Residents and visitors of New Orleans, surrounded by the sound of church bells and jazz music, marked the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Saturday, remembering victims of the storm and celebrating the region's resiliency. Continue...Show More Summary
This is a guest post by Evlondo Cooper, senior fellow with the Checks and Balances Project, cross-posted with permission. New Orleans has many nicknames: The Crescent City, The Birthplace of Jazz, and The Big Easy. It’s also my hometown...Show More Summary
Former President George W. Bush showed off some serious dance moves during a stop in New Orleans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As you can see in the video above, Bush got down to some jazz music while in Louisiana. Show More Summary
When the U.S. lost the home of jazz to flood, it sold it to private speculators. The first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. Show More Summary
“When I first got to New Orleans after the flood I was stunned first by just how much had been destroyed, and then later by just how little I knew. I’d been writing about jazz for 20 years. Yet I was profoundly ignorant about what it means to have a living music, one that flows […]
I made my first trip to New Orleans in late July, a month shy of the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While waiting to board my flight at JFK, my thoughts drifted to the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra performance I'd seen earlierShow More Summary
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed center Jeff Withey to a multi-year contract. Withey (7-0, 222, Kansas) spent the past two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, averaging 3.0 points on 52.3 percent shooting, 2.3 rebounds and 0.72 blocks in 9.9 minutes over 95 career games (four starts). He scored 10-plus [...]
Culture brought New Orleans back after the flood, but for some artists there's a newfound sense of alienation
As mentioned in Rifftides from time to time, many who attended or played in the original New Orleans Jazz Festival remember it as an example of what a jazz festival can be. The 1968 and 1969 editions of JazzFest were intimate compared with what later became the Jazz And Heritage Festival, a massive Crescent City […]
Body slaps, high kicks, and costumes that looked like bathing suits. JOE LAMBERT There's no real consensus about where the "black bottom" started: New Orleans, Nashville, and Detroit have all laid claim to the jazz dance. Musician and...Show More Summary
Jason Terry is heading back to the Houston Rockets. Jason Terry agreed to terms with the Rockets today, source confirmed. RealGM reported first. Terry agreed to vet minimum deal. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) August 19, 2015 RealGM is reporting that Terry has agreed to re-sign with the Rockets to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Show More Summary
An idiosyncratic mélange of Native American, African, French, and Spanish cultures, New Orleans venerates voodoo queens, jazz musicians, and enterprising chefs. The defining civic characteristic: resilience.
Under Jaffe’s leadership, Preservation Hall has crossed over into the pop and rock world, hitting the festival circuit and collaborating with such bands as My Morning Jacket, Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire.
So, what’s a poor, pragmatic artist to do? According to a new study from the personal finance website SmartAsset, they should consider moving to New Orleans. The birthplace of jazz has much more than just music: it has the best affordability-to-culture ratio out of the 187 largest cities in the United States. Also, beignets.
Along with Jeff Goldblum and his band being in town, Woody and his New Orleans Jazz Band will do three nights, with two in Mill Valley and one in SF at the Regency. [ more › ]
Tim Robbins will launch a new music series at his longtime studio, the Actors' Gang, in Los Angeles, starting August 1st with a performance by traditional New Orleans jazz outfit, Tuba Skinny. The group will make their L.A. debut at the Actors' Gang's longtime home, the Ivy Substation. The show begins...
The victim - who is also the daughter of a New Orleans policewoman and a firefighter - was fatally shot in a car Friday night
There are several theories concerning the origin of jazz. The most prevalent is that jazz originated primarily in New Orleans, a so-called "gumbo" of influences ranging from African polyrhythms to European classical to American Negro spirituals, and permeated the turn-of-the-century culture to the p...
Harold Battiste “was instrumental in developing New Orleans music icon Mac Rebennack’s famous Dr. John persona, producing his celebrated first album, 1968’s ‘Gris Gris,’ a spooky, psychedelic-tinged stew of voodoo New Orleans R&B recorded in L.A. Battiste and Dr. John reportedly cut the album quickly using leftover studio time from a Sonny and Cher session.”
Jazz pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste is about to become a very familiar face. Just 28 years old, he's the bandleader-to-be of CBS's new The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a gig that will skyrocket his regular audience numbers into the tens of millions every week. Show More Summary