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 […]
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This adorable proposal involves Ring Pops and a New Orleans jazz band
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You can still find the cream of New Orleans music at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, but critics say high ticket prices keep most of the city’s own residents from attending.
International Jazz Day was celebrated, appropriately enough, in the city where jazz was born on the 4th day of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015. From the steps of the New Orleans Museum of Art, musicians Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez led a second line parade into the gates of Jazz Fest and the music didn't miss a beat. Show More Summary
The eighteenth year of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – 1987 – was my first. Many of the mythic names in my collection of Crescent City R&B records – including Earl King, Clarence "Frogman" Henry and Ernie K-Doe – were still alive and resurrecting those hits on stages...
Marty Napoleon, a stride pianist who was as at home playing New Orleans and Chicago jazz as he was swing and who played with numerous bands and ensembles from the 1940s on, most notably Louis Armstrong and the All Stars,...
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Not even a nasty weather system could wash this festival's spirit away.
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