New Orleans Music

Remembering Alvin Batiste

Tue, 05/22/07
Authored by Jason Songe
Father, Son and Students Honor the Memory of Alvin Batiste "Mr. Bat was a model musician. Every day we'd see him before class, always shedding, always practicing. He embodied the spirit of the ideal musician because even at the age he was, he was always trying to get bette... Read more

Relief Workers and Volunteer Efforts in New Orleans

Fri, 12/15/06
Authored by George Ingmire
On November 26th, 2006, Trombonist Craig Klein and many other New Orleans musical greats played a concert of thanks for the relief workers who have given their blood, sweat and tears to help out in the recovery of New Orleans. "Down By the Riverside: A Concert of Thanksgi... Read more

But We Already Have a National Jazz Park . . .

Wed, 10/25/06
Authored by Eve Troeh
As plans for the Hyatt Jazz District downtown move forward, we explore the National Jazz Park that's already here — run by the National Park Service. Street Talk reporter Eve Troeh learns what the role of the park is and what their staff's plans are for reviving New Orlean... Read more

Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering

Thu, 09/07/06
Authored by Christian Roselund
Street Talk sent Christian Roselund to check out the 14th Annual Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and Roots Music Gathering, August 24 - 27, 2006, at the Contemporary Arts Center. But "cutting edge" in New Orleans often means new ways of interpreting our venerable t... Read more

Local Musicians Jump Through Hoops to Keep New Orleans Gigs

Mon, 08/21/06
Authored by Eve Troeh
Sousaphone player Jeffrey Hills is a family man with a wife and three kids. Before the storm, they lived in public housing and Jeffrey was known for playing with the big time Olympia Brass Band. Since Katrina, the Hills have lived in three states, unable to find a way to ... Read more

Habitat for Humanity's Musicians' Village Project Update

Sun, 07/30/06
Authored by Eve Troeh
As one of our first Street Talk stories, we covered a new initiative by the international affordable-housing charity Habitat for Humanity. The New Orleans Musicians' Village was to be a grouping of Habitat homes in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward, centered around a $2.5 milli... Read more

Trial and Error: Tipitina's Foundation Executive Director Bill Taylor Discusses the Foundation's Role in the Music Community

Wed, 07/19/06
Authored by Alison Fensterstock
After Hurricane Katrina, the Tipitina's Foundation sought to expand its mission to address the needs of New Orleans musicians with a variety of new programs. From hosting open meetings for the New Orleans music community to discuss the challenges the faced to opening the... Read more

Jay Chevalier's "Come Back To Louisiana" Named Official Recovery Song for Louisiana

Thu, 06/29/06
Authored by Alison Fensterstock
Recently, the Louisiana State senate passed a bill making colorful rocker Jay Chevalier's song "Come Back to Louisiana" the state's official hurricane recovery song. Chevalier, who has been playing traditional country and rockabilly in Louisiana since the 1940's, has long... Read more

Irvin Mayfield on NOJO and the National Jazz Center Proposal

Thu, 06/15/06
New Orleans Jazz Orchestra creative director Irvin Mayfield on the proposed National Jazz Center, a $715 million downtown development that stands to have a complex impact on the city's economy and culture. Interview by Eve and Alison. Read more

Musician's Resource Center Provides Food, Fun and Support Downtown

Tue, 04/04/06
Authored by Alison Fensterstock
Starting two weeks ago, a serendipitous meeting between the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and St. Anna's Episcopal Church has given birth to a weekly event that will be useful — and fun — for musicians and nonmusicians alike. The church became one of the first nonprofit o... Read more

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