Some jazz for your weekend: an hour+ of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival regular Dr. Lonnie Smith playing live with his trio (including guitarist Jonathan Kreiberg and drummer Jamire Williams) at the Lamantin Jazz Festival in Szombathely, Hungary in June 2011.
Over two nights last month, trumpeter Mark Rapp and alto-saxophone great Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson presented Mark Rapp's Good Eats at two of New Orleans' premier jazz clubs: the Prime Example and Snug Harbor. Recognizing Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson as one of the pivotal composer/bandleaders of the modern era, trumpeter Mark Rapp’s Good Eatsreinvents a few of his best gems.
Satchmo Summer Fest, the annual summer festival honoring the late, great Louis Armstrong, is happening from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2. Satchmo SummerFest features local music with a focus on contemporary and traditional jazz and brass bands. The community festival also features ‘Red Bean Alley' with food booths operated by some of New Orleans finest restaurants, open throughout the festival weekend.
Like many musicians in New Orleans, the members of the Tin Men have a lot going on. Percussionist/vocalist Washboard Chaz is also part of the Washboard Chaz Trio, Palmetto Bug Stompers, and Washboard Rodeo. Chaz is also known for the annual Chaz Fest he puts on in the Bywater each year during Jazz Fest time.
This fabulous new autobiography, “God Save the Queen Diva,” is a breezy page-turner that not only reveals the evolution of Freddie Ross, Jr. to Big Freedia the Queen Diva: it delivers an insider’s look at the development of New Orleans’ bounce music scene. All throughout, the reader can hear Freedia’s booming voice, as if she is in the room reading aloud.
2010 Grammy winner (and WWOZ cookbook contributor) Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band do "Zydeco People" on KRVS's "Local Produce Live" at Cypress Lake Studios in Lafayette. Members of the Bayou Swamp Band include: Gabriel Perrodin, Jr.
In 2012, a 24-year old Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in one of the only years the contest has featured drumming as its instrumental focus. Winning this prestigous competition came with a prize of a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with the Concord Music Group.