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Weekend Extra: Ellis Marsalis

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

In fifty years the New Orleans JazzFest has evolved from a three-day pure jazz eventinto a musical spectacular that also encompasses rock, folk, zydeco, gospel, and genres that may not yet have names. As a weeklong citywide gala, it is second only to Mardi Gras. Marsalis was there from the festival’s birth in 1968 and […]

The Kids’ Jazz Band In The Favelas Of Rio de Janairo [VIDEO]

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“My dream is that we have a music tradition here in our favela that mixes the Brazilian traditions with New Orleans jazz traditions in wind instruments, and we create something new in live music.”

The Jazz Clarinetist Who Acted As New Orleans’ Musical Ambassador To The World

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Unlike other musicians whose lives were marked by marital strife, substance abuse and run-ins with the law, Mr. Fountain lived a blissful existence with Beverly Lang Fountain, his wife of 64 years, and a sizable number of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Pete Fountain, Clarinetist Known for His High-Spirited New Orleans Jazz, Dies at 86

3 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Mr. Fountain brought the traditional jazz of his native New Orleans to a national audience through frequent appearances on the Lawrence Welk and Johnny Carson television shows.

Pete Fountain Death: NOLA Clarinetist Dead At 86

Famed New Orleans, Louisiana, jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain has died at age 86. After battling numerous health problems over the years, the NOLA music legend passed away of heart failure early Saturday morning. “It’s a sad day for his family. Show More Summary

New Orleans jazz clarinet great Pete Fountain dies at 86

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

Pete Fountain, the goateed clarinetist who became a global ambassador of New Orleans jazz with his flawlessly slippery technique and joyful sound, died Saturday of heart failure while in hospice care in New Orleans, according to news reports. He was 86. Fountain's son-in-law and manager, Benny...

The 'Ax Man': New Orleans' Jazz-Loving Serial Killer

last monthHumor / odd : mental_floss

The Big Easy's most notorious killer said he'd spare victims on one condition: that they play jazz music.

To Hades and Back, with a Wailing Jazz Score

last monthArts : Hyperallergic

Hadestown combines and retells two classical myths — that of Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of Persephone — through a sizzling New Orleans jazz score by Anaïs Mitchell.

Django Reinhardt -- Jazz From Around the World: Europe

2 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below a... [ read more ]

8 Delicious Food & Drink Festivals in New Orleans

Beyond festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, New Orleans also offers food- and drink-focused festivals where you can get your fill of signature local eats like beignets, muffaletta sandwiches, bananas Foster, and crawfish étouffée, and also attend cooking demonstrations, check out arts and crafts, hear great live music, and party with the locals. Show More Summary

Preservation Hall Jazz Band guards tradition while looking ahead

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans was born in 1961 with a mission outlined in its very name. The goal: to preserve a traditional style of music at a time when it was being overshadowed by the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll as well as more contemporary forms of jazz such as bebop. So how...

Raymond Myles and the Rocky Road to Redemption

"Didn't it rain, children/didn't it rain" -- Mahalia Jackson The storm that swamped last month's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival forced cancellations by Stevie Wonder, Beck and other luminaries. But Grammy-winning producer, A&R...Show More Summary

Young Greatness ft. Lil Wayne & Yo Gotti – Moolah (Remix)

3 months agoMusic / Hip Hop & Rap : Nah Right

New Orleans artist and Quality Control recruit Young Greatness taps Weezy and Yo Gotti for the official remix to his Jazze Pha produced single “Moolah.” Check it out below. Previously: Young Greatness & Wale – Squad Goals

Space shuttle fuel tank delights crowd as it begins its slow roll to Exposition Park

With a New Orleans jazz band playing and dozens of people waving white handkerchiefs and wishing it a good journey, the space shuttle fuel tank known as ET-94 started rolling on its day-long trip through city streets early Saturday.  The 66,000-pound tank, sitting atop dollies, left a parking lot...

Terence Blanchard Furthers His Jazz Legacy

'Jazz trumpet player and composer Terence Blanchard has worn many hats. As a kid growing up in New Orleans, he played alongside childhood friend Wynton Marsalis. In the 1980s he performed alongside jazz great Art Blakey, and in the 1990s, Blanchard began scoring films for director Spike Lee. Show More Summary

Trombone Shorty Throws Down At Fourth Annual Shorty Fest (PHOTOS)

The fourth annual Shorty Fest, a benefit concert for the Trombone Shorty Foundation, filled two stages at the House of Blues New Orleans with an incredible lineup of jazz, blues, funk, rock and soul artists on Thursday, April 28, 2016 – in between the two weekends of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Show More Summary

The Arcs Make Fans Forget About The Black Keys at New Orleans’ House of Blues (PHOTOS)

Dan Auerbach,  guitarist and vocalist of The Black Keys, was in town during the second weekend of the New Orleans Jazz Fest for his own show with his side  project The Arcs, for a night at the House of Blues on Saturday, April 30th.   The post The Arcs Make Fans Forget About The Black Keys at New Orleans’ House of Blues (PHOTOS) appeared first on Glide Magazine.

Watch My Morning Jacket Cover Prince's "Purple Rain," "Sign o' the Times," and "Raspberry Beret"

On Friday, My Morning Jacket played New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. During their set, they paid tribute to Prince by covering his "Purple Rain." At another show a couple days earlier, they also covered "Sign o' the Times" and "Raspberry...Show More Summary

Stevie Wonder Performs ‘Purple Rain’ for Crowd at Rainy New Orleans Jazz Fest

As thousands flocked to the New Orleans Jazz Fest over the weekend, the weather, unfortunately, did not cooperate. But that didn't stop Stevie Wonder from giving the crowd something magical with which to leave.

Jazz Fest Wraps With Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Jon Batiste and Tributes In the Rain

There are apparently a magic number of "Purple Rain" covers that cause the heavens to send down the rain, and that was the case this weekend at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Dr. John, Closing Down Acura Stage in the Rain Photo...Show More Summary

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