For over a year, the film team of Patrik Soergel, Ryan Fenson-Hood, and Sven O. Hill worked in Ascona, Switzerland, New Orleans, and Stresa, Italy, documenting post-Katrina life. They focused on Lillian Boutte, Dr. Michael White, & Armand “Sheik” Richardson, all New Orleans natives recovering from the storm. The movie is titled The Sound After the Storm. Many other familiar faces from our musical community also appear in the movie.
Walking into downtown Ascona Friday afternoon, the first thing I saw was Uncle Lionel Batiste leading a brass band down the street. The official Grand Marshall for the JazzAscona 2010 Festival, Uncle Lionel was stealing the show as usual. All cameras were on him as he made his way through the crowd.
July is a busy month for birthday bashes! Little Freddie King (pictured) celebrates his 70th at BJ's Lounge on July 16, and trumpeter Lionel Ferbos (pictured) rings in his 99th at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe on July 17. Young saxophonist Clarence "Trixzie" Slaughter's July 20 birthday gala is at the Blue Nile. See our online music calendar for details.
This Sunday, July 11th, 13 hours after my midnight show, one out of six people in the world will be fully engaged the same activity. One billion people will watch the World Cup final. Billion not million.
This Sunday afternoon is a great time to be out at the French Market in New Orleans. The annual Waiters Race — where waiters speedwalk down Decatur Street with trays of water and try not to spill — takes place at 4 p.m., complete with live music before and after. And at 5 p.m., join Kora Konnection for a post-World Cup African music celebration!