131

Blue Lights for the White House

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
The White House, this past weekend, extended its open door policy to New Orleans musicians and invited the Dirty Dozen Brass Band along with special guests Kermit Ruffins on trumpet, vocalist John Boutté, and pianist Harry Connick Jr. to a Nawlins food and music fest. The event was catered by Creole chefs brought in from the Big Easy. On the menu were crawfish, gumbo, jambalaya, po boys, red beans and rice; and soulful BBQ, prepared by some brothers from Baton Rouge.

As the Dirty Dozen kicked into "What's Goin' On," George W. himself got up and did the background vocals with the band. When Boutte did his cover of "Why," Dick Cheney, who was either mixing medications or had a karmic implosion, started asking for forgiveness and handing out wads of cash to anyone who would accept. He then grabbed the mike and promised that he would personally redistribute all the money his buddies at Halliburton had skimmed from the Reconstruction and Renewal Funds, this was met with a huge roar from the crowd who toasted the VP with Abita Beer. What a guy!

A splendid time was had by all, though the Rose Garden was trashed sometime during the fireworks display. It appears, many guests arrived in their FEMA trailers and parking was a problem. That part of the evening was a bit fuzzy for this reporter. But he recovered in time for Connick's rousing rendition of "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?" George W. kept slipping into the Oval Office during "Iko Iko" and looked wired by the end of the song. He also said a few incoherent words about "making it all right again" and something that sounded like "Go Saints" but again he is always so hard to understand. He went on record that for the 4th of July gig he was bringing the Dixie Chicks and ZZ Top for a real Texas humdinger, whatever that is.

As the night wound down and the guests were either asked to leave or escorted out, Condy Rice sat in at the piano, she is a fine pianist by the way, and did a credible version of "St. James Infirmary."

Everyone went back to New Orleans feeling a lot better about George and Dick, but they did leave their trailers behind.


April fools!


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read Jazzkaar 2017 Live Reviews Jazzkaar 2017
by Martin Longley
Published: May 29, 2017
Read Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017 Live Reviews Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017
by Nick Davies
Published: May 13, 2017
Read Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ Live Reviews Omar Sosa At SFJAZZ
by Walter Atkins
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "Keith Oxman Quartet at Nocturne" Live Reviews Keith Oxman Quartet at Nocturne
by Douglas Groothuis
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ" Live Reviews Miles Electric Band at SFJAZZ
by Harry S. Pariser
Published: June 26, 2016
Read "Siena Jazz 2016" Live Reviews Siena Jazz 2016
by Duncan Heining
Published: August 12, 2016
Read "Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens" Live Reviews Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin" Live Reviews Erik Friedlander At National Concert Hall, Dublin
by Ian Patterson
Published: February 8, 2017

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!