Sunday, August 16, 2009

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Big Chief Junior among inductees at 11th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

Big Chief Junior among inductees at 11th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

Big Chief Junior, 72, has remarkably masked Indian every year since he was 11 years old. He will be among the many Black Indians recognized at the 11th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony. The event takes place on Sunday, August 9, 2009, at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. At 2:45 p.m., doves will be released in memory of the Mardi Gras Indians who have passed followed by the presentations.

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11th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame - Ceremonies Announced

Allen Toussaint, Ernie K-Doe, Benny Spellman inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame inducted Allen Toussaint, Benny Spellman and the late Ernie K-Doe during a sweaty Sunday night ceremony at K-Doe's Mother-in-Law Lounge.

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?

Wall Street Journal/Lincoln Center discussion featuring trumpeter Terence Blanchard, singer Tammy Lynn and Ira Padnos, founder of Ponderosa Stomp,

Visit to Louis Armstrong's home in Queens reveals parallels with Kermit Ruffins' experience

NEW YORK -- Kermit Ruffins pressed the button on the red brick house at 34-56 107th St. in the Corona section of Queens, setting off singsong chimes from a bygone era. He adjusted his black fedora, straightened his zigzag-patterned tie. He was ready to meet his greatest mentor.

Satchmo SummerFest celebrates Armstrong’s life and music

Satchmo SummerFest celebrates Armstrong’s life and music

For his entire life, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong celebrated his birthday on the Fourth of July. When fireworks fill the sky, many still look up and remember the legendary New Orleans trumpeter who not only brought jazz to the world but an immense amount of goodwill. In 1988, New Orleans historian Tad Jones discovered Baptismal records that showed Armstrong's actual birthdate to be August 4, 1901, not July 4, 1900. Of course, Satchmo, who is considered one of the – if not the – greatest musicians who ever lived – certainly earned the privilege of celebrating his birthday whenever he wanted.

Louis Armstrong's New Orleans

This Marsalis plays trombone

   Delfaeyo Marsalis

``We grew up in New Orleans as a family of individual performers, not in a family band,'' Marsalis says. ``There was always competition as kids -- on the football field, with girls, and in music. We used to have talent shows at the house, and my mother would judge who had the best performance. She was always judicious and made sure to applaud our strengths. She might like my delivery or Branford's spirit or Wynton's preparation. My parents were thinking early on of exposing us to performance on a professional level, and always trying to outdo each other definitely helped us to grow at a rapid pace.''

Terence Blanchard Group: Live in New Orleans

Photo of the Day: Christian Scott - Prospect Park, Brooklyn 7/31/09

By Dino Perrucci Photography

Fountain rekindles magic of Blue Room

During a break, the man most everyone had waited for, Peter Dewey Fountain, walked right through the audience, headed to the stage, waving to fans and flashing the familiar grin that you can’t help but smile back at.

“Mr. New Orleans” is how the announcer introduced him, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue with that. Just ask the other local icon who came to see him. At one point in the show, Pete gave a shout-out to Bourbon Street legend Chris Owens, seated in the audience after making her own grand entrance a couple of hours before. Hair stylist to the stars John Jay was seated at the next table. It doesn’t get more New Orleans than that.

N.Y. Times assigns full-time reporter to New Orleans

Tony Dagradi - Oasis 1980

Well now we take a ride in ultra rare land courtesy of Guitar Scott. Those of you who know Tony Dragadi are probably familiar with him through The Astral Project. I had never heard this record until the other day and now I can't get enough of it. Plenty of fire and passion in this music and all kinds of beautiful colors and textures. I listen to this and I have the same reaction I had with Henry Butler's Impulse albums - 'this is so good how could it not have made a big splash?'.

Just for the Hell of it - My New Orleans

By KingCake

Fate Marable: Frankie and Johnny


Fate Marable (1890-1947) is a magical name in the annals of New Orleans music—he was the most famous of the riverboat bandleaders who spread the sound of jazz up and down the Mississippi. Marable was also an early employer of Louis Armstrong and other New Orleans jazz pioneers, and mostly remembered by them as a stern taskmaster. Marable's fans were legion, and even Teddy Roosevelt was seen dancing to his band's performance of "Turkey in the Straw." Yet few alive today have heard Marable's music, and even fans who recognize his name may be unaware that the pianist left behind two tracks from a 1924 session.

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