Sunday, September 20, 2009

NolaFunk Lagniappe

New Orleans is #1 music city



The world's largest association of professional travel journalists has voted New Orleans the best city in North America for live music.

The choice was made by some 1,200 members of the Society of American Travel Writers.

"These aren't music critics, these are travel writers. So they're talking about where music is part of the experience of travel, where music just is everywhere and it's everything that you experience and it's an important part of the travel experience in that travel destination," says Rich Grant, the group's publicity chairman.

"Music is such a part of travel. Travel should involve all five senses," he says.



Health clinic keeps New Orleans music alive

Eleven years ago, Bethany and her husband, Johann Bultman, decided the best way to keep the music alive was to keep the musicians healthy. "The reason we chose to target musicians in New Orleans is because they represent a pure American cultural form, jazz music," said Johann. "Nothing else in America has its roots and origins here in such a pure, world-renowned, world-sought-after format and we didn't want to see the music die on our watch."

And so was born the non-profit New Orleans Musicians' Clinic, which provides free or low-cost medical care to the many musical artists here who attract loyal fans from around the globe, but who, in most cases, earn such meager wages that they can't even afford basic health care, let alone expensive medical insurance.




NPR: Louis Armstrong, The 'Decca Sessions'

Listen to the Story


Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new seven-disc set that chronicles the trumpeter's big band performances. Mosaic restored and remastered each of the 166 tracks from Decca Records' original recordings.



Baby Dodds New Orleans Drumming video 1960s



Watch the video HERE.









RIP Juanita Brooks

Juanita Brooks, one of the bolder and brassier voices to arise out of the New Orleans music scene, died Thursday morning. She is the sister of musicians Mark and Detroit Brooks.









New Orleans music fans putting money where their ears are


Now in her 30s, Ingrid Lucia has released five albums that have been financed via almost every angle of the music business -- from street-corner busking to the structured support of a record label.

Over the years, the perennial Jazz Fest favorite has built up an extensive fan base. And it was to those fans that Lucia turned when she needed to raise money to record her latest album: "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," which was released in May.



Ernie 'K-Doe' Kador: Emperor's clothes up for sale

Hundreds of glittery, gemstone-studded suits belonging to the late New Orleans rhythm and blues musician Ernie "K-Doe" Kador and his wife Antoinette are going up for sale.

Hundreds of suits in a rainbow of colors accented with braids and sequins will be sold starting Saturday.

The couple's daughter, Betty Fox, says the suits, Antoinette's gowns, and "Ernie K-Doe For Mayor" T-shirts are reasonably priced for fans of the colorful New Orleans personality.

Ernie K-Doe had proclaimed himself "The Emperor of the Universe" and wore outlandish capes and suits in the years before he died in 2001.

His wife Antoinette, who died Feb. 24 on Mardi Gras day, launched the famous Mother-in-Law Lounge in 1996. It was heavily damaged by hurricane Katrina in 2005.



Threadhead Records Holiday CD

Threadhead Records, the first fan-funded, volunteer-run record company to focus entirely on the music and culture of New Orleans, is in the process of putting together our very own Holiday CD. Due out in November, the CD will be produced by Paul Sanchez and will feature a number of our multi-talented artists including John Boutté, Shamarr Allen, Susan Cowsill & Russ Broussard, Matt Perrine & Debbie Davis, Craig Klein, Alex McMurray, Glen David Andrews, Mary Lasseigne, Margie Perez, Ingrid Lucia and Paul Sanchez performing both original and standard songs of the season.




Tom McDermott - Live in Paris 2006

By KingCake

Tom has quietly become one of the modern guys in New Orleans who carries on our tradition of producing some of the world's great piano monsters. He is also great friends with Harry Shearer (yeah THAT Harry Shearer) who wrote the back cover notes to this album. I'm feeling a bit inadequate as a writer compared to Harry so I'll quote his notes: "Listening to Tom McDermott play the piano makes me feel like a dog looking at a human--I see a black and white world, he sees colors. The black and white 88 become a swirl of chromatic, melodic and rhythmic shades, all of which seem like Tom's home town, so at ease is he with them.....one of the odd good things that came of the 2005 disaster in New Orleans is that he, along with some of my other favorite Crescent City musicians, got invited to Paris-- to escape The Thing for a few weeks and to connect with folks who appreciate and understand.....some select souls heard Tom as if in their living rooms--roaming the pianistic landscape of centuries and cities of composers and styles . On that evening, and on this disc, Tom is in fine form, the left hand jackhammer-propulsive, the right hand playful, the combined effect orchestral in its scale but always pianistic in it's pleasures....so do like the Parisians did: sit back, sip some wine, you're in great hands." Harry Shearer (excerpted from the liner notes)

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