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!
We've got a great recipe for you from Louisiana Cookin' Magazine and Chef Brian Landry of Galatoire's, one of New Orleans' oldest and best restaurants. It's a crab and beet salad that incorporates a beet tartare, a white remoulade sauce, and Louisiana jumbo lump crabmeat. Try it and let us know what your tastebuds think!
Blog by Sally Young, photos by Sheik Richardson and Massimo Pedrazinni
On Saturday night, after Herlin Riley sat in with Shannon Powell's All-Star Band, the two drummers received the prestigious Ascona Jazz Award for 2010. Previous recipients include Lillian Boutte, Father Jerome LeDoux, and Donald Harrison.