Malone, singer/pianist Ed Volker, guitarist Camile Baudoin, bassist Reggie Scanlan and drummer Frank Bua have gotten through 30 years and counting. As evidenced by the three decades of audio odds and ends collected on "Wild & Free" (Radz Records), the Radiators have remained remarkably true to their unique identity as a Big Easy Little Feat.
They have issued nearly as many live albums as studio albums, indicative of their priorities. The stage is where they shine. They've supplied the soundtrack for everything from hometown Mardi Gras bacchanals to funky throwdowns in such un-funky locales as the St. Paul, Minn., theater where Garrison Keillor broadcasts "Prairie Home Companion."
I Love a Parade
The Storyville Stompers is a brass band that plays traditional New Orleans music, the kind that jazz and Dixieland are based on. They are known for their performances at Mardi Gras, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival and numerous other national and international celebrations.
When they are around, everything else stops.
The band parades on foot through the streets of the city with a drum major leading as only a New Orleans drum major can, with a lively step and the waving parasol that that has become a legendry part of the New Orleans tradition.
Through the Storms: Not even Hurricane Katrina or the murder of a member could keep the Hot 8 Brass Band from making music
For decades, the bands have renewed their sound in tandem with changes in popular culture. In the 1970s, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band shepherded funk and soul sounds into the tradition. The Rebirth Brass Band followed in the 1980s, and then the New Birth Brass Band, to name just the most prominent.
When Pete helped found the Hot 8 in 1995, a new generational change was afoot. New Orleans is a strong hip-hop city, with its own local "bounce" style, and the home to artists like Master P and Lil' Wayne; the Hot 8 sound makes room for rapped segments and staccato hip-hop beats, while sticking to classic brass-band instrumentation.
John Sinclair Archives #108
The original cast of the John Sinclair Radio Show was reunited at last on a bright Saturday afternoon at The Dolphins coffeeshop, and we celebrated with a program of terrific music, most of it from New Orleans, by Rockin’ Jake, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Rockie Charles, Guitar Slim Jr., Ironing Board Sam, Little Freddie King, Coco Robicheaux, Shannon McNally, and Bobby Charles.
His trombone playing was powerful and amazing as always, but man, something about his trumpet solos last night. 80+ years of trumpet playing, from Louis to Wynton, burst from Troy's horn in small, but brilliant, doses.
Photo of the Day 7/21/08
Theresa Andersson Album/Tour
Fans have another chance to be dazzled by Theresa Andersson's live show this summer. After wrapping up a tour in Sweden, she will return this August for an extensive U.S. tour. With her toes turning knobs, as her hands strum guitar or bow a violin, and she sings with a charismatic smile that belies her intense concentration, Theresa Andersson's performances are little masterpieces of functional choreography.
2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Photo Gallery
I have photographed the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, both casually and on assignment, for over 20 years and it’s always a joy. These photos reflect my tastes (and this year, some weather conditions), which always run to the blues, jazz and roots end of the spectrum.
420 New Orleans Music Show #24