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.
Roots music icon Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (1924-2005) dedicates this 1984 rendition of "Pressure Cooker" thusly: "This is for all guitar players, where ever you are. This is a very easy tune to play." It may be a simple tune, but I doubt it's easy to rip it up like he does in this performance.
Check out jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers playing "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" live in 1992 from the Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton, a town in Somerset, England. Ayers introduces the song as a special tribute to Miles Davis, who had recently passed away.
Lionel Ferbos was a living link to New Orleans history. Born in 1911, he lived through the last century of development and change that most of us read about in books. His memory was sharp and he could remember things like they happened yesterday. I loved talking to him about growing up in the city, being a fourth generation New Orleanian myself.
Just released: the first music video by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue for "To Make Amends" a song from their most recent album Last To Leave. It was filmed live, in a single, long tracking shot, at Side Show Props/Moviesets in Slidell, LA.
It's a great day for historians and fans of Louisiana's rich musical heritage-- the John and Alan Lomax recordings from their summer 1934 trip through the southern portion of the state are now available online, complete with photographs and extensive notes, including translations. The recordings include songs sung in both English and French.