Carlo Ditta album-release party slated Thursday at Little Gem Saloon _lowres

Photo provided -- Carlo Ditta

Carlo Ditta, founder of Orleans Records, will stage an album-release party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Little Gem Saloon, 445 South Rampart St.

A musician and producer, Ditta recently released his album, “What I’m Talking About.” Jerry Wexler, the late Atlantic Records principal who recorded dozens of classic rhythm-and-blues and soul artists, described singer-guitarist Ditta as “the man at Orleans Records, a true acolyte of the church of second line and a keeper of the flame of funk.”

Many special guests will appear at the record release party.