The Upful LIFE Podcast – Ep.067: ARI TEITEL [guitar/vox – The Rumble, solo, Tony Hall, ex Cha Wa] + Summer Tours Preview

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On the heels of a fantastic NOLA Jazz Fest 2023, please welcome New Orleans-based guitarist/vocalist ARI TEITEL to Episode 067. I’ve been keepin’ ears and eyes on Ari for the past few years as he continually made waves in this country’s greatest musical city. With numerous irons in the fire, as well as a laundry list of colossal collaborators, it was high time that I catch up with the young axe-slinger and hear all about his musical journey thus far.

  • 2:30 – The Upful Update: Irmzie injury, NOLA Jazz Fest 2023
  • 14:00 –  introducing ARI TEITEL
  • 18:25 –  INTERVIEW w/ Ari Teitel (73 mins)
  • 1:32:40   – aftermath/reflections
  • 1:36:20   – Vibe Junkie JAM 
  • 1:44:30 – BONUS- Summer Concert Tours Preview w/ J.A. (50 mins).

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Ari Teitel – Bio

GRAMMY nominated Ari Teitel began his career at 11 years old on stage sitting in with Robert Randolph at the Michigan Theater in his hometown of Detroit. Leading a band in the Motor City by age 12, Ari immersed himself in the musical heritage of the city. Studying and adhering to the traditions with the deepest respect.

After graduating from Michigan State in 2016, he made the pilgrimage to American-music mecca New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a GRAMMY nomination as musical director of Mardi Gras Indian Funk band Cha Wa, and worked alongside contemporary groove gurus Eric “Benny” Bloom & Nigel Hall of Lettuce. In 2022, Teitel co-founded The Rumble, a new and improved take on the funk band steeped in NOLA’s sacred masking traditions. Also last year, Ari dropped a phenomenal solo LP, I Got My Thing.

Now a staple on the Crescent City scene, Teitel has recorded or performed with PJ Morton, Iggy Pop, Mononeon, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, George Porter Jr, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nicholas Payton, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Davell Crawford, Herlin Riley, Papa Mali, Quiana Lynell, Roosevelt Collier, Bill Summers (Herbie Hancock), Erica Falls, Russ Liquid, Adam Deitch, Alvin Ford Jr (Pretty Lights),  and Jamison Ross (Snarky Puppy).

Ari Teitel – Instagram    Ari Teitel – website    Ari Teitel – Link Tree  

Vibe Junkie JAM

“Burn Rubber”

The Nth Power & Friends (feat. members of Dumpstaphunk & more!)

Tribute to The GAP Band.

April 28th, 2023 late night. Toulouse Theater. NOLA

Check out B.Getz’s annual NOLA Jazz Fest wrap up on L4LM


2023 Summer Concert Tours Preview with very special guest, the return of J.A. from The Rock n’ Wrestling Podcast, one of my hometown homies and oldest friends. His first Upful LIFE podcast appearance in about three years! Since this episode came in a couple weeks late due to life stuff, I wanted to throw in some bonus content for the people!

So great to reconnect with Jason and talk about some of our favorite topics du jour including – but not limited to – The Phish from VT, the geopolitical lens b/o pro wrasslin’, Erykah Badu, Metallica,  Billy K. leaving Dead & Co. just days before their “Final Tour”, plus riffing on Taylor Swift-mania, Blink-182/Turnstile, The Cure, Motley Crue/Mick Mars drama, & some hearty laughs too.




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