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New Orleans Suspects, "Grits" at KDHX

Fri, 02/21/14
Authored by David Stafford
Earlier this month, the New Orleans Suspects filmed this 9-minute jam, "Grits", at KDHX, a listener-supported community radio station in St. Louis. The Suspects are a band whose line up (see below) exemplifies the mock-adage shared on their web site: "It’s been said that the... Read more

Dedication Ceremony: Professor Longhair's New Orleans Home Restored

Thu, 02/20/14
Authored by David Stafford
From a press release from Project Homecoming: Project Homecoming along with Tipitina’s Foundation and the United Way will dedicate the newly renovated family home of music legend Professor Longhair. The dedication will take place Friday, February 21, from 2:00-4:00 PM at 17... Read more

Little Freddie King in France

Wed, 02/19/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's nine red-hot minutes of Little Freddie King rocking a medieval fortification in France, beautifully shot and recorded by what we're told were "a group of film and audio students." C'est bon! The title "Incruste au Nancy Jazz Pulsations" means something along the lines... Read more

Mardi Gras 1956 & 1941

Tue, 02/18/14
Authored by David Stafford
Two weeks until Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's a look back to Mardi Gras in the middle of the last century, with videos from 1956 and 1941. 1956. This video combines footage by an unknown shooter with a batch of excellent still photos taken by the late John W. Mizenko, fat... Read more

Trombone Shorty at Tip's: Full Concert from Liveset

Sat, 02/15/14
Authored by David Stafford
Here's a treat for fans of Troy Andrews: a two-hour-and-fifteen-minute long Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue live show, originally streamed live from Tipitina's in September 2011 by Liveset. In full HD, it's bursting with full-screen goodness. According to Liveset, this "... Read more

"Sweet Child O' Mine", Trad Jazz Style

Thu, 02/13/14
Authored by David Stafford
If you've ever wondered (and really, who among us hasn't?), what a trad jazz cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" would sound like, have we got a video for you! It's from the album Twist is the New Twerk by Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox (see more about them be... Read more

Saturday Night: The Whole Gritty City on Network TV

Wed, 02/12/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Whole Gritty City is a feature-length documentary, in which the directors of three New Orleans high school marching bands steer their students around the lures and dangers of the streets. It debuted last fall at the New Orleans Film Festival, and now it will have its na... Read more

Brothers Hypnotic, New Award-Winning Documentary about Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, to Screen at CAC, February 19

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by Soul Sister
Fellow lovers of soulful music and movies about soulful music, don't miss this New Orleans screening of the new, award-winning documentary Brothers Hypnotic (2013), directed by Reuben Atlas. Brothers Hypnotic Wednesday, February 19, 2014 7:00 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center (C... Read more

Revelation #2 from the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival--Lionel Louéké and Trio

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by Maryse Déjean
In Part Two of our piece about Lionel Loue'ke' and his Trio at the 2014 Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, we get three treats. First, the Trio with Michael Olatuja on electric bass and John Davis on drums takes off on an improvisation in which Lionel digs deep into... Read more

Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, "Carnival Time" & "Mardi Gras Strut"

Tue, 02/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
Three weeks from Fat Tuesday and counting. Here's Al "Carnival Time" Johnson at his 2007 Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame induction performance in Mandeville, performaning clips from his classic "Carnival Time" and the more recent"Mardi Gras Strut". And FWIW: while the giant wa... Read more

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