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BILL'S 2015 JAZZ FEST PICKS - DAY I

Fri, 04/24/15
Authored by Bill DeTurk
  Good Morning Music Lovers!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year; no Andy Williams, not Christmas, Day 1 of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the unchallenged greatest music and culture event on the planet! Today: The fest starts in one of the ways that defi... Read more

Flood of Images: 4/27 at Cafe Istanbul

Thu, 04/23/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new book on the media coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its effect on memory came out on April 1 entitled "Flood of Images: Media, Memory, and Hurricane Katrina." The author, Bernie Cook, will be present for a release party and film screening at Cafe Istanbul on ... Read more

Options to get to and from Jazz Fest

Tue, 04/21/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
You're going to have a great time at Jazz Fest and the many after-fest events that happen around the city each day. The Fairgrounds are great but you're likely staying (or living) at least a couple miles away. With that in mind, we've compiled a quick rundown on getting to and... Read more

Jazz Fest ...in the rain

Tue, 04/21/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
April in New Orleans means Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest and, inevitably, afternoon rain and thunderstorms. With Jazz Fest at the end of the month and reaching into May, there are occasional years it escapes our April showers but seven days of Festival means that chances a... Read more

1970 Jazz Fest Movies at the Mint

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Get a jump on Jazz Fest on the evening of Thursday, April 23 by taking it back to the very beginning. The Louisiana State Museum will be showing seven 16mm film reels from the first Jazz Fest in 1970 at the Old U.S. Mint. The reels feature Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, P... Read more

Doing it for the kids: Shorty Fest 2015

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation's music education programs, happens at Generations Hall in the Warehouse District on Thursday, April 30. The evening will showcase emerging local talent with three stages of live music and a full headlining perf... Read more

Jimmy Cliff, "Many Rivers to Cross"

Mon, 04/20/15
Authored by David Stafford
A circa 1969 performance by a very young Jimmy Cliff of his reggae/gospel anthem "Many Rivers to Cross". You can see the man himself this Friday at Jazz Fest in Congo Square. And at 9p that day, you can see him starring in The Harder They Come, the 1972 film that made "Many... Read more

Record Store Day: Saturday, April 18

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by Carrie Booher
This year's Record Store Day is happening on Saturday, April 18. Record Store Day is an annual celebration of the people who make up the world of the record store, including staff, customers, and artists, as they come together to recognize the unique culture of a record sto... Read more

Rhythm Room Playlist 04 17 15

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by Allan "Alski" Laskey
Num. Title Artist Time Release Start Time 1 Waiting In Vain Hugo Lobo 04:24 Street Feeling 2015/4/17 22:04:10 2 What Have You Done Andrea Vereen & The St. Marks Choir 02:04 Oh, Say Can You See 2015/4/17 22:09:06 ... Read more

Fats Waller, "Honeysuckle Rose" 1941

Fri, 04/17/15
Authored by David Stafford
In the video below, made in 1941, Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller (1904-1943) performs "Honeysuckle Rose," one of his best known compositions. It's an example of a "soundie," which are "three-minute American musical 16mm films, produced ... between 1940 and 1946, each containin... Read more

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