Led by clarinetist Ben Schenck, the Panorama Jazz Band have been on the New Orleans music scene since 1995. Their repetoire includes traditional jazz as well as numbers inflected by folk traditions for around the world. This video for "Dansez La Mazouk" was published just last month but was recorded in 2011 at the Lusher Summer Arts Intensive concert series.
New Orleans may not have white Christmases, but we're not lacking in the holiday (or any type of) spirit. One beautiful and classic (and free) December tradition marries some of the best local musicians with one of our most famous landmarks-- the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square.
The deadline for crafts vendors at the 2015 Jazz Fest is rapidly approaching! You have until midnight this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to submit your application for one of the three crafts areas at this year's festival:
Henry Butler and Steven Bernstein perform "Gimmie A Pigfoot," the 1933 Wesley Wilson/Coot Grant song first made famous by Bessie Smith and covered by, among others, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Count Basie, and Meschiya Lake.
In this edition of the Bloody Sunday Sessions (see below), the Honey Island Swamp Band does "Never Saw It Coming" from their 2013 album Cane Sugar. It was filmed in New Orleans on April 23, 2013 in New Orleans.
Since 1978 I've cycled in and out of hosting radio shows focusing on Americana music. The years have left me jaded about the self-aggrandizing promotion of commercial musicians. They come and they go and they're as boring as any commercially packaged product.