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.
The newest installment of "Guardians of the Groove" aired on WWL-TV recently. WWOZ's Action Jackson talked with Landry Walker High School Band Director Wilbert Rawlins Jr. about the challenges of music education in New Orleans.
WWOZ is 33 years old--and yet we feel so young! Please join us on Thursday, December 5 and Saturday, December 7 to celebrate. On December 5, we'll be at the place where it all started, back in December of 1980: Tipitina's. And on Saturday, December 7, WWOZ and Kermit Ruffins invite you to a Block Party from 12 noon to 4 pm, at Kermit's Speakeasy on 1535 Basin Street.