Nelson Joseph Thompson, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in New Orleans at the age of 63. Mr. Thompson, Sr., a lifelong New Orleanian, was the Flag Boy of the White Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe and President of the Money Wasters Social Aid & Pleasure Club.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has released eleven videos from Sync Up 2014, with a total run time of 10+ hours. If you were too distracted by Jazz Fest to attend, here they are. The Sync Up Conference is New Orleans' top forum for entertainment industry leaders, covering music, film and digital media from the perspective of independent artists.
Really enjoyed this beautifully produced new video by filmmaker James DeMaria, the title track of Tricia Boutté and Paul Longstreth's Oh New Orleans, Here I Come! According to DeMaria, the song is about Tricia's yearly pilgrimage home from Norway for FQF, Jazz Fest, and to see her family.
This week we enjoy an hour of Evan Christopher, recorded live at Clever Wine Bar in Mid-City. Evan and I talk about New Orleans, the clarinet and some of his musical heroes. I also visit Murf Reeves of Sylvain Restaurant and Chris Hannah of French 75 for a taste of what’s happening in the world of mixology.
Chris takes us shopping at the Maypop Community Herb Shop in the Bywater.
On this week’s program, we enjoy an hour of Evan Christopher, recorded live at Clever Wine Bar in Mid-City. During the program, Evan and I talk about New Orleans, the clarinet and some of his musical heroes.
Here's a little trad jazz gem: a set of songs by the Original Tuxedo Jazzband, recorded in 1964 in Baden Baden, Germany. That's bandleader Albert "Papa" French on banjo; clarinetist Joseph "Cornbread" Thomas also handles vocals.
The legendary bluesman John Smith Hurt, AKA Mississippi John Hurt (~1892-1966), left sharecropping for a brief recording career with Okeh Records in 1928, cutting 78s like "Frankie" and "Avalon Blues". The records didn't sell, and Hurt eventually returned to farming. Decades later, he was rediscovered and recorded again in the mid-1960s.
A deep down full flavored Louisiana classic from our friends at Martinique Bistro. Like a gumbo, this soup tastes best in the days after it’s first been made when all the seasonings have time to meld and balance. A great dish for a casual gathering anytime!
This year's Bayou Boogaloo happens May 16-18. The festival lineup includes Big Freedia, Eric Lindell, The Iguanas, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys and many more. WWOZ will be broadcasting live, schedule TBA.
Students from the Miller-McCoy Academy will perform live in the WWOZ studio at noon on May 15th for the next edition of Cuttin' Class, a series of live in-studio performances by middle and high school age students from the Greater New Orleans area.