Thanks to everyone who helped me to celebrate my birthday the soulful way on Friday, September 13 (2013), at my 7th annual Birthday Jam at Tipitina's. This year, we presented a big payback for ya and called it "Good Foot: A James Brown Get Down."
Get down indeed, as we got down on the dancefloor with the super Funk of the Nigel Hall Band with very special guest Christian McBride. Plus, there was live painting by Reuben Cheatem, cupcakes from Laurel Street Bakery, and positive power courtesy of the ladies of Funk Baby Productions. Special thanks to Tipitina's; to all of the musicians who made it funky: Nigel Hall (vocals, bandleader, Soul Power), Christian McBride (bass, vocals, Funk thumpin'), John Notto (guitar), Alvin Ford Jr. (drums), Roderick Paulin (saxophone), Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet), and Eric Bloom (trumpet); and to all of you who came out in huge numbers and packed the place out.
That's what I call a soulful takeover and a right on party situation. Thanks for a birthday jam I'll never forget.
Enjoy these pictures, and if you'd like to see even more, click over here to the full set of pictures on my Facebook page.
New Orleans jazz singer Sharon Martin performs "Take the A Train," one of Duke Ellington's signature numbers and composed by Billy Strayhorn. Sharon's version was recorded live by WWOZ last February, at the historic Basin St. Station in New Orleans.
"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."