This week’s program celebrates 4 years of “New Orleans All the Way Live” with live music recorded at festivals, clubs and a house party in the Musician’s Village. We revisit some archived interviews, have a snowball, and talk about Festigals!
In the video below, from the film Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), the great Mahalia Jackson delivers a rousing, crowd-pleasing rendition of "Didn't It Rain". Though it was relased in 1960, the film was actually recorded in 1958, at the Neport Jazz Festival.
GREENSCREEN presents an excellent film by Jared Arsement, which analyzes the causes, effects, and solutions to wetland loss in coastal Louisiana. With powerful images and a great soundtrack, the film illustrates the unique culture and ecology that are disappearing along the base of the Mississippi River as the federal government continues to stall restoration.
Though this song is perhaps best known from HBO's Treme (Season 1, Episode 4; see that version here), the rendition below may be, to quote from a comment on its YouTube page, the "Best. Version. Ever."
Warren Easton Charter High School will be hosting a Jazz Legends Concert honoring Easton alumnus Pete Fountain. Featured performers include two other Easton alumni of note: Nicholas Payton and Troy "Trombone Shorty"; Andrews. All proceeds benefit Warren Easton's Music Programs as well as scholarships for instrumental music students.
On this week's program, we preview some things to do as the weather cools down in the Crescent City, including Jazz in the Park, which returns for its 4th season in Armstrong Park on September 5th. In addition to music by Alex McMurray, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Sasha Masakowski with Marco Benevento, and Dr. Lonnie Smith (among others), we’ll tour the newly reopened Civic, New Orleans oldest historic theatre with local filmmaker and producer Bryan Bailey.