― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 01:51 (nineteen years ago) link
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:10 (nineteen years ago) link
I can't go without mentioned the (however unlikely) on the level Wisconsin brass band scene, Mama Digdown's and Youngblood. I'm sure I've hyped up Youngblood on other threads, but they really are something these days, the new Def Jux album will be tight. It wasn't until after I started listening to a lot of other brass band music that I realized how unique their sound is, clean and precise instead of greasy and raucous (both are great in their way of course).
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:39 (nineteen years ago) link
― charlie va, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 02:52 (nineteen years ago) link
Speaking of which, what about brass bands from neither New Orleans nor Wisconsin?
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 03:17 (nineteen years ago) link
― christoff (christoff), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 11:44 (nineteen years ago) link
― Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 22:29 (nineteen years ago) link
The parallel in Minneapolis (where I live) is the Jack Brass Band. I'm all for this kind of thing, but these groups are to Rebirth what Antibalas is to Fela.
I lived in New Orleans for a year and my favorite Rebirth album is still Take It To the Street. Ex-Rebirth member Kermit Ruffins has his own band which is pretty great, too. I find Dirty Dozen boring on CD and in concert, sorry.
My favorite Rebirth story was seeing the guys perform in the bywater one night when members of the Afghan Whigs were in the audience, then seeing the band again in the Zulu parade the next morning. Turns out Rebirth had literally performed all night and went straight to the parade without rest. A float got stuck on a tree, and Rebirth were still energetic enough to challenge a high school band to a battle while the parade stood still. Guess who won.
― Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 23:50 (nineteen years ago) link
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Thursday, 5 September 2002 17:55 (nineteen years ago) link
I still listen to 'New Orleans Album' quite regularly, but it's the only one I've got.
I don't suppose anyone's heard the new one (Medicated Magic)?
― James Ball (James Ball), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 17:18 (nineteen years ago) link
I've been listening non-stop to the New Birth Brass Band record, it is HOT SHIT. Totally on Rebirth's level or more so, and it's probably the most spontaneous, live sounding studio album I've ever heard.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 12 November 2002 22:21 (nineteen years ago) link
or was it not so brass band-y?
― JasonD (JasonD), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 00:48 (nineteen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 November 2002 04:42 (nineteen years ago) link
Recommend me some New Orleans funeral jazz, please!
And I know this is rockist of me, but the older and more authentic, the better..
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 11:05 (seventeen years ago) link
Other than that, just go to Louisiana Music Factory and check out anything by Treme Brass Band (the most well-known band playing in a really trad style that's still around) or Dejan's Olympia Brass Band.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:12 (seventeen years ago) link
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 15:31 (seventeen years ago) link
I'll send you a mix if you want to e-mail me, I'm always happy to spread the gospel. Also my brass band should be playing at the Green Mill again in the next couple months.
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:50 (seventeen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 17:57 (seventeen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 18:07 (seventeen years ago) link
― Vornado (Vornado), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:18 (seventeen years ago) link
I really hope their 20th anniversary show dvd comes out, the show was sort of a mess but Cheeky Blakk came out and did Pop That Pussy for 15 minutes, humping trombone cases, Kabuki riding on her back, etc. :>
― Jordan (Jordan), Tuesday, 23 November 2004 19:26 (seventeen years ago) link
― don, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:22 (seventeen years ago) link
Yeah, remind me! I've missed you guys a few times now!
― Sanjay McDougal (jaymc), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:36 (seventeen years ago) link
New Birth Brass Band, D-BoyRebirth Brass Band, Hot VenomStooges Brass Band, It's About TimeSoul Rebels Brass Band, No More ParadesLil' Rascals Brass Band, Buck It Like a Horse
Also a word about Derrick 'Kabuki' Shezbie - he's the main trumpet player for Rebirth, and he was in New Birth as a teenager (he's all over D-Boy). He's SO MUCH LOUDER than any trumpet player I've ever heard, not to mention the fire. His sound is completely wide-open and really sums up the brass band sound for me (he takes the solo on the Rebirth tune I posted above).
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:45 (seventeen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 16:46 (seventeen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:48 (seventeen years ago) link
― JaXoN (JasonD), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 17:49 (seventeen years ago) link
HOWEVER, yeah, they take marching band pretty seriously down south and a lot of those kids have incredible chops. We were standing outside of Tipatina's during a parade last Mardi Gras and this high school trumpet line came by blowing high F's and we were like WHAT?! I think that a huge majority of New Orleans brass band musicians came up in those bands and always check them out during parade season, etc.
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 18:05 (seventeen years ago) link
― Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:01 (seventeen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 21:05 (seventeen years ago) link
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:21 (seventeen years ago) link
But still go to Donna's and the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps and Cafe Brasil!
most of which are hosting jam bands anyway)
Oh god this is so horribly OTM.
I am also interested in Jordan's mix.
Send me your address.
― Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 22:37 (seventeen years ago) link
― adam (adam), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 23:32 (seventeen years ago) link
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 01:06 (seventeen years ago) link
― don, Thursday, 25 November 2004 06:25 (seventeen years ago) link
― Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 26 November 2004 13:56 (seventeen years ago) link
― Adam Bruneau (oliver8bit), Friday, 26 November 2004 17:47 (seventeen years ago) link
― don, Friday, 26 November 2004 21:34 (seventeen years ago) link
― don, Saturday, 27 November 2004 06:43 (seventeen years ago) link
In Tower Records I noticed in the new Downbeat magazine a nice article on New Orleans brass bands and more. The Stooges Brass band, Hot 8, and Soul Rebels are all here. I haven't checked to see if the article is online.
As a contributing supporter of afropop.org I get a weekly e-mail thing from them. This week they have a nice photo-essay by Ned Sublette(musician, musicologist and author of that immense book on Cuban music) on New Orleans. Sublette is living there for awhile and studying the Caribbean roots of New Orleans. He's got an interview with Donald Harrison and some others. I think you can check it all out at afropop.org
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:48 (seventeen years ago) link
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 17:53 (seventeen years ago) link
― steve-k, Saturday, 26 March 2005 20:34 (seventeen years ago) link
― Pete Scholtes, Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 02:34 (seventeen years ago) link
I think one was called Yarl River Blues Band.
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:08 (seventeen years ago) link
― Lemonade Salesman (Eleventy-Twelve), Sunday, 27 March 2005 04:10 (seventeen years ago) link
I'll be going down to Jazzfest the first weekend to play with Mama Digdown's and see brass bands, can't wait.
― Jordan (Jordan), Sunday, 27 March 2005 13:07 (seventeen years ago) link
From the April issue excerpt on Downbeat's website:
Next Generation New Orleans Brass BandsBrass Beyond The Streets
By Jennifer Odell
Philip Frazier honks his sousaphone on a chilly January Sunday on the corner of Daneel and 3rd streets. Musicians start to shuffle away from the crowd milling outside the Bean Brothers Bar and strap on horns and snare drums, ready to get their roll on. Dancers for the Undefeated Dicas Social Aid and Pleasure Club come around the corner and tubas, sousaphones, saxophones and bass drums fall in line as the Divas belt out The Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.”
Winding past Mary’s Nightowl Bar, Candlelight Bar, Sandpiper and The New Look, the parading community group hits all of the Uptown neighborhood’s brass band stops. Ostrich plumes fan the air above the Divas in time with Frazier’s non-stop vamps. When the dancers slow down and form a circle, trading moves with kids, the band plays even harder, echoing braay swueals off the projects across the street. This is how brass band music was born.
But it’s growing up. And while playing the second lines and funerals remains important, many of today’s hottest brass players are concentrating more on polishing their CDs and getting national recognition than on stealing the show on Sunday afternoons. The current generation is following the successful business model created by the Dirty Dozen and Rebirth brass bands; updating a traditional sound to make the music relevant to a larger audience. And with each step forward, another cross-breed of the brass band sound is born. Mardi Gras Indian bands like Big Sam’s Funky Nation are based in funk, the Soul Rebels are purveyors of hip-hop and the Hot 8, New Birth and the Stooges hold down the street scene with their bebop-heavy takes on the traditional style.
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:07 (seventeen years ago) link
MARDI GRAS 2005: a photo essay by Ned SubletteAlso Check out Interviews with Joseph Roach, Donald Harrison, and Vicki Mayer by Ned Sublette
― Steve-k (Steve K), Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:14 (seventeen years ago) link
― imbidimts, Sunday, 27 March 2005 16:30 (seventeen years ago) link
Seeing it on twitter too. Googling I see he has had health issues since 2014. Had seizures then . So sad . In his 40s
― curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:35 (eight months ago) link
Big 6 Brass band is struggling due to Hurricane Ida. Asking for $ to their Cash App on Instagram
― curmudgeon, Monday, 6 September 2021 16:52 (eight months ago) link
Uncle Lionel’s brother, musician Norman Baptiste died back in August I see
― curmudgeon, Monday, 13 September 2021 18:40 (eight months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Monday, 13 September 2021 18:41 (eight months ago) link
We're doing a fundraiser on Friday, will be distributing proceeds to our New Orleans brass band community: https://www.facebook.com/events/277709660554623
Same for everything from the Mama Digdown's and Youngblood Brass Band bandcamp pages.
― change display name (Jordan), Monday, 13 September 2021 18:43 (eight months ago) link
Found this incredible archival footage of Hot 8 from 1996, almost 2 hours long, apparently digitized from Bennie Pete's VHS copy:
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 17 September 2021 19:01 (eight months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 September 2021 05:09 (seven months ago) link
Jazz Festing in place starts again today through Sunday on WWOZ. Many great archival performances (the Longhair fire benefit show is amazing.)
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 7 October 2021 14:40 (seven months ago) link
Oh thanks for posting. Had forgotten about that
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 October 2021 18:58 (seven months ago) link
Some repeats from previous programs (Duke Ellington from the very first fest, good enough that I didn't mind rehearing it.) And some performers I'm not at all interested in, but that's Jazzfest.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 7 October 2021 19:06 (seven months ago) link
For those in New Orleans between October 7 and 17th, I see a bunch of New Orleans clubs are hyping their shows at this specially created website
― curmudgeon, Friday, 8 October 2021 04:22 (seven months ago) link
I'll be there 15th - 18th. Not much I want to see listed but will check with the brass bands, and going the second line for sure.
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 8 October 2021 15:33 (seven months ago) link
How was your visit Jordan?
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:10 (six months ago) link
So the March 2022 Big Ears Fest is gonna have an event of sort coordinated by Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz with Sporty's Brass Band and Haitian bands
As the living embodiment of the acoustic New Orleans jazz tradition, the generations of Preservation Hall had learned as much as they could about the music from the city itself. In recent years, exploratory travels into Cuba and Haiti have led to acclaimed documentaries and albums where the band delves deeper than ever into its native soil. The glee of discovery is palpable as they find roots that lead all the way to West Africa, to France, to many diasporic places.
In 2018, they joined Regine Chassagne and Win Butler of Arcade Fire to inaugurate the annual Krewe Du Kanaval in New Orleans. A celebratory tribute to the parades, costumes, and music of Creole culture, it will be tailored to The Mill & Mine by Ben Jaffe, the creative director of Preservation Hall. Taking place in and around the venue, the immersive, episodic experience brings together Haitian music heavyweights from across the festival for an experience replete with unique sets and decorations; drumming, dancing, and chance encounters; and DJs deepening the NOLA-Haiti connection. In addition to Preservation Hall, the lineup includes 79rs Gang, who fuse Mardi Gras Indian music with hip-hop; Lakou Mizik, the leading acoustic Haitian roots-music revivalists; RAM, the globally renowned group that electrified vodou music; and Sporty’s Brass Band, one of the best second-line units in New Orleans.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:12 (six months ago) link
That Big Ears fest is in Knoxville, Tenn
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:13 (six months ago) link
It was really good, thanks. Saw Sporty's Brass Band at Bullets (crushed it), 21st Century Brass Band at the Music Box Village for a brunch gig (a curious but well-intentioned outdoor art space), and TBC at the Treme Hideaway (Derrick Tabb's place) (crushed it). And Treme BB outside Vaughan's, that was nice and wholesome (Corey Henry on trombone). Caught up with Donna, who's writing about about Donna's and brass band history. Learned a lot as always. Never going to Verdi Mart again in my life (was never a fan anyways), but Quarter Grocery is standing strong.
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 16:31 (six months ago) link
Oh man, I somehow misremembered that Donna had passed away. So glad that's not the case!
I had plane tix and a hotel reserved for beginning of October, but then Ida went through ands Sun Country cancelled my flight.
I'm working my way through Jazzfest sets on WWOZ's Festing in Place, and TBC is one of the best things I've heard so far. The way they weave rap and pop hits into their songs reminds me of DC gogo.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 27 October 2021 17:16 (six months ago) link
what does vaughan's smell like inside now that you can't smoke anymore?
― adam, Thursday, 28 October 2021 15:46 (six months ago) link
Lol, I didn't go inside this time since there was a whole scene outside, although I did last time and it was pretty pleasant actually.
― change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:06 (six months ago) link
Listening to a Trombone Shorty set on OZ and toward the end there was a a rapper throwing down some great hard James Brown style funk. Had to do some research, as I am unfamiliar with 99% of rap created since "Bust A Move." Turns out it was Mystikal doing "Shake It Fast" (sic) and it's on youtube. I like it way better than the original recording.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 29 October 2021 15:00 (six months ago) link
Playing with the inimitable Swamp Thing: https://www.instagram.com/p/CVngGl7FBJT/
― change display name (Jordan), Friday, 29 October 2021 20:39 (six months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 November 2021 15:38 (six months ago) link
RSVP for next Saturday’s (11/20 2:30pm CT) virtual @WordsandMusicNO event feat. @khdpoetry, whose article, "Oh Casanova," is in @64parishes; @RebirthBB’s Keith Frazier; Michael Ferguson, former music dir of LeVert; and Marc Gordon of LeVert. I’ll moderate the conversation. Free
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:21 (six months ago) link
That’s a cut and paste of a Dj Soul Sister tweet. Panel will address how that r’n’b song became a brass band fave
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 November 2021 22:23 (six months ago) link
More press emails to me. Rebirth and Davell Crawford and others are also part of this thing
NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans is a landmark virtual fundraiser event showcasing never-before-seen performances and more by some of New Orleans’ most iconic artists and legends, all benefiting community-based nonprofits dedicated to fostering the music culture of New Orleans. Powered by the digital fundraising platform Fandiem, NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans is set for November 19 and 20, beginning both nights at 9 PM (ET)/8 PM (CT), free to view exclusively via www.nolaxnola.com. NOLAxNOLA ‘21: Show Your Love! A Virtual Celebration of New Orleans will feature electrifying live performances from an array of New Orleans artists, spanning up-and-coming talent, rising stars, and undisputed musical royalty including Irma Thomas, The Revivalists, Big Freedia, Galactic, Tank and the Banga
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 16:20 (six months ago) link
OST SPOTTED: the hot 8 joy divison cover in venom: let there be carnage
― adam, Monday, 20 December 2021 02:47 (four months ago) link
I watched a Sporty's Brass Band IG Live recently that was great.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 20 December 2021 03:11 (four months ago) link
RIP Sandra Jaffe who helped preserve jazz @ Preservation Hall (along with her husband who had died in 1987)
Preservation Hall was integrated at a time when there were still Jim Crow laws that banned the mixing of races. Mrs. Jaffe was once arrested there, along with Kid Thomas Valentine’s band, for flouting the ban on integration.
“The judge banged his gavel and said, ‘In New Orleans, we don’t like to mix our coffee and cream,’” Ben Jaffe said, recalling what his parents had told him. “She burst out laughing and said, ‘That’s funny — the most popular thing in New Orleans is café au lait.’”
more from article- In 1961, Sandra and Allan Jaffe stopped in New Orleans on their way home to Philadelphia from an extended honeymoon in Mexico. They heard music playing all around them in the French Quarter and stepped into an art gallery on St. Peter Street where a combo was playing traditional jazz.
The Jaffes, then in their 20s, were transformed by what they heard. They came back a few days later to hear the combo again. The gallery’s owner, Larry Borenstein, told them that he was moving his business next door and offered to rent the couple the modest space (31 by 20 feet) for $400 a month.
“We didn’t even think twice about it,” Mrs. Jaffe told the alumni magazine of Harcum College, from which she graduated, in 2011. “‘Of course,’ we said, and that was the beginning of Preservation Hall. We never left New Orleans.”
Preservation Hall — which serves no alcohol, seats 50 or so on six benches and had no air-conditioning until 2019 — has celebrated jazz for 60 years in a city widely regarded as its birthplace. It defied segregation laws in the early 1960s. It survived Mr. Jaffe’s death in 1987, and it survived Hurricane Katrina. The coronavirus pandemic shut it down, but it reopened triumphantly in June.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 January 2022 19:21 (four months ago) link
Backstreet Cultural Museum struggles and is displaced but is trying to raise funds for new Treme locale and/or in Treme a "yearlong lease on a back house on the African American Museum’s campus. While Ms. Francis-Dilling is still trying to raise funds to make the deal possible, she is hoping to reopen in the new space early next year."
In two small rooms, the Backstreet Cultural Museum chronicled life and death in Black New Orleans.
One was filled entirely with elaborate beaded and feathered suits that debuted on Mardi Gras mornings and were designed by makers known as “Mardi Gras Indians” or “Black Masking Indians.” The other featured solemn photographs of jazz funerals and memorial T-shirts, displayed in a handmade wooden case, that honored lives lost to gunfire. A rudimentary stand held a red tuba played by Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, a jazz musician who traveled the world performing but played for tips in the French Quarter any time he was home.
But over the past 16 months, the museum has suffered cataclysmic losses. In late August 2020, Sylvester Francis, its founder, fix-it man and visionary, died of appendicitis at age 73. The following months saw a string of venerable artists and performers whose work was featured in the museum succumb to the coronavirus. And then, a year after Mr. Francis’ death, winds from Hurricane Ida uprooted three immense pecan trees that crushed the back roof of the museum’s rented home, the former Blandin Funeral Home in the city’s Tremé neighborhood.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 January 2022 19:25 (four months ago) link
― change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 19 January 2022 22:11 (three months ago) link
I have only watched the first minute or so (so far) and it is great-- the music, the dancing, the costumed folks
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:21 (three months ago) link
I had missed that item about Backstreet Cultural Museum moving, and hadn't known that Sylvester Francis passed. I was there when it was a pretty new thing, early 2000s, and he was so warm and engaging. That place is amazing and certainly needs to find a new home.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:29 (three months ago) link
Was just reading about an event that took place in New Orleans this weekend put together by Los Angeles professor Josh D Kun. In 1884 a 75 piece Mexican band that played Afro-Cuban danzones and European sounds came to New Orleans to play at a World's expo type event. Sheet music was made and circulated and their appearances according to Kun became another factor in the New Orleans music sound. With Project New Orleans , Kun set up an exhibit with photos and such re the above history plus he set up a gig that took place Friday night (he shared some clips in Instagram stories-More jazz than funky street brass band, but figured I would post it here rather than jazz thread ): Here's his description in an IG post.
The third component is what brings us here today. I shared all these histories with this brilliant group of local musicians whose own histories span migrations from Morocco, Ghana, and Honduras and connect to histories of Garifuna freedom struggles, African-American migration “up south” and drum legacies of musical liberation in Congo Square. I invited the great Nicholas Payton to imagine a musical response to these histories that the 8th Cavalry Mexican Military Band is a part of: migration, exile, and diaspora, but also indigeneity- there are arrivals, and there are those who were already here. The suite he created is Bulbancha ’84. Please welcome Nicholas Payton, with Oscar Rossignoli, Amina Scott, Mahmoud Chouki, Weedie Braimah, and Herlin Riley.”
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 January 2022 00:15 (three months ago) link
― change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 1 February 2022 20:06 (three months ago) link
another nice secondline
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 01:07 (three months ago) link
The Backstreet Cultural Museum has found a new home on the grounds of the New Orleans African American Museum in the Treme neighborhood. After Hurricane Ida wrought extensive damage upon the museum’s longtime location in the former Blandin Funeral Home, executive director Dominique Dilling-Francis was forced to find temporary storage to safeguard the extensive collection of artifacts that tell the story of Black traditions in New Orleans, including Mardi Gras Indian suits, Baby Doll outfits, second line attire from social aid and pleasure clubs, photographs and related ephemera.
The Backstreet Cultural Museum has signed a one-year lease for a small, blue house at 1114 North Villere Street while it continues to search for a larger, permanent location.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 February 2022 03:55 (two months ago) link
Mardi Gras is coming
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 February 2022 03:59 (two months ago) link
Historic Dew Drop Inn is reopening in March. Some traditional jazz bands announced but no brass groups yet.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 February 2022 01:50 (two months ago) link
That tornado looked nasty
ALthough I did see in an email-
Feed The Second Line checked on culture bearers that we know live in the area (NO East, Lower 9, Chalmette) and luckily everyone is ok!
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 March 2022 16:47 (one month ago) link
An exploration into effects of gentrification, COVID -19, and other issues The Culture faces in New Orleans, through the eyes of the youngest Black Masking Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief in the city.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 16:56 (one month ago) link
I think Big Chief, Black Hawk movie doc just debuted last night
― curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 16:57 (one month ago) link
Brooklyn Writer John Swenson who contributed to late 70s rock guidebooks and later got a 2nd home in 1999 in New Orleans and wrote about New Orleans music has died of cancer. His 2011 book “New Atlantis: Musicians Battle for the Survival of New Orleans” chronicled the role that some musicians played in the city’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina.
Some of us had some issues with his New Orleans and Louisiana music coverage ; but thee was plenty to praise as well
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:45 (one month ago) link
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:46 (one month ago) link
New Orleans middle and high school brass band contest
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 17:52 (one month ago) link
Not gonna make it to Jazz Fest or French Quarter Fest, but at least (as I think I mentioned above) I follow Sporty's Brass Band on IG and see some good video clips there.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2022 13:23 (one month ago) link
It's Jazzfest, everybody. I'm not there this year either, but WWOZ is playing some highlights of past fests until they go live at the fairgrounds at 11:00. Great mix of mostly local jazz, brass band, blues, gospel and Latin so far. I sometimes bitch about what this fest has become over the years, but just hearing Snooks Eaglin's voice pop up made me happy.
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 29 April 2022 15:00 (two weeks ago) link
Those were the good ol days when I saw Snooks at Jazzfest.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 April 2022 03:21 (two weeks ago) link
The late music writer John Swenson, a former editor and frequent contributor to OffBeat, will be memorialized with a concert The Broadside on Saturday, May 14, as a benefit for The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
The memorial will be held from 6-10 p.m. and features a stellar lineup of New Orleans musicians, including James Andrews & The Crescent City All-Stars, Ed Volker, Debbie Davis, Davis Rogan, Helen Gillet, 101 Runners featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Joe Cabral, Andy J. Forest, Michael Skinkus, Dayna Kurtz, Don Bartholomew and the Bartholomew Boyz and others.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:38 (one week ago) link
Elvis Costello re New Orleans and Dave Bartholomew tribute with Dirty Dozen Brass Band that he's doing at Jazz Fest
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 May 2022 16:40 (one week ago) link
Cool set going on right now with Stanton Moore, David Torkanowski, James Singleton, and Jason Marsalis (joined later by Skerik.) I'm trying to place their opening number, it sounded like maybe Vince Guaraldi (if anyone's inclined to check it out on the WWOZ archive.)
― Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 6 May 2022 19:02 (one week ago) link