On July 1, more than 25 venues across the U.S. — including Tipitina's right here in New Orleans — will hold benefit concerts to raise money for the Gulf Restoration Network, which will distribute the funds to fishermen and their families along the Gulf Coast who have been affected by the ongoing BP oil disaster, as well as to wildlife and wetlands restoration organizations.
Tune in next Thursday morning, July 1, @ 10:00a.m., when trombone player, Joe Maize & a couple of the fellas from the To Be Continued Brass Band will join me in the studio. We'll be talking about what's going on with the music on the street, & of course, play some music.
Come out and support Ernie K-Doe's legendary Mother-In-Law Lounge, an important New Orleans cultural institution in the Treme neighborhood! Club owner Betty Fox is holding a fundraiser on Sunday, July 11, featuring live music by Ernie Vincent (pictured), Guitar Lightnin' Lee, Big Chief Alfred Doucette & more, and you can bet there'll be some good eatin' too.
In the New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal on June 17 and 19, the St. Bernard Project will hold a benefit cocktail party and dinner on a restored 1926 railway car featuring top Crescent City chefs and Patrón Tequila cocktails. Proceeds go to assisting fishermen and their families affected by the BP oil disaster.
Dafnis Prieto's Si o Si Quartet with Peter Apfelbaum were spectacular openers on the last day of the 12th Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Sunday June 13th. Prieto's tremendous change of pace, brilliant rhythms, tonal perfection made you forget at times he is a drummer --- and when he did a racing 'SCAT' that was reminiscent of South Indian vocal ragas, he brought the house down.