by then, and I'm a little unsure about that. So tho be on the safe side, let's say JR solo plus maybe hopefully Norbert Slama, the wonderful French Accordionist
January
2013
TUE 1/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, Cranson Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson
At the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Ave.
No Cover
TUE 1/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin Trio with Todd Duke.
December 2012
TUE 12/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo.
TUE 12/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Tenth Annual
Holiday Singalong With John Rankin, Jesse Boyd
Ray Moore, John Mahoney
TUE 12/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet, with Cranston DeGruy, Phil Clements, Jimmy Rankin, and John Robinson.
TUE 12/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke
November 2012
TUE 11/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin (solo).
TUE 11/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Jesse Boyd
TUE 11/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin, Clarence Johnson III and Tom Sancton
TUE 11/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke

Ocotber
2012

TUE 10/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm,The New Orleans Guitar Quartet with (in alphabetical order) Cranston Clements, Phil Degruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson. This speaks for itself. Remember to bring your ibuprofen.
TUE 10/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm,John Rankin and Ray Moore, who can make anything with a reed submit to his musical authority.
TUE 10/16 New Orleans Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park 6pm, John Rankin and The Classic Jazz Trio, with Tom Sancton and Tom Fischer. If you want to hear this lovely group, this is your only chance this fall. We'll be closing out this series, or finishing it off, whichever come first. $10 Admission
SUN 10/14 New Orleans Woldenberg Park 12 pm - 1pm, Louisiana Seafood Festival
I 'll be playing solo in the Capital One Pavilion, right there on the mighty Mississippippissippi.
FRI 10/11 New Orleans Carrolton Station 10 pm, The New Orleans Guitar Quartet (NOGQ) and Woodenhead
TUE 10/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin and Jesse Boyd. Take a number girls, while this guy wraps his fingers around his favorite bass.
TUE 10/2 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin and Todd Duke
September 2012
SAT 9/29 New Orleans Chickie Wah Wah NOGQ, AKA the four guiterminators, play yet again.
TUE 9/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin solo
TUE 9/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin Trio with Clarence Johnson III on sax and Tim Paco on bass.
SUN 9/16 New Orleans Three Muses 7:30 pm, John Rankin and Jesse Boyd enjoy the good life.
FRI 9/14 New Orleans Carrolton Station 10 pm, The New Orleans Guitar Quartet (NOGQ) and Woodenhead
TUE 9/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, John Rankin and Jesse Boyd (bass)
TUE 9/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel 8 to 11pm, Todd Duke and JR as the Dukes of Rankinland
August 2012
TUE 8/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet
Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson
TUE 8/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and master French accordionist Norbert Slama (first time here!)
FRI 8/17 New Orleans Grand Isle Restaurant John Rankin Trio with Clarence Johnson III and Tim Paco
Excellent seafood and ambience, across from Ernst Café on Fulton
TUE 8/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and that ridiculously relentless reedman Ray Moore
TUE 8/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel Don Vappie and His Solo Experience
July 2012
TUE 7/31 New Orleans Columns Hotel Clarence Johnson III, Tim Paco, and John Rankin once again join forces.
FRI 7/27 New Orleans Grand Isle Restaurant (Uptown lake corner of the Harrah's Parking Garage)
Come join Clarence Johnson III, Tim Paco, and John Rankin outside for a free evening of music. Bring your own sweatshirt…
TUE 7/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
TUE 7/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel The New Orleans Guitar Quartet with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, John Rankin, and Jimmy Robinson
TUE 7/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke
TUE 7/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
May 2012
TUE 5/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Brick DuBois
TUE 5/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 5/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke
TUE 5/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Clarence Johnson III
SAT 5/5 New Orleans Jazz Fest 4:25 to 5:40
Jazz Fest Lagniappe Stage, New Orleans Guitar Masters with Phil DeGruy, Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, and Cranston Clements.
WED 5/2 New Orleans Carrolton Station New Orleans Guitar Masters with Phil DeGruy, Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, and Cranston Clements. Let the bad jokes begin!
TUE 5/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo. Finally I get to keep the check.
April 2012
TUE 4/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel New Orleans Guitar Masters with Phil DeGruy, Jimmy Robinson, John Rankin, AND Cranston Clements (Cranorama?)
TUE 4/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel Todd Duke and John Rankin will be joined by Mark Early, notorious saxophonist with Roomful of Blues.
SAT 4/14 New Orleans French Quarter Festival 2-3:15 French Quarter Fest, Classical Music Stage
St. Mary's Church 1116 Chartres St. (next to the Ursuline Convent)
More pretty music, all instrumental, and always a treat for me. Hey, it's FQF, air conditioned and with seating—although I know you like all that heat.
FRI 4/13 New Orleans Concerts at the Landing The Sculpture Garden in City Park
I'll be playing before the free movie, soaking up the ambience and playing the pretty stuff. Yeah, I can still do that too…
TUE 4/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel New Orleans Guitar Masters with Cranston Clements, Phil DeGruy, Jimmy Robinson, and John Rankin. What, four of them?
         
TUE 4/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel Clarence Johnson III and John Rankin. Always worth seeing!
February 2012
TUE 2/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Clarence Johnson III (sax)
TUE 2/21 New Orleans Columns Hotel No show (Mardi Gras)
TUE 2/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo
TUE 2/7 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin and Todd Duke
January 2012
TUE 1/31 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
TUE 1/24 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin Duo with that prolific and pesky Ray Moore on tenor sax, flute, and clarinet. I wouldn't keep bring him back, but he plays so well, I can't help it…
SAT 1/21 New Orleans Old Mint The Classic Jazz Trio, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
TUE 1/17 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
TUE 1/10 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Classic Jazz Trio (John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Tom Fischer) prove that "two" much clarinet can be a good thing when mixed with a uniquely talented and engaging guitarist…
TUE 1/3 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin Duo with yours truly and Todd Duke, who has a 7 string guitar and knows how to use it.
December 2011
TUE 12/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin solo, doing what he does best, sulking in the corner because he didn't get the pony again.
TUE 12/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel Annual Holiday Show! Tim Paco on Bass and Ray Moore on woodwinds join me and you for a caroling and performance spectacular. EVERYONE is invited to do a holiday song of your choice. Kids are welcome! Bring desserts to add to the dessert table if you want to, or not…
TUE 12/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with the amazing Todd Duke with two seven string guitars. Actually, one of those is mine, the other is his…
TUE 12/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin for the first time in ages — break out the WD-40!
November 2011
TUE 11/29 New Orleans Columns Hotel TrioRama with John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Phil DeGruy (AKA º). Three guitars prove why two clarinets and guitar isn't such a bad idea…
TUE 11/22 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with reedman Ray Moore.
FRI 11/18 New Orleans Antoines o midnight The John Rankin Trio plays the Antoines Hermes Room. Tim Paco and Tom Fischer join me, and it's free again!
THU 11/17 New Orleans Ogden Museum The Classic Jazz Trio will play the Ogden Museum Thursday evening series.
TUE 11/15 New Orleans Columns Hotel The John Rankin Trio with John Rankin, Clarence Johnson III on sax, and Jesse Boyd on upright bass. NOW how much would you pay? But wait, there's more…
TUE 11/8 New Orleans Columns Hotel The Classic Jazz Trio with John Rankin, Tom Sancton, and Tom Fischer reunite! Guitar and two clarinets prove that there's no such thing as too much clarinet…
TUE 11/1 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with Todd Duke, two seven string guitars! We will be starting a tad later, around 8:30.
October 2011
TUE 10/25 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with John Rankin and Matt Perrine
TUE 10/18 New Orleans Columns Hotel New Orleans Guitar Masters AKA Triorama with John Rankin, Jimmy Robinson, and Phil DeGruy
SUN 10/16 New Orleans The Maison 4 to 7 p.m.
The Maison, 508 Frenchmen St.
Nickel a Dance Series, Free!
The Good News: John Rankin and the New Orleans Swingmasters, with John Mahoney (piano and trombone), Tom Fischer (clarinet and sax), Clive Wilson (trumpet), Gerald French (drums), Jesse Boyd (bass), and John Rankin. For your dancing pleasure, and free! The Bad News: the Saints refused to postpone their 3:15 kickoff…
THU 10/13 New Orleans City Park , 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Twilight at City Park Series
Playing the final concert in this wonderful series again is the John Rankin Trio with Jesse Boyd on bass, Tom Fischer on sax and clarinet, and of course, John Rankin. $6 gets you into the concert and the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
TUE 10/11 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duoists John Rankin and Todd Duke
TUE 10/4 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin (in the Avenue Room)
SAT 10/1 New Orleans Antoine's Hermes Bar 9:30 to midnight, no cover
Antoine's Hermes Bar, 725 St. Louis St.
Trio with Clarence Johnson III and Jesse Boyd
(I wanted to tell you because you know I'll be late with my September email).
September 2011
TUE 9/27 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duophonia with Jesse Boyd on upright bass
TUE 9/20 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
SUN 9/18 New Orleans Lakeview Presbyterian Church 5914 Canal Blvd.
Jesse Boyd, Tom Fischer, and I will give what promises to be a lovely concert there (and it's after the Saints game at noon)
THU 9/15 New Orleans Yuki Izakaya 8 to 11 p.m.
Yuki Izakaya, 525 Frenchmen St., no cover. I'll be playing with Norbert Slama, the terrific French accordionist. He plays all of those wonderful waltz musettes as well as jazz tunes. Authentic japanese food, good drinks, neat atmosphere, free good music! Now how much would you pay? But wait, there's more…
TUE 9/13 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duophonia with Clarence Johnson III on sax
SUN 9/11 New Orleans First Baptist Church Broadway and St. Charles
Jesse Boyd, Clarence Johnson III, and I will be playing for the church service and the pot luck following. Everyone is welcome; if you come, bring a dish (and put food in it)!
THU 9/8 New Orleans Snug Harbor shows at 8 and 11 Snug Harbor, 626 Frenchmen St.
It's between solo John Rankin and the Saints/Green Bay season opener—are you SURE you want to stay home? Okay, then let me know what happens…
TUE 9/6 New Orleans Columns Hotel I won't be there, but someone will be…
August 2011
TUE 8/30 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with Ray Moore (sax, flute, and clarinet)
TUE 8/23 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin
TUE
8/16
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin Trio with Clarence Johnson III (sax) and Matt Perrine (sousaphone)
THU 8/9 New Orleans Columns Hotel Solo John Rankin featuring John Rankin
TUE
8/2
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duophonia with Todd Duke on guitar, in the Avenue (smaller) Room
July 2011
TUE 7/26 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin Duo with Jesse Boyd, upright bass
FRI
7/22
New Orleans
Antoine's Hermes Bar
9:30 to p.m. to Midnight
Antoine's Hermes Bar 725 St. Louis St.
John Rankin Threeo with Jesse Boyd and Tom Fischer
TUE
7/19
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin Duo with Todd Duke, guitar
SUN
7/17
New Orleans
Snug Harbor
8 and 10 p.m.
Snug Harbor 626 Frenchmen St.
John Rankin Threeo with Jesse Boyd and Clarence Johnson III
THU 7/12 New Orleans Columns Hotel John Rankin Solo featuring John Rankin
TUE
7/5
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
The return of TrioRama with Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin
June 2011
TUE 6/28 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with Clarence Johnson III on sax or saxes, depending what he's playing that week. It doesn't matter, because he's Clarence Johnson III.
WED
6/22
New Orleans
Antoine's Hermes Bar
7 to 8:30
St. Anna's Church, 1313 Esplanade (in the Parish Hall)
This is a solo event, open to everyone, free to listen, dinner by donation. and Tom Fischer
TUE
6/21
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin. Fortunately for you, I don't have to tell you what a treat it is for me to take all the money home; this pays for my chateau in France.
THU 6/14 New Orleans Columns Hotel Duo with Tom Saunders, that Titan of the Low End, and the melodious Bastien of the Bass. Yep, Bass, Tuba, Sousaphone, Bass Sax—that's some big stuff; and he's the big guy to pull it off. You heard him with his band the Cotton Mouth Kings, or the Tom Cats. Anyway, he's got a Tuesday off, so now you can hear him with me.
May 2011
THU 5/5 New Orleans Jazz Fest Lagniappe Stage My quartet has John Vidacovich, Jesse Boyd, and Tom Fischer.
TUE
5/3
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Guitars Gone Wild Trio with Jimmy Robinson (6 and 12 string guitars, vocals) and Phil DeGruy (18 string guitar, bizarre ditties and dangerous ideas)
April 2011
TUE
4/26
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Trio with John Vidacovich (drums) and Jesse Boyd (upright bass)
December 2010
TUE
10/5
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin
Modern Guitar Masters Trio, AKA Rankorama, finally at the Columns!!
November 2010
TUE
11/30
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Todd Duke, guitarissimo first class.
FRI
11/26
New Orleans
CC’s Community Coffee House

2917 Magazine (between 6th and 7th)
Solo Holiday Music!

         
TUE
11/23
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer on clarinet and sax
SU 11/21 New Orleans The Neutral Ground Coffeehouse 5110 Daneel St.
Benefit for Gina Forsyth
I play at 8 pm, but there’s a whole lot of great musicians playing for one of our favorite persons; come join us!!
SA 11/20 New Orleans The Hermes Bar at Antoines John Rankin Trio with Matt Perrine and Clarence Johnson III
Great trio, great atmosphere, no cover!!
TUE
11/16
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
solo John
SA 11/13 New Orleans The Blue Nile Bud Tower, Ralph Murphy, and John Rankin
Songwriters in the Round
Part of the New Orleans Songwriters Fest
Bud is the organizer of the fest, and a wonderful songwriter, and Ralph is a great writer and speaker on songwriting, This is a special treat for me! Check out the whole festival—there’s lots of cool singer/songwriters and clinicians. http://www.nosongfest.com/
TUE
11/9
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
With me for the first time is Kerry Lewis on upright bass. I think you're gonna like him. In the small room.
October 2010
TUE
10/5
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Todd Duke, guitarissimo first class.
THU
10/7
New Orleans
Pavillion of Two Sisters, City Park

6 to 7:30 p.m. Twilight in the Gardens Series Finale
With admission to gardens ($7)

This the last concert of this lovely concert series until next spring...
I performs solo and with Tom Fischer and Paul Soniat.
More fun than two mint juleps, which can also be arranged.

TUE
10/12
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer, who loves clarinet even more than sax...
TUE
10/19
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Just me and you, so you better show up!
September2010
TUE
9/7
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer returns to remind us that grace, musicianship, and good taste do occasionally occur in nice guys...
TUE
9/14
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
he Don and John Show with Don Vappie, that sublimely fluid and speedy plectrist. He’s showing up with some string instruments—probably one of them will be a guitar.
TUE
9/21
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin, but if it’s any consolation, I’ll bring three of my finest fretted friends.
TUE 9/28 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Clarence Johnson III returns and graces us with his jazzical wisdom. Hopefully, I will follow...
SAT 9/25 New Orleans
C.C's coffee house
Magazine and Jefferson.
15th anniversary party of C.C.'s coffee shops
with Johnny Sansonne and John Rankin
Free large coffee!!!
August 2010
FRI
8/6
New Orleans
Desperado’s
Frenchmen at Dauphine (formerly the Santa Fe), 2nd floor
The John and Don show with Don Vappie
Part of the Satchmo Strut, the big pub crawl.
The whole joint is jumpin’, come by and enjoy the relative piece of peace with us!
SAT
8/7
New Orleans
West End Blues Stage
French Market at Governor Nicholls
With the Tim Laughlin Quartet
Need I say more? I’m honored to be part of this band!
TUE
8/10
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin, not necessarily by popular demand
TUE
8/17
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Paul Sanchez and Matt Perrine join me for a fun filled evening. The first performance for this trio!
THU
8/19
New Orleans
Pavilion of Two Sisters
City Park
With Paul Soniat
Glad to be with my friend for his yearly concert; he knows how to have fun with a song and an audience.
For a good time here is to go slow on the Mint Juleps—unless you’re not driving or performing...
SAT 8/22 Covington Covington house concert Sorry, you have to be invited to this one.
Hey, why don’t YOU start a house concert series? Potluck, every one throws in a few bucks, rotate to different houses. Any excuse for a party...
TUE
8/24
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Matt Perrine plays with me in a high octane duo. Smooth!
FRI 8/27 New Orleans Chickie Wah Wah 2828 Canal Street
With Paul Sanchez
My friend and songwriting mentor and I show you what we do together! This won’t hurt a bit...
TUE
8/31
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo JR for now, but I might change my mind...
July 2010
FRI 7/30 New Orleans Antoine’s Hermes Bar, 725 St. Louis in the French Quarter The John Rankin Trio with Don Vappie on upright bass and Tom Fischer on sax and clarinet
No cover fun in da quarta!
THU
7/29
New Orleans
Snug Harbor
The John Rankin Trio with Don Vappie on guitar and mandolin and Jesse Boyd on downright upright bass
And I’ll even have a set list—we don’t want to waste your time....
TUE
7/27
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Clarence Johnson III will join me, and I’ll be bringing the 7 string guitar synthesizer AND my handmade Holland guitar amp with four 10” speakers. It sounds amazing, but of course I’m usually far too lazy to carry either one of them.
TUE
7/20
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Don Vappie and I discuss whether it's cooler to look cool or BE cool when playing seven, eight, six, or four strings each at any given time in the Don and John Show.
TUE
7/13
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Todd Duke and I duke it out on guitars.
TUE
7/6
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo Rankinola for now, but maybe not by then. Might be fun to show up and find out; that’s what I do every week..
June 2010
TUE
6/1
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
I'll be playing Solo John Rankin again. Bring your crying towels.
TUE 6/8 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
The Don and John Show returns with Don Vappie, wizard of the strings.
TUE
6/15
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
First time ever duo with Todd Duke, a wonderful 7 string guitarist who you've seen play with everybody but me...
TUE 6/22 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo Rankin (again...)
THU 6/26 New Orleans
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Phil DeGruy, Jimmy Robinson, and John Rankin play and talk together and at the same time...
TUE 6/29 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer, the ridiculously refined reedman, joins me for a delicious duophonic experience.
May 2010
SUN
5/3
New Orleans
Jazz Fest Lagniappe stage!!!
Guests include Jesse Boyd, John Vidacovich, Tom Fischer, and Tom Sancton
TUE
5/11
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Seva Venet, guitar ( http://sevavenet.com). Seva is a fine guitarist playing New Orleans traditional and swing jazz.
TUE 5/18 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer, the epitome of taste and timing on the clari-tonette and saxophon-ica, will create a magnificent contrast to the floundering of yours truly in the only public concert of the Classic Jazz Duo this month.
TUE 5/25 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Clarence Johnson III returns to join me and shows what can be done by playing in the right end of a saxophone.
April 2010
THU
4/1
New Orleans
Snug Harbor
Frenchmen Street
CD Release Party
The Classic Jazz Trio
Tom Fischer, Tom Sancton, and John Rankin
This baby's been begging to come out! A twin clarinet and guitar showdown. I always did like those twin lead bands.
TUE
4/6
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin, showing why he’s so happy in his own little sandbox...
TUE 4/13 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Don Vappie joins me for the Don & John Show and once again makes me sound gooder.
SAT 4/10 New Orleans French Quarter Fest
Le Petit Theater Mainstage
Solo classical and New Orleans style guitar
THU 4/15 New Orleans 7 pm
Jefferson Public Library
Performing with Tom Sancton
TUE 4/20 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
The Classic Jazz Trio, with clarinetists Tom Sancton and Tom Fischer, join me in our official uptown celebration of our new CD together!
TUE 4/27 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with bassist Jesse Boyd: he's big, he's bad, and he's back!!!
         
March 2010
TUE
3/2
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer
TUE 3/9 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Clarence Johnson III
TUE 3/16 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Evan Christopher
THU 3/18 New Orleans
The Old Mint
Presentation lecture on Snoozer Quinn, the amazing New Orleans guitarist who died in 1949 with very few recordings made.
TUE 3/23 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
solo
TUE 3/30 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Matt Perrine
February 2010
TUE
2/10
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
That superstar of the sousaphone, Matt Perrine, will be joining me. That is, after he walks his legs off in the wonderful Saints parade. Now you know another great place to go after the parade!
TUE 2/17 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
if you really think I'm coming in after a long day of endless gratuitous pleasure, you don't know me. See you next week, when you can see:
TUE 2/17 New Orleans
Carrollton Station
Guitar Masters in the Round
Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin

We’re doing this again. No matter what you say. Seriously, these guys are good-they even practice! Jimmy and I bring about 100 guitars between us, but Phil has so many strings on his he only has to bring one...
TUE 2/24 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
The Don and John Show– that's with Don Vappie, who gives string instruments a good name.
January 2010
TUE
1/5
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Clarence Johnson III. This will probably be the last time for Clarence until next summer, so come listen and save up some great playing...
TUE 1/12 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin. Strangely enough, I’m not totally bored of hearing myself play, as long as it’s not more than three hours.
TUE 1/19 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie. The Don and John Show is always fun and musical too!! Trust me on this...
TUE
1/26
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer, that ubiquitous and uber-talented double threat. He plays great too.
SA 1/30 New Orleans
The Kerry Irish Pub
Duo with Chip Wilson
         
December 2009
TUE
12/8
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with John Rankin and Clarence Johnson III—you don’t want to miss CJ, do you?
THU 12/10 New Orleans Snug Harbor

Camille Baudoin and Friends: Michael Skinkus (percussion), Harry Harding (violin), and John

NEW CD will be out in the spring--a trio recording with Tom Fischer and Tom Sancton on clarinets and me on guitar-some wonderful swinging and New Orleans fun! Stay tuned...

SAT 12/12 New Orleans Vitrice's Art Opening Vitrice's Art Opening, 1 to 4 pm
949 Harding Drive (70119, near Bayou St. John)
I'm making a personal appearance at my favorite jeweler's show, wih CD's for sale...
TUE
12/15
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie—the John and Don Show rides again!
TUE
12/22
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
ANNUAL HOLIDAY SINGALONG
With Tom Fischer (sax/clarinet), Sandy Hinderlie (piano), and John
Caroling for all ages in the beautifully decorated Columns ( We’ll bring the lyrics)
MUSICIANS: come play one or two Holiday Songs (Kwanza and Chanukah too!)--join in the spirit!!
Bring some cookies or desserts for the kids (strictly optional)!
TUE
12/29
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John R...
November 2009
TUE
11/3
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Chip Wilson- guitars meet in a duo, play a lot of notes, nobody gets hurt! Chip’s a very talented and versatile guy: sings, plays, he can even build a beautiful guitar, and we always enjoy ourselves when we play together. In the small room on the right, so get there early or late, but not in the middle...
TUE
11/10
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie- pluckist extraordinaire, whose fingers never leave the hand, they just look that way. Sure he makes me look bad, but he does it SO well and tastefully! And, I like it...
SA 11/14 New Orleans Carrollton Station Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin— Twangoranka (?)
These guys are a blast, great players--we always rock the house!
TUE
11/17
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin- extra large dose of original songs included for no extra charge.
TUE
11/24
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer- superb clarinet, tenor sax, and also adding an air of real class.
October 2009
TUE
10/6
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin with the superlative Don Vappie (guitar, mandolin, vocals, and whatever else he decides to bring). This guy is soo much FUN to play with and to listen to!
THU
10/8
New Orleans
Twilight Garden Series
Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park
If you’ve been before, I don’t have to tell you anything, but this is great fun, one of the most charming events of the year for me. I guess it’s all of those mint juleps, but this is a great audience, and everyone seems to have a lot of fun. $7 admission to the fabulous gardens gets you in the concert as well. Guest appearances by Jesse Boyd on Bass and perhaps even others...
TUE
10/13
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin with Clarence Johnson III (sax)--he's back! And we're better for it.
TUE
10/20
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin with Tom Fischer (clarinet and sax) the reliable and respected reedist is mingling with the strings. He's the smoothest guy I know, and I never get tired of listening to him--neither do you!
TUE
10/27
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin
SEPTEMBER 2009
TUE
9/1
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo Rankin
THU
9/3
New Orleans
Snug Harbor
626 Frenchmen St (504) 949-0696
John Rankin Trio with Jesse Boyd and Jason Marsalis
A special treat for me--these guys are the best of the best, and you get to hear them in the best jazz club in the South! You're lucky, I'm lucky--ain't it grand?
 
 
 
TUE
9/8
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie, stringster and vocalister supreme
(hard to believe, but his fingers never leave the hand)
SUN
9/13
New Orleans
St. Charles Baptist Church
Sunday 9/13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
St. Charles Baptist Church 7100 St. Charles (near Broadway)
Trio with Tom Sancton (clarinet) and Jesse Boyd (bass)
We be playing spirituals and hymns in a traditional New Orleans style for the service and for a brunch afterwords
TUE
9/15
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin
TUE
9/22
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer (he reeds, he reads, he's not cocky but he's good)
TUE
9/29
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin
AUGUST 2009
TUE
8/4
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Don Vappie (guitar, vocals, banjo) and friend(s)
THU
8/6
Gloucester MA
The Rhumb Line
I’m a guest on the Thursday Night series with a quartet run by Dave Saginario.
Drop in for some fun and dancing if you’re in the neighborhood...
 
 
 
TUE
8/11
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer (clarinet,sax) and friend(s)
MO
8/17
New Orleans
Harrah’s Casino John Besh Steakhouse
Don Vappie and John Rankin
Come see us and make the surreal the real deal!
It’s a Blue Monday special, and Don can really dish it out.
TUE
8/18
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo John Rankin
TUE
8/25
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin and Clarence Johnson III (sax)
JULY 2009
TUE
7/3
New Orleans
Carrollton Station
Jimmy Robinson. Phil DeGruy, John Rankin
New Orleans Guitar Masters In The Round
A guy could get used to that masters stuff, not so sure about the round. I’m bringing the big cannons to shoot it out with these guys. It’s fun, lively, full tilt guitar music and it all blends together well, especially when you consider what COULD happen with these three guys involved...
MON
7/6
New Orleans
Harrah's Casino
Don Vappie and John Rankin Duo
Twin 7 string guitars, mandolin, maybe other instruments, singing, good time, from two guitar masters!
 
 
 
TUE
7/7
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Don Vappie and John Rankin Duo
If you read the last entry, you know what’s happening, but this one is in the old same place, not that other newer one.
TUE
7/14
New Orleans
MSnug Harbor (not the Columns!)
Don Vappie, Mark Brooks, and John Rankin
(At the Columns, TBA)
TUE
7/21
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
8 to 11 p.m. The Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer (clarinet and saxophone master) and John Rankin Duo
TUE
7/28
New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin the Solo Guitar Master
JULY 2009
TUE 7/3 New Orleans
Carrollton Station
Jimmy Robinson. Phil DeGruy, John Rankin
New Orleans Guitar Masters In The Round
A guy could get used to that masters stuff, not so sure about the round. I’m bringing the big cannons to shoot it out with these guys. It’s fun, lively, full tilt guitar music and it all blends together well, especially when you consider what COULD happen with these three guys involved...
MON 7/6 New Orleans Harrah's Casino Don Vappie and John Rankin Duo
Twin 7 string guitars, mandolin, maybe other instruments, singing, good time, from two guitar masters!
         
TUE 7/7 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Don Vappie and John Rankin Duo
If you read the last entry, you know what’s happening, but this one is in the old same place, not that other newer one.
TUE 7/14 New Orleans MSnug Harbor (not the Columns!) Don Vappie, Mark Brooks, and John Rankin
(At the Columns, TBA)
TUE 7/21 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
8 to 11 p.m. The Columns Hotel
Tom Fischer (clarinet and saxophone master) and John Rankin Duo
TUE 7/28 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Rankin the Solo Guitar Master
JUNE 2009
TUE 6/2 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Jesse Boyd, upright bass
TUE 6/9 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie, 7 string guitar, tenor banjo, and mandolin
MON 6/15 New Orleans Mat & Naddies Restaurant 937 Leonidas (on the corner of Leake Ave. across from the levee) 861 9600
Hey, this is a wonderful restaurant with good service, and it’s open on Mondays!
If the weather cooperates, I’ll outside on the al fresco patio with the Moon, stars, passing trains that have no name...
TUE 6/16 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo
FRI 6/19 New Orleans
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance (The old Mermaid in the Warehouse District)
Duo with Chip Wilson
TUE 6/23 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer
TUE 6/30 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo
MAY 2009
TUE 6/21 New Orleans
Snug Harbor
John Rankin (6,7, 12 string guitars, vocals, harmonica) and Tom Fischer (sax/clarinet)
APRIL 2009
SAT 4/4 New Orleans
Carrollton Station
Guitar Masters in the Round– Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy, and John Rankin, with Michael Skinkus (percussion)
This is wonderful fun to play and to listen to, rehearsed even, and it proves that someone in New Orleans has worse jokes than me...
TUE 4/7 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer, the wiry wily reedman... I can't seem to get tired of this guy, because he's got taste and class, and I want some.
TUE 4/14 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo: the real John Rankin. I've got a lot of new songs, my best lyrically ever, and I'll play many of them in the first hour.
FRI 4/17 New Orleans
C. C.’s Coffeehouse, Jefferson and Magazine
6 to 7:15 pm, If you’re my friend, you’ll come and save me from these over caffeinated madmen!
SUN 4/19 New Orleans
French Quarter Fest
Classical Stage Williams Research Center, NOHC 411 Chartres
Some of you might not know that there's a classical stage at French Quarter Fest. It's moved every year or two to a new location. This time it’s inside, across from the Supreme Court building and near K-Pauls. You'll love the chance to take a break and to sit down in air conditioning... I'll be playing instrumentals: half classical guitar, and the rest will be my originals and arrangements of New Orleans music.
TUE 4/21 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Trio with John Vidacovich and Jesse Boyd. Ain't life grand? And grand for you too, 'cause this set is free. It's been a long time since this trio was at the Columns, but the best things in life are both rare and free...
TUE 4/28 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
This is between Jazz Fest weekends; a nice moment of reflection on the most incredible weeks of music you can ask for. Let’s face it, the festival is the best of many things, but it’s not intimate.
THU 4/30 New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz and Festival, Lagniappe Stage
With John Vidacovich on drums and Jesse Boyd on bass, and I'll be playing solo as well. It's early in the day, so eat your Wheaties and get moving!
         
MARCH 2009
TUE 3/3 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Don Vappie on 7 string guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals, but usually not all at once.
TUE 3/10 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo, solo, solo--all three of us.
TUE 3/17 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with that Tom Fischer guy on clarinet and sax- you know, the musician that always dazzles the ear and charms the mind and heart. Okay, that's schmaltzy, but you know it's true...
TUE 11/25 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with Tom Fischer, clarinet and sax. We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again. He never plays a wrong note–he leaves that up to me.
FEBRUARY 2009
TUE 2/10 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with the Jazzy Jesse Boyd, the big guy who plays the big upright bass and gets all of those big gigs. We're lucky to have 'em!
SAT 2/14 New Orleans
DBA
I will be playing at DBA on Frenchmen Street with Paul Sanchez, Alex McMurray, and Matt Perrine. Paul is great guy, a wonderful songwriter, and I love playing with him; I expect to have a good time with these terrific guys—how could we miss?
FRI 2/17 New Orleans
Kerry Irish Pub
Solo John Rankin, but that's okay, because my friends love me just the way I am, all by myself...
TUE 2/24 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Hey, I'm taking this night off. Who wants to play on Mardi Gras evening--everybody I know is gonna be drunk or exhausted by this time, except you, and you know better that to go out on Fat Tuesday night, don’t you?
DECEMBER 2008
 
TUE 12/2 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo, in the small room with the really big Christmas tree..
FRI 12/5/ New Orleans
Kerry Irish Pub
Duo with Chip Wilson--we've even rehearsed! Of course it wasn't for this gig-it's because we're both going to
TUE 12/9 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Super trio with Jesse Boyd, upright bass, and Herman LeBeaux, drums. These guys can make anybody sound good, and they’ll be here to prove it
TUE 12/16 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
uo with Don Vappie, singing and playing banjo and 7 string guitar; Expect a lot of 7 string duos!
I’m not intimidated just because he’s so good–I still have more guitars than him.
TUE 12/16 New Orleans
St. Louis Cathedral
6 pm -Jackson Square--Playing with Rachel Van Voorhees (harp) for her annual Christmas concert.
TUE 12/23 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGALONG at the Columns Hotel with John and Sandy Hinderlie (piano and keyboards). All Holiday music, bring the kids! The Columns is decorated beautifully. We hand out lyrics, and everybody sings, or at least moves their lips. You can bring a dessert if you would like to, all musicians welcome to come up and play a Christmas or Chanukah song with us. First set is 8 to 9:30, second is 10 to 11 pm.
TUE 12/30 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
John Fohl will be filling in for me at the Columns. If you don’t know him, you’re out of the loop. You’ve seen him play with Dr. John. He’s handsome, a great guitarist and singer and songwriter, and he makes the girls swoon. What’s not to hate?
  12/29 - 1/4 ITALY UMBRIA JAZZ FESTIVAL lots of playing, listening, eating, and hanging out—what’s not to like?
NOVEMBER 2009
TUE 11/4 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with virtuoso guitarist/banjoist Don Vappie, the Offbeat cover story for November. Why stay home and be miserable on election night? No matter what goes down, you’ll be happier here with friends, and we’ll be done by the time they’re done...
TUE 11/11 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with Jesse Boyd,upright bass. He works that thing in all of the right places.
TUE 11/18 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
solo John Rankin. Me and my shadow plus three guitars...
TUE 11/25 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with Tom Fischer, clarinet and sax. We’ve done it before, we’ll do it again. He never plays a wrong note–he leaves that up to me.
         
SEPTEMBER 08
TUE 9/16 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
a new trio in the small room with Nathan Lambertson on bass and Geoff Clapp on drums!
TUE 9/23 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
duo with Don Vappie, who frankly, can play any instrument he wants to, but will probably bring a 7 string guitar and a mandolin and his terrific voice, although if he wants to bring a banjo or an upright bass or his favorite 48 string Alpine mountain zither he is welcome to...
TUE 9/30 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer, a fabulous virtuoso on clarinet and saxophone who always makes me sound better.
AUGUST 08
TUE 9/30 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer (sax and clarinet)
TUE 8/5 New Orleans
Carrollton Station
NEW ORLEANS GUITAR MASTERS IN THE ROUND
with guitarists Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy and John Rankin.
This should be a lot of fun, a first ever event!
TUE 8/12 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo
SAT 8/16 New Orleans 10AM - Playing live on the Irish Show!
TUE 8/19 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Trio with Nathan Lamberson (upright bass) and Michael Skinkus (percussion)
TUE 8/26 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Solo
THUR 8/28 New Orleans
Pavillion of Two Sisters in City Park, Twilight Concert Series
Once again I am closing out this wonderful concert series. I will have a special guest (TBA). The mint juleps are lethal...
JULY
TUE 7/1 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer (sax and clarinet)
SAT 7/5 New Orleans
Carrollton Station
NEW ORLEANS GUITAR MASTERS IN THE ROUND
with guitarists Jimmy Robinson, Phil DeGruy and John Rankin.
This should be a lot of fun, a first ever event!
TUE 7/8 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Nobue Asaki (upright bass)
SAT 7/12 Covington, LA
St. Tammany Art Assoication Bastille Day Celebration
Haik Park in Covington, LA
Don Vappie, John Rankin and Tom Fischer
We will accompany a silent French film...
TUE 7/15 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Duo with Tom Fischer (sax and clarinet)
TUE 7/22 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
Trio with Nathan Lamberson (upright bass) and Michael Skinkus (percussion)
TUE 7/29 New Orleans
Columns Hotel
TBA

 

December 2007

Tuesdays   8-11p.m.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles
Free as always
12/11--Duo with Tom Fischer
12/18—Annual Holiday Caroling with John Rankin and Tom Fischer
All Ages welcome!
Musicians invited to come play a Holiday song!
Everybody singing!
Bring Desserts if you like!
12/25— I’m taking this one off!

Sunday 12/16 and 12/23
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Windsor Court Grill Room
Sunday Brunch
Solo Classical and Holiday music

Friday 12/21
10 p.m. Til 1 (?)
The Rusty Nail (the old Mermaid)
Guitar Summit with Chip Wilson and Matt Johnson

 

 

August 2007

Tuesdays   8-11p.m.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles
Free as always
7/31— well, actually I won’t be there, but the Courtyard Kings, an acoustic violin and guitar duo, will be filling in.
8/7 — I’ll miss this one too (the Courtyard Kings will be there), but aren’t you glad I told you anyway?
8/14— duo with John Rankin and Tom Fischer (clarinet and sax)
8/21— Solo John Rankin
8/28 — that darn solo John Rankin again!

July 2007

Tuesdays   8-11p.m.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles
Free as always
July 3rd—duo with Tom Fischer, including some kind of version of the Star Spangled Banner.
June 10th–solo night—guitar, vocals, and guitar from one lonely guy...
June 17th–duo with Jesse Boyd, upright bass.
June 24th–solo again..

 

May 2007

Tuesday 5/1  8-11p.m.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles
Free as always
5/15 (tomorrow)-duo with Tom Fischer on sax and clarinet
5/22 solo Rankin
5/29 trio (ooh!) with Jesse Boyd on bass and Doug Belote on drums

April 2007

Sunday 4/29, 8-9 a.m.
WWOZ 90.7 FM
A one hour live performance in the morning

Saturday 4/28, 6:15 to 7 p.m.
Jazz Fest
Lagniappe Stage

Saturday 4/15 noon
French Quarter Fest
Mystic Den in the Royal Sonesta
The new classical stage, inside and air conditioned (don't tell anyone)

January 2007

Friday 1/26 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Rusty Nail (the old Mermaid Lounge)
A Guitar Summit featuring:
John Fohl, Chip Wilson, and John Rankin

Fridays 1/12 and 1/19 8 to 11 p.m.
Polo Lounge in the Windsor Court
The John Rankin Trio

December 2006

Sunday 12/31/06 7 to 10 p.m.
Table One Restaurant
Magazine and Washington
Solo New Years Eve performance

October 2006

Friday 10/6, 6 to 8 pm
DBA, Frenchmen Street
Appearing with the Rites of Spring

Saturday 10/7, 7 to 10 pm
Table One Restaurant
Magazine and Washington
A jazz trio with Tom Fischer and Tom Saunders

Thursday 10/19, 5:30 to 7:30
Harrah’s Hotel, 528 Jazz Club
528 Fulton Street
Solo guitar

Friday 10/20 8 to 10 pm
Café Mandalay
1934 Madison Street
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7230
Serving food and drinks from 7 to 10

Sunday 10/22, 5:30 to 7:30
Harrah’s Hotel, 528 Jazz Club
528 Fulton Street
Solo guitar

 

September 2006

Every Friday in September 8 to 11 p.m.
The Polo Lounge in the Windsor Court Hotel
A chance to hear a very sophisticated jazz trio with:
9/1 - Dalton Rousseau (trumpet, fluegelhorn) and Jesse Boyd (upright bass)
9/8 - Dalton Rousseau (trumpet, fluegelhorn) and Jesse Boyd (upright bass)
9/15- Tom Fischer (sax, clarinet) and Tom Saunders (upright bass)
9/22- Dalton Rousseau (trumpet, fluegelhorn) and Jesse Boyd (upright bass)
9/29- Tom Fischer (sax, clarinet) and Jesse Boyd (upright bass)

Saturday September 2nd 8 to 10 p.m.
Mandalay Jazz Cafe
1934 Madison Street
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7230
Serving food and drinks from 7 to 10

Thursday August 31st 6:30
Garden Concert, Pavilion of Two Sisters, City Park, New Orleans

Saturday August 26th
Evening picnic, Pontchartrain Vineyards, With The Rites of Swing

Friday August 18th 8 to 10 p.m.
Mandalay Jazz Cafe
1934 Madison Street, Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7230
Serving food and drinks from 7 to 10

August 5th to August 11th
Teaching Theory and New Orleans Guitar styles at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop

Friday July 21st 6 to 8 p.m.
"Sunset at the Landing", Covington by the river, An free outside show--bring food, drinks,etc., For more information call 985 966 1975

Sunday July 16th 8 and 10 p.m.
Snug Harbor, Solo show with many guitars!!

Saturday July 1st 8 to 10 p.m.
Mandalay Jazz Cafe, 1934 Madison Street, Mandeville, LA 70448, (985) 727-7230 , Serving food and drinks from 7 to 10

June Sundays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Table One Restaurant, Magazine at Washington, Jazz Brunch with a trio!

Saturday April 29th 5:15 to 6:05 p.m.-New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (JazzFest) at the Allison Miner Music Heritage Lagniappe Stage

Sunday April 23rd 12 to 1;15 p.m.-French Quarter Festival, at the French Market Performance Pavilion (classical guitar)

Saturday April 22nd 8 to 10 p.m.-Cafe Mandalay, Mandeville Louisiana

Friday March 31 2006-Loyola New Orleans, Roussell Hall,7:30 p.m.-duo concert with Sandy Hinderlie

Sunday March 26th 2006 8 and 10 p.m.
- Snug Harbor (New Orleans)-solo performance

Thursday March 16th 12:30 p.m.-Loyola New Orleans, Nunemaker Hall-solo performance

Saturday March 11th 8 to 10 p.m.-Cafe Mandalay, Mandeville Louisiana

Sunday March 12th 6p.m.- Trinity Church, New Orleans-solo concert

Saturday December 31 2005
- Table One (New Orleans)

Sunday December 18th 2005- Snug Harbor (New Orleans)

Friday, November 11th 2005
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Castleton State workshop/performance at the Fine Arts Center (VT).
7:00 p.m. Performance at Rutland Country Club (VT)
Saturday, November 12th
Open
Sunday, November 13th
4:00 p.m. Performance at Vermont Jazz Society in Brattleboro, VT.
Monday, November 14th
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Performance at Tin Mouth Elementary School in Rutland, VT.
Tuesday, November 15th
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Workshop/Performance at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Performance at Peterborough Town House
Wednesday, November 16th
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Tentative performance at Peterborough Elementary School.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Performance at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Portland, ME.
Thursday, November 17th
Evening jam at the Rhumbline in Gloucester. Donations will be collected.
Friday, November 18th
8:00 p.m. Performance in the event room at the Rhumbline in Gloucester.
Saturday, November 19th
8:00 p.m. Performance at the Waldo Theater in Walderboro, Maine.