My first show of the year, on Saturday morning January 3, 2015 will feature traditional jazz named for various New Orleans places, like Mahogany Hall Stomp. I will discuss these places and how some of them influenced the jazz we listen to today.
This Friday, December 19, you're invited to WWOZ's 34th birthday celebration at Tipitina's. Featuring Ivan Neville's Tribute to the Neville Brothers, Davell Crawford's Tribute to James Booker, and ya girl - that's me!
Tonight on the Kitchen Sink 10 PM we'll have the annual James Booker Birthday show! Nothing but the PIano Prince in all his genius and finery. Special guest Bayou Maharajah director Lily Keber will be there to add scintillating commentary and update us on the latest Lil' Booker news. There will be four-handed piano, rants, raves, Junco Partners, discussion of the CIA,
Vince Taylor was Europe's version of Little Richard's showmanship and Elvis' dancing and sexual appeal but, well, Taylor mostly lacked musical talent. Vince Taylor sang off-key and couldn't get his timing synched up to his band. His audience considered these technicalities as completely irrelevant.
On Thanksgiving weekend several of New Orleans' finest musicians, including Tom McDermott, Aurora Nealand, and Gerald French traveled to Natal, Brazil, to take part in the 4th Annual MPB Jazz Festival, an event dedicated to fostering a musical and cultural exchange between two places that already share a great deal. As Gerald French, the ensemble's drummer says, "Brazil is like the biggest 7th ward in the world."