A lot of big names in New Orleans music will be sharing the stage tonight as the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation hosts La Fête Cultural 2010. Artists include Terrence Simien & Zydeco Experience, Tab Benoit's Swampland Jam, Cyrill Neville, and the Shannon Powell. It's all emceed by Sex & the City's Mario Cantone - other celeb guests include Michael Cerveris and Fatih Ford.
George Wein commissioned Duke Ellington to pen "New Orleans Suite" for the 1970 New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Duke did not disappoint. I'm listening to it now, and think it would be a fine way to spend some time reflecting on the disaster of five years ago and glorying in the wonder that is New Orleans.
Join me Monday, August 23 on Jazz from the French Market as we look back on the musical presence of Clyde Kerr Jr. who passed away a couple of weeks ago. We'll talk in-studio with Jonathan Bloom, Education Coordinator for the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at Loyola University, about the musical education legacy of Mr. Kerr. We'll hear from Mr.
"Dear New Orleans," is a digital music compilation to benefit local nonprofits including Sweet Home New Orleans and the Gulf Restoration Network. Download the 31 New Orleans-inspired tracks now at www.dearno.la.
Caught some great music last night. First up, Matt Perrine, Paul Sanchez and John Rankin at the Columns hotel. I believe John Rankin has a regular gig at the Columns( don't hold me to that) but on this night, he had two accomplices elevating the music to an even better level.
This has been, for this show host, a summer of pursuit. Mostly of music. But who has been pursuing whom? Everywhere I've gone-Montreal, New York, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, even Brasilia (often considered as dry and flat culturally as it is physically)-has had its own Jazz Festival. More on all that later.
Jazz singer, actress, and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln passed away on August 14 at the age of 80. Her singing career spanned several decades, and although her vocal style was influenced by Billie Holiday, she often gravitated towards modern music — including her own material — with a particular focus on civil rights.