Right around the corner from the summer heat is a fall full of festivals and other happenings. On today’s program, we’ll preview some of the things you can do as the weather cools in the Crescent City, including Jazz in the Park, which is returning for its 4th time to Armstrong Park on September 5th.
In addition to music by Alex McMurray, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Sasha Masakowski with Marco Benevento, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (among others), we’ll tour the newly reopened Civic, New Orleans oldest historic theatre with local filmmaker and producer, Bryan Bailey, who’s also one of the three partners involved in the reopening of this historic gem.
"Queen of the Blues" and Blues Hall of Famer Koko Taylor (d. 2009) does Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle" in a 1967 studio performance. In 1966, Taylor's version reached #13 on the Billboard R&B chart and #58 on the pop chart.
The West Bank gets in on the live music action starting June 10 with the return of Wednesdays On The Point at Algiers Point. These free shows begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm each Wednesday starting in June and running through July. The stage is set up right at the ferry landing, easily accessible from both the New Orleans Ferry and Chalmette Ferry.
For your hot summer holiday viewing pleasure, here's a 33-minute set of cool jazz from Dave Brubeck, recorded live in Germany in 1966. The tracks include "Take The ‘A’ Train," "Forty Days," "I’m In A Dancing Mood," "Koto Song," and "Take Five."
More than 80,000 historical films from the British Pathé Archive are now available for free viewing on YouTube. The archive is the largest on YouTube and contains mostly news reels and movies spanning 1896 to 1976. While the collection is particularly rich in its materials from both World Wars, there are also many more lighthearted features, including footage from our own fine city.