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End of an Era: Reflections on the Passing of Uncle Lionel

Now that Uncle Lionel is in the ground I feel like I can finally talk about an issue that disturbed me greatly during the roughly two weeks of celebrations, some […]

Times They Are A-Changin’

I’m working late, and the music is on: one of my favorite things to do is to work on graphic stuff, write and research when everyone’s left the office and […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste Funeral Arrangements

“Uncle” Lionel Batiste‘s funeral arrangements have been announced by his family. Mr. Batiste died earlier this week, and will be sadly missed by the New Orleans music community and his […]

The First Heroine of Louisiana Music

I can’t remember when I first met Maggie Warwick, but it was probably around 1990, when I served on the advisory board of the Louisiana Music Commission, and she was […]

Uncle Lionel Batiste: February 1, 1931 – July 8, 2012

Of all the colorful char-actors who’ve populated the streets of New Orleans over the years, Uncle Lionel Batiste takes the cake. Uncle Lionel patrolled the banquette along lower Decatur and […]

Open Letter to Jazz Journalists of New Orleans

Back in 1986 when my book The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide was released, music journalism was an entirely different phenomenon than it is today. Jazz critics had built a firewall […]

Drago’s Metairie Restaurant’s July 11 Proceeds to Benefit St. Bernard Project

Everyone in New Orleans knows how good Drago’s charbroiled oysters are. They remain one of my favorite treats in the city during my lunchtime excursions with friends. On July 11 […]