"The numbers are impressive. More than 400,000 fans of New Orleans food and music from all over the world are expected to sample both at 16 stages and 65 concession stands, generating tens of millions of dollars for the city."
"Caught this band - Da Truth Brass Band - playing on the corner on Frenchman street. When I remember to, I carry a video camera with me and shoot interesting things I see. Everyone who lives and visits New Orleans could be doing this.
In the process, bit by bit, we could put the magic of New Orleans out there for people who’ve never been here and maybe change people’s perceptions about the city and why it is so worth helping in its time of need."
"The Ponderosa Stomp, a project of nonprofit educational organization MK Charities, will present its own annual event April 29-30 at House of Blues in New Orleans. Ronnie Spector, Roky Erickson, Dr. John and Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las are on the bill for a pair of marathon concerts that will present dozens of influential acts, including "Creole Beethoven" Wardell Quezergue and the final show for R&B trumpeter/producer Dave Bartholomew."Jazzfest Flyaway Contest!
Relix & Superfly Presents have put together an amazing Jazzfest Flyaway Contest! Check out the details below and enter at HERE.
GRAND PRIZE includes roundtrip airfare for two on Southwest Airlines to New Orleans from any airport serviced by Southwest Airlines, hotel accommodations, and a pair of tickets to each night of Superfly during Jazzfest.
"Pete Fountain has remained local. Even now, you can still find this almost-mythical 70-something clarinetist at hometown spots in the New Orleans area, playing native-born favorites."
Larry Blumenfeld and David Aman speak about the importance of New Orleans Music. Larry writes about New Orleans music scene for the New York Times and the Village Voice. David is a local videographer (and chef).No Justice for Hot 8 Drummer's Murder
In an 11-1 jury vote today in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, David A. Bonds was acquitted on all counts connected to the 2006 murder of musician Dinerral Shavers.
The decision means that no one will serve time for putting a .380-caliber bullet into the back of Shavers' head. Bonds, known on the streets of the 6th Ward as "Head," was the only suspect police linked to the killing.
The end of Dinerral's case cannot mark the end of our movement, or of the determination of all New Orleans citizens to raise our voices when we see injustice, inaction, and silence in the face of violence. We will continue to engage with our neighbors and our leaders: to hold our government accountable, but also, as Judge Jerome Winsberg wisely counseled at the conclusion of today's proceedings, to look inside ourselves and hold ourselves responsible for the chaotic societal circumstances that are breeding violent crime, and which caused Dinerral's death.
In his closing comments, Judge Winsberg expressed "shock" at what he witnessed during the trial. The way these children are living is not okay, he said, comparing inner-city New Orleans unfavorably with Baghdad. "It is appalling...it is shocking..." over and over said a judge who has presided over scores of criminal cases. The world our young people are living in came to terrifying light through the fearful testimony of witnesses, justifiably afraid; through the defendant's assertion that he sells drugs in order "to help my family" (this forming part of the defense in this trial); through the repeated references to petty but clearly deadly turf wars being fought by children too young to drive from one neighborhood to another.
Read more HERE.
Allen Toussaint Sidles Up To The Piano Bench On James Hunter's New Album
"Toussaint recalls, of the 'Hard Way' sessions, "I feel really honored and privileged to have been invited into this music. It's truly, truly a joy. I am sure this music is going to delight a whole lot of people."NPR's "Calling Residents Back to the Lower Ninth Ward"
"For Patricia Jones, a Lower Ninth Ward resident and now a community activist, it was what came after the storm that spurred her and her neighbors into action to rebuild. "We were basically pissed off into action," Jones says."
Beginning with 1983’s New York Second Line, trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Donald Harrison released a handful of albums that sprung from their time growing up in New Orleans and as members in drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
Midtown Lunch: Mid-Week Bourbon St. Edition
Bourbon St. New York is tentatively scheduled to open April 15th on Restaurant Row (46th btw. 8+9th).
"As a fan of New Orleans I can’t decide whether to be excited or horrified. Apparently the chef was born and raised in New Orleans and “ran the kitchens in places such as Commanders Palace and Dickie Brennas”, whatever that means. Plus side, they have a Bourbon St. style balcony with something that appears to be wraught iron. The negative side, that balcony looks out over 46th St. We shall see…"