Johnette Downing learned how to spell Mississippi from her mother in a most creative way. Here Johnette adds music and lyrics to make this spelling chant a fun dance, about the mighty river, for all. Johnette and Scott Billington perform this song live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint at their album release party for "Swamp Romp."
The bamboula rhythm is truly the heartbeat of New Orleans music, celebrated in all its spontaneous joy in this video, directed by the award-winning film maker Lily Keber. Accompanying Johnette and Scott are Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris and Kirk Joseph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, along with the drummers from the Treme Brass Band, along with Mardi Gras Indian "Honey" Bannister and second line dancer Nicole Tate.
Who Got the Baby in the King Cake
This is the Dixieland jazz song lets you know you are in New Orleans, and goes with Johnette Downing’s book, Who Got the Baby in the King Cake?, published by River Road Press (2019). A king cake is a ring-shaped pastry served during the Mardi Gras season. Whoever finds the plastic toy baby in their piece of king cake is obliged to host the next king cake party. Featured on this recording with Johnette are drummer Doug Belote, bassist James Singleton, and members of the famed Dukes of Dixieland—trumpet player Kevin Clark, trombonist Craig Klein and clarinetist Tim Laughlin.
How to Dress a Po' Boy
In New Orleans, when you order a po' boy sandwich, you will be asked if you want it "dressed." What does that mean? Find out in this song that goes with Johnette's picture book by the same title.
Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh
The New Orleans Pelicans and Audubon Nature Institute are teaming up with multi-award-winning children’s book author Johnette Downing and illustrator Heather Stanley to encourage reading and connect children with the beauty and importance of Louisiana’s wetlands through their book, Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh.
Based on her book the Amazon Alphabet (Pelican Publishing), award-winning author and musician Johnette Downing invites children of all ages to go wild in the rainforest with dozens of exotic animals in this colorful trek through the Amazon. This A to Z adventure includes fascinating facts about some of the world's most unique creatures, from woolly monkeys and pink dolphins to electric eels, ocelots, black jaguars, and more.