Trumpeter Mario Abney is one of the most soft-spoken musicians in New Orleans off the bandstand. On the gig, however, he's a fiery force on his horn, often shouting encouragement to his bandmates whether performing at Jazz Fest or in the Balcony Music Club. And if you think he's a one-trick pony, guess again: This talented multi-instrumentalist can often be seen on the bandstand behind the drums and at the keyboard. He's played with stars like Wynton Marsalis and Erykah Badu, but his own contemporary jazz group--the Mario Abney Quintet--is soaring sky high.
Kick off the 2009 Creole Tomato season! This recipe comes from Louisiana native Marcelle Bienvenu, a food columnist for the Times-Picayune and regular feature writer for Louisiana Cookin'. She also collaborated with Emeril Lagasse on his cookbooks!
Guitarist Billy Iuso may be a native of Port Chester, New York, but he's been a stalwart of the New Orleans music scene since 1996. He spent many years fronting a jam-funk band called Brides of Jesus, but has since gone solo, performing as Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives, which gives him the opportunity to go beyond the jam-funk mold. He is also the guitarist in one of the most powerful New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian funk groups, 101 Runners. He's often featured in WWOZ live broadcasts, and you can catch him around town at various festivals and clubs like the Maple Leaf and Le Bon Temps Roulé.
After a stormy and rainy night with tornado watches and warnings in effect I did venture out to the Arcade Disco about midnight and caught the end of D.J. Quickie Marts set and also caught the Gypsyphonic Disko with Ben Ellman of Galcactic.
Walked back to camp 1 at 2:00 a.m. in the rain to get ready for Friday.