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
Congratulations to young New Orleans jazz maestro Jon Batiste, who has been named the bandleader for CBS's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which will begin airing September 8. Though the Stranger was not consulted about this decision...Show More Summary
The scion of New Orleans jazz royalty will lead the house band when the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" premieres September 8th on CBS.
Jon Batiste will take the reins of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's" band.Colbert introduced Batiste with a "New Orleans welcome" in a video on his new "Late Show" website, where Batiste could show off his impressive jazz skills.This...Show More Summary
Julliard-trained New Orleans jazz prodigy Jon Batiste will be the bandleader when Stephen Colbert takes over The Late Show this September. As you can see from his website, 28-year-old Batiste sings, raps, plays many instruments — like his predecessor Paul Shaffer, keyboards are his specialty — and infuses his uptempo jazz with strong doses of […]
Stephen Colbert, who just yesterday was making trichophiliacs swoon with a promo featuring his luscious Colbeard, has named a band leader for the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. That band leader will be New Orleans jazz musician JonShow More Summary
Louis Armstrong has one, in his native New Orleans.
While New Orleans is known for its live music scene, the birthplace of jazz still lacks the music industry that thrives in cities like Nashville and Los Angeles. Scott Aiges, programs director for the Jazz and Heritage Foundation, doesn’t think that “the industry” is in the cards for New Orleans. [...]
“With its inaugural public concert in late April, during Jazz Fest’s opening weekend, Mayfield’s Jazz Market joined Manhattan’s Jazz at Lincoln Center and San Francisco’s SFJazz in the ranks of urban arts center buildings dedicated to jazz. The architecture is similar to SFJazz in appearance, right down to the lettering on its nameplate.”
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...
Irvin Mayfield, leader of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, has been accused of diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a library foundation into the orchestra’s coffers.
Indeed it is about music but when you experience it in the ambiance of Jazz Fest, of New Orleans, it is about so much more than music. It’s about celebrating life.
Kristofer Lenz learns a lot about the Big Easy, music, and the limits of human endurance
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Following yesterday’s Rifftides commentary about the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, I heard from fellow jazz journalist Larry Blumenfeld (pictured). Larry is a New Yorker who in recent years has spent much of his time in New Orleans. He writes from there for The Wall Street Journal and other outlets about the city’s recovery […]
The 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival wrapped up last Friday. Mark Hertsgaard’s Daily Beast review of the festival includes this lament. Yet for all of Jazz Fest’s celebration of the music, food and culture of New Orleans, some locals complain that a central element is missing: the people. The daily ticket price of […]
Dr. John and the Ske-Dat-De-Dat Horns Weekend two at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival had everything: aboriginal bluesman Gurrumul; a second line funeral for 40-year Jazz Fest plumber John (JT the Flowmaster) Tamberella who was...Show More Summary
This adorable proposal involves Ring Pops and a New Orleans jazz band
Rapper T.I. performed for an energetic crowd at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz Festival over the weekend, but he wasn't the only star of the show. While the Atlanta rhymer was rocking the mic, a sign language interpreter on the side of the stage was getting all of the attention. Continue reading…