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Alex Rawls
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Tom Jacobsen documents the trad jazz scene in his book, "The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000," so I talked to him about traditional jazz on the eve of Jazz Fest.
In The New Orleans Jazz Scene 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective, writer Thomas Jacobsen takes a very particular approach to talking about traditional jazz in the Crescent City. His book isn’t a history that involves you in the lives of the people who were a part of the scene, nor does he focus on the personalities who helped to shape it. Instead, he scrupulously sticks to the perspective he had during that time—that of a fan—and he writes what ...
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Alexandra Scott is one of my favorite singers in town, and she plays the FQF today at 1:30. Recently I asked her to name the 8 songs that define her musical galaxy & I like her choices almost as much as her rationales.
Today Alexandra Scott plays French Quarter Fest at 1:30. She recently chose the eight songs (+2) that define her musical universe in a new installment of...
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The second part of my in-depth look at the return of The Music Box. Today: Getting music from The Music Box
(The Music Box: Roving Village City Park opens Friday with concerts at 7 and 9 p.m., then Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. It will remain in place until May 10, and it will be open to the public on the weekends from noon to 6 p.m. Yesterday, we presented the first half of this story, focusing on the journey of The Music Box from The Bywater in 2011 to City Park today. I also have a story in The New Orleans Advocate on how musicians handle the challenge o...
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I'll talk more with Feufollet's Chris Stafford next month, but here's a quick preview of their CD-release party Saturday night at Tipitina's.
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Is "Piyoush" really the best derisive term Gov. Bobby Jindal's critics can come up with?
Can we put “Piyush” to rest as a reference for our governor? Its use has grown as a sarcastic identifier for Bobby Jindal by his critics, and this weekend, Tucks rolled with not one but two “Piyoush” floats in the parade, and yesterday I found an email newsletter in my inbox that started with a line about what “Piyush” is doing. The name gained currency when a photo surfaced of a portrait that presents the white Bobby Jindal. Jindal is running fr...
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Bo Dollis' funeral struck the right balance between attention to the legend and the man. 
No event with Mardi Gras Indians can be entirely solemn. Saturday at the funeral for Bo Dollis, Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, more than 25 Indians came in their suits to pay respects, and their suits had few colors suitable for mourning. Instead, they stood in canary yellow, lime sherbet green, and a variety of purples. One Mardi Gras Indian with his back to me had a patch with a beaded image of Barack Obama and the cutline, “Mr. President.” T...
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A first look at Trombone Shorty's new book & Jazz Fest schedule.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will close the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell Sunday, May 3 at 5:45 p.m. on the Acura Stage, following Lenny Kravitz. That show will end a busy week for Shorty, one that will also include headlining “Trombone Shorty’s Treme Threauxdown” at the Saenger on Saturday, April 25 and Shorty Fest at Generations Hall on Thursday, April 30. The Treme Threauxdown will feature Shorty and Orleans A...
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Comedian Lee Camp dissects political issues with a breathless, driven passion, whether on "Redacted Tonight" or doing stand-up at the Hi-Ho tonight and Saturday.
America didn’t know that it needed a steady stream of pointedly political comedy until Bill Maher brought smart, topical, funny commentary to television in 1993 with Politically Incorrect. A year later, a still-funny Dennis Miller premiered Dennis Miller Live on HBO, then in 1999 Jon Stewart became an institution hosting The Daily Show. It spun off The Colbert Report, The Nightly Show, and This Week Tonight. Political comedy dates back much farth...
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We're giving away tix to see Rising Appalachia Saturday night at the Civic. Here's the contest and recent clips of the band.
When Rising Appalachia played Charlotte, North Carolina last year, Creative Loafing’s Michael Walsh wrote: Rising Appalachia's set included many covers, yet those trad chestnuts were as fresh as the sisters' original compositions, including the life-and-activism affirming "Scale Down." Leah and Chloe were trained in classical and jazz piano, and they brought a musicologist's ear to their arrangements which seamlessly traced a rhythmic thorough-li...
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I recently had a great conversation with Colin Blunstone of the Zombies about the band and the British Invasion, with a few thoughts in there that surprised each of us. They play the House of Blues Thursday.
At 19, Colin Blunstone was in a different place from the rest of his community. He lived in southern England in 1964 and had a band he’d formed with friends he’d met in high school in St. Albans. The band, The Zombies, had a hit with “She’s Not There,” and on the strength of its success flew from London to Manchester in the north to appear on “Top of the Pops.” They’d also flown to Oslo for a tour of Norway and the U.S., where they appeared on Mu...
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Footage musicologist Alan Lomax shot in 1982 in New Orleans of a Mardi Gras Indians practice.
It’s hard to imagine what musicologist Alan Lomax thought he heard when he visited a Mardi Gras Indian practice in 1982. At that point, Indians were still largely a neighborhood parade music that had to sound exotic, even to someone as traveled as Lomax. Last Jazz Fest, we posted videos of footage Lomax shot in New Orleans on that visit, including film of the festival and the Dirty Dozen live at the Glass House. In time for Carnival, here are a s...
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I'm so happy that Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli is open Uptown, but there is no mistaking the experience there for Willie Mae's Scotch House. 
New Orleans is the biggest small town in America, but leaving your neighborhood can often sound as daunting as a drive to Missouri. The Riverbend and the Bywater might as well be in separate time zones, and going to the Lakefront from the Quarter might require special vaccinations. For me, Willie Mae’s Scotch House in the Treme isn’t a lunch option; it’s a journey, and one I rarely make from Uptown even though I’ve never been disappointed. For th...
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