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ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2018

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Yes, Virginia, there is jazz at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. From it's inception in 1970, George Wein, mastermind of the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, created a festival that was indigenous with New Orleans. Whether it was the music, food, arts and crafts everything was New Orleans. That first year ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Preserving the Cradle of Jazz: The New Orleans Jazz Museum

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The New Orleans Jazz Club's beginnings, according to a 1950s edition of their bi-monthly newsletter, sprang from a sidewalk meeting of four jazz fans on Mardi Gras in 1948. The impromptu gathering intended to listen to the marching band called King Zulu's. One member of that group inspired the others to begin a club for jazz ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Doc: Pete Fountain

Doc: Pete Fountain

Most people who grew up in the rock era viewed clarinetist Pete Fountain the same way they did Al Hirt—a bearded New Orleans traditional jazz player who turned up on lots of variety shows in the late 1960s and '70s, and whose pop and honky-tonk albums were marketed largely to older folks with a bland taste ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain

As I prepared to leave Ystad, I learned that clarinetist Pete Fountain died on Saturday in jny: New Orleans. By way of his recordings and television exposure, he became an unofficial and effective cultural spokesman for his beloved hometown and was happy to return there following his years in the 1950s with Lawrence Welk’s TV show. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective

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The New Orleans Jazz Scene, 1970-2000: A Personal Retrospective
Thomas W. Jacobsen
208 Pages
ISBN: 0807156981
LSU Press
2014

This article first appeared in the American Book Review (January-February 2015 issue).

Full disclosure: I've long been an admirer of Thomas Jacobsen's writing, the catholicity of his musical ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974

Read "The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969 -1974
Edward Allan Faine
229 Pages
ISBN: #9780985795245
IM Press
2014

There is something puzzling and curious about a book documenting jazz performances at the White House specifically during the Nixon Administration. A thoroughly divisive historical figure, ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2014: The Year in Jazz

Read "2014: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz; New Orleans Jazz Pioneers And Their Legacy

In the early 1960s cornetist Jim Cullum was a young man in his 20s. He made a pilgrimage to New Orleans to explore the roots of jazz, meet jazz greats and sit in on jam sessions. This week on Riverwalk Jazz Jim recalls a jam session with cornetist Johnny Wiggs and Mardi Gras parades when he ...

NEWS: RADIO

A Trio Of New Orleans Jazz Pioneers This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

A Trio Of New Orleans Jazz Pioneers This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

In the early 1960s cornetist Jim Cullum was a young man in his 20s. He made a pilgrimage to New Orleans to explore the roots of jazz, meet jazz greats and sit in on jam sessions. This week on our show, Cullum recalls a jam session with cornetist Johnny Wiggs and Mardi Gras parades when he ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dave Weckl: On Time

Read "Dave Weckl:  On Time" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Dave Weckl hit the New York fusion scene in the early 1980s. It didn't take long for this talented drummer from Saint Charles, Missouri to get recognized and hired by artists like singers Madonna, Robert Plant, Diana Ross, and Paul Simon, as well as guitarist/vocalist {George Benson}}. Weckl toured with the keyboardist Chick Corea's Elektric Band ...