Wednesday night 6/24 at midnight, the aspiring tone scientists at Jazz Lunatique will broadcast our annual celebration of the Solstice and twice yearly communication to the Omniverse Arkestra on Saturn by playing 3 hours of the manipulator of time and Space, the knowledge giver of ancient Aethiopia and Egypt, SUN RA!
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Highlights of two performances from the 2009 French Quarter Festival, beginning with the Honey Island Swamp Band, a group that draws upon the heart and soul of roots music with Americana at its core. Later on in the show, Soul Project spreads a thick layer of funk, jazz and blues across the airwaves.
One of the great human struggles is the universal search for a better life against the institutionalized brutality and inhumanity of primitive governance. Last night's show was an audio candle for Neda Agha Soltan and her Persians compatriots who die and live in their mass re-telling of this age-old story.
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.