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."
One of the most popular features on the national NPR network over the last few years has been the Tiny Desk Concerts, a series created by "All Songs Considered" host Bob Boilen. Each concert consists of video and audio performed at Boilen's desk at NPR's Washington DC studios.
It's back! I'm inviting all fun people in New Orleans to join us again for year #2 of the fun new marching krewe, rolling again as part of the KreweDelusion parade on Saturday, January 31, 2015, following Krewe du Vieux.
New Orleans may not have white Christmases, but we're not lacking in the holiday (or any type of) spirit. One beautiful and classic (and free) December tradition marries some of the best local musicians with one of our most famous landmarks-- the St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square.
The deadline for crafts vendors at the 2015 Jazz Fest is rapidly approaching! You have until midnight this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to submit your application for one of the three crafts areas at this year's festival:
Since 1978 I've cycled in and out of hosting radio shows focusing on Americana music. The years have left me jaded about the self-aggrandizing promotion of commercial musicians. They come and they go and they're as boring as any commercially packaged product.