I got called out the other day for getting it wrong in my last blog. Got called out by no less than the co-producer of Treme, Eric Overmyer, in front of no less a knowledgeable audience than Sync-Up, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s symposium for music insiders. Got called out—and rejoiced! And here is why: Overmyer spoke to the way people were picking over Treme for every little thing the producers didn’t get right. And even some things that the producers did get right but that the pickers-over thought they got wrong. Like my recent blog where I had to point out that WWOZ wasn’t broadcasting from Armstrong Park after the Federal Flood of ’05.
While living in Florence, Italy, Katrina and Carmelo Turillo loved strolling in the evening while enjoying a scoop or several of Italian gelato. On returning to New Orleans they decided to open La Divina Gelateria Uptown and give authentic gelato the chance to bring further ease to living in the Big Easy.
Fans, friends, acquaintances and associates of Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson will gather at the Acura Stage at the Fairgrounds during Jazz Fest on Friday, April 30, at 2 p.m. to celebrate the late drummer's memory, with a tribute performance by the Dixie Cups. Come and be a part of the celebration!
Bruce Boyd Raeburn — son of bandleader Boyd Raeburn — will present a lecture and slideshow at Galvez Restaurant in the French Market on Wednesday, April 28. “Jazz Secrets of the Lower French Quarter” explores how that section of New Orleans promoted the early development of jazz by diverse ethnic and racial groups from 1900-1940.
This week we bring you the young lions of jazz, funk, groove and soul by way of Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue, followed by funk powerhouse Big Sam’s Funky Nation. Both groups were recorded live by WWOZ at the 2009 Voodoo Music Experience.
The number of ways to experience the food at Jazz Fest can be overwhelming, but some of the options can actually take you farther than others. For instance, in years past, I would have headed straight for a meat-pie line. This year, it’s all about that Doh Doh and Jama Jama from the Benacchin stand.